Pink power suits may sound like an oxymoron, but they’re one of the signature trends in spring fashion this year. In fact, most outfits in your warm weather wardrobe for 2017 should include a dash of pink in some shape or form. The classic girly-girl color is finally coming of age. This doesn’t mean you can just throw on whatever spring pink items you’ve been nostalgically hiding in your closet since high school. There’s an art to working pink into your adult wardrobe. To save you from embarrassment and disaster, here are five sophisticated ways to enhance your mature spring look with this classic color.
ADD SOME EDGE
It isn’t hard to take that powdery-pink shade associated with new-born babies and make it dangerous. All you need are a few choice accessories. Start with pink bottoms. A textured dress or sturdy trousers will do the trick. Then, go all motorcycle chic. Pop on a slouchy leather jacket and some studded jewelry for a vintage mixture of rebellious ‘50s youth and early punk culture. If you’re really feeling the ‘80s vibe, leather boots will make you seem even tougher. This look is really just a variation on fashion’s black and white obsession with pastel pink substituted in for the white. If you’re one of the girls who’s one of the guys, it’s a simple way to work spring pink into your wardrobe without sacrificing any moxie.
Here’s a top leftover from the ‘90s you can consider reviving this spring. It’s the perennial frilly blouse. Modernizing Victorian-inspired shirts with all-American denim was a constant trend from the late ‘60s up until the 21st-century. With spring pink back in the game and vintage looks crowding the fashion runways, this tried-and-true outfit is a super easy way to integrate pink into your adult wardrobe. Grab a champagne pink blouse with mild frills and throw it on over some classic blue jeans. For extra pop, drape a pastel bag across your shoulder and find some abstract earrings. You can tweak this look for almost any occasion, from Casual Fridays at work to a semi-formal dinner party.
MAKE PINK YOUR NEUTRAL
When the fashion world embraces a seasonal color, it’s basically saying you should try to use the shade as a neutral for two or three months. When Pantone announced that greenery was the color of the year in January, fashion publications everywhere demonstrated how to use green as a seasonal neutral. Now pink is the color you need to incorporate. There are a few fun ways to do this. You can surround a pink top with bolder pieces to tone it down. Gaudy prints have a similarly neutralizing effect. Color can also be influenced by size. Try a small pink top dwarfed by a voluminous coat and flared trousers. There a plenty of options if you like the idea of wearing pink as a neutral color. Experiment until you find the style that looks best on you.
EMBRACE POWERFUL PINK
Sometimes, color choices have to be aggressive. Pink is a great color if you like to make a loud statement with your wardrobe. Instead of toning the shade down, try embracing its explosive presence fully this spring. Why no go big? Strut to work in a spring pink power suit. Combine a fuchsia sportscoat with powdery-pink trousers for depth and variety. The key is to keep each piece of clothing sophisticated and mature. Only tween girls should be running around covered in neon pink with pink nail polish and pink earrings. Tame your pink obsession into a professional look you feel confident wearing and you’ll have everyone jealous.
SPRINKLE IT HERE AND THERE
If pink tops and trousers are genuinely too much for you to handle, work the color into your wardrobe through accessories. Find some little floral earrings or substitute your beige handbag for a pinkish product. You can apply the same trick to ballet flats. Nude colors are still trending after their break-through last fall. A ruddier skin tone is the perfect excuse to tap into this spring color fad without committing to pink as a wardrobe staple. There are plenty of small items you can use to subtly infuse your wardrobe with trendy vibes. Mix your favorites into the rotation as fresh alternatives to traditional tan.
Pink is a woman’s color now. It’s time to embrace the stigmatized shade and transform it into the sophisticated hue designers proved it can be. Hurry up and shop! The pink bandwagon won’t wait for long.
— Timothy Vest