If your wardrobe is stuffed with many easy-to-match shades like black and beige, it’s time to up your style ante. For men who are interested to add more colours in their life and felt neon is too bright to handle, you’d be surprised how much impact pastel apparels can make. Pastel may be associated with cotton candies and rainbows, but who’s to say that men can’t pull it off too? The secret is knowing how to flaunt it the right way.
1. PAIR IT WITH SOLID-COLOURED BOTTOMS
For those who are new to this summertime palette, start by matching any pastel apparel with a solid neutral shade. If you have a soft pink t-shirt, pair it with charcoal or beige-coloured trousers. If you have a denim shirt that borders on the soft blue shade, you know black and navy pants can pull it off. That’s because a neutral shade can bring out the vibrancy of a sweet-looking palette.
2. THROW ON A JACKET
Some men may feel conscious about stepping out in an all pastel top or bottom. To get yourself comfortably introduced to the pastel pairing, add layers. For pastel-coloured tops, you can throw on a denim jacket or brown leather jacket. Since most pastel tops are plain and solid, feel free to experiment with checkered and striped shirts as outer layers too. That way, you can see what works best.
3. TAKE IT TO THE BEACH
Planning to soak up the sun in pastel instead? Well, good for you because it’s the perfect place to do so! If you want to play it safe, grab a neutral-coloured t-shirt (white or light grey) and pair it with pastel cargo pants or beach shorts of your choice (think light green and sky blue). To elevate your style, you can’t go wrong with bright-coloured footwear or beach sandals. The golden rule is don’t be afraid to have fun!
4. FLAUNT IT WITH SOLID SEPARATES
Pastel-coloured dress shirts are all the rage these days, more so during the wedding season. You might find some shirts to be chalky as a standalone piece, but here’s where formal layers come in. Same rules apply here, you can match your pastel shirts with solid-coloured blazers and pants (we prefer navy and black). If you happen to have a set of pastel suit and pants, you can complement the colours with a neutral inner shirt such as white or beige. It’s all about playing with the basics.
5. MATCH IT WITH YOUR SKIN TONE
Another thing to remember is to pair the right pastel shade with your skin tone. That way, you will look good regardless of the time and place.
If you have a light skin tone
Since this skin tone carries ivory or pinkish undertones, you’d want to choose cool pastels like blue, pink, purple and green. Stay away from any colour that is closest to red, as it will bring out the pinkish undertones of your skin.
If you have a medium skin tone
This category of skin tone has more yellow, peach or olive undertones. Therefore, you should go for warm pastels that are closest to earthy tones. Feel free to choose outfits that are in shades of tan, khaki, yellow, green, grey, blue and red.
If you have a dark skin tone
For guys with dark skin tone, they possess more yellow, red or blue undertones. Hence, you should pick out outfits that are within the family of white, khaki, plum, red, grey, light blue, pink, and orange.
Now that you have all the tips and tricks right at your fingertips, it’s time to fill up your wardrobe with more pastel t-shirts, trousers and formal wear! Whether you choose to wear them for your friend’s wedding or your next beach getaway, pastel is all about bringing fun and colours to your everyday styles.
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