How to wear pink: 9 style tips you need to know
Blush. Salmon. Hot Pink. Pastel. Rose. Coral. Magenta. Candyfloss... The list goes on. But for a colour with so many shades to suit each and everyone’s unique personality, how do so many of us get it so wrong? Unless you’re headed to a retro dress-up, let’s leave the 80’s behind us and start wearing pink in a way that flatters our bodies, skin tone and reflects our personal style.
REVOIR’s Top Tips For Styling
1. From Drab to Fab
Accessorising in pink can make an ordinary outfit something great. The power of pink can lift not only a drab mood but turn a dreary outfit into something drop dead gorgeous. Throw on a striped pink scarf over a plain cardigan. Or lift a monochrome outfit with a bright pair of loafers or a neutral dress with a pair of bold pink pumps. An oversized pastel pink handbag or a coral clutch with your outfit can go a long way.
2. Team up with Black or Navy
Adding black or navy to your pink attire will keep your look from becoming too girly. Pairing a soft pink blouse with black culottes offers a smart but softer corporate outfit. Navy stripes through a hot pink dress tones the look down from being too loud while still keeping the style bold, modern and edgy.
3. Toughen up with Leather or Denim
Similar to styling with black and navy, you can toughen up your feminine look by adding rougher textures. A denim jacket over a blush-toned casual maxi dress offers a relaxed daytime look. Whereas a magenta evening top teamed with leather skinny leg pants and black stilettos will be sure to make heads turn on the dance floor.
4. Keep it Simple
If you’re wearing a block shade of bright pink, keep the design, style and cut very simple. When you’re wearing a bold colour like pink, there’s no need for frills, ruffles or glitz. The dress will speak for itself; there’s no need to add more. Think: A strapless fuschia dress with neutral sandals. Clean lines, simple designs and let the colour itself be the talking point.
5. Florals and Lace
Floral pinks and lace work well with bare accessories. Keep your clutch, shoes and jewellery plain and in solid block colours. Don’t add more texture or more floral or lace. And don’t try to accessorise in the exact same shade of pink. Remember, less is more!
6. Make it Clash
If you want to wear multiple pink pieces, make sure they don’t match. Clashing looks best when you’re working with a variety of shades, patterns and prints. Team a plain salmon blouse with straight leg Aztec or geometric print trousers and a pair of black lace-ups for a funky street-style look.
7. Get Cosy
Autumn is upon us, and we couldn’t think of anything better than heading out for brunch in an oversized soft pink wool jumper teamed with skinny leg blue jeans and pink ballet flats. Alternatively, pair a pastel pink extra long cardigan knit over rolled-up boyfriend jeans and a plain white T-shirt. Effortlessly casual, addictively cosy but with a touch of colour to brighten the autumn days.
8. Consider your skin tone
It’s important to choose the right shade for your skin colour. Pale pinks are better suited to fair skin; brighter pinks look divine on olive or darker complexions. As far as style goes, the more bold, the edgier the look becomes. For more feminine styles, opt for lighter shades of pink and pastels.
9. Match your makeup
You can completely pull your look together with the right makeup. Light pinks and golds work well together for eye shadows. If you’re focusing on the eyes, opt for a neutral pink lipstick or lip gloss. Pink doesn’t always have to mean hot pink! As for your lips, fair skin suits lighter pinks in sheer shades. If you have reddish skin, a peachy pink will neutralise redness in your skin. Medium or olive complexions can pull off many shades of pink, so you have the freedom to mix and match. Darker complexions will suit bolder pinks and purply shades. Go easy on the blush and don’t forget your nails!
There you have it, ladies. The power of pink can lift your outfit, mood and mindset. There's no need to let pink be intimidating. There are so many ways to style this amazing colour; it can be vibrant, sensual, soft, edgy and bold. Why not add a pink wool-cashmere coat to your autumn arsenal this season? Sounds good to us.
Over to you…
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