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Even though the pastel trend returns each spring, all that practice still hasn't made wearing pale shades any easier. Anyone who's tried out this seasonal trend knows just how easy it is to look like a five-year-old; one pouffy pink dress and fuzzy mint sweater in the wrong direction, and people will start to wonder which daycare you've escaped from.
It might seem hard to divorce the light hues from their sickly sweet connotation, but it can be done. In fact, this season, designers have taken special care to create strong, smart, confident looks incorporating these shades that won't give you a toothache. Ahead, six tips to creating a perfect pastel outfit while maintaining your edge.