Fashion Over 50 – Do Pastels Age You?

Close up of the beads on a turquoise and rose gold necklace.
The two colours that have been prominent during SS 2016 are rose quartz and serenity blue, both incredibly pretty pastels colours. Which raises the question, “Do pastels age you?” Regardless of this season’s fashions (as you may know, I’m not a great follower of fashion – I tend to wear what I like rather than what is ‘in’), let’s explore this question shall we?

Do Pastels Age You?

Despite the fact that many in the fashion industry would say yes, I think it’s another one of those ‘rules’ that is just begging to be broken. OK, so it’s true that as most of us age our colouring begins to fade: our skin becomes paler, our hair (unless we help it along) greys and we start to lose our youthful glow. But panic not! It’s not a case of can we wear pastels but how can we wear pastels without looking drained. Unless your aiming for pale and interesting, if so – just go for it πŸ™‚

I think the answer to the pastel dilemma is this: if the clothing you wear is modern and it suits you and your style then you can’t help but look good in it. However, if you want to give any pastel colour a lift try adding accessories in a brighter tone.

Take this outfit for example. Alone the head-to-toe creams might have been a bit bland, but adding an aqua vest, a verona aqua and gold venetian murano glass necklace and painting my nails a very deep aqua I think it’s anything but. The necklace throws some much needed warmth onto my skin. And the nails – well they add a bit of colour in an unexpected way.
Sitting on a rock holding my knee wearing head to toe pastels in order to answer the question, "Do pastels age you?"

Close up of a green and turquoise necklace.
Close up of a leaopard print and sequinned bracelet.
Nude high heeled shoes and striped glitter handbag in nude, black and champagneSitting on a rock wearing pastels to answer the question, "Do pastels age you?"Bracelet and necklaceTrousers M & S (out of stock but these are similar) / Chiffon Top – Hope Fashion / Vest – F&F / Shoes – Graceland / Handbag – New Look / Necklace – c/o Eternal Collection / Bracelet – c/o Lizzy O / Mad Nails – Nails Inc

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So I say don’t be told that you can’t wear something. Yes you may have to change the way you wear it if you want to hang on to as much glow as possible, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up wearing anything you love.



  1. July 4, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    I totally agree regarding skin tone (being of the generation for whom Colour Me Beautiful was almost a religious cult!) so it has a lot to do with cool/blue or warm/red undertones. I’m 52 and I can wear an icy pink but the remotest hint of coral will make me look jaundiced – just like it did at 22. The pastels thing is weird though because although fashion writers say that they are ageing if you go into the older ladies’ section of stores (in the UK it’d be Marks & Spencer’s Classic range) you’re bombarded with pallid pinks, limp lemons, and bleary blues and that’s because β€œolder” women are conditioned to want to be less noticeable. I was looking at a gorgeous rich coral red dress on a blog the other day and, honestly, people were commenting saying, β€œI’m a bit old for that shade, do they have it in a lighter pink?” Luckily there were no other humans in the room so I aaaarrrgggghed out loud. I am convinced the 40+ woman’s clothing mantra should be, β€œIt ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it and that’s what it’s all about. Oy!” followed by a G&T and a repeat πŸ™‚

    • July 5, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      Ah Colour Me Beautiful, I remember them πŸ™‚

      I too am at a loss as to why the colour palette in stores that cater more for the mature woman are stuffed full of sickly pastels – yuck! I think things are changing, but very slowly. Mature women no longer want to fade into the background, stores that realise this are bound to get stronger and stronger.

      I do love your mantra Izabel, it’s perfect.

      Michelle xx

  2. July 4, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Oh my goodness – I’ve never heard that about pastels! Maybe it’s just as well though as I wear them alot! Then again, I am olive skinned (though less olive than I was in my twenties!!) so maybe that’s why I’ve never noticed. That said – I will be paying more attention now!

    • July 5, 2016 / 5:57 pm

      Oh don’t think you can’t wear pastels Nicky! Wear whatever you love and feel good in πŸ™‚

      Michelle xx

  3. July 5, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    I Love wearing pastel colours, and love the way you’ve styled your outfit. Beautiful necklace that looks fab with this outfit. Jacqui

    • July 12, 2016 / 1:19 pm

      Thank you Jacqui, I worn this look a few times now and love it more each time I wear it.
      Michelle xx

  4. July 6, 2016 / 7:22 am

    You look so pretty Michelle and soooooo young so I don’t believe pastels age you at all. I think that wth every colour though, it’s the shade/tone that determines whether or not it suits and flatter us. I love your aqua accessories and nails and thank you very much for sharing the leopard print bracelet too, love Liz xxx

    • July 12, 2016 / 1:20 pm

      Absolutely Liz! We are bombarded with so many ‘rules’ and most of them are either completely wrong, or don’t take into account skin tones, etc.
      Michelle xx

  5. July 6, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    I do like pastels, and this outfit is hot hot hot! Love the white/cream on you with the blue tones adding color. What beautiufl necklace and your manicure!! I dont wear yellow much as it doesnt flatter me, but I do love a pastel pink or blue.
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads tuesday!
    jess xx
    Love the look of your blog!

    • July 12, 2016 / 1:22 pm

      I think it’s a case of finding what suits YOU rather than staying clear of a colour just because the ‘experts’ say its ageing. I wear what I love, and I love what I wear πŸ™‚
      Michelle xx

  6. July 8, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    I really love your outfit and I love the tip of wearing a brighter necklace it really looks lovely on you. I have been wearing a lot of pastels this season too and have found them to be draining on me if there is nothing there to brighten it up.

    Gemma x

    • July 12, 2016 / 1:24 pm

      Thank you Gemma. Sometimes the simplest changes can make all the difference Gemma, don’t you think?
      Michelle xx

  7. July 8, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    I love neutral colours a lot, Michelle! Especially pairing white and cream looks very easy-chic and far from boring if you do it right.
    Great choice of jewellery, the water colours are beautiful!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • July 12, 2016 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks Annette πŸ™‚
      I’m a big fan of water colours, I’m slowly incorporating more of them into my wardrobe.
      Michelle xx

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