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The first bags out for spring are colored in delicate pastels.
 

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Pastel colors are not only pretty, they’re also soothing, and we can all use a little of that, right?

It’s their soft coloring, and probably also their long association with sweet stuff like ice cream and petit fours and Jordan almonds.

Yum. No wonder every top design house is offering spring handbags in pastel pink, and some are also presenting them in mint, butter yellow, mauve and robin’s egg blue. (Pastel fashions are due soon, too.)
 

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Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace and others have all crafted gorgeous pastel leather goods. Silhouettes run the gamut – totes, cross-bodies, backpacks, top-handle bags, clutches, belt bags, buckets, mini bags, wristlets and wallets.
 

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If runway-to-reality is more of your thing, no problem. This is a trend that spans all price points and nearly all brands, from Aldo to Zara. Of course, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, and Macy’s are also on top of this look.
 

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Soft pink is most prevalent, and it’s more versatile than you might think. It works almost like a neutral, pairing well with chocolate, blues, turquoise, mint green, olive, white, black, gray and beige.

Pantone rejuvenated the pastels in 2016 when it named pale pink and baby blue as colors of the year. It had already boosted pink by anointing a mix of fuchsia, purple and pink called radiant orchid as color of the year in 2014.

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Pink has continued to gain momentum through spring 2018, spanning the full spectrum from blush to dusty rose and into vivid fuchsia.

The pastel hues we associate with Easter eggs take their name from powdered pigments that were compacted into chalk-like coloring sticks back in the 15th century. We associate pastels with hues of light to medium saturation, but painter’s pastels come in light as well as deep, saturated colors.

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