The new season is coming up rose, blush and magenta. But Penny Fray’s not happy…
Love it or loathe it, few colours create such a strong emotion as pink. It may seem such an innocuous, sugary shade, but according to the Harvard Business Review most modern women hate it. This is a shame considering the shops will be packed with it this autumn. But it’s not just the bright variety that’s on offer. There are also subtler and more sophisticated palettes of blush and nude around in beautiful silhouettes. Dolce & Gabbana’s latest pale pink coat, for instance, oozes Grace Kelly-like chic.
Now, please don’t think I’m defending Barbie’s favourite colour. I have better causes for my advocacy skills. In fact, if I’m honest, I feel a little repulsed by the pastel hue. I’m not so much disturbed by the gender-loaded assumptions it brings in its wake as its delicacy. It reminds me of waifs and a weepy Gwyneth Paltrow circa 1999. However, when worn with grown-up navy, grey and khaki, the colour becomes less girly and a bit more palatable. Fearless fashionistas, however, should consider clashing colours, and embrace texture. Faux fur is expected to be particularly big for this autumn.
Missoni’s wide-leg silhouette and pink swirls give these crochet trousers a distinct retro feel. Tuck a neutral top into the flexible high-rise waist. From RO440
Matalan’s new season trainers offer comfort, cool and height due to their distinctive platform sole and trendy tweed tops. From RO12
Valentino’s “Rockstud” bag is an updated take on a classic tote. The soft blush-hue complements any colour palette so carry yours by the detachable shoulder strap for hands-free wear. From RO720 at Net a Porter
Very’s ombré faux fur jacket will add a bold statement to day or night looks. Buy it online for RO42
Burberry’s “Rain or Shine” compact is featured in the label’s ready-to-wear collection. The pretty shades of azalea and hydrangea-pink highlight your skin and create a natural-looking glow. RO28
Rethink Pink: Penny’s tips on making pastel more palatable
1. Feeling brave? Clashing red with pink is a cooler way to wear the colour, as illustrated by Dior’s autumn show.
2. Consider nude your new neutral.
3. If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a pop of pink on your pout. It will lift any outfit and add immediate glamour.