article_pastels-work-play.jpgPalette-cleansing colors like powder blue, blush, and mint are the perfect hot-weather alternative to staple shades such as navy and black. These light hues keep you looking fresh and cool—an all-important factor in a tropical country such as ours.

Business or pleasure, boardroom or bar, these ten outfits featuring delicate pastels will translate well whatever your agenda. Keep scrolling to check out our styling suggestions!

Blazer, P2,695, Promod

Work: Instead of a stifling black suit, throw on a popsicle orange blazer over a dressy button down and crisp pants.
Shirt, P3,095, Warehouse; trousers, P1,299.75, Apple & Eve; watch, P1,190, Ever New; bag, P1,999, CLN; heels, P1,499, Ferretti

Play: The same jacket gets a monochromatic treatment when paired with a breezy tank and jacquard shorts.
Blouse, P2,490, Ever New; shorts, P1,198, Plains & Prints; bracelet, P399, Parfois; purse, P1,420, Forever 21; sandals, P899, CLN

Blouse, P2,795, Topshop

Work: Keep your proportions in check by pairing a form-fitting pencil skirt with a loose and languid top.
Skirt, P849.75, PD & Co; necklace, P990, Ever New; bag, P1,420, Forever 21; pumps, P1,499, Ferretti

Play: Once out of the office, swap the pencil's conservative length for a mini that shows off your legs.
Skirt, P1,435, Forever 21; earrings, P349, Parfois; sandals, P1,299, CLN

Dress, P5,545, Warehouse

Work: Does your office have a strict dress code? Make that summer dress work-appropriate by shrugging on a tailored jacket.
Jacket, P3,990, Ever New; bag, P1,690, Parfois; ring, P349, Parfois; sandals, P1,299, CLN

Play: Out of the frigid building and into the balmy streets! Make tonight's date one he won't soon forget by ditching your cover-up.
Purse, P1,599, CLN; watch, P1,190, Ever New; wedges, P1,699, Ferretti

Skirt, P999.75, PD & Co

Work: Women on top need not stick to severe cuts and colors. Embrace your feminine side with a blouse tucked into a full skirt.
Tee, P1,498, Plains & Prints; necklace, P735, Forever 21; bag, P1,720, Forever 21; pumps, P1,299, CLN

Play: By sundown, offset the sweet hue and shape with an organza tank in chic checks, and barely there heels.
Tank, P2,595, Warehouse; earrings, P349, Parfois; sandals, P1,299, CLN

Trousers, P1,595, Dorothy Perkins

Work: Create a seamless silhouette by choosing a top in the exact color as your bottoms. This lace shirt is polished without being fussy.
Shirt, P1,995, Dorothy Perkins; necklace, P675, Forever 21; tote, P1,790, Parfois; pumps, P1,599, Ferretti

Play: Sequins for night? But of course. Shimmer and shine your way into the dance floor in an embellished tee that screams "Party!".
Tee, P3,195, Topshop; earrings, P690, Ever New; clutch, P1,090, Parfois; sandals, P1,499, CLN

Looking to buy? Use our store directory for easy shopping:
- CLN is available at major malls nationwide.
- Dorothy Perkins is available at SM Mall of Asia, Power Plant Mall, Trinoma, The Podium, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Galleria, SM Aura, Robinsons Magnolia, and Robinsons Place Manila.
- Ever New is available at SM Megamall, Bonifacio High Street Central, The Podium, and Power Plant Mall.
- Ferretti is available at Glorietta 1, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Robinsons Place Bacolod, Robinsons Place Cagayan de Oro, Gaisano Mall Davao, and Gaisano Mall General Santos.
- Forever 21 is available at SM Megamall, SM Aura Premier, SM Makati, SM North EDSA The Block, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu, and SM Lanang Premier.
- Parfois is available at Glorietta 4, Robinsons Galleria, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, Gateway Mall, Abreeza Mall, SM Davao, SM North EDSA, and SM Cebu.
- PD & Co is available at SM Department Stores, Robinsons Department Stores, SM Pampanga, SM San Lazaro, SM Sta. Rosa, SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, Robinsons Ermita, Robinsons Galleria, Festival Mall, Robinsons Pampanga, Robinsons Metro East, Market! Market!, Marquee Mall, Landmark Department Store, KCC General Santos, and Island City Mall.
- Plains & Prints is available at Trinoma, SM North EDSA, Alabang Town Center, Ali Mall, Eastwood City Walk, Gateway, Market! Market!, SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Metro East, Glorietta 1, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Star Mills, Robinsons Sta. Rosa, SM Bacoor, SM Fairview, SM Manila, SM Lucena, SM Pampanga, SM San Lazaro, SM Southmall, SM Sucat, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Marilao, SM Masinag, SM Lipa, and Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.
- Promod is available at Bonifacio High Street Central, Gateway, Trinoma, Greenbelt 5, SM Megamall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM Southmall, Abreeza Mall Davao, Ayala Center Cebu, and SM Cebu.
- Topshop is available at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Power Plant Mall, Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio High Street, Greenbelt 3, SM Aura, SM Mall of Asia, The Podium, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Place Ermita, Robinsons Galleria, Trinoma, and Ayala Center Cebu.
- Warehouse is available at SM Mall of Asia, Power Plant Mall, Trinoma, The Podium, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Magnolia, and Robinsons Place Manila.

(Photos by Yayay De Castro. Styling by Patricia Dayacap. Makeup by Ara Fernando. Hair by G Mande. Model: Phoebe Walker.)

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