Although Valentine’s Day has passed, I’ve found myself obsessed with pink fashion as of late. I’m falling in love with shades of pastel and fuchsia pink in dresses, outerwear, nail polish, and lipstick. And it just so happens that The Trend Council (a forecasting service that provides valuable colour and trend information for the fashion industry) has announced that the key colour combo for Fall/Winter 2015 is pink. This may come as a surprise to most of us, myself included, who have been brainwashed into believing that only certain shades can be worn during certain seasons, and brights are out of the question in the winter months (especially pink). And although pink has always been top of mind as one of my favourite colours since I was younger (after all, as an adult my favourite colour combo is blush and gold), I’ve shied away from wearing pink, for fear of looking too Barbie-like or juvenile. But fear not! You can pull of the pink fashion trend without looking unsophisticated or out-of-season, whether you prefer pastel or bubblegum pink, with this guide on how to wear pink fashion…
1. Be Conscious of Fabric
Fabrics are the key to making bright coloured fabrics fashionably relevant (and functional!) in the winter (bonus: they create a stunning textural contrast when paired with lighter fabrics). In the winter months, you should feel free to wear a flow-y, petal pink dress (or skirt, or blouse), but remember to layer. Pair your soft pink styles with heavy layers like opaque tights, a chunky sweater, or a winter peacoat in a heavier material.
2. Remain Neutral
If you’re shy to the pink trend, or want to rock a super bold or bright piece, the most fool-proof way to make your ensemble work is to pair it with a neutral, monochromatic palette. My favourite pink colour combinations (aside from the obvious pink and black) is pink and grey which is super modern, or pink and navy blue, which is preppy and fun, and the navy really makes the pink pop.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Go Bold
Whether you prefer bubblegum pink for a playful look, or softer pinks for a more feminine sensibility, be bold in your choices. Don’t be afraid to mix your pinks with mustard, army green, or cobalt blue. But make sure that if you’re playing with bold colours, you stick to structured silhouettes, for a more crisp look (i.e. no ruffles, ruching, or bows), and keep your accessories minimalist and strong.
4. Shape is Key
Don’t go for a dress that’s too poufy, or you will look like you’re going to a dance recital. Buying a winter coat? Try an oversized shape, as a super-fitted coat could look dated and prissy. A slouchy coat looks invariably cool and of-the-moment.
5. The Details Matter
If you’re still shy of incorporating the pink fashion trend into your wardrobe, you can still wear the gorgeous hue in your lipstick or nail colour, paired with your basic blacks or whites. I personally love a bold, pink lip with pastel pink nails, which can be worn individually, or simultaneously, since the two hues compliment each other.
See below for some of my favourite pink fashion and beauty finds…