Pastels for spring? They may seem obvious, but when styled together or with neutrals, airy sorbet colors can be elegant without evoking the Easter bunny. For a bolder statement, try pairing them with black. A quick survey of spring’s ad campaigns immediately suggests this trend — Dior’s baby pink silk scarves on tuxedo-clad models or Prada’s delicate pink satin paired with classic black leather bags. Black grounds these paler shades and keeps them from feeling saccharine or too try-hard. Pastels in cleaner silhouettes allow for more versatility than embellished and lace pieces. Markus Lupfer’s minty green and black striped dress is a twisted take on prep and sport while actually being wearable. Carven’s lilac biker jacket becomes a wear-with-everything piece when paired with a basic black turtleneck and Rag & Bone’s yellow crepe trouser. Click for all of that and more, in our slideshow ahead.