For a while now we've been seeing a surge in popularity of a pink colour palette in menswear and shows alike. Fashion portrayed on the catwalk is generally a bit OTT but is always a strong indication to what colours and shapes we will be seeing in the forthcoming seasons. The colour pink has been no exception. Back in the 19th century, pink was a colour associated with masculinity (boys were actually dressed in pink as children), but since pink dominated the menswear runways in 2016 it seems men everywhere are finally becoming accustomed to wearing the colour. In fact over the last two years pink has seen a huge revival in both designer and high street stores with shades of the stuff popping up everywhere.
When talking pink, Mr Porter style director Dan May says “No colour is off limits. It’s just the way you style it and the confidence with which you pull it off.”
Like skin, pink comes in many shades and the key to making pink work for you is ensuring it’s the right one. “Picking the wrong shade can bleach out your skin tone and work against your complexion,” says Farfetch menswear editor Tony Cook.. “For paler skin, a stronger, deeper tone works best. A pale pink shade, like Worboys linen Antibes, complements a post-holiday glow and darker skin.
Pink is a bold colour, so it's easiest to wear when paired with a darker colour, most notably navy. If you're off on your holidays, invest in a pink linen shirt like the one below, and pair it with some navy chino shorts to counter balance the brighter hue. Pink also works well with beige so pairing your pink shirt with a classic pair of beige chinos (beach roll optional) will always stand the test of time. Finally, don’t be afraid to brake the pink out in winter. Pink shirts look great in the winter peeking out from outerwear, such as a gillet or a sharp blue blazer, injecting some colour into winter wardrobes that have a tendency to stay safe.