Sweet 16-ers and octogenarians pull off pastels with aplomb. For the ages in between, these hues can be a bit tricky/treacly. But after a steady diet of brilliant brights and flashes of neon, these sorbet shades might be just the palate cleanser you crave. Fresh options blend multiple shades — from cantaloupe to berry pinks and blues, as in Ted Baker's chic pleated summer dress — or mix soft pastels with unexpected prints, as at Erdem.
Inexpensive indulgences include Chanel nail lacquer in "Sky Line" lavender and Top Shop sunglasses in washed-out rainbow shades. So come on. Lighten that licorice black with a single, mouthwatering scoop of summer.
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--Color-block belted dress, $248, tedbaker-london.com for stores.
--Blumarine faded pastel top and trousers, blumarine.com for stores.
--Multicolored sunglasses, $32, us.topshop.com.
--Jeffrey Campbell platform sandals, $99, urbanoutfitters.com.--A pastel/python print from Erdem.