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The term 'spring fashion' generally brings florals to mind, but if you're after something that can be just as flirty as it is edgy, then pastels are the way to go. Pastels are no longer just for girly girls, so don't be afraid to play with textures and fabrics to get the look you're after.

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Brown hair of all lengths, shades and styles looks amazing paired back with some pastel pink. You can go all out girly in a pastel pink co-ord and glamorous waves, or grunge it up and contrast a pastel pink camisole or jeans with a leather jacket and studded boots.

If you prefer to stick to a monochrome colour palette when it comes to your outfits, keep it simple and invest in a pastel pink clutch that will update your look without interfering with your classic style. For a playful splash of pink that is wearable for work and play, give a candy colour pink lipstick a go and pair it back with a simple winged liner to upgrade your everyday makeup look.

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Blondes should try a pastel, soft blue. From silvery white to rich golden tones, completing your look with some pastel blue will keep your new spring look fresh.

A blunt, wavy, blonde lob looks killer with a white-cropped t-shirt and pleather, pastel blue skirt that's equal parts trendy and pretty. Go for a 'Sports Luxe' look, and dress your blue pieces down with some crisp white trainers, and throw a bomber jacket over your shoulders for a look that says: 'I only spent like 5 minutes picking out my outfit', when in reality your spent 2 hours online looking for inspiration, another 30 minutes trying on all your shoes with the outfit, and at least an additional 20 minutes getting validation from anyone and everyone in the house. We've all been there, and can tell you that you'll probably just end up wearing the first thing you put on, so don't be afraid to trust your instincts.

If you're lucky enough to have mermaid locks, tousle your hair with a bit of sea salt spray, sleep with your hair in loose braids, and brush through with your fingers when you're getting ready to head out. Wear your effortlessly undone hair with a powder blue strappy dress that could go from day to night, with the addition of a little lipstick.

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This combination is always beautiful, and won't take any attention away from your fiery locks. For a fresh spring look, go for a lilac blouse and white jeans. Soft, undone waves in mid-length hair will keep this look feminine, without looking too polished. Top if off with a pair of canary yellow sunglasses for a touch more pastel.

For a dressier option, pair a crisp white shirt with a neoprene lilac skirt and bold pink lips to really get the most out your bright hair. A messy side plait will turn a corporate shirt into a feminine, but fun look.

Black hair and all pastels

You lucky things: black hair looks great with all shades of pastel, and even better with multiple pastel pieces worn at the same time. A blunt fringe and straight hair will add edge to a soft, dreamy pastel outfit. But it's not all about being sweet: layer some pastel pink, purple, and blue in fabrics like pleather, suede and denim to make an all-pastel outfit super-edgy. Making this look more grown up rather than like a kindergartener that was allowed to pick their outfit for the first time relies on accessorizing, and making sure you keep the rest of your look polished.

If you're going for 'polished and girly', go for a shorts suit with a complimentary pastel t-shirt, and then clash that with a bag and shoes that are yet another shade of pastel.

If you're planning some weekend fun, go with some high-waisted pastel denim, a crisp white tucked in t-shirt, and a pleather candy-coloured jacket and trainers: cute, edgy and comfy.

If all else fails...

For a temporary injection of candy colour, give hair chalk a shot, and experiment with hues that can be removed just as easily as they've been applied. This will work to update your current look without having to dish out any cash for fresh clothes, and allow you to try every colour of the pastel spectrum before you invest in some statement pastel pieces, or even book in a hair appointment and go for a permanent pastel change.

You also can't go wrong with a pastel and white, so crack out those white jeans and shirts, and update them with a fresh pastel item.  Play with your makeup, layering and accessories like pastel-coloured sunglasses and pastel bags to get the most out of this tasty spring trend.

Got spring fever for soft pastel shades? Take a look at our colour studio if you're thinking of splashing your locks with some pastel, or chat to a seasoned style guru to find the perfect spring style for you.

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