Catwalk Queen Road Tests Spring Summer 2012’s Pastel Trend: GUEST BLOG

05 April 2012 by

Gemma Cartwright, Editor of brilliant blog Catwalk Queen, is back with another guest blog exclusively for Grazia Daily. After giving fetish gear a go last time, now Gemma’s giving S/S’12’s pastel trend a catwalk-to-reality road test. Here's how the Catwalk Queen team got on...

When I told the team that they'd be trying out pastels this week, I was met with more than one horrified look. It's not a look that's easy for a grown woman to pull off - especially one who usually wears nothing but dark colours. But as a fan of colour, I am a true believer that there's a pastel piece out there for everyone, and now the Sun has come out, it's perfect opportunity to come over to the pale side.

Pastels can be tricky to wear, especially if you're going for the head-to-toe approach. Getting it right without looking like a reject from The Nutcracker is not easy, but if you stick to the right shapes and the right fabrics, it can be done.

Gemma Cartwright

Since I'm the team member who wears the most colour in general, it was my job to go all out with head-to-toe pastels. But my usual wardrobe of pretty dresses and tights wasn't going to work for this as a pastel dress runs the risk of looking a bit too twee with my long blonde hair and pale skin. So I pulled in another key S/S trend; coloured denim. The skinny jeans are from New Look (a bargain at £23), as are the shoes, and I teamed them with a silky floral blouse from H&M.


Our shopping editor Kate's look is usually a lot more pared down and grungy than my uber-feminine style, so this pleated car-print lemon yellow skirt was a bit of a wardrobe wildcard for her. Obviously it owes a debt to Prada, but it's actually from good old Primark. She added a pale-hued Topshop jacket, black tee and her trusty black ankle boots to toughen the look up a bit.


Hannah is the office's resident vintage queen, and always has her eye out for a bargain find. With her multicoloured pastel leggings teamed with a peach tee and visible bra (what Carrie Bradshaw can do, Han can do better) plus some vintage accessories - I really had to stop myself nicking the original 50s sunglasses - and this is how to do vintage pastels without going for the obvious frou-frou prom dress.


Jess had a bit of a head-start having just compiled a pastel top picks for OSOYOU so it's no surprise she beat even me in the 'head to toe' stakes! Putting a slightly 20s spin on the look she fakes a drop-waist by wearing a textured top over a Miss Selfridge dress, with amazing Zara heels, a mint coloured blazer and an oversized clutch. Tres Louis Vuitton, non?


Our shoe queen Abi went for 90s-inspired pastels with her take on the trend; vintage turquoise jeans and a floral denim jacket (brave, brave girl) with a grey tee and platform shoes. The necklace has apparently been christened the 'fraggle tooth' necklace by her friends - another classic 90s reference, if only by accident!


Our beauty editor Steph went completely out of her comfort zone to show how pastels can be worked into an edgier look just as easily as they can a retro one. Teaming her vintage lace midi skirt with lots of leather (via a fringed H&M jacket and Kurt Geiger ankle boots) gives it a grungy vibe rather than a cutesy one.

by Gemma Cartwright | @catwalkqueen | @GemmaCartwright


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