If you are a grown-up fashionista, an important question as we head towards spring 2016 is: “Can I wear pink?”.
All the new spring collections are bursting with both clothing and accessories in pink, and there’s nothing like a dash of pink to announce to the world that you are embracing the new season’s hottest colour.
Happily, the answer to “Can I wear pink?” is a resounding “yes”, as long as all we over-50s observe some ground rules. Because whether we are 25, 45 or 65, it is always about how we work the trend, how we style a garment, what we leave off and what we add on that guarantees we will look perfectly on-trend and infinitely stylish, rather than a fashion victim. And that is true, too, when it comes to rocking rosy tones.
Yup, pink is huge for the upcoming season, but “pink” describes many, many shades from baby pink to coral pink via lipstick pink, rose pink, orchid pink, fuchsia and even plumy pink – some of which will suit us (yes, even Cyndy can wear one shade of pink, coral) and some of which will not.
The trick is to wear the shade of pink which suits you best closest to your face. Then add another shade of pink, in a clashing shade if you want to be daring and rock the trend. For a safer version, wear your second shade of pink in your handbag or shoes.
Treat very pale pastel pink (AKA baby pink) with caution, as it can wash us out and can thus be somewhat ageing. If baby pink once suited you (as it once suited most of us), consider whether it still does, or whether a mid-toned pink might be more flattering. Or, if you love it, buy it but just don’t wear it close to your face.
When wearing pink, avoid frills and bows (these are waaaay too girly in any colour but a total no-no in any shade of pink.)
If you don’t want to invest heavily in pink clothing, demonstrate your fashion savvy with some rosy accessories. But, again, avoid matchy-matchy; so if you add, say, pink shoes and a pink scarf, make them different shades of pink.
Leather jackets remain high on the current fashion agenda and into the coming spring season and a leather jacket is the perfect foil for pink to toughen it up and reduce its potential for saccharine sweetness. As well as a jacket in black leather, consider tan, beige, cream or just a different shade of pink from your dress such as plum/aubergine/burgundy. Red also looks sensational worn to deliberately clash with pink.
Here’s how to style it…
Do you have pink in your wardrobe? Tell us what your favourite shade is!
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