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When I think of spring I think of pastel colors. They gently usher us from winter to spring. With the dark greys and browns of winter, it’s no wonder we crave the sunny hues come spring time. I’m not really a pastel kind of gal, but as spring approaches I find myself wanting to wear the soft, creamy shades of baby blue, cornflower, peach, spearmint, blushing pink, and lilac.

Fashion is in sync with the subdued palette of spring. Shades that match the color of daffodils, tulips, crocus, cherry blossoms, hyacinth, snapdragons, winter jasmine, violets, and lilacs dominate the spring runways and magazines.

Combine daffodil yellow with bold red shoes and handbag for a showstopping look.

      Add nude ankle boots and a great handbag to a ruffled, hyacinth blue, trench coat worn as a dress.

What’s better than a magnolia pink jumpsuit, especially worn with a crocheted, ecru, wrap cardigan and a vintage necklace?

If you aren’t a fan of wearing a lot of pastels, just add a touch with a pair of ballet pink shoes.

Throw on a denim jacket over a tulip yellow vintage dress with daisy detail, another girl meets boy look.

Cherry blossom pink and off-white pants is a guaranteed chic look.

Combine pastel shades into one look like this rainbow sherbet linen dress. Denim is always great paired with pastels.

Muted pastels are unique to spring, a peaceful reprieve between the colors of winter and summer. Pastel colors remind us of the springs of our childhood – ice cream, pastel chalk, Easter eggs, ballet tutus, candy necklaces, strawberry milkshakes, colored marshmallows, pixie sticks and lemonade. Like spring, pastels are hopeful, light, calming and fresh.

I’m off in search of something lilac…


  • Brenda Harris April 13, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Hello Cherie,
    I don’t often wear pastels, probably never, but your spring pastels were inspiring. Not at al too cloying and over girly sweet. I am way pass girly, but would appreciate wearing that baby/powder blue trench coat as a dress, that long yellow skirt ensemble and all of your shoe selections are devine.
    Brenda @inallitsform

  • Brenda Harris April 13, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Ps. …love the pink tweed coat ensemble! The first yellow with the red accessory accents.

    • Cherie James April 13, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Brenda, I’m not a huge lover of pastels, but paired with the right things I love wearing it in the spring. Thank you for your sweet words!

  • Gayle April 13, 2018 at 7:53 am

    All are great looks, you always look good. But your hair, OMG, I need it. I have straight, fine hair, could I accomplish this look with product?

    • Cherie James April 13, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Yes, I absolutely think you could wear my hair style since I have bone straight hair. I use product, then blow dry in the directions I want it to go and then I sometimes use a little hairspray. You made my day Gayle!

      • Gayle April 15, 2018 at 5:19 am

        Thanks for responding. I will experiment this morning.

  • Lynda Davis April 13, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Love the pink and army green combo. Never thought if it and now I have another option to wear with my camo pants. Thanks.

    • Cherie James April 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      Oh I’m so glad. I love pairing pink with camo. It addes that a little bit of softness to the camo. Thank you Lynda!

  • 1010ParkPlace April 13, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    This may be my favorite photo of you!! That sweater and your adorable dog! I wouldn’t have thought to pair the green with the pink, but it’s wonderful. Thank you, Cherie, for such great style advice! xoxox, Brenda

    • Cherie James April 17, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you Brenda for inviting me to write for 1010, it’s so much fun. It’s one of my favorite photos too, I think because it has two of my very favorite things – cozy sweaters and dogs. XOXO

  • Mamavalveeta03 April 14, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    I like that you gave the pink some “edge” with Army green, Cherie. I don’t look good in pastels, which is probably why I almost never wear them. However, I did order a simple light pink linen tunic which I’ll pair with jeans and sandals or (thanks to your idea!) my Army green cargo pants.

    • Cherie James April 17, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      I used to think that I didn’t look good in pastels either, but I’m sure there is one that you look lovely in. Your light pink tunic sounds wonderful! Thank you

  • LA CONTESSA April 15, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    YOU are SO PRETTY YOU would LOOK GREAT in any COLOR!!!!!!

    • Cherie James April 17, 2018 at 6:50 pm

      I haven’t found anything yet, I’ll let you know when I do Contessa. And thank you for your very kind words. XOXO

  • Robertta April 17, 2018 at 11:31 am

    This jeans jacket with yellow dress was sensational! Cherie, you always rock. I’m inspired by you!

    • Cherie James April 17, 2018 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you so much for saying so Robertta, I love to hear that. And, between you and me that yellow dress was my mother-in-laws old prom dress!

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