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Fashion: Colours Over Time

Pastel Colours and Its Delicate Beauty

Who does not love pastel colours? Its softness and beauty are so entrancing and captivating that you will not notice yourself slowly falling in love with it and its lightness. However, what most people don’t know is the hard work behind its beauty and its origin in the Renaissance. Which shows that these type of colours are not only beautiful but also meaningful and historic.

The Renaissance (Rebirth in French) is a period in the history of Europe that had its beginning in Italy, in the 14th century, but spread through the continent and came to an end in the 17th century. Lots of artists produced their masterpieces during this period, for example, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling, and Da Vinci’s Monalisa. It was also during this time that a painting technique using pastel appeared, hence the colours’ name. It was extremely hard to master and required lots of attention and caution during, and after, the production, therefore only a few risked themselves with it. Jacques Doucet (19th of February 1853 – 30th of October 1929), a French fashion designer, was a successful one that not only brought back the pastel colours but also rooted it in the fashion world.

Pastel colours were always popular for babies’ clothes, utensils, bedrooms, etc., while main colours were mostly used in adults objects and clothes. However, that is slowly changing with the colours being added to clothes, ranging from menswear to female fashion, and even hair colours! Unlike main colours, the pastel tones blend in with a large range of diverse colours, creating a beautiful mix that fit in every occasion and season. Therefore, you can use a pastel blue simple ball gown dress for a picnic in a summer morning, but you can also wear it for a getaway in a winter night, both completely different situations with the same dress.

A huge trend of pastel happened in 1980, from menswear to designs of buildings, because of the growing popularity of a TV show called Miami Vice. However, it significantly died out and came back only in 2018. This year’s summer trend is ice-cream pastel colours which range from different tones of pink and yellow to shades of red and orange, and even a daring soft blue. Using Jacques Doucet’s delicate textures, it is possible to create an endearing look that fits any occasion.

How to use

Before of everything, you need to keep in mind that pastel colours are delicate, feminine and soft. Therefore, these colours are used to give a sophisticated and light feel, which can come in contrast with the current occasion or season, otherwise, it can lighten up your aura, making you seem more approachable.

The 2018 summer trend requires an entire soft look, some even resembling the colours of an ice-cream, however, you can risk yourself to adapt your outfit into your body shape. For example, if you have a small stature you can use pastel colour in a monochromatic look, that way it will make you appear taller! However, if you think these colours are “boring”, you can use a high contrast look, in other words, you can use main colours (in a piece of clothing or an accessory) with the pastel one, thus creating a highlight in your outfit. The third option is a colour block, which consists of blending two different soft colours together, creating a harmonious (sometimes even romantic) look.

Either way, do not be hesitant when composing the perfect look for a summer day, because there is a vast range of possibilities when creating with pastel colours. Take risks, be courageous. You can be sure that you will come out with an astonishing look.

Photographs provided by David Dean –