Let’s talk about pink. Most of us have a nostalgic relationship with the prettiest hue in the colour wheel, myself included. As a child, I couldn’t get enough of it: my bedroom walls were pink, my Barbie dolls were seen in every variation of the shade and any piece of clothing I could lay my hands on had to pass the bubblegum seal of approval. If there were sequins and glitter involved too, even better.
Fast forward 20 years and I own just one pink item of clothing (a sweatshirt). How about you? If I took a guess, I’d say it wasn’t many. Rose tones have such strong connotations with femininity today that I think we’ve all forgotten that, actually, it’s ok to feel exactly that: feminine. So for the sake of this column, I stepped out of my monochrome box and gave it a try.
Thanks to the likes of Prada and Chanel, the specific shade to go after this summer is possibly the girliest of them all:
ballet-shoe pink. Sugary sweet, it’s a tone that I can appreciate as a catwalk spectator, but to wear it myself, I took some convincing.
I’m pale with auburn hair so finding a shade that didn’t completely match my skin tone (or make me feel like Mr Blobby) was a task on its own. If you’re fair-skinned like me, I’d suggest warmer, apricot variations to flatter your complexion; those with darker skin tones can experiment with softer blushes.
Tailoring is a brilliant way to keep your outfit cool and contemporary, whether you take a pair of pink trousers and team with a plain cotton tee in white or grey marl, or do as I’ve done below, styling a suit jacket with denim.
The verdict? Pink doesn’t have to mean prissy. If in doubt, a fuss-free approach works best, so consider it as you would a neutral tone: less saccharine, more stylish.