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Pastel sticks in a variety of colors
Common connotations

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,[1] and baby blue[2] are commonly used pastel colors, as well as mint green, peach, periwinkle, and lavender.

In fashion

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.[citation needed] The abundance of pastel was and still is, also visible in the shooting locations with Art Deco buildings around the Miami area.[citation needed]

There is also a type of goth style called pastel goth which takes the pastel colors and adds them to classic goth fashion.[3][4]


Examples of pastels in HEX-code
   fea3aa   f8b88b   faf884   
   baed91   b2cefe   f2a2e8   



  1. ^ McCarthy, Michael; Felicity O'Dell (2002). English Vocabulary in Use (Advanced). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 154. ISBN 9780521653978. OCLC 49550686. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  2. ^ Weber, Jeanette (1990). Clothing: Fashion, Fabrics, Construction. McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 9780026401616.
  3. ^ Julie Gerstein (August 14, 2014). "How To Be A Pastel Goth". Buzzfeed.
  4. ^ Jessie Peterson (October 28, 2014). "22 ITEMS FOR YOUR PASTEL GOTH STARTER KIT". MTV.