How to wear pastels during fall and winter

When you think of fall fashion your mind probably goes toward jewel tones and moodier colors. While I enjoy experimenting with these shades, I always come back to pastels no matter what the season. They’re just my go-to favorites. 

A lot of people probably think that it would be hard to make pastels work for fall and winter, but it’s really not! Keep reading for my tips to make pastels work for the colder seasons. 

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This post was originally posted in October 2019 and updated for 2020. 

Pastel Outfit for Fall

Pay attention to texture

Certain textures are just naturally going to give off more fall/winter vibes than others. Think chunky knits, tweed, faux fur/leather, and sweatshirt material. 

This is a really good way to bring some of your spring/summer favorites into fall. For instance, I’m planning on bringing pastel midi skirts into fall by pairing them with either a sweater or sweatshirt and ankle boots or sneakers! 

Layer it up

Layers also lend to fall and winter fashion more because it makes sense to layer when it’s cold out! I know, revolutionary. Pair a great jacket with a pastel outfit! Add tights under a pastel dress! There are so many options when it comes to layering. 

Pastel Fall Outfit

Accessorize

Hats, scarves, tights. They’re all perfect to make your outfit seem more fall. Opt for a colder weather option like a beret over a woven hat, or a knit scarf over silk. 

Keep it all light

With this outfit I paired my pastel top and accessories with a lighter wash denim. I think this makes the outfit look more intentional, rather than I just threw on the first top I found. 

This can also be a way to incorporate “winter white”, or you know, your white jeans from summer.  

Pastel Pink Outfit for Fall and Winter

Or ground the look in black

I think the term “grounding with black” is more of an interior design thing, but it totally works for fashion too. Adding black to your look will make it a bit more edgy, especially when pastels can be sugary sweet. Some of my favorite color combos are black with blush pink or black and lavender. 

Add in fall patterns

Using patterns people associate more with fall and winter is a great way to bring in pastels. Adding in plaid or animal print (which I think works year round but adds some coziness to fall outfits) works so well to make the look more seasonal. 

My Outfit Details

Pink Sweatshirt: J Crew Factory, same style in black, another cute pink sweatshirt

Jeans: Target – this year’s version

Bag: Target, similar

Leopard Mules: Target

Pearl Headband: Francesca’s, similar

 

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I hope this helps you find a way to bring your pastel clothing into fall and winter! 

 

How to wear pastels for fall

 

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5 Comments

  1. 10.23.19

    I won’t have any trouble grounding in black since that’s the main color I wear lol. I should branch out and try some pastels sometime, thanks for the inspiration!

    • 10.23.19
      Emily said:

      You’re welcome! I’m either in all colorful stuff or all black everything so I get it!

  2. 10.23.19
    Carolyn said:

    LOVE IT! I’m a big fan of pastels and fall fashion, and I’m glad I can wear my pinks and mints into November. And I will definitely be buying those leopard print mules. 🙂

  3. 10.23.19
    paige said:

    LOVE your outfit and headband! this is a great post, pastels look so pretty year round and you wear them so well! x

    • 10.27.19
      Emily said:

      Thank you so much!