While pink seems like a color for spring, it doesn’t necessarily need to be. As a color that represents maternity, sweetness and warmth, you’ll find it useful in the holiday season when combined with winter white, rose gold and light gray, or contrasted with cooler shades such as navy and black. These colors give the rosy shade an upscale (and sometimes princessy) look reminiscent of the Rococo era (think pink macaroons on an exquisite cake stand).
When choosing your pink wardrobe, it’s important that you choose your fabrics and shades of pink wisely. Dusky pink and nude are the shades for winter. They look modest even on larger surfaces, and match well with the aforementioned complementary colors. Barbie pink (like in Moschinos SS 2015 ready-to-wear) is bold and party-licious, but please accept the fact that not everyone loves pink. Some may think you’re too girly or wild, so my opinion is to stay away from it unless you’re prepared for others’ reactions.
A Brief History of Pink
(Images: 1, 2. Pinterest 3. H&M 4, 5. Dior 6. Jill Stuart 7. Kpopn 8. Twitter 9. Jestina)
1. Doll pink is hard to handle but Gwyneth Paltrow rocked it in 1999’s Oscars with this Ralph Lauren dress.
2. Pink does not date back to the Rococo era but Kristen Dunst in 2006’s “Marie Antoinette” pretty much epitomizes the color in its highest glory.
3. Lana Del Rey’s Fall 2012 H&M sweater looks cozy!
4. Miss Dior’s 2014 ad featuring Natalie Portman (for the fourth time), photographed by Tim Walker.
5. There’s something very French and high-end about this Spring 2014 Dior pink satchel that makes Jennifer Lawrence look like a diva.
6. Jill Stuart’s Fall 2014 cosmetics features rosy cheeks and pastel pink lips.
These K-pop girl groups definitely know a thing or two about partying in pink. Clockwise from top left: Girl’s Day, A Pink, Girls’ Generation.
Inspirations from the Spring/ Summer 2015 Runway
(Images: Vogue UK)
1. Miu Miu | 2. Hermes | 3. Nina Ricci | 4. Jill Stuart | 5. Chloe
6. Burberry Prorsum | 7. Christian Dior | 8. Oscar de la Renta | 9. Paul & Joe | 10. Versace
Up the Scale
Below are embellishments that help amp your look up to eleven. Some of the items are in white or camel but they nonetheless contribute to the Rococo palette:
Beads and faux pearls carry a warm luster that gives a feminine feel without being too loud. A kitten headband a la Taylor Swift or floral earrings featuring faux pearls as studs gives your outfit an instant boost of luxe.
The small sturdy bow helps to glam up your clutch or shoes. Tops with bow-back designs, meanwhile, allow you to bare your back as soon as you take off your winter coat.
Knits and furs make for nice cuddling in cold weather, not to mention a dab of faux fur always brings extra warmth! Look elegant in these faux fur-trimmed beanie, coat and boots.
If Rococo is the style you’re aiming for, how could you do without lace? A collared lace dress looks both polished and young, while a pair of lace-trimmed gloves makes such a fair lady. Awww… wouldn’t it be loverly?