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Pastel sticks in a variety of colors
Common connotations

Pastels or pastel colors belong to a pale family of colors, which, when described in the HSV color space, have high value and low saturation. [1] [2] They are named after an artistic medium made from pigment and solid binding agents, similar to crayons. Pastel sticks historically tended to have lower saturation than paints of the same pigment, hence the name of this color family.

The colors of this family are usually described as "soothing." [3] Pink, mauve, [4] and baby blue [5] are commonly used pastel colors, as are mint green, peach, periwinkle, and lavender. Pastel colors are common in the kawaii aesthetic.

In fashion

Pastel Academia

Pastel academia draws inspiration from East Asian and European cultures, mixing them with modern and pastel themes to form the aesthetic. Pastel Academia fashion focuses on comfort and pastel colors. A common form of the style takes inspiration from preppy fashion and school uniforms (both in real life and anime), whose silhouettes are recreated with a pastel color palette, as well as the addition of cute motifs and accessories. Casual outfits in pastel colors are often seen in the aesthetic as well, however, makeup is rarely seen as the focus of Pastel Academia, and light and natural looks are common.

Soft Girl

The Soft Girl fashion style is based on a deliberately cutesy, feminine look with a girly girl attitude, but also may involve a tender, sweet and vulnerable personality. The trend consists mainly of pastel colors, Y2K, anime, K-pop, and 90s-inspired clothing, as well as cute and nostalgic prints. It parallels some of the kawaii-centric aesthetics in Japan, but with a more subdued look.

Fairy Kei

Fairy Kei is a childlike style based on 1980s fashion. Outfits are made up of pastel colors, angels, toys and generally cute motifs and elements and accessories from Western toy lines of the 1980s and early 1990s. Pastel-colored hair is common, although natural hair is also popular, and hairstyles are usually kept simple and decorated with anything cute or pastel; bows are a common theme.

Pastel Goth and Pastel Punk

A form of goth style called Pastel Goth adds pastel colors to the usually monochrome palette of gothic fashion. It is a result of mixing goth or grunge with the pastel elements of the kawaii aesthetic. [6] [7]

Pastel Punk mixes the elements of other pastel fashions with punk, often in a similar manner to Pastel Goth.


Examples of pastels in HEX-code
   fea3aa   f8b88b   faf884   
   baed91   b2cefe   f2a2e8   



  1. ^ Gilbert, Beverly Ash (2009). Beaded Colorways: Freeform Beadweaving Projects and Palettes. Cincinnati, OH: North Light Books. p. 13. ISBN  9781600613180. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  2. ^ Whitaker, Jerry C. (1996). "Principles of Light, Vision, and Photometry". In Whitaker, Jerry C. (ed.). The Electronics Handbook. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press. p. 85. ISBN  9780849383458. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Clark, Sally (2003). House Beautiful Magazine (ed.). House Beautiful Color: Bright Ideas for Every Room. New York: Sterling Publishing Company. p. 27. ISBN  9781588162519. OCLC  61439232. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  4. ^ McCarthy, Michael; Felicity O'Dell (2002). English Vocabulary in Use (Advanced). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 154. ISBN  9780521653978. OCLC  49550686. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Weber, Jeanette (1990). Clothing: Fashion, Fabrics, Construction. McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN  9780026401616.
  6. ^ Julie Gerstein (August 14, 2014). "How To Be A Pastel Goth". Buzzfeed.
  7. ^ Jessie Peterson (October 28, 2014). "22 ITEMS FOR YOUR PASTEL GOTH STARTER KIT". MTV.

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