Feminine, girlie and often associated with a Disney princess, pink is a sartorial minefield. Along with leather, stilettos and jeans, it's a fashion choice we may assume can't be broached over a certain age but with the right styling and shade, it's a flattering hue that can suit any age and skin tone.
From fucshia to rose, there are a plethora of variations of pink to choose from that can be worn for any occasion. Like all bold colours, pink has got a bad rep over the years as loud, attention-seeking and reserved for those with a matching personality. But, pink has come firmly back in fashion over recent years in more subtle, wearable ways that can pull an outfit together effortlessly. Whether it's a beautifully cut pink suit, a blush blazer or coral coat, there are plenty of options to make this adolescent shade strictly for grown-ups.
Choose the cut carefully
Combining a feminine hue like pink with a masculine silhouette is a chic and modern way to incorporate it into your wardrobe. Often classed as a romantic shade, a pink suit, oversized blazer or tapered trouser will tone down an otherwise girly colour. Keep things contemporary by pairing your tailoring with trainers or plimsolls for a chic day-to-day look or dress it up with a kitten heel for a perfect day-to-night ensemble.
Toughen it up
Granted, pink can easily look childish or cheap, but pairing it with more mature accessories can instantly pull it back to fashion-forward territory. Adding a black waist belt, leather jacket or black leather boots to an all-pink look is a great way to toughen it up. Hardier textures such as leather or suede are a great way to contrast softer tones such as floaty chiffon or knitwear to bring it back to a grown-up style.
Find the right shade
Like all colours, there's more than one variation and finding the right hue for you is key to wearing pink with confidence. If you're apprehensive about its bold connotations, try a pale or pastel shade for a softer option in a cashmere jumper or tailored blazer. But, if you're ready to make your pink debut with a bang, go for a strong watermelon coat, magenta wide leg trousers or a hot pink trouser suit (which is a great tone to pair with silver hair) for a statement look.
Go bold or go neutral
Pulling a pink outfit together can be intimidating. If you'd rather tread carefully, make one pink item the focal point and keep the rest of the outfit neutral such as a pink trench coat teamed with an all-black outfit or a rose-hued jumper with beige trousers. On the other end of the spectrum, you can go for a head-to-toe look in a deep pink dress or contrasting pink shades for a jumper, trousers and coat.
If you want to introduce more blush tones into your wardrobe but don't know where to start, selecting a few key accessories is a safe bet. Think a rose-hued scarf, a salmon-toned tote or a fuchsia pair of sandals for a gentle way to ease into the pink spectrum without fully committing.
Article by Jessica Harris
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