Let a pop of pastel freshen up your spring-summer wardrobe

The trick with pastels is not getting too pretty.

Sweet pastel colors tend to conjure up visions of sugary summer confections, such as cotton candy and sorbet. They also offer a fast way to refresh a warm-weather wardrobe. What's new is mixing hues, as seen at Burberry Prorsum's spring-summer presentation, where a lavender jacket was cinched with a blush-toned belt or a vibrant mint handbag added pop to a rose-colored ensemble. Pale shades also look new on unexpected pieces — a satchel with studded accents, a tough leather motocross jacket or casual Birkenstock sandals. The trick is not getting too pretty. Pair a floaty pastel dress with sharp black shoes or soften a crisp black-and-white look with a dash of petal pink eye shadow.

Mint condition

For a polished finishing touch to the season's ponytails and updos, try Hair Design Access by Sylvain Le Hen curved metal hair pins, $70 each, and ponytail barrette, $65; at Creatures of Comfort in West Hollywood, (323) 655-7855, and www.hairdesignaccess.com.

Femme fatale

Baby blue softens up Alexander Wang's Rocco bag in an of-the-moment satchel shape with rebellious studded detailing; $795 at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, (310) 550-5900, and www.neimanmarcus.com.

Three times a lady

A Burberry Prorsum pencil skirt gets dressed up in lavender lace with a floral pattern and shimmery jewel embellishment; Layered Gem English Lace Skirt, $3,995 at the Burberry boutique in West Hollywood, (310) 657-2424, and www.burberry.com.

Blushing biker

Mulberry's leather biker jacket with quilted detailing, feminized in ballerina pink, can be dressed up or down for ultimate versatility; $3,100 at www.mulberry.com

Let them wear candy colors

Dior's spring Trianon collection pays homage to Marie Antoinette. Pastel hues in the Dior limited-edition Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette can be smoothed on with fingers for a light-handed, smoky-eye look; $60 at www.dior.com

Block party

Color-blocking, peek-a-boo cutouts and a patterned, fish-skin heel make Christian Louboutin's Air Chance slingback pumps stand out; $1,145 at the Christian Louboutin boutique in Hollywood, (310) 247-9300, and www.christianlouboutin.com.

Style spectrum

Zimmermann's silk georgette Tuck dress is about laid-back chic with an easy elastic waist, a tea-length hemline and a print that evokes a beachy sunset; $650 at the Zimmermann boutique in West Hollywood, (310) 285-9680, and us.zimmermannwear.com.

Wrap star

Timeless and chic, tough and sweet, Tod's triple-wrap leather bracelet with a hardware buckle closure softens up in powder pink; $325 at Tod's in Beverly Hills, (310) 285-0591, and www.tods.com.

Ear candy

These exquisite pink tourmaline, diamond and 14-karat gold triple-drop earrings by local designer Jacquie Aiche add a graceful touch to any outfit, even a tee and jeans; $6,000 at Roseark in West Hollywood, (323) 822-3600.

Girly and grounded

There is nothing at all dainty about Birkenstocks, which is why they strike a perfect balance in pretty peppermint green; Birkenstock's Arizona sandal in nubuck leather, $120 at www.birkenstockusa.com or (800) 867-2475.

Art of tailoring

The 3.1 Phillip Lim pencil pant combines a slimming, streamlined style with a painterly pastel print; $450 at 3.1 Phillip Lim in West Hollywood, (310) 358-1988, and www.31philliplim.com.

Dialed-up style

A phone case is one accessory that is constantly on display, so why not dress it up for summer in pastel flowers? Burberry Prorsum Deerskin leather iPhone 5/5s case with hand-applied vinyl flowers; $365 at the Burberry boutique in West Hollywood, (310) 657-2424, and www.burberry.com.


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