Pretty Ponies: Playing with Pastels


In an attempt to temporarily escape the stress and reponsibilities of adult life, I am turning to a most beloved childhood toy. Not for some kind of twisted juvenile comfort, but for style inspiration, of course. Yes, I intend to drift through the monotony of grown-up life this spring in a colour palette derived entirely from My Little Pony.

Bear with me, as this is not a completely ridiculous concept I promise. For if you take a little look around, it would seem I am not alone. The clashing pastels and muted fluorescents that are the trademark of the little plastic darlings were, in fact, all over the S/S runways from Jil Sander to Louis Vuitton.

Playing with pastels is a softer way to clash colours that isn’t scary but pretty and playful. Injecting a little bit of luminous colour into a sedate floral print can lift the mundane into a more magical, fashion-forward place (just look at Balenciaga’s florals).

If an overload of fluro pastels sounds a little bit too teenage for your liking, add a touch of MLP chic with pretty ankle socks from Trasparenze at; in every colour of the rainbow they look best with bright, bright heels.

Or keep your pretty faces pony perfect with bright sky blue eyeliner (as seen at Marni S/S 08) and dressage-worthy plaited hair. Trot on….

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