Pastels with a Punch: How to Maximize Minimalism This Summer

Spring looks by Alice + Olivia

READY TO VENTURE back into the public eye? From happy-hour haute to glorified pajamas-gone-glam, our style guru collected five must-shop trends to revamp your style. Pack a pretty punch with pastels from head to toe, as in beautiful Alice + Olivia sets accompanied by a Balenciaga bag. Or go green, thanks to Bernadette and By Far!


Mask, $95, by Tom Ford

Hourglass top-handle bag, $1,790, by Balenciaga

Emma double-breasted blazer, $820, by Bernadette

Rachel shoulder bag, $340, by By Far

Square Knife pump, $1,420, by Balenciaga

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