To ensure that powdery pastels—like these midthigh-length shorts in robin’s-egg blue—stay on the sophisticated side, pair them with toned-down metallics, such as a shimmery taupe tank.
To buy: W118 by Walter Baker cotton-blend top, $158, macys.com for stores. Degen x Cat Hunt linen-and-cotton shorts. Jessica Ricci earrings. Aldo necklace. Lizzy Couture bangles. Jessica Ricci ring.
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Keep pale, gossamer fabrics grounded by adding some visual heft, as with this striking statement necklace and the strap-happy heels.
To buy: Tocca silk top, $140, tocca.com. Corey Lynn Calter polyester skirt, $136, coreylynncalter.com for stores. Kara Ross necklace. Charles David leather sandals, $230, 310-659-7110. Elizabeth and James ring.
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A Delicate Balance
Pink and seafoam may sound like a match straight out of Nana’s cruise wear, but it looks far from granny when done right. The trick? Choose edgy shapes (peasant top, skinny jeans) with a touch of sparkle (the blouse’s flecks of gold).
To buy: 2b.Rych silk top, $298, The Bee, 732-714-1444. French Connection jeans, $128, Simply Meg’s, 336-272-2555. By Boe earrings. Anna Pellissari ring.
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Dust off your connotations of dusty rose. The soft shade got a bad rap in the 80s, but today it looks altogether new in diaphanous fabrics and is as wearable as a neutral. Try it with brown, gray, or denim.
To buy: French Connection silk top, $168, Bloomingdale’s, 866-593-2540 for stores. Julie Collection earrings. Anna Pellissari ring.