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Pastels in winter: It’s totally a "do"

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Get pretty with pastels

Darker hues have their place during the colder months, but adding a splash of color is OK too and adds a refreshing twist to any winter outfit. If you’re not sure how to incorporate softer hues into your look, we’re sharing some of our current go-to pastel pieces.

lightweight lilac-hued scarf

Animal print scarf

Add a splash of a pretty pastel color to any winter look by throwing this animal print border scarf on with a neutral sweater (topshop.com, $15). The lightweight lilac-hued scarf would look great paired with gray, black or even navy and would work with both casual outfits or something more polished (e.g. a pencil skirt and a fitted top).

Jeffrey Campbell cap toe heels

Cap toe heels

Whether you’re wearing a classic LBD or a pair of skinny tailored trousers, adding this glam pair of Jeffrey Campbell cap toe heels in pastel green with a silver toe will add just the right amount of flair to your look (solestruck.com, $155). They come in a variety of pastel hues, but we’re partial to the minty green.

delicate Swarovski crystal bracelet

Crystal bracelet

You can never go wrong by adding a little sparkle to your look which is why we’re currently coveting this delicate Swarovski crystal bracelet featuring pastel-colored stones (swarovski.com, $180). The vintage-inspired design and ribbon closure give it a romantic appeal we love.

chic collarless silk stretch blouse

Silk blouse

Skip over the white or cream-colored button-up in favor of this chic collarless silk stretch blouse in a soft shade of lavender with pretty pleating at the neck (nordstrom.com, $250). Not only is it ultra-comfortable due to the addition of stretch, but the blouse is still elegant enough to wear to the office. Pair with a sleek printed pencil skirt and nude platform pumps.

purple pastel skinnies

Skinny jeans

We’ve had a long-standing crush on colored denim and these purple pastel skinnies are no exception (us.asos.com, $141). Even during the colder months, these lighter-hued jeans would look great paired with a slouchy gray sweater and either knee-high or ankle boots.

structured pink pastel purse

Purse

Why tote a dark handbag when you’re wearing a darker-hued outfit or coat? We prefer to brighten things up with a lighter accessory like this structured pink pastel purse (Brahmin.com, $265). Two organizer pockets and a center divider help keep things organized no matter how much stuff we’re carting around.

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