Just because it's gloomy outside, doesn't mean your wardrobe has to be. And this season's winter pastels trend offers an easy way to pretty-up your cosy closet. For fashion-forward, high-quality pieces, it's almost impossible to beat Marks & Spencer's pastel pieces collection.
It's all about chic faux fur coats in soft nudes and whites; large check prints on neutral backgrounds; winter-warming woolly roll-necks; and well-cut work-ready trousers and tunic dresses.
Here are three key ways to rock the look...
1. Ice cream queen
"For a fresh alternative to navy and black, take on this season's neutral tones," says M&S womenswear editor Charlene Barton. "Light and luxe, opt for delicate shades of cream, ivory and rose, complete with cosy faux furs and cashmere for a beautifully elegant finish."
The key to achieving the perfect winter pastel look? Layering up. You can opt for all-pastel pieces by pairing the Autograph Polo Neck Bouclé Jumper with Wool, £31.50, with the Autograph Cowl Neck 3/4 Sleeve Tunic Dress, finishing off with the M&S Collection Bouclé Cocoon Coat, £68.
2. Go green to beat the blues
But if you do fancy a pop of colour, don't be afraid to team your pastels with a jewel-coloured piece or two. "From midnight navy to cerulean, pair your favourite shade with a festive forest green for a confident colour clash," says Charlene.
The statement M&S Scuba Print Pencil Skirt, £28, will turn heads when combined with an emerald blouse and the beautiful baby-blue M&S Collection Collarless Coat with Wool, £71.20.
3. Sugar punk princess
As well as creating great looks for the office, this season's pastel trend can also make up a perfect party ensemble. "If pastel pink is a step too far in the sugar stakes, pair it with rich bordeaux tones to give your look a more grown-up feel," says Charlene. "Accessorise with dramatic pieces – stacked rings, metallic-effect jacquard or a woven box clutch – for modern desk-to-dusk style."
Use the soft-pink Wool Blend Front Zip Jacket, £55.20, to finish off a burgundy shirt, paired with glamorous gold Jacquard trousers for a head-turning look.
Get more inspiration for stylish winter pastel outfits in our gallery below, and shop the must-have pieces at Marks & Spencer.
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