Life’s less hassle in pastel

Striped knit top, �39; Levi's pink jeans, �85; necklace, �35 and bracelets, from �20, all John Lewis (08456 049 049/www.johnlewis.com).
Striped knit top, �39; Levi's pink jeans, �85; necklace, �35 and bracelets, from �20, all John Lewis (08456 049 049/www.johnlewis.com).
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This season’s biggest colour trend should carry a health warning for its sugar content.

With shades of lemon sherbet, Parma violet, candyfloss pink and minty blue, the high street is resembling a retro sweet shop.

Pink dress, �45 and bag, �22.50, Marks & Spencer (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com).

Pink dress, �45 and bag, �22.50, Marks & Spencer (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com).

Catwalk designers have gorged on confectionery shades, leaving fashion followers wanting more.

This saccharine palette is the ideal way to work ladylike chic with a fresh, feminine edge...

Sorbet block

There’s no need to be greedy with this season’s pastel selection.

Shirt, �10; trousers, �12; shoes, �14 and bag, �6, Primark (0118 9606 300/www.primark.co.uk).

Shirt, �10; trousers, �12; shoes, �14 and bag, �6, Primark (0118 9606 300/www.primark.co.uk).

Wearing one flavoursome single hue is enough to create a bold impact.

These sugared almond shades can look cheap when mixed with harsh, dark colours like black, so stick to neutrals like vanilla, cream or white.

If you just want a one-piece taster, try detailing like girly lace, organza or embellishment to add extra interest.

Up your sugar content by colour-blocking your outfit in the same shade from top-to-toe so that every piece is in the same pastel – just make sure your chosen colour complements your skin tone and keep the rest of your outfit clean and simple.

Pastel colour contrast shirt, �45 and skirt, �45, Oasis (0845 899 0009/www.oasis-stores.com).

Pastel colour contrast shirt, �45 and skirt, �45, Oasis (0845 899 0009/www.oasis-stores.com).

Candy stripe

If you like the idea of mixing up your pastels with minimum effort, the candy cane look has got it licked.

Stripes in a mouth-watering selection of pale shades like lilac, raspberry, lemon and lime do all the pastel combining for you.

Stick to bolder stripes to make a dramatic impact, or smaller, random stripes for a more subtle approach.

If kaleidoscopic pastels are too sickly sweet, stick to one pastel hue combined with a neutral colour.

Beware, though – horizontal stripes can add the illusion of width, so hunt out a vertical stripe if you’re feeling cautious about a certain area.

Dolly mixtures

When just one pastel doesn’t hit the sweet tooth spot, opt for a multi-coloured confectionery approach.

The pastel trend offers effortless colour combinations to tantalise – try a peppermint tee with a peachy skirt, or a bubblegum-pink jacket over a spearmint dress.

This is all about being creative and teaming pastels together in colour-blocked layers.

For a very girly take, try combining similar tones like violet, lavender and rose.

If the thought of dolly mixing these sugary hues feels daunting, look for graduated washes of pastels that move from one shade into another on a dress or top.

Pick ‘n’ mix

If you get indecisive about your candy cravings, you can get a sugar rush from accessories. This season’s bags and shoes come in irresistible sorbet shades.

Opt for the restrained approach of just one pastel accessory teamed against a plain backdrop or overload with a Neapolitan approach and look for pieces that combine three different shades

Pastel jewellery may get lost against your skin unless you’re dark-skinned or sporting a summer tan, so stick to bolder pieces like sunglasses or scarves.