Grungy Pastels

Good morning, lovely readers! I hope that you are well.

After recently experimenting with 90’s neon (find the related blog post here), I’ve decided to go in the opposite direction and have a play with pastels today.

Pastels are another key trend of Spring/Summer 2013; seen on catwalks such as Erdem, Calvin Klein and Mulberry (taken from my trend report).

I’ve always preferred pastels to neon, as they are weaker in hue and therefore easier to pull off. Neon requires a certain amount of bravery and, if it goes wrong, it can be disastrous; whereas, with pastels, it can never go wrong. It is a colour palette that suits all skin tones and whether you choose a key pastel piece and build your outfit around it, or dress in head-to-toe pastels, it always looks pretty.

Today I have decided to put my own unique twist on the pastels trend and grunge it up to relate to my personal style.


After recently discovering The Rework (read my interview with them here), I decided to build my outfit around the galaxy print tee that I bought from them a couple of weeks ago:

I am absolutely in love with galaxy prints at the moment, so to grunge it up – and co-ordinate with the grey pastel hue that can be seen in the tee – I purchased a pair of grey skinnies from Red Herring using my Debenhams discount.

I then added my blue Converse trainers and black bobble hat to add a super casual, laid-back feel to the outfit (I was only popping out to meet a friend for a couple of hours, after all).

The final touch was my Aztec-print jacket with fur collar, which has elements of all the shades in the colour palette in this outfit, to pull the look together.

Finally I added some glamour – through my glittery pink nails – as well as a tad more grunge, through my cross ring also by The Rework, and cross earrings.

Pastel Grunge-tastic!

Black Bobble Hat – NEXT

Galaxy Print Tee – The Rework

Grey Skinny Jeans – Red Herring at Debenhams

Trainers – Converse

Aztec-Print Jacket – River Island


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – you don’t need make-up to be beautiful. I prefer the natural look, which I’ve gone for again today.

The only thing I can’t leave the house without on a daily basis is my Estee Lauder concealer, because it’s actually magic.

To work with the grungy pastel look, I’ve gone for an electric blue eyeliner on my lower lids to highlight my eyes and pick up the blue hue in my outfit. I then used a slick of MAC baby pink lipstick to co-ordinate with the pastel pink in the galaxy print tee.

And there you have it – pastels made grungy to tie in with my personal style. I really hope that I inspire some of you to put more of an individual twist on your outfits, as I’ve seen quite a lot of the same sort of thing on blogs lately. Remember, individuality and originality is so important in the fashion world – don’t be afraid to stand out!

(What do you think to my outfit? Do you prefer pastels to neon?

In other news, I have been nominated for Company magazine’s Style Blogger Awards – squeal! Please vote for me here.



  1. March 14, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    love the t-shirt! and the jacket is so cute! I'll deffo be looking out for it in river island!


    • March 15, 2013 / 6:58 pm

      Aww, thank you! Unfortunately you won't find the jacket as I got it on sale about a year ago. But there should be similar ones out there 🙂 good luck! I'm going to visit your blog now. Xo

  2. March 20, 2013 / 12:31 am

    you nailed this one

    • March 20, 2013 / 5:00 pm

      Well I'm glad you think so 😛 thanks, Milex! Just had a nosy at your blog – love your style. Xo

    • March 25, 2013 / 7:14 pm

      Aww thanks, Lauren-Jade! I'll have a look at your blog when I get a moment 🙂 xo

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