When I was but a wee huntress, I LOVED neon. It was the 90s, after all. Head to toe neon was the thing. My favorite outfit was one that I had picked up with my grandmother: rainbow neon leopard print spandex pants and a matching leopard sweatshirt (with an actual leopard printed on it). Seriously, I felt like a rockstar in that outfit. (I hope I’m painting a solid picture of myself as a lil’ huntress). I made a point to never wear pastels back in those days. Pastels, to me, were just a boring bunch of colors that didn’t interest me. …flash forward to present time. Here I am, embracing purely pastels. It’s funny how our conceptualization of style and fashion changes over time. Though, I have to say, I still think that leopard print look was pretty cool in retrospect…but perhaps is best as a memory versus a current look. So, ditching the leopard, neon, and spandex, this is my purely pastels look: The Fashion Huntress all grown up.
Top: Banana Republic via thrift ($1, retails for $80)
Pants: Gap ($5 marked down from approx $60)
Blazer: Zac Posen via consignment ($70, retails for $3,000)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($15)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Color mixing within hues is one of the easiest ways to mix and match colors in the same outfit. I have four different shades of pastel in this look, but with all pastels, the look manages to read as a very cohesive outfit. If you’re new to color mixing, staying within one hue is the easiest way to begin.
2) Hmm, something strange happened with these shoes: the leather actually wore through on the inside by my toes. This has actually never happened to me before and I was a little disheartened. I’ve always had good luck with Sam Edelman shoes, but this made me question the quality a bit. Outlier? Or not so great quality? I would love to hear others’ feedback on this issue and if it’s happened to you before?
Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much. Happy mid-week!
36 replies to “purely pastels”
I’m a pastel lover as well, thanks for sharing. These particular colors really suit you.
I love neon too and those shoes are amazing! Perfect with the pink pants!
How many shades of pastels going so beautifully well with all the other shades. Love it 😍
Those shoes. My favorite 😨😧 *don’t give way easily mint shoes. Don’t give a chance for mommy to have such discussions about you* hahahha
LOL well I may try and see if they can be repaired, but in the meantime, they will walk another day :)~!!
I love the complexity of this ensemble. It’s very chic and soft, yet the mixed textures add more oomph to the outfit. #Flawless
love your jacket
I love love love this look on you. You seriously have the gift of finding the best item’s and at phenomenal prices. You wow me every time. You have made shopping a new and better experience for me. Thank goodness the young huntress was so bold and fashionable in her 90’s neon, it’s part of the reason we have the chic one presently.
Awww that is so sweet- that means so much to me! I love hearing that people can think differently about shopping, what to wear, and prices- I so passionate about accessible fashion 🙂 I’m glad it comes through in my posts- and I thank you for always being so supportive. Now if I could just somehow internalize your cooking skills, I’d be in a really good place lol 🙂
Love the pastels! Great pairing!
Love your 5$ pastel pants! Very worth it!
I never thought pastels could look so good together but this is stunning! Those pants too, I will take those and the shoes;)
Give me that Zac Posen blazer! I’m in love. What an amazing find. I adore this pastel look. You look lovely.
I’ve had the same problem with a pair of Sam Edelman flats. I wore them to death and eventually threw them out.
Really?! Hmmm…well this is interesting. Im thinking twice before getting another pair!!
It’s strange because it’s the only pair of Sam’s that have worn that way. It must just be certain styles. It still wouldn’t keep me from purchasing other shoes by this brand.
I have been meaning to buy some good clothes on a budget and I will sure drop a visit to the Nordstrom rack !
Once again I can never wrap my head around how you come across such amazing deals! $5 pants?!?! YES PLEASE. Love how you incorporated four different pastel shades into one cohesive and very well put together look. As for shoe situation; I have never experienced the leather tearing inside the shoe especially with Sam Edelman; his shoes are usually very durable and of fabulous quality.
Thank you!! So sweet!! And interesting-! It’s so hard to know what happened with them! I’m torn but may try and get them repaired!
Perhaps they are one of your favorite shoes and you have worn them countless times?? That’s the only reason I would think that they are tearing. Definitely get them repaired; he makes great shoes! Xo.
🙂 excellent plan!!
Lovely mix of colors and texture, I mean that blazer is everything!
Its funny how are styles change over time….When I was in junior high and high school I never wore dresses, I hated them for some reason. Lol! But I like them now 🙂
Love the blazer fit… i am always a fan of slightly short blazer… lovely neckpiece too…
Love the Outfit!!!
yes girl! work it! lookin fresh to death 😉
Love this look! Dying over the jacket! It’s so beautiful! xo Vivian
This look is so on trend and absolutely perfect for the spring. I love the different textures of the pieces!
I LOVE your outfit, dear! Perfect pastel look. Have a nice day!
love the colors
perfect spring outfit…love it!
You are really speaking to my current state of mind with all these pastels!! This look is so cool. Great color mixing, and that necklace is gorgeous.
love the awesome pastel combo! lately i’ve also learned to wear things i once vowed never to wear, so i can definitely relate to your story! 😀 i think it’s great how our minds start opening up to “new” things as we grow older.
PS. your blazer… i think i just fell in love with it.
Love this look! Smart yet feminine!
The jacket is stunning. I don’t know about $3000 stunning, but I’m glad you nabbed it for $70! 😀
Admittedly, pastels are not my fave, but this looks wonderful on you! You haven’t overdone it – the colours almost resonate more as neutrals than pastels. It’s a great look! 😀
Gah the pastels in this so adorable! That blazer was an amazing find!
Cute memory, but I totally agree with you – just a memory 😀 Cute tho.
This outfit on the other hand I really like. It is subtle and it can be worn on so many occasions, from casual to a bit more gala 🙂