Pink is a little bit like marmite; you either love it or hate it.
When you think of wearing the colour pink, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it a pretty girly outfit? Thanks to social conditioning, this stereotype is deeply engrained in us. Unfortunately, this means that women who desire to be taken seriously, are avoiding pink like the plague. However, pink doesn’t have to be defined as a ‘sweet colour’.
When styled right, pink can be anything you desire; from girlish and preppy, to sophisticated and classic, or edgy rock chic. It’s simply one of those universally, flattering, chameleon of colours that can be catered to each individuals needs and wants. Anyone can wear pink. Regardless if you have a light skin tone, dark complexion, young or old. It doesn’t matter. There is a pink out there for everyone and this includes the empowered woman taking the world by storm.
I truly believe that any woman can be taken seriously in a pink get-up. She may have to work a little harder. However, the time for women to be able to embrace her femininity and be seen as an equal to the opposite gender, is long overdue. Whilst seeing a women strutting her stuff in a suit is incredibly up-lifting. There is something equally as exciting about seeing her in a pretty dress, demanding the same amount of respect.
It’s time we start to rethink pink. Here are my favourite ways to wear this traditionally feminine colour for spring and still feel empowered.
Treat it as a neutral
This is perhaps my favourite way to tackle any coloured garment. I simply think about the classically popular look of a neutral outfit- head to toe- and change one singular piece to the colour in question. As a result, you are more likely to put together a very classic look. Similarly to what I’ve done here, instead of wearing a black pant and white shirt combo, I’ve went for a nude pair of trousers instead. Although I did upscale the pink with a pair of matching nude heels and pale pink bag, I did approach this outfit with neutralising pink in mind. A more toned down styling option that I do often is to simply change out my usual beige trench with a pink one instead or the nude heels I am wearing here over a black pair.
Alternatively, you could go ultra daring if you are an avid bold fashion lover. A hot pink shirt isn’t exactly subtle, but the colour is surprisingly toned down when worn with even bolder pieces. Treating pink pieces as a neutral colour and wearing it with statement pieces such as a funky handbag or a pair of floral printed trousers can soften a striking pink, instantly. However, this would create a very bold look overall and thus, is best tackled for the fashionistas that love to stand out of the crowd and make a daring statement. Although, you can easily desaturate a bold pink with muted colours such as your favourite denim jacket or with your best pair of white jeans.
If you’re an avid pink lover, then why not try out an all pink outfit in different tones? This can seem very daunting to some, however, mixing different shades of pink together breaks up the look and keeps it feeling laid-back rather than formal. When combined with a variety of textures and prints, clashing pinks can look amazing as well as opening doors to your style creativity.
Creating a monotone outfit can either go very wrong or wonderfully right so it’s good to really think about matching the tones perfectly. I have personally found that there are two easy ways to pulling off a full pink outfit. ( This is perhaps ideal for the fashionista whom is already accustomed to wearing a lot of pink and is ready to take a bolder step.)
The first monotone fashion formula is to range your items from light to dark; one piece that is a very light pink, one that is a muted, darker pink, and the last in a bolder, brighter pink. I would advise making sure that your different tones are in the same colour of pink. This means checking that your pinks are all warmer or cool. Finally, I would also consider breaking up the monotone with one item in a different colour.
The alternative sartorial way is to ensure your outfit is built up of pieces that are in the exact same shade of pink- or as close as you can get your pieces to match up. To avoid this looking too harsh on the eyes, I would highly recommend breaking your outfit up with different textures, as exemplified with this outfit. My darling midi dress is designed with delicate lace. This is complimented with the rough texture of my pretty pink cropped jacket featuring a classic white lace trim. In addition, my new favourite bag made from smooth vegan leather is a beautiful, discrete contrast that ties the whole look together.
Wear it sparingly
If pink clothing is still too much for you to handle, try only wearing pink accessories instead and tackling pink as an accent colour over a main shade. This way you’re still getting your pink fix in a controlled and discrete manner. A pink bag is perhaps the easiest accessory to style as it can be paired with almost any other colour on the colour wheel- providing you get your tones and shades right. For instance, a mauve pink would look chic and calming matched with grey, whilst a pastel pink and white outfit creates a soft and girlish vibe. Likewise, a colour scheme consisting of dusty pink and burgundy creates a sophisticated and understated impression.
Alternatively, a pretty watch or bow in your hair is also a great option and definitely the way forward if you’re a newbie to wearing pink. Simply having one small spot of pink in your outfit can uplift any look and take it to new heights. Whilst also easing you into the colour, if you have future plans to wear more pink.
Using pink as an accent and adding touches here and there is the perfect way to add a feminine highlight to your look.
Make a statement
Styled with thought and consideration, pink can easily adapt to your look whilst adding a beautiful subtlety to your outfit. However, this isn’t the only way to wear the colour. Making various statements with pink, is arguably the most empowering way to go. I personally think that pairing pink with typically ‘masculine’ pieces is a powerful contrast that can really upscale your confidence. It also creates a modern, avant-garde look that will have you feeling like a total boss.
As exemplified in one of my seasonal transition looks, I’m wearing my favourite pink tweed jacket. Despite living in the twenty first century, nothing makes more of a statement than a woman in a tux or suited piece.
Alternatively, if you are more rocker than dapper, you could perhaps choose a pink faux leather jacket as the hard-wearing texture will contrast with the stereotypical ‘sweetness’ of the colour.
Finally, you could also try and find a bold statement piece that just happens to be in pink. Like this artsy retro bag from Vendula London, a vegan brand I have previously collaborated with that design eye-catching, statement bags. This is a great sartorial approach as choosing a pink piece that is unique and a little busy, results in hardly noticing the colour! Moreover, pink statement pieces gives you the tool to think outside of the box and dress with more originality than you may have thought possible.
Wearing pink makes a statement of self-love, for this is the colour of universal love; of oneself and of others. As such we, women, should not allow society to dictate what we can and cannot wear in terms of how our male counterpart treats us. A woman should be able to wear pink and still be taken seriously as an authority figure. If she adores pink then lets commend her to wear such a beautiful colour.
Hopefully with this guide, you can see just how many alternative ways one can wear pink and how it can work with anyone’s personal style.
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