Ways to Wear Strong Pastels | Mint, Pink & Lilac

Pink, mint & purple
I think the end of April signifies full-blown spring, so we are ON with the pastels, people.

And there’s no better way to kick-start pastels than with the introduction of some new mint trousers from Marks & Spencer – oh how these tailored beauties have exorcised some demons for me! Long-time readers may remember the Mint Chinos Debacle of 2012, where a bottle of orange nail polish and some brand new chinos both met a fateful death. So when M&S asked me if I wanted to review a piece from their Leading Ladies collection (the TV campaign with Emma Thompson, Alek Wek & co), I couldn’t have been happier to see a pair of tailored mint trousers with my name on them.

I’m glad to say those demons have now been exorcised once and for all (I know, I know – so dramatic); this is the best pair of cropped summer trousers you could ever want. They’re high-waisted and fit perfectly on my waist, a great length (I’m 5’7″ and chose the standard length), and at less than forty quid they’re incredible value… top marks, Marks & Spencer. I teamed them with lots of lovely strong pastels, including my pink thrifted sweater, cute woven clutch from Lulus and Anna Lou of London yellow leather studded bracelet.

Pastels have been big news now for a few springs in a row and don’t seem to be going away any time soon – are you rocking the pastels again this year? What are your favourite hues? Do share in the comments!

Pink, mint & purple

Pink, mint & blush
Aviators & pink

Catherine x

Sweater: Thrifted, Trousers: c/o Marks & Spencer, Heels: Zalando, Clutch: c/o Lulus, Leather bracelet: c/o Anna Lou of London, Sunglasses: Asos, Watch: Asos, Nails: Essie Turquoise & Caicos

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  1. 26 April 2014 / 11:20 pm

    Beautiful color mixing. Just gorgeous. Visual dessert:).

  2. 23 April 2014 / 2:42 pm

    I love the mix of colors. You never cease to amaze me with your chic ensembles!

    • 23 April 2014 / 10:01 pm

      Oh Judith that's so nice of you – thank you!!

  3. 23 April 2014 / 6:37 am

    I'm so sad that Marks & Spencer is no longer in Canada, dear Catherine…I was always a big fan of theirs!! As always, you totally inspire me with your fab colour combinations; a look like this is another perfect example of how things don't necessarily have to match in order to "go!!" And that yellow wrap bracelet and patterned clutch are yummy finishing details!! XO


  4. 23 April 2014 / 2:10 am

    This looks great on you! Good mix of pieces that feel both casual and fun at the same time.

    blue hue wonderland

  5. 23 April 2014 / 12:46 am

    Beautiful outfit Catherine, love the heels, clutch and naaaaails! XO.

  6. 22 April 2014 / 8:54 pm

    A beautiful combination of pastels. Loving your mirrored sunnies Catherine 🙂

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  7. 22 April 2014 / 7:24 pm

    Beautiful colour combinations! I am a huge fan of pastels! x

    • 23 April 2014 / 10:00 pm

      I can imagine these two colours would fab on you, Sarah…

  8. 22 April 2014 / 5:51 pm

    So cute! I love mint and pink together, so perfect for warmer weather!

    • 23 April 2014 / 9:59 pm

      I love this combo too Gentri – they're sooo lush together!

  9. 22 April 2014 / 5:25 pm

    Love the color and cut of those trousers, Catherine. Great clutch too. xox

  10. 22 April 2014 / 4:46 pm

    Ooo high-waist trousers, on the high street?! They're like gold dust! I'm off to M&S tomorrow to try those on then, they're just the perfect colour mint I'm lusting after, and they also come in long leg length, like they are meant to be. Thanks for bringing these to my attention! They look fab how you've styled them. P x

  11. 22 April 2014 / 3:29 pm

    Love, love the shoes, Catherine

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