01/12/2014 07:45 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

How To Perfect Winter's Pastel Trend

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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