When wearing pastels, especially head-to-toe, one is in danger of looking sticky sickly sweet. Additionally if the silhouette is too "safe" you may come across as grandmotherly or queen-motherish. An outfit of this type needs some elements of hard-edge or rawness to save it; my ensemble here(worn yesterday) has a tweed skirt, a pink camisole and a little cardigan, all in safe pastel colours, so has all the sweet little old lady boxes ticked off right there. Not my ideal look, obviously. I think my normal style is aim for a little deconstruction, not too polished. But I'm still liking this look here.
I think it's the unfinished fringe on the edge of my skirt and the raw edges of my cardigan that save it from being too pretty and ordinary and give the outfit that little zing of deconstruction that is needed. Although raw edges are seen everywhere now and hardly put you in the punk category anymore. Perhaps it's also my jade green pedicure that also adds that necessary unexpected note. And my necklace, while composed of shades of pretty pink, has a kind of random twisty-ness quality to it.
So, "pretty in pink"? Not what I'm aiming for, but chic enough to pass muster, hopefully.
Skirt; Vogue 7303, fabric handwoven by my Mum
Camisole; Country Road
Cardigan; own design, coffee and white net
Necklace; own design
Shoes; op shop
Nail polish; own mix of BYS French White and Mint Condition