Celebrate Spring With These 15 Pastel Outfit Ideas
Even if you prefer to wear all black or mostly stick to neutrals, it's hard to completely ignore the whimsical look (and nature!) of pastels. We all know that a bright color can upgrade your wardrobe in any season, but swapping in a light pink or baby blue hue in place of a grey or white shade can be a serious game changer come spring — especially if you're looking to infuse some new life into your closet or just experiment with some of the season's biggest color trends.
If you're ready to dabble in the world of pastel clothes (or simply expand your existing color palette), we shopped out a few pastel outfit ideas that are bound to help you make a statement this spring. From floral-adorned sweaters and colorful maxi dresses to pastel sneakers and bold swimsuits that'll make a colorful splash on your next beach getaway, these pieces will take your love for pastel clothing to new heights — and may even inspire you to forget your neutral styles for good. Our curated guide includes all the works; like sunny yellow shades, delicate teal tones, and Barbiecore-inspired pink hues. But rest assured, these styles are also versatile enough to be worn well into the summer and fall season too, so they'll feel like worthwhile investments for the long term.
Browse through our cute pastel outfit ideas ahead to find your new favorite piece.
— Additional reporting by Morgan Ashley Parker
Best Tie-Dye Dress
Anrabess Casual Maxi Dresses with Pockets ($36, originally $52)
Why opt for only one pastel color when you can easily wear them all with this breezy, tie-dye dress? The midi frock is a bestseller on Amazon, and reviewers say they love everything from the style's relaxed fit to its colorful design, and of course, its convenient pockets, too.
Best Pastel Sunglasses
Tskestvy 3-Pack Rectangle Sunglasses ($15, originally $20)
We love experimenting with an array of different pastel styles come spring, which is why this multicolored set of sunglasses from Amazon is such a great buy. The three-pack features a yellow, light blue, and hot pink hued glasses. Throw them in your favorite crossbody bag and slip them on whenever you feel like your outfit could benefit from an extra color pop.
Best Pastel Sweater
Florals for spring? Maybe not so groundbreaking, but this daisy-adorned cardigan definitely breathes new life into the trend. Pair it with your favorite white jeans and keep the layer close for those unexpectedly chilly spring mornings.
Best Pastel Leggings
Believe it or not, pastel clothing isn't just reserved for Easter celebrations or your next spring wedding ceremony — as demonstrated by these eye-catching leggings. The Beach Riot style is made from a polyester and spandex material that's breathable and made to move with your body. Plus, the sherbet colors are so fun, these workout leggings might even incentivize you to hit the gym more often (or just gaze at them from the comforts of your couch).
Best Pastel Sneakers
New Balance 574+ Sneakers ($100)
Our shopping editors are notoriously big sneakerheads — see our roundup of the best sneakers for further proof. And since TikTok is obsessed with all things New Balance at the moment, we think these pastel sneakers would make the most darling addition to your spring closet. Trust us, the styling opportunities with these are seriously endless. And with a cushioned footbed, they're also super comfortable.
Best Pastel Set
Let 'em know you mean business (and style!) with this lavender-colored linen set. Whether you're heading to the office, gearing up for your next girl's night, or just want something purple to wear to Taylor Swift's Era's Tour, this is a pastel style you can slip into for it all.
Best Pastel Pants
If you're shopping for pastel clothing pieces that are equally fun and versatile, you can't go wrong with these bold linen pants. The orange style is so easy to dress up or down; pair the pants with a cropped white T-shirt and sneakers for a more understated outfit, or style them with a peach-colored blouse to achieve peak monochrome perfection.
Best Pastel Bag
Green is trending in a big way this spring, and what better way to embrace the fad than with an earthy new handbag? This pillowy accessory from Coach is a particular favorite, as it features ample interior space for carrying all of your essentials — like your cell phone, credit card holder, and more. Plus, it's also available to shop in gold and pink colorways. Read our review on the Coach Tabby Shoulder Bag to learn more.
Best Pastel Hat
Unlike other pastel clothes, we love that this bucket hat allows you to play into the trend without having to fully commit to it. The woven accessory features an ornate floral design on the cap that's adorned with bubbly pastel colors throughout.
Best Pastel Skirt
H&M Pleated Skirt ($40)
Something about this sunny yellow skirt makes us want to twirl around and frolic endlessly through fields of spring flowers. Just us? The pleated style boasts a Cinderella-like silhouette that's comfortable and oh-so flattering. You can dress it down with an oversize T-shirt and flat sandals or create the perfect evening ensemble with a sleeveless white top and open-toed mules.
Best Pastel Swimsuit
Make waves at your next pool party or beach rendezvous with this color-blocked swimsuit in tow. Unlike other pastel clothes, this piece teams two opposite colors with one another for a look that's so unique and fresh for the new season. Plus, we love the thoughtful cutout detailing that highlights your tummy, and helps to complete the suit with a different fit.
Best Pastel Top
We have a feeling you'll be reaching for this corset top on repeat this spring. From the fluffy detailing and body-hugging fit to the style's cool blue coloring, there's so much to love about this sultry piece. Pair it with high-waisted blue jeans and white pumps for the cutest pastel outfit.
Best Pastel Sandals
FYI: we just found the perfect poolside accessory for spring, and it comes in the form of these jelly slides. The lemon-colored sandals boast a breezy design that's easy to slip into, and they're sure to add a fun touch to any pastel outfit.
Best Pastel Dress
H&M Draped Dress ($65)
Cool down your seasonal wardrobe with this sleek, baby blue dress from H&M. Crafted from a spandex and polyester material, the body-hugging style is designed to accentuate every curve while also keeping you feeling comfortable. Pair it with other pastel clothes like a delicate yellow clutch or lime green pumps for the most vibrant look.