We are halfway through Milan Fashion Week and Paris will be hot on its heels. I watch most of the collections twice a year across all four fashion capitals (New York, London, Milan and Paris), and pin trends, new colour combinations and outfits that I love along the way. 

Longer skirts and dresses are on the horizon, bare midriffs were strong, and it looks like shades of light pink and baby blue are going to be trending too. Many of the collections so far featured either one or both of these soft shades in all sorts of silhouettes. Take a peek at the outfits I’ve pinned, which range from dressy to casual. Note the unusual mix of these pastel shades with other colours.

Creatures of the Wind 

Costello Tagliapietra 

Rebecca Taylor

Antonio Beradi

Prabal Gurung

Karen Walker

Ports 1961

Marc Jacobs

Jenny Packham

Jil Sander


Emilia Wickstead

Burberry Prorsum 


Emporio Armani

Often my clients won’t wear pale shades of pink because it’s a little insipid against their skin tone. It also can feel babyish, overly prissy, feminine and precious. And some will go as far as saying that no one will take them seriously if they wear pale pink to work. More of my clients prefer deeper shades of pink when pink is on their favourite colours list. Light blue, on the other hand, is more popular with my clients because it’s a “tougher” pastel and an easy mix with white and black. 

I’m all over light pink and blue because they are my favourite pastels. I introduced light blue back into my wardrobe a few years ago, and there is no stopping the blush and ice pink that keeps on finding a home in my closet. I like to wear these soft tones with white, black, and sour brights like citron and tomato red. 

I don’t know if my clientele’s reactions to soft pink and blue are a reflection of the mainstream market. If they are, then soft blue is going to sell well at retail, but some soft pink will be left on the sale rails.

Over to you. Will you wear soft shades of pink and blue? And of the two colours, which do you prefer for your own style?  

Pink and Blue on the Runway