A revelation about pink

Its a lovely spring update and you can put it with navy, Frankie Graddon on why and how to wear pink

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By Frankie Graddon on

An odd thing has just happened. I’ve just caught myself in the toilet mirror wearing a pink jumper. Not grey, not navy, not black, nor another “safe” colour that make up my entire wardrobe, but pale putty pink. Like a marshmallow. 

I say this is odd not because this is the first I have worn pink – I’ve got a hot pink top that I drag out approximately once every two years and a few years back I had the M&S pink coat. It’s odd because this is the first time I have worn pink and it has felt right. Not too sugary, or girly, or showy – completely and utterly right.  

Is it at times like this that I am reminded of the famous Miranda Priestly speech in The Devil Wears Prada. The one where she quite brilliantly explains to Anna Hathaway that her decision to wear a cerulean blue jumper was subconsciously made because  “Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent... wasn't it who showed cerulean military jackets?… And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores.” 

An odd thing has just happened. I’ve just caught myself in the toilet mirror wearing a pink jumper.

Have I been unwittingly dictated to by the fashion gods too? Probably. Prada did pink in last autumn’s collection by way of edibly gorgeous pastel trouser suits and cocktail frocks. Being one of the most influential fashion brands on the planet, folks tend to follow Prada's lead and during fashion month plenty of editors have been wearing pink. It is also in all the shops – have a look at Topshop, Zara, & Other Stories and Whistles. 

So how to wear it? My suggestion is with navy – not too pretty. I have been wearing my pink jumper (which is from Topshop by the way) with an old pair of navy drawstring trousers. Quite the spring update. Grey is also a winner and as you probably have something grey in your wardrobe already, quite straight forward. Denim of course. Black – yes but go for a softer shade of pink to stop it looking hard. My final tip is leopard print. I have been wearing a pink skirt with leopard print boots and couldn’t be more thrilled.  

Five other ways to wear pink

With a bag 

With a coat and matching shoes

With a roll neck and jeans

With white trainers

Doubled up

Three of the best



Pictures: Adam Katz and Vicky Adamson


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