Bring Out the Boots
One of the easiest ways to take a breezy pastel dress from the warmer weather into fall is to add boots. It gives you the opportunity to show off the latest addition to your shoe collection. Furthermore, taller boots will completely alter the vibe of a shorter hem.
Get more mileage out of a striped cotton dress by wearing pieces in deeper shades of the pastel fabric. See the cornflower blue dress against the darker jacket and bag.
All Wrapped Up
Layers and contrasting colors can make pastel shades work all year. The addition of a khaki green belted coat and boots adds some edge to the pink separates and make them look appropriate for fall.
Soft Meets Tough
If you haven’t yet joined the boilersuit brigade, it’s a versatile piece that can see you through the seasons — pastel options included. Make a millennial pink boilersuit work after Labor Day with bold, contrasting accessories.
Start transitioning your wardrobe now with midi lengths in different pastel shades. Lilac and the palest yellow are chic options, especially when they’re in the form of a pleated skirt and belted blouse. There’s no need to put away your macramé bags and tiny sunglasses yet. They add interest to the ensemble.
Pantsuit nation is still going strong, especially with candy-colored suits. The longer silhouette and structured fabric of a pantsuit already make it feel appropriate for fall. A dark printed blouse gives the style a fresh twist and makes the trans-seasonal direction more obvious. Don’t feel the rest of the outfit has to be subdued. Multicolored shoes and a bag still work.
Sweet Shades and Stripes
Much like pastels, the key to pulling off a crop top in the fall is to incorporate pieces that are more traditional for the season. A track jacket in a deep color makes it clear you’re dressing for fall. Plus, the athleisure topper contrasts the sweet nature of the other pieces. Finish with white boots for a fresh fashion girl look that works for all seasons.
Black and tan don’t have to be your default coat colors for fall. Try a lighter shade to keep the optimism of warm weather alive. If it has a print, even better. Pair with a classic pastel striped blouse, cropped jeans and dark floral boots. All the pieces work year round.
Never underestimate what footwear does to make a look autumn-appropriate. Leave the sandals behind and tuck the hems of a blue pantsuit into your boots. For a coordinated, leg-lengthening effect, choose boots in a shade similar to your pants.
Sporty in Pink
We’ve seen athleisure and glamleisure. Could girlyleisure be the next frontier? If outfits like this are anything to go by, yes. The long, streamlined separates provide more versatility, allowing the pink pieces to go from August to September and beyond. Note the brown sneakers. They have a distinct autumnal feel and aren’t too matchy-matchy.
This coat may not be Gen Z yellow, but the pale yellow topper has plenty of appeal. The furry collar and tweed fabric are in keeping with the season. When paired with a white bag, longline beige sweater, pastel blue skirt and black footwear, it serves up some major style points.
This look has all the pastel colors, but the weightier layers and silhouettes make it work. The shocking pink tights keep it on the right side of saccharine.
When the weather is in our favor, transitioning from summer to fall is a gradual process. As the mercury slowly drops, transition a pastel pink maxi dress by teaming it with a coordinating jacket and contrasting accessories in a rich hue. This red and pink combination is a firm favorite.
Stylish Rule Breaker
Pastels look beautiful when they’re mixed and even more so with contrasting shades. When paired with deeper tones, a pastel suit can transcend seasons.
The Right Weight
Silhouettes and fabrics are an important consideration when transitioning pastels into fall. Try a mint sweater with a white midi skirt and fuzzy slides for an It girl-approved take on trans-seasonal dressing.
When in doubt, stick with pastel coats. White sneakers and a coordinating bag will enhance the sugary hue. Or embrace the new season with brown ankle boots and dark tights.
Make a rose pink lace maxi dress work for any season and any time of day by layering it with a white T-shirt and sock boots. In the daytime, don’t forget a pair of dark sunnies.
Study in Contrasts
Now is the time to break all the rules. Contrast lavender trousers with an electric pink jacket for an unexpected look. Add in a patterned top, glittery shoes and sunglasses. Be bold, be extra and own the look.
The palest lilac sweater teamed with a black and white knee-length skirt and white V-cut booties is a delightful outfit for almost any time of year, barring extreme temperatures. Remember it when the forecast seems particularly confusing.
Quilting is a big Fall 2018 trend. It also lends itself well to cool-weather pastels. For a striking between-seasons ensemble, pair a light-colored quilted kimono jacket with a printed dress and short boots.
Every season has its colors. Pastels are typically associated with spring while jewel tones and pumpkin spice shades are usually linked to fall. It’s nice to mark the changing seasons by embracing a new color palette, but it’s even more fun to shake things up once in a while.
Wearing pastels in fall is not only unexpected, but it’s a great way to embrace trans-seasonal dressing. Designers get that we don’t want to be limited to one color theme per season, which is why they’re offering autumnal pieces in macaron-inspired colors along with traditional shades. The key is choosing heavier fabrics so the pastel colors look intentional and can be worn well into the winter months.
Need some visual inspiration? Read on for some fall-appropriate pastel looks worn by some of our favorite street style stars.