The day when a girl feels unimaginable joy is when she is the bridesmaid for her sister or her BFF, and selecting the perfect dress to look your absolute best is one of the most stressful things. You wouldn’t want to look underdressed or over the top, because that might steal all the attention that the bride is getting.
Pastels refer to the softer or a little paler tone of colours. Pastel outfits have been in trend for quite some time now and we all wonder why is that so. According to Carolyn Mair, PhD, fashion psychologist and the author of The Psychology of Fashion, people prefer pastel colours more than regular vibrant colours because, “We want soft fabrics, soft silhouettes, and pastels feel soft, psychologically, they feel gentle and soothing”.
People have started to prefer pastel outfits over vibrant colours because it is more soothing and calming to the eyes. Pastels are a classic spring staple and timeless enough for you to wear them year after year. Pastel is a trending palette because it is subtle yet elegant. Celebrity designer Sonaakshi Raj and Ethnic designers Saumya and Bhavini Modi have listed out some reasons which make pastels the perfect colour palette to select your outfit from:
1. Pastel shades are happy colours, and can easily be styled with other colours and prints. You can style a pastel pink with a dark purple or pastel blue with a minimal floral print.
2. Pastels are a classic spring staple and timeless enough for you to wear them year after year.
3. Pastels are perfect for navigating between seasons as they are safe and elegant. Colours like pistachio and vanilla cream are soothing and interesting to design and style.
4. Pastels can be designed in a variety of cuts and silhouettes. Whether it’s anarkalis and lehengas or crop tops and dhoti pants, pastels fit into any silhouette. All in all, pastels are a trending phenomenon that is here to stay.
There are so many pointers to keep in mind while selecting the perfect outfit, that you will find yourself swamped. But, don’t you worry, we have got your back. Here are some pastel outfit ideas for you because pastels will never go out of style.
Pastels According to Skin Tone
As gorgeous as pastel outfits look, selecting the correct colour according to your skin tone is a difficult task that leaves us confused. But we have a guide to help you select pastel shades according to your skin tone, so that you don’t have to get confused while picking the perfect outfit for yourself.
For people with fair skin tone, pastel colours like baby blue, lavender, candy pink and shades of lilacs are preferred because of their cool undertones. For a complete look, style your pastel outfit with a dark or bright bag.
For people with medium skin tone, pastel colours like mint greens, baby pinks, pastel greys and peaches are preferred. Balance your outfit with any solid colour of the same family that goes well with the colour you are wearing.
For people with darker skin tones, pastel colours like buttery yellows, lavenders, creams and Aquas are preferred.
Pastel Outfit Ideas for Bridesmaids
A crop top paired with Sharara is the perfect outfit for the bridesmaid who loves to go Indo-western. Styling such an outfit with a statement choker or heavy earring and a chunky bracelet will make it a perfect outfit. An outfit like this will look amazing in the sangeet or the Mehendi function. Apart from Pastel green, such an outfit will look good in Pastel Lavender (for people with dusky and lighter skin tone) Pastel Grey (for people with medium skin tone) and Candy Pink.
Pastel Salmon Pink
You can never go wrong with an outfit in the shade of pink. If you are a bridesmaid who loves to wear shimmer or sequins, you can wear such a saree paired with a beautiful and dainty choker and steel bangles and look completely mesmerising. A sequined saree will look good at the wedding reception. Apart from this shade, a sequined saree will also look good in silver ( for people with medium skin tone), golden or shade of buttery yellow (for people of dusky skin tone), and mint green (for people with fair skin tone).
The contrast of a pastel Mauve and black can never look boring. If you are planning to wear a silk saree, pairing your saree with big hoops and a pendant or a simple choker will seal the deal. If you are looking for more pastel colour suggestions for a silk saree, colours like Mint green (for people with medium skin tone), lavender or lilac (for people with duskier skin tone), and Pastel Turquoise (for people with fair skin tone) can be good options. Such an outfit can be worn by the bridesmaid on the wedding day.
A shade like buttery/pastel yellow can never look wrong on any type of attire. Pairing a Buttery Yellow blouse with palazzo pants and a jacket along with statement earrings and a simple choker will make you look your absolute best at the Haldi function. Colours like Lemon Yellow paired with blue or pink pieces of clothing will also look picture perfect for the Haldi ceremony.
A simple pista green outfit has an aesthetic appeal to it, and apart from that, it has a soothing effect on peoples’ eyes. Pista Green outfit can look good as any attire because, in most of them, it can be colour coordinated with a solid of the same family. To make the outfit look complete and beautiful it can be paired with a heavy choker and statement earrings. An outfit of this colour palette can look good at the engagement.
Any outfit of the pastel rose colour can never go wrong on any type of skin tone, be it fair tone, medium tone or dusky tone. Most of the outfits made in this shade of colour are lehengas or shararas. An outfit of this colour can be paired with chunky bracelets and statement earrings. To give it a colour block effect, you can wear silver or black pumps as footwear. You can wear such an outfit at the sangeet ceremony.
A yellow outfit is a perfect colour for the Haldi ceremony. If you are bored with the traditional saree and want to wear something chic and elegant, you can opt to wear a ruffle saree. A lemon yellow attire looks good on people who have a medium to dusky skin tone. For fair people who want to rock their Haldi outfit, they can wear a Pastel Yellow saree with a blouse of a darker shade, such as navy blue or deep pink.
Powder Blue/Pastel Blue
Pastel blue is a colour that proves that even plain coloured outfits can look classy, elegant and glamorous at the same time. This colour looks good on people with fair to medium skin tone. If you are planning to wear a plain kurta with cigarette pants, you can opt for colours like old rose or candy pink (for people with fair skin), Lavender or Lilac (for people with dusky skin tone) and dove grey or mint green (for people with medium skin tone). This might look like a plain outfit, but with heavy makeup, it can be a perfect outfit for attending Sangeet.
An outfit in the shade of grey can never be out of style, it might be out of sight but such a shade will never be out of mind. This shade can look good on anyone with any skin tone. Such an outfit can be paired with a diamond or a zircon necklace along with heavy makeup. This outfit can be worn at the reception function.
Pastel Pink and Grey
The combination of pastel pink and grey is an evergreen combination. People with medium to fair skin tone can try wearing a Patiala suit on the wedding day with heavy makeup and statement jewellery; as this outfit is so comfortable that you can dance the whole day wearing it. For a colour block look you can wear a lemon yellow or a sky blue coloured Jutti as footwear.
Lavender or lilac is a colour that has the power to soothe one’s mind and is reminiscent of freshness and blissfulness. Outfits of this shade look great on people with a dusky skin tone. If paired with the right accessories like chunky rings and bracelets or statement earrings, it can be perfect for a wedding day.
Colour Combination of Pastel Shades
There are times when we get confused by looking at several different shades of pastels that we want them all. In such a case you can try and find a lehenga or a saree that has different shades of pastels incorporated in it. Such an outfit can be great to be worn at a wedding or a reception party. It can be paired with a choker and silver bangles. For a colour block effect, you can carry a maroon or a dark pink clutch.
Now you don’t need to get overwhelmed while selecting an outfit because you already have a curated list of outfits that you can rock at your sister’s/BFF’s wedding functions.