Fashion

Pastels VS Brights

It seems that in the time it takes a fashionista to flip her hair, there’s a new color trend! Are neon colors in again this summer, or are they so last year? Is it black, white, or both that we’re supposed to wear in 2015? Are pastels on trend, or are they too reminiscent of adolescent Easter dresses?

We’re breaking down some of this year’s trendiest shoes, nails and clothing, pitting brights against pastels in a head-to-head battle to decide which we think is more chic. What color palette will be victorious — pastels, or brights?

Round One, SHOES.

In the first corner, we’ve got this year’s trendiest pointed toe pumps and sandals in pastel pink and robin egg blue. In the opposing corner, we’ve got equally trendy flats & pops of bright aqua and yellow.

Bright:

BrightShoes_1.png

Image

Pastels:

Pastel_1.png

Image

Although both are versatile and add a pop of color to an outfit, we give this round to the pastels.

After being absent for a few seasons, pastel shoes are back and while they seem minimal, they pack quite a punch.  A pair of pastel shoes can add an unexpected finish to a black outfit, a fresh kick to denim, and the perfect amount of romance to an already pastel outfit. The best benefit? Lighter shoes give the appearance of a longer leg line!

Round Two, NAILS.

In the pastel corner, we’ve got a variety of mints, blues, pinks, purples, yellows and peach. In the brights corner, we’ve got a bold blue and classic bright red.

Brights:

Nails_1.png

Image

Pastels:

Pastel_Nails.png

Image

While we love the look of pastel nails, we have to give this round to the brights.

After all, we can’t think of a single fashionista who doesn’t look good in a classic red nail. What’s more, brights are an easier color to apply for those fashionistas who are DIY mani/pedi artists. Although pastels look stunning on Pinterest or in ads, what they don’t tell you is that it be can difficult to make these shades look that good in real life. Many pastels take several solid coats to keep from looking streaky, which means more room for error (bubbling, smudges, longer dry times, etc.).

Round Three, SHORTS.

As we steadily approach shorts season, which colors will prevail as the trendiest? We’ve got hot pink and green shorts as our first contenders, and lavender, baby blue, and peach as the challengers.

Brights:

Shorts_Bright.png\

Image

Pastels:

Shorts_Pastel.png

Image

This round goes to the pastels. You can’t walk into a store or peruse online without being met by a barrage of cute pastel shorts this year! Even denim shorts are coming in a wide variety of lighter washes and pastel colors. They’re certainly on trend!

Round Four, HANDBAGS.

Introducing first, the brightest and trendiest bags in coral, yellow & cobalt blue.

Bright:

Bags_Bright.png

Image

The challengers? Mint and peach!

Bags_Pastel.png

Image

Another tough round, but this one also goes to the pastels. As we said in round one with shoes, pastel handbags are a fresh addition to any spring ensemble. Some pastels are even light enough to pose as a neutral, which means they’ll look stylish with both darker or lighter outfits. Furthermore, if we’re choosing pastel shoes in round one, we’ll certainly have to stick with a pastel handbag. Although shoes don’t have to match the bag, coordinating them so they stay in the same “color family” is usually a wise choice.

Final Round, SWIMSUITS.

We left the most difficult round for last: difficult because there are so many choices from this year’s bright AND pastel swimsuits! Let’s take a look at the contenders. In the brights corner we’ve got a tropical print, a stylish bohemian pattern, and a beautiful bright blue bikini. On the pastel side, we’ve got what looks to be a mix of various iced teas: mint, lemon, lavender, and a sherbet one-piece.

Brights:

SwimSuit_Bright.png

Image

Pastels:

SwimSuits_Pastel.png

Image

It could go either way but the victor of the last round is… pastels! The shopping is endless for pastel swimsuits this season, which makes it easy to buy a few to mix and match for new looks throughout the entire summer. Also, many of the pastels are more forgiving on the beach babes who haven’t developed their summer tans quite yet.

And so, it looks as though pastels aren’t just for Easter, having clearly won 4 out of 5 rounds in this matchup. Do you agree with us? Let us know which were your favorites in each round by leaving a comment below!

Goodwill Resort Attire

I know what you’re thinking. Resort attire from Goodwill? I know. I’m crazy. But when you find Ann Taylor shorts at Goodwill for $8, you can bet I will be wearing them all summer long.

This outfit feels like something I would wear on a beach vacation. The shorts are light and breezy and the top has a safari, travel vibe that complements the jungle print.

It may not be the most figure flattering look, but tucking in the top keeps me looking like a lady without sacrificing overall comfort.

Shorts: Ann Taylor (Thrifted) | Top: Converse | Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Bag: Kate Spade | Watch: Michael Kors

 

The Thrifted Quilted Sweater

Sometimes, it really doesn’t take much to dress up an otherwise plain and cheap looking outfit. In today’s look, this simple thrifted sweater would be nothing without the adorable quilted details on the front and sleeves. They make a $7 sweater look as if it cost at least $20. (At least I hope so!)

IMG_1867.JPG

I wanted to keep the rest of the look casual and effortless by adding nude flats and my favorite Kate Spade bag. (Another way to dress up any look: a bold and structured handbag!)

IMG_1833.JPG

IMG_1868.JPG

Jeans: American Eagle | Flats: Chinese Laundry | Sweater: Goodwill | Bag: Kate Spade | Glasses: Shop Sosie

IMG_1869.JPG

Who says thrifted pieces have to look cheap? Definitely not this lady.