We loathe using outdated sayings like ‘real men wear pink’ because, in this new age where men and women divvy out the breadwinning, both shave their bits and split the bill, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t share colours, too. That’s not to say you can’t feel slightly confused about how candyfloss hues – a key colour trend for SS17 and beyond – might fit with your current line-up of staples. So to help, we’ve compiled some of the most easy-to-wear pieces to show how to bring pink into your wardrobe without looking like a pillock.
Pub quiz fact: flamingos get their colour from the rosy-hued shrimp they eat. Don’t fancy ODing on shellfish? Opt for a flamingo shade instead with the trouser cut of the moment – the wide leg. Not only will you score on-trend points, but the softer shade will work with most wardrobe staples. Standing on one foot optional. Shore Leave Skate Trousers, available at Urban Outfitters, priced £49.
Put The ‘T’ In Party
There’s no denying the versatility of a white T-shirt. However, a candy-coloured variation is a low-investment way of adding some tinto to your top half. For an 80s vibe, team with stonewash jeans and minimal sneakers, or keep it contemporary with crisp blue denim and a smart bomber. Light Pink Pocket Roll-Sleeve T-Shirt, available at River Island, priced £8.
Hood As New
Layering is one of the foremost menswear skills to master – miss the mark combining textures and colours, and you’ll look like a spilt lasagne. For a failsafe combination, hunt down this season’s comfiest key piece – the hoody – in a baby pink shade. Wear with a neutral overcoat, light jeans and muted footwear for a Kanye-worthy casual outfit. Reclaimed Vintage Oversized Hoodie, available at ASOS, priced £45.
Pink shirts aren’t just for wedding season. Pick the right shade and it’ll serve you well for a range of formal and casual looks. A pale salmon, for example, works just as well for the office when paired with a grey suit and navy tie as it does with dark denim and sneakers for a solid off-duty look. The Idle Man Viscose Shirt, available at The Idle Man, priced £25.
Breakaway from classic tennis whites with a Hamptons-friendly polo shirt. One of the easiest ways to tick the pink trend, the flattering fit means it’s a relatively risk-free move and can even be subbed in for a shirt in a smart-casual outfit. Available at Uniqlo, priced £14.90.
Pinkies And The Brain
Guys with pale skin tones will find it tricky to hunt down a flattering shade of pink, as both soft pastel and brighter shades tend to wash out lighter complexions. That doesn’t mean missing out on it altogether. Head south and pick up some sneakers that add a hint of the hue without risking overkill. Common Projects Original Achilles MD, available at END Clothing, priced £309.
If an expanse of block pink reminds you of Angel Delight, switch it up with a pink pattern. This season, botanicals continue to rule the rails, so there’s no shortage of options in every shade. Go for a blush-pink printed Cuban collar shirt (a returning key piece) and pair with plain separates for a flora-filled thumbs up. OAMC Tropic Print Shirt available at MatchesFashion, priced £360.
Après-ski style doesn’t have to be left in the lodge. Show you’re the most stylish man both on and off the slopes by combining utilitarianism with a streetwear edge. A ski-style shell jacket has a retro athletic feel that can be worked into a number of looks, so no existing wardrobe staples are left out in the cold. Acne Panelled Shell Jacket, available at Mr Porter, priced £700.