Pastels at work are having a moment.
Long gone are the days of dressing in a masculine way at work in order to be taken seriously. Dressing in feminine and stylish clothing is the modern working women’s way to ‘power dress’ and something I have been banging on about for some time on my blog! Dressing in a feminine way and with style is having a moment, Theresa May was asked this week in her Facebook live debate what she thought about workwear and she said you should be able to wear what you like. Having the confidence to wear what you like and show some flair is a sign of confidence and someone who has a strong sense of self.
If you have stricter rules at work and are in a more corporate environment then wearing suits in pastel colours is a good tactic. Fresh, elegant and classy, pastel suiting is a great change from ‘traditional’ corporate colours such as navy, black and grey and will help you stand out from your peers. THE colour of spring/summer 2017 is pale or dusty pink.
I love a style icon to give me inspiration for looks and currently it is Brigitte Macron in powder blue Balenciaga at her husband’s inauguration but more often than not lately (I’m at the end of season 2), it’s the wardrobe of the character Olivia Pope in the TV show Scandal. Pope presents herself in creams, soft silks and pastels but the words that come out of her mouth are pure cold steel. OK, she’s only a character but the rules of dressing in the workplace today have changed, wearing a masculine suit and shirt is dated and you can be taken seriously whilst looking stylish!
Jigsaw ice blue suit. Perfect choice for your Summer work wardrobe.
Claudie Pierlot pastel pink suit at Selfridges. This jacket is absolutely beautiful on – two of my clients have bought it this month on their personal shopping trip, one was a blonde and the other dark haired and it looked great on both of them.
Unusual Jill Sander pleated dress from Net a Porter that would be good for work. Great length sleeves on this if you don’t like showing your arms.
Anyone who has shopped with me before know what a huge fan I am of these jersey knitted Whistles jackets. They do them every season in navy, black and pale grey. A really good alternative to a stiffly tailored jacket and this soft grey goes with almost everything.
Jigsaw rose pink silk fronted top. This comes in a few colours and has been a huge success this season for a few of my clients. It’s a very flattering shape and the soft silk panel at the front is very feminine but smart.
At the designer end of the price spectrum, this beautiful pale pink wool jacket by Max Mara from Matches Fashion, would be great for work. A bit racy with the pleated skirt for some work environments; I would wear it with soft grey tailored trousers to give it a professional edge.
So what shoes are best to wear with pastels? I would opt for these nude suede court shoes from Jimmy Choo at Net-a-porter which have the added value of elongating your legs. Or a pair of neutral, muted (not shiny) silver heels would work brilliantly with powder blue and pastel pink.
If you would like help pulling your work wardrobe together this season I have a few appointments left in June – get in touch for a chat.
Lisa Gillbe is an image consultant and personal stylist based in London, UK.