April 12, 2015

There was a time, not very long ago, when pink was pretty much a taboo color for men. “Blue is for boys, pink is for girls” - most of us have heard this quote or such while growing up.

This might come as revelation to many - the strait-jacketing of pink and blue into genders is of much recent vintage - not until the 1980’s. During this time, prenatal testing caught on in the USA - and parents wanted to know whether a boy or a girl was on way. And then, they would go on to dress the nursery in anticipation.

Baby dress makers soon discovered that parents would prefer to to go for a whole set of new clothing, and related baby products, for the yet-to-be-born. The trend of pink for girls, and blue for boys was born, in the US first, and then spread to the whole world.

Earlier, in the 1940s too, the classification of colors into feminine and masculine had started, but the feminist movement that followed soon after put paid to it.

Before the 1940, the colors (especially blue and pink) were gender neutral. On the contrary, as long backs as 1918, the Ladies’ Home Journal had declared that “ the generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls”. The journal went on to describe that “pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more dainty, is prettier for the girl”.

Can you imagine that? Pink? More decided and stronger?

Nothing to do with the article - this is just to make you smile!

Nothing to do with the article - this is just to make you smile!

Let us settle on one fact - the gender-based segregation of colors, especially pink, is OVER.

And now let us look at 3 ways the modern gentleman can start accepting pink in their wardrobes, to start with:

1) The Classic: A Pink Shirt

If you have just one shirt in your wardrobe, it has to be undeniably white. The second has to be blue. When buying the third shirt - go boldly for pink.

The pink shirt is extremely versatile - working well with a most suit colors - especially classics like charcoal-gray and navy. Lighter shade of pink will be the natural choice of the understated professional, while the deeper shade can work wonders in casual settings.

2) The Subtle: A Dash of Pink

Pink works effectively in even very small quantities. A pink tie matched with a pink pocket square, a pink scarf, or even pink socks can add a dash of romance and adventure to an otherwise drab outfit.

You could even try a derby show with a pink-colored sole, or just add hot-pink shoe laces to your everyday dress shoes. Guaranteed to turn heads!

3) The Daring: A Pink Suit

Once in a while, when you may feel the need to make bold statement with your dress - go for a pink suit. A pink suit has been endorsed by the likes of Brad Pitt and Ralph Lauren (he designed a pink suit for Robert Redford’s character in the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby. Leo Dicaprio also wears a pink suit in the 2014 Gatsby movie version).

While being Brad Pitt or Leonardo Dicaprio certainly helps to pull it off effortlessly, you may start with just a pink jacket or blazer.

And don’t forget seersucker! A pink seersucker suit looks extremely elegant and cool.

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