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How to Pull Off Pastels

No need to shy away from this uber-popular summer palette. Here’s how to wear pastels so they flatter your body shape.

Yes, you can rock the most popular color palette this season. Here's how to pull off pastels’ summery shades without looking like a kindergartener or adding 10 pounds.

J Crew
J Crew Vintage Cotton Tee

Showcase an Hourglass Figure
Slim-fitting tees are great for layering—invest in every shade imaginable. Look for ones that are long enough to tuck into pants so they highlight your natural waistline. The insider way to wear a weekend tee: the “half-tuck”–a nonchalant half in, half out tuck that gives you that effortless look.

J Crew Vintage Cotton Tee, $29.50

Alice and Olivia
Alice and Olivia dress

Create Curves
Ooh la la! A corset-like bustier top instantly adds look-at-me curves. For a more feminine figure, look for texture, structure and bold prints to add volume to a straight, Ruler frame. Loving this sweet peachy shade for summer nights? Pair it with stacked sandals and bangles. Warning: Your new hourglass figure will definitely turn heads.

Alice and Olivia, $495

Equipment
Equipment Signature Silk Blouse

Distract From a Bigger Bottom Half
Downplay hips, thighs and a bigger bum by drawing all of the attention to the top half of your body. Wearing light colors on top gives a youthful, radiant glow—bringing the focus to your gorgeous face. Stylists are obsessed with these blouses by Equipment, and this of-the-moment fresh mint version is perfect to pair with dark wash, boot-cut jeans and wedges.

Equipment Signature Silk Blouse, $208

Love Moschino
Love Moschino

Tone a Tummy
Ruching and gathering, my darling, are your stylish best friends. Anything that is ingeniously draped across your torso will magically melt away a heavier mid-section and give the illusion of a slim waistline for Circle shapes. This sky-blue shade screams summer—and I'm obsessed.

Love Moschino, $138

J Crew Citron sequined mini skirt
J Crew

Downplay a Big Bust
The trick is to draw attention to your lower half and away from an Inverted Triangle’s busty or broader top. Shiny sequins will add volume wherever you place them on your body. So a spring-like, lemonade shade, sparkly skirt puts all the focus on your gorgeous legs. Pair with a simple white, wide-strapped tank, which allows enough room to conceal a supportive bra.

J Crew Citron sequined mini skirt, $265

Pretty Ballerinas
Pretty Ballerinas

Test Out the Trend
The easiest way to embrace any trend is to add a little touch of it in your accessories. I’m loving these adorable pastel ballet flats by Pretty Ballerinas. They pair perfectly with skinny jeans or floaty sundresses all summer long.

Pretty Ballerinas, $179

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