Much to many fashion followers’ surprise, pastels have made their way to store shelves from the runways of Céline, Jil Sander, Christian Dior and more.

With the help of structure, clean lines, smart coloring pairs and unexpected details, designers have managed to turn the Easter staple into a must have. Now that pastels will be filling the racks of various boutiques, it’s up to you to embrace the trend without giving off the appearance of searching for eggs in the backyard. You can pull this off, while maintaining a grown up, take-me-seriously, and yes, I-know-what-season-it-is confidence.

Here are some pastel items that you can find by our very own Chicago designers or in your local boutiques.  


Shoes: Won Hundred's Rose Gold Brass Shoe (with pink cord laces) 

These shoes kill two birds with one stone by taking on the pastel and metallic trends of fall. Because of their classic oxford construction and extra padding for comfort, these shoes will look good dressed up or down. They bring flair to jeans and a sweater, while also bringing something unique when paired with a dress. 

$265, available at Penelope's, 1913 W. Division St., 773-395-2351


Jewelry: Sequin's Claire and Dewi Bangles

Both of these bangles look just as lovely on their own as when they are paired together.  They are gold plated, delightfully colorful and have just enough detailing to add interest. These are perfect for all of those who are perhaps more cautious when taking on new trends. For those of you who love to jump in, however, these are great way to keep going with it.

$25, available Sequin, 845 W. Armitage Ave., 312-224-4859


A Dress: Herve Leger's Criss Cross Strap Bandage Dress

Who ever said pastels couldn’t be sexy? The sleek silhouette of this blush dress is elegant as it is sensual as it clings to all the right places. This is perfect for a night on the town. For those who are perhaps a bit more modest, this would still work wonderfully with a cute blazer or cropped cardigan/jacket. Pair it with heels and statement jewelry and you have yourself an outfit. For more of an edgy look, this dress would also look great with some ankle boots and a moto jacket. 

$1,190, available at Intermix, 1633 N. Damen Ave., 773-292-0894


The Jumper: Lara Miller's Oliver Pleated Jumper

This hand-loomed jumper (designed and made in Chicago) works for warmer weather as well as with fall. It’s an item to invest in now, seeing as it is great for layering. Worn with a sweater and some ankle boots or flats, this jumper would make for an easy, comfortable and stylish look. 

$462, available online at