Quick Change: A Summer Style Pastel to Brighten the Mood
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It’s summer, and business needs to carry on as usual. Although most of my freelancing is done remotely, I still have occasional meetings with clients. It’s extremely natural for me to stick to black and grays for business attire; however, this summer I wanted to brighten things up. Additionally, since I am a mom of three on a budget, I needed something that will function not only for my meetings but for the casual times as well. If you’re a busy mom that needs multi-function clothing, let me introduce you to a cool summer style pastel that will brighten any mood.
Even more so, I’m happy to share this post because I’m working with The Smile Brilliant Team for even more brightly colored fun. Keep reading to learn how to use a versatile summer pastel and the best ways to transition it between work and home life.
How to choose the right pastel
First and foremost, the key to picking a summer style pastel that will actually get used is to start with a color that you are comfortable with. All you need is one or two really good pieces to carry you through the entire season. Our house runs on minimalism so picking one shirt, that goes from business to casual, is ideal.
Oddly enough, you can tell that a pastel will look good on you if it contrasts with your features. Meaning, if you have darker hair, then choosing pastels from the warmer side of the color spectrum will work best. If you have lighter hair, try selecting from the blue or purple range. For instance, I have very dark brown hair. A deep coral worked amazingly to brighten up my wardrobe.
Overall, pastels are eye-catching just as they are. It’s better to choose solid pieces without a pattern. Trying to mix a patterned print with multiple pieces in your closet can make things unnecessarily complicated. The trick to brightening things up is to keep it simple.
Cut and style
The next step to picking the perfect summer style pastel is to select a cut and style. Since I’m only adding a single shirt to my basic wardrobe, I’m going with a classic short-sleeved button-down. Button-Down shirts are great because they can layer easily, and be worn multiple ways. Slightly opened, fully opened, closed, tied… you name it, the button-down pastel can do it. Since my work and home share the same space, I spend the majority of my days chasing children. I only need to dress for business, perhaps once or twice a week. That’s why I prefer versatile pieces like the button-down to make the transition effortless.
The footwear I choose to compliment my outfits are very simple. I have the low-heel pumps that shout, “Wear me to your business meetings!” Also, I have a pair of gray flats, a pair of athletic shoes, and a pair of neutral colored sandals. Each shoe is basic in color, without many bells and whistles. I find footwear works best as a supporter, not a showpiece. Your wardrobe stretches when your basics flatter universally.
I’m not the type to wear many accessories. Besides my wedding ring, when I’m going to see clients, I’ll wear a watch. If I plan to stay home, then I leave my wrists alone. You can check out my previous post about accessorizing a summer look here. However, I really like to make most of my statements with my hair. I love wearing a summer style pastel because you can create the perfect look without adding too much.
A smile completes the look
Since we are talking about pieces that convert between business and casual, remember that a great smile does the same. Have confidence when talking to clients or even hanging out with your kids at the park. A bright, beautiful smile completes every look. For the second time, I’ve proudly partnered with Smile Brilliant to show off their Smile Fearlessly campaign.
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Are you rocking a summer style pastel?
Even if you’re a traditionalist like me, you can rock a summer style pastel. Brighten up your usual blacks and grays with a little pop of color. Take your style to the next level and, as always, don’t forget to smile.