Denim Tips: Playing With Winter Pastels

The best thing to happen to fashion in the last decade has been the near-complete destruction of “rules.” You know, never wear this with that, certain colors for certain seasons… That’s all gone out the window and ushered in an anything goes age of dressing. So on that note, lets talk about pastels. They have always signaled spring, flowers and flirty little sundresses to me. However, the rise of colored denim in every shade your mind can imagine has me reconsidering.

I really like the idea of embracing a new hue of denim, but one that’s soft and subdued – like the denim equivalent of a cashmere sweater. For example, these Paige Denim mint green Verdugo denim leggings will look divine with any of your winter staples. I kept them cozy with a dove grey Splendid sweater, but think of possibilities!  Mint looks fresh with navy, chocolate brown, and burgundy for everyday looks – but try it with neon, plaid or another bold print for a serious wow-factor.

Here are a few more of my favorite pastel denim pieces:

1. Hudson Nico Mid-Rise Supper Skinny Jean in Lavender

2. IRO Jayrod Skinny Jeans in Saffron

3. J Brand 811 Mid Rise Skinny Jean in Coral

4. DL1961 Angel Ankle Jeans in Sherbet

Some of these colors are more winter-wearable than others, but it’s really all about how you mix them in. Try all tones of grey, mustard yellow, forest green, and raspberry to compliment the lighter tones. Avoid black (too harsh). I’m quite curious about the possibilities with this color palette myself, so stay tuned for more winter pastel exploration.

Will you try out winter pastels this year?

[Photos by Dustin Fenstermacher]



  1. January 24, 2012 / 12:25 pm

    You look HOT! Seriously, this is one of my fave ESD looks. I’m convinced that I need pastel jeans now.

  2. January 24, 2012 / 1:14 pm

    what wendy said. love the sweater too!

  3. January 24, 2012 / 2:33 pm

    Really like the Hudson lavender pair of jeans these would be great all year long!

  4. A Reader
    January 25, 2012 / 10:51 am

    I like this idea in theory, but in fact, I don’t think it works unless one is really, really, really slim. Size 0 slim. And unfortunately, I’m not.
    I also think it looks out of place in areas such as mine that get very cold in the winter.
    Oh, well.
    Hurry, spring!

  5. January 27, 2012 / 12:12 pm

    I will take the ones you have + the lavender and sherbet please!!!

    montes Y mills

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