Shopgirl: Designers adding pastels to holiday looks

The always-beautiful shades of crimson, gold, forest green and cream are all over the place with holiday looks for this season, but I’m noticing an interesting uptick in pastels sprinkled throughout.


J. Crew is tossing in some baby blue and cobalt, which is surprising but creates a frosty element that compliments the deeper tones we’re more accustomed to this time of year.

Other designers are throwing in peachy shades, light yellows, and other colors that might make you rethink the colors you go to for all the holiday parties.

Don’t be afraid to mix things up as you put together your looks this season.

WHAT’S TRENDY: I love giving thoughtful, smart gifts, but this time of year it can be difficult to find the perfect present for every perfect person.

When I’m truly stumped, or just need inspiration to find the actually ideal gift, I look to gift lists curated by my favorite bloggers and fashion editors.

My favorite sources are New York Magazine’s The Cut and A Cup of Jo ( Both of these have lists as general as “your dad” and as specific as “33 gifts for the discriminating design junkie.”

I find these lists to be a great springboard, and even if you don’t want the exact item listed it gives you a place to start.


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