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Pick and mix-up: Get the look with these sugary tones

Katie Wright savours summer's super sugar sweet candy shades

Published 18/05/2015

Top, £28, cullotes, £45, longtallsally.com
Top, £28, cullotes, £45, longtallsally.com
Shirt, £65, skirt, £120, House of Fraser, shoes, model’s own
Dress, £120, Phase Eight
Blouse, £65, Phase Eight, shorts, £45, libbylondon.com
Dress, £95, Coast
Dress, £70, longtallsally.com

While the sexy 1970s and haute-boho looks ruled on many a spring/summer catwalk, elsewhere, an altogether softer trend was gathering pace.

Giambattista Valli's couture offering was awash with pretty pastel tones and tulle, at Fendi there was a flourish of feathery frocks, and the typically tongue-in-cheek Moschino show saw a parade of twirling Barbie girls.

So it's really up to you how far you want to go with the kook-factor.

Keep it neat with candy coloured daywear separates, or doll yourself up with cutesy shoes and a dinky bag too.

The perfect no-fuss foundation for the dollhouse look is a pastel-hued, vintage-inspired dress - think of it like a flawlessly frosted cake waiting to be decorated.

If the shade is edible - mint, lemon, pistachio, peach - you know you're on the right track.

As for silhouette, mid-century shapes are best. A Sixties shift is great for day, but be wary of high-necked styles if you're larger on top, while a 1950s prom style will accentuate - or fake - hourglass curves.

For a two-piece alternative, a full or circle skirt is your best bet, but steer clear of light, swishy fabrics.

Look for brocade or scuba skirts that hold their structure and pair well with silk tees or fitted blouses in equally icy shades.

Approach print with caution, too - florals should be bold, not chintzy, or the overall effect can look cluttered.

To elevate the look for evening, a high-waisted tulle skirt looks exquisite with a boxy crop top and a smattering of chunky costume jewels.

Top your retro dress or skirt with a jacket in a tonal or contrasting colour, but keep it on the pastel spectrum - powder pink and lemon yellow are ideal.

With a prom dress, you'll want a sharp cropped jacket whose hem falls no lower than your waist, but a longer frock coat works well with a fitted shift.

However you want to play it, take your pick and mix from these sherbet dipped pieces.

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