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10.22.2016

How To Wear Pink And A Few Styling Ideas Too

Let's talk about colour. Let's do pink. Blush, nude, shell, whatever, It's that subtlest of shades that I'm interested.


Treat it as a neutral because it goes so well with many colours:

Black
Charcoal
Light grey
Navy
White
Pewter
Brown
Cocoa
Burgundy

...and that's just off the top of my head. Ok so yes, the fashion pack do occasionally pick up on it and flog it to death (this season) but it's one of those colours that really doesn't date.

It's such a useful shade in your wardrobe that you can wear all year round. There's another reason why I love pink, it's so much more forgiving on a mature skin than say a pure white. Bright white is a strong colour and can be very draining whereas soft pink is less harsh. In fact, every time you reach for a white top, you could probably replace it with a pink one - it really is that versatile.

How To Wear Nude Pink

But how should you wear it? If you need to double check your own colour palette, click here.

Deeps, Clears & Cools

(that's women with dark hair, any colour eyes or grey hair, any colour eyes)

Wearing colour successfully is all about balancing your own colouring. Each one of you in these 3 categories will have a strong, dramatic look so a pale pink will be too insipid on it's own. But don't worry, it's very easy to remedy. Add a stronger colour below the chin such as black or dark navy or charcoal to give it some ooomph.

It could be a jacket


Or something as simple as a ribbon tie or necklace


By the way, I don't want to confuse you, I'm not a Deep, Clear or Cool. Photos are for illustration purposes only (there, that's my disclaimer!).

Chances are you'll have lots of deep colours in your wardrobe already so adding a shot of pale pink could breathe new life into old clothes.

Warms 

(that's women with red or warm tones in their hair and an overall rich, golden look)

This is why I'm not the best colour consultant because I break too many rules. You don't get pale pink in your palette at all and I do think that the pale candy pinks are totally wrong for you. But, the palest nude and shell, well I don't see what the problem is with those, particularly as some have a definite peachy hue. So I say, you go girls. Wear with pewter, chocolate brown or bronze. In my mind they will look stunning with pale pink against your overall golden look. 


The top I'm wearing here is leaning towards the peachier of pinks. I have a warm undertone to my skin (although it isn't my dominant palette) and my skin always looks so fresh when I put this little top on.

Softs & Lights

(that's women with mousey or blonde hair)

Pale pinks look wonderful against your skin tone. If you've never tried it, you really are missing out. It softens the complexion and masks those wrinkles (I know, it's magic). Softs try shell pink and Lights, you can do pastel pink. 

Try wearing it tonally, that is with other shades of similar depth such as nude and cream as I am here. By the way, it doesn't matter what you wear on your bottom half as it's away from your chin!



A Few Style Ideas

I thought it would be useful to show how easily pale pink can slot in to your wardrobe. I'd love to say that these pieces belong to me. Alas, I borrowed them from Winser London but very much enjoyed wearing them even if it was just for the photo shoot. 

The Pink Skirt 

So far we've talked about wearing pink on our top half but of course there's no reason why you can't wear a pink skirt or trousers. 


Black Ruffle Blouse - old (similar)
Milano Pure Wool Skirt - Winser London
Black Shoes - ASOS (similar)
Black Bag - Marks & Spencer (love this)

In fact if you're bigger on top, wearing deeper colours as I have done here is a great way to balance you out. Because as we know, dark shades are slimming. It's also a great way of buying in to the colour if you're really not sure about wearing it as a top. So a red head could wear it with a bronze bomber jacket for example.




By the way, I have this skirt in camel and I absolutely love it. I borrowed it for this post, sent it back, and then promptly reordered as I couldn't live without it. This could get expensive!!!! The knit is really substantial so it sucks the belly in and springs back into shape when you take it off. Always a sign of quality.



So, I think we can safely say that pale pink looks amazing with black! 



The Silk Shirt

Gosh where do I begin? So much to say about this. First of all, let me show you the photo from the website. It's the white one but I want to talk about the shape.



It's a stunner isn't it. All three items I'm featuring from Winser London are for your forever wardrobe, this included. What I wasn't expecting was how fabulous it looked and felt untucked with that lovely curved hem. Go feed your face at that Christmas do and no one needs to know what's going on under that shirt. 

Silk Ruffle Shirt - Winser London
Burgundy Pull On Coated Leggings - Next
Black Shoes - ASOS (similar)
Tassel Bag - Next (similar)


I teamed it with burgundy which I think is my all time favourite colour combination (well ok, it is this season). These shades were made for each other don't you think?



The detail is exquisite, check out those cuffs. It was super difficult to part with this one! I loved the fact that there's a ruffle but it's not an in-your-face-kinda ruffle. It's subtle. And don't worry about ironing. I steamed the shirt all over and the packing creases fell out. Can't tell you how nerve racking that is when it doesn't belong to you!!!!!




The Versatile Jumper 

I'm always on the look out for clothes that can be worn for different occasions. It makes for a very workable wardrobe and this next piece fits the bill and some more. 




I've added the website photo above because it's a true representation of the colour. Big love for this jumper.

Merino V-neck Jumper - Winser London
NavyEmilia Ponte Blazer - Boden
Navy Coated Pull On Coated Leggings - Next
Loafers - Next (similar)
Pippa Grab Bag - Modalu

Worn with my beloved navy which I know is so much better for my complexion than black. 


How perfect is it for wearing under a blazer for smart-ish workwear? Ok, you might need to tone down the coated leggings but you get my drift. Navy and pale pink, big thumbs up.


In my mind, it's smart enough to wear with black cigarette pants and heels for an evening out. I'm all for easy outfits these days.


Or dress it right down with a pair of joggers and trainers. Sundays I'm looking at you. 



Well I hope I've convinced you (if you didn't know already) that pale pink really is a versatile colour. It's graced my wardrobe for many years and I'm always keen to add more. What about you? Do you do pink?? 

All packed and ready for New York. Husband is in London somewhere as I type and isn't due back until later tonight. He said he'll pack tomorrow. We're leaving at 4am!!! Breathe deeply Donna, breathe deeply.

So I'm off to entertain the in-laws with a takeaway and bottle of wine who are here while we're away. Well it's the least I can do!

I'll be taking a few days out from blogging but you can catch up with my antics on Instagram and there's an Insta Story of my packing too xx


4 comments on "How To Wear Pink And A Few Styling Ideas Too"
  1. I'm a red head (gone grey) and completely agree - the warmer pinks with peach undertones are spot on. I'm all for breaking the rules when it works..and it does!

    I love pink with khaki, mustard yellow, grey and burgundy (maybe not all together mind!)

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    1. Yes I think you'd really struggle with the pinkier pinks Rachel so the peach undertones are much more suited to your skin tone x

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  2. It's been amazing the amount of this blush pink I've been seeing at the stores! It's so nice to see something other than black & grey at this time of year!
    I love all of these combinations!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I've been a big fan of the pale pinks for years, so much more interesting than white x

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