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"Pastel sticks in a variety of colors

Pastels or pastel colors are the 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] "soft", "near neutral", "milky", "washed out", "desaturated", and lacking strong chromatic content.["citation needed]

"Pink, "mauve,[4] and "baby blue are typical pastel colors.[5]


In fashion[edit]

In the 1980s, there was a huge 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 Crocket ("Don Johnson) all but exclusively wore pastel shirts and suits, setting a fashion that stood popular even years after the show ended. The abundance of pastel was also visible in the shooting locations with "Art Deco buildings around the Miami area.



  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. 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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