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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun