Pastels or pastel colors are a family of colors of any hue characterized by relatively high lightness and low saturation.
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 the color family.
Pink, mauve, and baby blue are commonly used pastel colors, as well as mint green, peach, periwinkle, and lavender.
In the 1980s, there was a trend of pastel colors in men's fashion. In particular, the NBC television police series Miami Vice popularized what was already a growing trend even further as its lead characters Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) exclusively wore pastel shirts and suits in seasons 1 and 2, setting a fashion that stood popular years after the show ended. The abundance of pastel was and still is, also visible in the shooting locations with Art Deco buildings around the Miami area.
There is also a type of goth style called pastel goth which takes the pastel colors and adds them to classic goth fashion.
|Examples of pastels in HEX-code|