Pastel (color)

Pastels or pastel colors belong to a pale family of colors, which, when described in the HSV color space, have high value and low to intermediate saturation.[1][2] The name comes from pastels, art media characteristic of this color family. The colors of this family are usually described as "soothing".[3]

Pink, mauve,[4] and baby blue[5] are commonly used pastel colors, as well as magic mint, 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 character Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) exclusively wore pastel shirts and suits, 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 combines the pastel color palette with classical goth fashion elements.


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


  1. Gilbert, Beverly Ash (2009). Beaded Colorways: Freeform Beadweaving Projects and Palettes. Cincinnati, OH: North Light Books. p. 13. ISBN 9781600613180. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  2. Whitaker, Jerry C. (1996). "Principles of Light, Vision, and Photometry". In Whitaker, Jerry C. (ed.). The Electronics Handbook. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press. p. 85. ISBN 9780849383458. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  3. Clark, Sally (2003). House Beautiful Magazine (ed.). House Beautiful Color: Bright Ideas for Every Room. New York: Sterling Publishing Company. p. 27. OCLC 61439232. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  4. 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.
  5. Weber, Jeanette (1990). Clothing: Fashion, Fabrics, Construction. McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 9780026401616.
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