Today pink is associated with feminine clothing, sometimes even with being romantic. This post features how you can wear this young, preppy color over 40 without looking like trying too hard.
- Pink is a great color
- How to style pink the modern way
- Break old fashion rules – so chic
- Pink with brown is so chic
- When layering peeling off a layer must lead to a great look too
- Try different shades of pink in one outfit
- Think of outerwear as an outfit too
- Which pink is right for you?
- Wrapping up
Pink is a great color
I really love pink, and yes, I wear it a lot. One of my blogging friends once said “You wear your pink like a neutral!” Well, I guess she may be right. At least, it’s one of my signature colors.
Today, we associate little girls with this lightened version or red. This hasn’t always been the case. It just became this way in the beginning of the last century. Formerly, it was reserved for baby boys.
This post is a guide how to wear pink at any age and look effortlessly chic.
How to style pink the modern way
Pink is currently full on trend. When you are over 40, you remember the pink trend of the 80s. Every women wore pink with black. I did too! And, yes I still think it was super chic, and still is.
However, today I hesitate wearing this color combination. It looks great on the Millennials, but on babyboomer or generation X fashionistas it has a deja vu moment. By no means, I am not saying it is not chic for women over 40. We just have to wear this color combination distinctively different than we did back then.
Break old fashion rules – so chic
Starting in third grade, I was allowed to pick my outfit of the day. However, my mother had strong rules about what to wear together, and what not to wear together. For instance, I was not allowed to wear red and pink together or red and brown. My mother claimed that red and pink looks like a “rosarotes Schweinchen”, i.e. a red pink piglet. Today, one would probably say Miss Piggy alert. In the case of brown and red, she would say that these colors “beissen sich” (bite each other), what basically in plain English would mean, they clash.
Nevertheless, I think you can wear these colors together like in this outfit. Yes, it is tricky, but when you keep the colors very distinct from each other, it works as the pink and red are in the same color family. Pink and brown is a classic. And brown is a neutral. Thus, where is the problem?
Did you know that in the 19th century, pink was a color for baby boys?
The pumps pick up the color of the sweater as do the dots on the socks.
Pink with brown is so chic
Currently, I am totally into wearing pink with brown. Outfits in this color combination have a fresh modern vibe. As an example, I paired my mock turtleneck pink cashmere sweater with a waterfall cashmere sweater and chocolate brown leather pants for a modern office winter look.
When layering peeling off a layer must lead to a great look too
When layering keep in mind that your look should still look complete and stunning when you peel a layer off. In the outfit shown above, the necklace does the trick. It adds interest to the outfit. While with cardigan the necklace just repeats the vertical lines, it becomes a statement without the cardigan.
Try different shades of pink in one outfit
Of course, one can style a monochromatic look in this color. You also can repeat the color when it occurs in the print or pattern of another piece you wear like in the example outfit below. The motorcycle jacket is incredibly versatile despite as I demonstrated in this post on how to style 15 stunning looks with a pink leather jacket.
Think of outerwear as an outfit too
Since winter is so long in Interior Alaska, I like to think of my outer layer as an additional outfit. Some of your under (indoor) outfit will show. Therefore always think of your outerwear just as an additional layer. The example below illustrates how a printed silk scarf can tie an outfit together. Its pink, bluish, tan brown, and burnt red pattern repeats the burnt red leather of the coat, the tan of the gloves and Kate Moss for Longchamp bag.
The next example photo shows how to use salmon to add a pop of color to a winter outdoor look. A girlfriend of mine gave me this scarf as a gift when she came back from visiting her parents in China. I switched into my brown booties for better hold on the icy sidewalks.
The next photo shows how fuchsia is added as a statement to up the outerwear. To tie the look together burgundy gloves and a beret are used as a darker variation of fuchsia.
Which pink is right for you?
There are warm and cold, light and deep, as well as bright and soft variations. Thus, pick the hue/shade/tint of your color palette. Otherwise, you will look washed out. Another aspect is whether you prefer a style with neutrals or love a bold color statement (me).
Typically, blondes with light skin and blue eyes look great in cool powder or blush. Blondes with golden skin look great in coral, salmon, or baby pink. Brunettes with dark brown eyes look great in fuchsia.
Stylist’s tip: Be aware that like many pastels and red, pink can make you look heavier than you really are. Thus, create vertical lines when styling this shade to offset the effect.
Pink is more versatile than one would think at first sight. It can be worn as a neutral or color statement. One can wear one’s best pink at any age. It’s not just for baby girls.
Do you like this color? Or do you think it is for young women and little girls? Do you wear it despite it gives the illusion of more weight? You can find more about how to not look old in pastels in this guide.
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Photos: G. Kramm
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