Pastels, ah, pastels! Stylish yet subtle, elegant yet edgy, they are taking the fashion industry by storm and why not. Whether you want to spot that classy look or stand out from the rest with a whimsical getup, pastels are your best bet. Are you a beginner to these delicious and delicate shades? Worry not and read on. We give you a rundown of everything you should know about them. What are pastels? First things first – what are pastels? To put it simply, they are members of the pale family of colors. Baby blue, pink, magic mint, mauve, peach, spearmint, pale yellow, lavender, and periwinkle are some of the most commonly used pastels. No wonder, most fashionistas use the words soft, soothing, and near-neutral to describe these shades. Pastels are even called ice cream colors and you know why. No matter what you call them, pastels look stunning and can up your bling quotient effortlessly. Fancy a little bit of history? Like many other trends, the origins of pastels too can be traced back to the world of art. They entered the fashion sphere, however, in the 18th century when many fashionistas, including Marie Antoinette, walked around spotting these dreamy colors. That trend didn’t last for long, but pastels resurfaced in the US about two centuries later. As unbelievable as it might sound, these sweet-looking, romantic, and ladylike shades made a permanent mark in the fashion industry as a trend in men’s fashion. In the 1980s, NBC was airing a police series called Miami Vice. The main protagonist of the series, Sonny Crockett played by Don Johnson, created a new trend with his pastel suits and shirts. Interesting, isn’t it? Why are pastels trending? One can write a book or two about why pastels are popular! For starters, they are considered as happy colors that can lift your mood in a jiffy. You can easily pair these shades with other colors and prints for a stunning look. That’s not all! Pastels are timeless colors and more importantly, they are perfect to beat the heat during scorching summers. Another unique feature of these neutral shades is that they look great no matter what the outfit is. You can wear a mauve suit to a boardroom meeting or choose a peach or lavender lehenga or anarkali to shine like a star at a wedding party. Haven’t we given you enough reasons to fall for pastels? How to wear pastels? Now, this could be a little tricky. Pastels are great, but if you don’t how to spot them, it can break your look. Here are a few suggestions: – Minimalism is the key: Pastels have only one cardinal rule – DO NOT OVERDO. Imagine attending a corporate meeting in a sugary pink outfit complete with baby blue, magic mint, and pale lemon accessories. Hmm, not a good idea, right? Remember, when using pastels, minimalism is the key. – Choose pastel color blocking: The principle of color blocking works well with these shades, especially if your outfit doesn’t have any complicated details. For instance, you can pair your mauve top with a bright-colored bottom. You can even spot two or more pastels in a single look and create a contrast using a pair of bright shoes, wallet or other accessories. – Opt for monochromes: You can never go wrong with monochromes. Period! The rule here is pretty simple – you choose one shade and stick with it throughout. – Pair them with white and black: Black and while shades pair well with almost all colors and pastels are no exception to this. You can team your mauve shirt with black trousers and complete the look with dark footwear. Or how about pairing that beautiful peach skirt with a lace top and a pair of light-colored shoes? Awesome! – Team them with bright colors: Looking for a playful look? Try pastels with brighter shades! A magic mint skirt paired with a simple white top and a bright green jacket will make you look runway-worthy. And the best part? Pastels don’t look excessively feminine or sugary in such combinations. Don’t forget to carry some neutral accessories, though! – Pastels and neutrals: Another excellent way to balance the exaggerated sweetness of pastels is to pair them with neutrals. Think of teaming your beige top with coffee-colored trousers or mauve dress with cream blazers. Subtle yet intelligent, right? – Pick the right prints: Floral, abstract or geometric, patterned pieces can enhance the charm of pastels, especially if those pieces too have pastel shades. Do you have a pink blouse that you never take out of your wardrobe because it’s too sweet-looking? Wear it with a white skirt with pink and green floral or abstract prints, and viola, you look nailed it. That’s not all. You can wear pastels in many other stunning and drool-worthy ways. You need to be a little creative and these dreamy shades can make your look. It’s time you added a dash of sugary pinks, baby blues, and magic mints to your wardrobes. Here are three cheers for pastels!