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Colour combos: Cute pastels from the high street

Sugary colour combos ruled on the spring catwalks. Katie Wright picks the best pieces from the high street

Jacket, currently reduced to £37.50 from £50; midi dress, currently reduced to £36.75 from £49, Principles at Debenhams
Jacket, currently reduced to £37.50 from £50; midi dress, currently reduced to £36.75 from £49, Principles at Debenhams
Skirt, £20, Laura Gillings x Henry Holland, Tu at Sainsbury’s
Small Cloud bag in grain leather, £130, The Cambridge Satchel Company
Holly wrap front bodysuit, £16, Boohoo
Lattice front maxi dress, currently reduced to £20 from £29.99, New Look
Apricot button tab trousers, currently reduced to £16.50 from £22, Dorothy Perkins
Tie-waist skirt, £30, Simply Be
Cold shoulder top, £32, Lost Ink at Navabi
Ruched sleeve blazer, £55, Lipsy at Next
Flower power: pastels at the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi London Fashion Week SS18 show
Abstract print tie tunic dress, £69.50, Oliver Bonas
Concept colour block blouse, £59, Concept culottes, £69, JD Williams
Must-have skirt, £109, Oui

The appearance of pale colours on the spring/summer catwalks isn't normally much to write home about, but this year the surprise was the designers who chose these shades.

Tom Ford, who's known for glitz, glamour and lots of high-contrast brights, showed a variety of bonbon pink and lilac looks, as did Phoebe Philo at Celine, while Victoria Beckham played with ice cream-hued tailoring and Preen made the case for patchworked floral pastels.

The good thing about this trend is that because all these hues share a similar frosty feel, you can pick and mix them as you please, but there are certain combinations that really work.

These are our catwalk-inspired pastel picks, and where to shop them on the high street right now...

Lilac

Wear it with: contrast lilac with pistachio green, or go tonal with deeper or brighter shades of purple

Peach

Wear it with: keep it warm and sunny by pairing peach with lemon yellow and finishing your look with gold jewellery

Mint

Wear it with: team crisp blue-toned mint separates with powder pink, or make a mint dress the focus of your outfit, accented with black accessories

Pale blue

Wear it with: combine baby blue and white for a softer take on the nautical navy and white combo, or mix it in with a variety of pastels

Blush pink

Wear it with: pink and grey is a classic combination, but for summer it has to be dove grey. Alternatively, set off the softness of the pink with scarlet red

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