While pastels have a reputation of looking overly 'sweet' and 'dainty,' these sugary shades actually work for everyone, including women with a sophisticated style! Because beyond pinks and purples, they also come in subdued tones—otherwise known as 'dirty pastels'—that still appear soft and sweet but are also a little more mature and refined.

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Check them out belowplus, some styling suggestions ahead! 

1. Dusty blue and crisp white

Look calm and composed despite the crazy work deadlines in this presko color combo. Dusty blue is one of the easiest pastel hues to wear because it's just like styling a pair of blue jeans. 

Make the muted color pop by matching it with crisp whites. 

TRY: Harlan + Holden Cowl in Lavanda Blue, price available upon request, Power Plant Mall 

Tailored pants in a dusty blue hue make a cool alternative to your basic black slacks. 

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TRY: The___edit George Linen Pants, P3,299 (from P3,799), available online 

2. Sage green 

If you're looking for a pastel color that doesn't make you look dainty, this subtle shade of green is the way to go. P.S. The color is hot right now so you won't find it hard to score a sage green-colored piece at the mall! 

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TRY: Plains and Prints Beyond 25 Billie Top and Pants Designed by Patty Ang, P2,998, Glorietta 4 

The nature-inspired hue looks chic on linen pieces: 

3. Sage green and cream 

Combine these earthy hues to achieve that 'effortlessly chic' look. 

4. Mustard yellow 

Despite being known as a mood-boosting color, many avoid wearing yellow because it tends to appear too flashy when worn by day. If you're one of them, try this warm shade instead! 

TRY: Weave One-Sided Ruffle Dress Mustard, P2,495, Uptown Mall, BGC, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and SM Megamall

5. Light grey 

There are two things to love about this often-forgotten pastel color: first, it's as versatile as black and white, and second, it's a great 'balancing' shade you can use to tame down other sweet pastel colors like pink and yellow. 

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Team up a gray blazer with faded blue jeans (or slacks) like what Camille Co did here: 

TRY: Mango Linen-blend Herringbone Blazer, P2,495 (from P4,995), available online

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TRY: Wear Anika Ellis Top, price available upon request, Power Plant Mall 

The smoky hue looks so fresh with white, too: 

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