13 Ways To Wear Pastel That'll Ensure You Stick To Your Cool Girl Style

In today's totally mind-blowing fashion news, pastels are in for spring! Okay, we know that's nothing new — but the good news is there are ways to wear pastels that aren't basic or boring. In fact, they can also be edgy and cool if worn the right way.

My personal favorite way to wear pastels is when paired with black — I have always loved the juxtaposition of moody, edgy black pieces (like combat boots or biker jackets) mixed with soft and innocent pastels. And, as someone who has had dyed hair every color of the rainbow, I am (of course) absolutely nuts about the pastel hair craze

There are other ways to make pastels cool, though, from choosing the right fabrics (try leather — faux is great, too!), to incorporating them in unexpected places, like in your makeup or your footwear. If you need some candy-colored springtime inspiration, look no further. Here’s your starting point for everything you need to make wearing pastels awesome this season.

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Pastel Hair

Whether you take your inspiration from Kelly Osbourne, Nicki Minaj, Nicole Richie, or Hilary Duff — so many celebs have rocked mermaid hair at this point, and the trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. It may be a pain to achieve, but pastel hair looks amazing if you do it right. And if you aren’t ready to dye your own hair just yet, you can always experiment with extensions (like these clip-ins from Etsy), or hair chalk (like this spray chalk from Bumble and bumble).

Pastel Lips

I’m still a die-hard fan of chalky matte pastel-hued lipstick. My current favorite is the pasty lavender shade of Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Coven, similar to that worn by Kelly Osbourne here. 

Ombré Sunglasses

These ombré sunnies have the perfect combination of style and attitude for Spring.

Tildon 5mm Pastel Round Sunglasses, $34, nordstrom.com

Leather Dress

The hard motorcycle details of this dress are totally bad ass, despite the pale pink color.

Nasty Gal Regent Leather Moto Dress, $210, nastygal.com

Motorcycle Vest

A zippered vest is especially cute when it breaks up an all black outfit, or when worn over a flirty floral dress.

Knit Moto Vest, $25, forever21.com

Leather Cuff

This caged leather cuff is totally edgy, but the pink hue keeps it feminine.

JAKIMAC Quad Leather Cuff, $68, nastygal.com

Matte Nail Polish

I am loving the modern, semi-matte finish of this mint green polish.

Zoya Satin Nail Lacquer in Sage, $9, zoya.com

Crossbody Bag

The gold chains and zipper hardware give this pink leather crossbody bag a sophisticated edge.

Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 Zip Bag, $195, revolveclothing.com

Raincoat Details

For rainy days, this clear mac is super chic, and allows you to both cover up and still show off your outfit — score! The pastel details add a bit of seasonal whimsy.

Pastel Trim Clear Plastic Mac, $75, topshop.com

Color Block Sandals

A cool way to do pastels is in color-blocks. These platform sandals are adorable with jeans or a dress, and extra cute with some printed socks for Easter

Nasty Gal Sorbet Leather Platform, $150, nastygal.com

Ombré Sweatshirt

For those slightly cooler spring evenings when you don’t want to sacrifice style for warmth.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Ombré Sweatshirt, $248, nordstrom.com

Maxi Skirt

I love contrasting a flowy and feminine maxi skirt when worn with a graphic t-shirt and leather jacket.

Pins And Needles Yoke Chiffon Maxi Skirt, $79, urbanoutfitters.com

Platform Sneakers

Unexpected but fresh when worn with skinny jeans and a blazer.

Shellys London Funcluo Platform Sneaker in Lilac, $80, nastygal.com