From Molly Ringwald’s signature cotton candy prom dress in the 1980s cult classic to the modern day millennial obsession with blush- pink has been part of fashion for centuries. Today I’m decoding how a chic, savvy city woman wears the rosy hue.
One of fashion’s most prominent and gendered colors, pink has been popular in couture since the 18th century. Only post World War II did it become associated nearly exclusively with femininity. Despite a resurgence in recent years in everything from wool coats to slip dresses and sneakers, I’ve largely shied away from pink. Given that I spent the first five years of my life convinced that I was in fact a long lost princess, at twenty my irrational fear of the color is a bit ironic. I think that along with many of my fellow ambitious, intelligent young women we viewed pink as representative of frivolity & girliness. Numerous examples in media had shown us that those who wore it were not taken seriously in business, academia or even life. But why should we deny our femininity? Granted not every woman adores florals, pastels and typically ladylike fashion nor should they. But the fact is that wearing pink and being a modern, independent woman aren’t mutually exclusive. I believe pink in all its shades is best styled with neutrals. And when in doubt- black is always classic. Here I contrasted the romantic scalloped edges and soft blush color of this H&M coat with the edge of an all black ensemble. The chain neckline details of this black T-shirt by The Kooples added just a touch of punk. Between my ass kicking boots, as I fondly call these Chelseas by Dune London, and the sleek gold of my Diane Von Furstenberg belt this outfit is far from frilly. Thus I do feel pretty in pink, but also capable, street smart and above all stylish.