The Trend Update: PastelsPastel season is back, bigger and better
than ever before.

Words by George Nicholson

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Photographer, Raffaele Carou; Creative Director, Natalie Brewster; Fashion, Sophie Henderson.

Left: Hoodie, Drôle de Monsieur; Track top, Palm Angels; Track pants, Palm Angels. Right: Sweatshirt & T-shirt AMI Paris.

A spring essential

With the new season officially upon us, it’s time to swap the darker shades for something a little lighter; namely pastels. Despite being a firm favourite among brands almost every year, this season’s offerings have shown us that streetwear giants are putting their own stamp on the trend. From lilac shackets to powder blue shirts, these pastel pieces are getting us oh-so excited for the warmer weather to come. So, if you’re looking to add some sweeter shades into your wardrobe, there’s never been a better time to start shopping. Read on to learn how you can incorporate pastels into your spring/summer looks with a few key pieces.

Shirt and shorts, Casablanca.

Summer Icons

To us, pastels evoke thoughts of hotter climates, sandy beaches and poolside vibes. So, it should make sense that some of the strongest pastel pieces this season are perfect for those warm spring days and long summer nights. Think short-sleeved shirts, powerful T-shirts and boxy fit shorts and you’re on the right track.

When it comes to pastels there are a few major players that do it best. Casablanca and Jacquemus immediately whisk you away to the French Riviera with their latest collections, combining powerful prints and pigments that we can’t get enough of. Newcomer Blue Sky Inn isn’t far behind, adding a lighter touch to your summer line-up. Looking for something a little more wearable? AMI Paris has you covered when it comes to subtle flex staples for your wardrobe, meaning you can feel the summer sun in style.

Overshirt, hoodie and trousers, Stone Island.

Streetwear Essentials

Thankfully, it’s not all bold shirts and twinsets this season. Streetwear labels have also recognised the feeling of Spring/Summer 2022 and translated into essential pieces for your wardrobe. The good news is that you aren’t short of options, colours or labels when it comes to pastel streetwear pieces, so let’s get stuck in.

Seamlessly combining soft hues with a luxe streetwear edge, Stone Island and Palm Angels have staples that’ll see you through this season and beyond: from overshirts to jackets and sweatshirts to shorts, you won’t be disappointed. Following suit, Balenciaga and Moncler put a pastel spin on everything from hoodies to tracksuits and beyond, allowing you to elevate your looks with a few simple pieces. If you're looking for more subtle options, Drôle de Monsieur covers the basics in style, offering an easy entry into the trend at an affordable price point.

Left: Shirt, JW Anderson. Middle: Shirt, Blue Sky Inn. Right: Shirt, JW Anderson.

Sharp Separates

For those looking to make a statement this summer, pastels are the perfect way to do so. Whether it’s a splash of colour or a head turning pattern, the trend lends itself to both safe and adventurous dressers like, meaning you can really make it your own. For those peacocks amongst us, the below will help you find and fall in love with those iconic pastel pieces.

We couldn’t start this section without mentioning JW Anderson and Casablanca's glorious new seasons, effortlessly combining soft shades with bold graphics for a number of powerful looks. Following a similar suit, Blue Sky Inn and Jacquemus have pieces that are sure to get you noticed, riffing on playful patterns and lighter tones that scream summer. Finally, Acne Studios brings a Scandinavian minimalism to the trend that evokes a punchy less-is-more option.

Photographer, Sebastian Sabal-Bruce at Trouble Management | Left: Overshirt and hoodie, Drôle de Monsieur. Right: Shirt, Blue-Sky Inn; Hoodie, Drôle de Monsieur.​

Pastel Pairings

Now you’ve got your spring wardrobe pastel ready, it’s time to start thinking about the looks that will make it shine. With lighter shades being the focus here, you want to wear complimentary shades and pieces that will allow your pastels to shine.

When it comes to complimentary tones, think neutrals like khaki, navy and beige. You’ll create a contrast between light and dark and, if balanced, will give your outfit a great spring feel. If you’re thinking of wearing denim, think about what colours you’re wearing. Light blue with light blue jeans might be a bit of a stretch, so a darker shade will work best, letting the pastels shine whilst keeping things nice and simple.

Depending on the time of the season (or weather), you might also be able to layer your pastels too. Overshirts, shackets and even jacket and hoodie combo can bring out the best of your pastel range without feeling too forced. It’s about creating a good textural and colour balance when you’re wearing pastels, so don’t be afraid to mix and match your layers.

Discover the latest pastel pieces at Harvey Nichols right here.

Photographer, Raffaele Carou; Creative Director, Natalie Brewster; Fashion, Sophie Henderson; Model, Hyeon Jae Park at Established Models; Model, Jack Foulds at Next Model Management; Model, Daniel Luke at Established Models; Model, Felix Radford at Select Model Management; Hair, Alfie Sackett at LGA Management; Casting Director, Leila Hartley.