Past(el) Perfect

Not only is today Easter Sunday, but the past few weeks have been prime cherry blossom season — in short, I’m ready for spring and rocking a lot of pastel.  If you’ve never been to D.C., the cherry blossoms bloom around the first week of April every year.  Though you won’t find me trekking down to the Mall to see the cherry blossom trees that you probably see in tourist pamphlets and on the local news (too many tourists…) — or as shown below, the city is absolutely bursting with cherry blossom trees.

(Plus, the locals know you can drive through Kenwood, a small neighborhood in Bethesda, MD, for the same effect — almost as if you’re driving under a canopy of pink flowers.  Breathtaking!)

At any rate, the environment has got me thinking seriously about a pretty pastel wardrobe for these early spring months.  Imagine sporting this soft pink Calvin Klein dress to Easter brunch:

Or maybe this softly-pleated J. Crew sundress in a similarly pale hue:

I’d accent them with soft “dove” gray accessories, like these lovely cut-out pumps by Dior:

Or a soft “bud” sweater like this one, from Anthropologie:

While we’re on the subject of grays and pastels, check out this stunner by Milly, in a perfect spring palette:

With a pale slate cardigan and some white or gray pumps — perfect for a spring wedding.

In terms of jewelry, I’m thinking a big statement necklace in mint green (below, by Kate Spade) or a flower cocktail ring from the lighter end of the color palette (below, by Ariella), or maybe just a big, done-up update on a classic strand of pearls (below, by Kate Spade):

Rachel Leigh had a lovely collection of bib necklaces out last season (you can occasionally find them here and there on eBay!) that would have been a perfect accompaniment to a spring wardrobe:

And for the not-faint-of-heart, these petal-perfect sandals by the one and only Christian Louboutin:


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