How not to look old in pastels

Fasion over 40 woman with leopard print, sequins and denim in one outfit

Why I rarely wear pastels

When you follow my block already for a while, you know that my favorite color is black. I already loved black when I was a toddler. Yes, and if there were a darker color than black, I would wear it!

fashionover40 woman in denim-on-denim with sequin patches
Back view of outfit with Oliveo denim skirt, GNW tight, Harley Davidson booties (all own) and Sequin denim patch jacket c/o StyleWe

Concerning colors, I have a confession to make. I am not into wearing pastels at all. They wash me out! They don’t let me play up the dramatic contrast of light skin with olive undertone vs. dark color. They compete with my skin for the contrast to the dark brown eyes and ash brown hair. I even wish I had inherited my mom’s eye color for an even starker contrast! Her eyes were nearly black with a slight brown undertone. You barely could see her iris! So beautiful. <3

fashion over 40 woman in patched denim jacket
Sequin patch oversize denim jacket c/o StyleWe with own Oliveo denim skirt, GNW tight, Harley Davidson booties, Jord wood watch, and GNW leopard print cardigan worn as top

Beautiful young pastels

Don’t get me wrong. I love these pastel coats in clear light blue, or clear light pink. Clear pastels (not muted) are so stunning on our light blonde sisters. Think of Rosie Hunnington-Whiteley or Karlie Kloss in their stunning pastel brown camel coats. <3

style over 50 woman with leopard print top and light blue jacket
Harley Davidson booties, GNW tight, GNW leopard print top, Jord bamboo watch (all own) and light blue jacket c/o StyleWe

Pastels with warm undertones look perfect on red heads with cooper undertones or strains in their hair or on strawberry blondes. These pastels even look romantic when the item is lace. These looks are head-turning – think of Nicole Kidman in her pastel apricot-pink lace dress on the red carpet years ago. <3

styleover40 woman in Casual Friday outfit
Side view of example outfit how I wear my pastels. Harley Davidson booties, GNW tight, GNW leopard print top, and light blue sequin coat c/o StyleWe

Pastels that look plain old

There are pastels that make you become invisible in the crowd. I can’t recall that I ever saw a person who looked stunning in them. But I remember that all people who wear these colors have one thing in common. They just look old. They are non-flattering. These pastels are the ones that I never liked and never will like: Soft (muted) pastels like greige, surf crest, sand, lavender, mauves, violet, viola, beige, Dutch white, egg shell, sandy beach, blossom, spun pearl, Spanish white, cherub, Mexican red, vista blue, or whatever fantasy name these so-called Old People colors may have. What a waste of black and color with a lot of white from a color mixing point of view!

How to wear pastels when they are not so you

As you know, I am a ballroom dancer. Thus, some performances require to wear pastels. How do I pull them off? A week prior to the performance I start tanning with self-tanning lotion to reduce the skin pastel contrast. Prior to the performance I put on makeup, tons of makeup. You wouldn’t even want to see a closeup. You can find an example of me wearing a salmon pink ballroom gown at the link.

#styleover50 Warmup for Dancing with the Fairbanks Stars #danceclothes
Warming up for the afternoon show on the fairground with the event tent in the background. Unfortunately the light conditions were too bad for photos or videos. We had planned on videotaping the dance, and left the camera at home. Big mistake!

Furthermore, I try to look for a pastel color that is on the slightly deeper side like salmon pink or brighter side like a pastel hot pink. Going down the Snow White road.

And in real life? I keep the pastels away from the face and in small doses with colors that are more me like my dark gray with the pastel pink belt outfit at this link.When I wear them close to the face like in today’s OOTD I add a dark contrast close to the face too.

How do you wear your pastels? Do you also have an ambiguous relationship to a color or group of colors? What are your challenges with respect to the choice of your clothes colors? Let me know how I can help you. Send me an email with your styling challenges.

Ageless Style linkup

Welcome to the Ageless Style Linkup party. Let’s see your ageless style outfits wearing pastels.

Ageless Style Linkup 1 Theme 10 Women

Please visit some of the linked up blogs and spread the word about the party for more Ageless style inspirations. Please follow us on at least one of our platforms each. Thank you.

Ana ~ Mrs. American Made blog

Daenel ~ Living outside the stacks blog

Debbie ~ Fashion Fairy Dust bloglovin

Diane ~ Fashion on the 4th floor instagram

Jennie ~ A Pocketful of Polka Dots blog

Jill ~ Doused in Pink instagram

Nicole ~ High Latitude Style blog

Paula ~ Dimples on my What blog

Shelly ~ The Queen in Between blog

Yvonne ~ Funky Forty blog

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