How to wear pink – a comprehensive guide with lots of ideas and color combinations!

by Sylvia

How to wear pink - a comprehensive guide with lots of ideas and color combinations!|

Rose quartz was selected as one of two (yes, Pantone selected two) colors of the year for 2016. And, it’s still one of Pantone’s favorite shades for 2018. This time, the color experts suggest either a mellow rose shade, or a bright and bold pink for fall 2018.

With rose quartz or mellow rose, the style opportunities are endless. Let’s show you how to wear pink and create fabulous outfits with this color!

Pink can be universally flattering.  Especially a rose hue, which does not wash out lighter skin tones or contrast too harshly on darker skin tones. It actually warms, which is an exciting characteristic to play with.

Often times, especially as we get older, we tend to shy away from wearing pink. We either refuse to come across as if we’re playing princess or just feel that the look is too frilly. But, wearing pink can be a successfully chic route to take. The key is to treat it like a warmer neutral with endless color, texture, and print combinations.

Here are our tips to guide you as you dive into the color which has been bang on trend for the last few seasons, and continues to be popular.

A pink flowers summer shift dress |

1. Add texture

Texture always gives pink a little edge and adds visual interest that immediately makes a look more chic and multi-dimensional. The cardigan, in particular, could be worn with whites and neutrals for summer, and then taken through to winter by wearing over darker hues.

Textured pieces in lace |

ASTR lace dress – Chaus cardigan – Chelsea 28 lace top

Stylish pink shoes |

Kenneth Cole bootieNaturalizer sneaker – Jeffrey Campbell ankle boot – Lieth suede clutch – Shashi duster earrings

2. Go for contrasts and prints

Prints and contrasts are effortless ways to add more complex tones to your look without having to add too much more to your ensemble. I particularly love the silk pants and bird-print skirt!

How to wear pink contrast and prints |

Hinge printed blouse – Topshop high neck blouse – Ted Baker London silk pants – Nic and Zoe stretch cotton skirt – Vans classic slip-on sneakers – Ted Baker London tote – Topshop high neck blouse

3. Be inspired by menswear

A very interesting and chic visual juxtaposition is to select pieces with menswear-inspired cuts and silhouettes. This allows you to downplay the softness of the pink, and still allows you to wear larger pink pieces.

Stylish ways to wear pink |

BP sleeve blazer – Caslon tie-back tunic – Topshop trousers – Halogen Panama hat – Cole Haan loafer

4. Use it as an accent

You can also use pink as an accent for a look. From single pink accessories (like sunglasses) to its use as a subtle color, adding touches of pink is the perfect way to add a feminine highlight to your look.


Pink accessories |

Anna Beck semi-precious stone necklace – Nordstrom silk scarf – Chelsea sunglasses – La Mer Collections wrap watch  – Panacea drop earrings

5. Toughen it up

Mixing hardware and such a romantic pink also creates visual interest. The look comes across as romantic with a little edge. It is also a fun way to incorporate a bit of a rocker tone into your look. Look for pieces with studs and buckles, or opt for a biker jacket in pale pink.

Chic and edgy pieces in pink |

Member’s Only faux suede jacket – Topshop keylock crossbody bag – Mavi jeans – Linea Paolo pointy flat – Steve Madden cage sandal

6. Go classic

Another way to reduce the “princessy” element of pink is to opt for a very chic, classic style, such as choosing a trench coat in pink, rather than the traditional beige.

Classic pink pieces |

Badgley faux leather coat – Laurel Ralph Lauren jacket – Scallop collar shirt – Vessel signature tote – Sam Edleman pointy heels

7. Bright and bold

Of course, not all pink has to be soft, such as the dusky or mellow roses suggested by Pantone. This year, the world’s authority on color couldn’t decide between a soft pink and a bright pink, so it simply included both in its shades for 2018. If you opt for bright pink, you can let one bold, pink piece do the talking and keep the rest of your outfit low-key.

Bold pink pieces |

Bauble Bar tassel earrings – Christian Loubiton nail color – Eliza J one shoulder dress – Gibson front tie top – Felicity and Coco tie sheath dress – Franco Sarto mule

We were very interested to see the color combinations that others are creating for rose quartz. So, we went over to colourlovers and found the following palettes that caught our eye.

Pink Rose Quartz Combinations Color |

With spring options in the air, one of our favorite colourlover palettes is still the Pantone Spring 2016. It is an unabashed combination of rose quartz with bright and warm yellow, demure and bold blues, and summer coral. Plus, it’s still bang-up-to-date as it not only combines pink, but also incorporates another key color for 2018, yellow.

Pink 2016 Pantone Color Year |

Here are 4 looks inspired by this bold palette

Pink Outfits|

Another combination I really like is to combine pink with gray. Here is a collage I created for my article on how to wear gray!

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Pink and white

peach sweater and white pants |

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Pink with purple.

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As you can see pink is a very versatile color that you may consider adding to your closet this season. Here are even more pink pieces you could add to your wardrobe…

How do you wear pink and what’s your favorite pink color combination?


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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Andrea@WellnessNotes

I love pink but have been shying away from it as I’ve been getting older. But your outfits clearly show that it can look great! All your outfits look amazing, and I like especially the white jeans with the pink sweater! So chic!

I did recently buy a purse in rose, and I love it. Now I’m inspired to try some clothing and/or more accessories. I’ll also play a bit with the Pantone Spring 2016 color pallette. I like your outfit possibilities based on it.


2 Sylvia

Thanks Andrea. Yes, pink has become quite a versatile and popular color in my wardrobe!


3 Silvia DiPierdomenico

I can’t wait to get a bright pink bag to style with burgundy and blue. And with pink in the air, I would love to try a pink blouse with trousers and heels for spring.

Thanks for sharing these styling looks.


4 Sylvia

Have fun styling Silvia!


5 Rita Palazzi

Hi Sylvia, your combination are great!
Congratulations for your style.
Would you like to see my pink combination?


6 Sylvia

Wow that is amazing Rita. What a fabulous coat and necklace!


7 Sabina @Oceanblue Style at Manderley

I love pink being a summer color type. But it took me quite some time to accept 😉 Anyways, just got myself a pink coat for spring and having no difficulties styling it your ideas here (yellow! blue shirt!) are really inspiring. Love that. Yellow is a color that is not easy. I was wondering if you already did anything on yellow and orange for summer types. With orange being the new black I find that quite challenging because orange will make me look weird. Any advice? Skip it all together? Sabina


8 Sylvia

I have 2 older articles on these:

Will need to update these….


9 beate

you wear pink in a very cool and chic way! fantastic!
i really like the yellow&pink versions! yellow is a great summer color – but usually not on me. so wearing it with a very flattering pink kills to birds with one stone for me :-)))
thank you!


10 beate

two – like 2! ts. 🙂


11 Sylvia

You’re welcome. I think pink with bright yellow can be very chic!


12 Rena

fabulous suggestions. I really like #2 “go for contrast and prints”. Some colors in large doses are not flattering but they usually can be worn as part of a pattern, especially florals.


13 Sylvia

I agree, but a little pop of bright color can look really nice!


14 Elaine

I have traditionally steered away from pastels in general but Rose Quartz pink really flatters my skin. I already own an Ann Taylor sweater in this shade and I will consider shopping for a top, scarf or other accessories to pair with the clothes I own. Thank you for the color palettes and outfit examples, Sylvia. Lots of inspiration to work with!


15 Greetje

I love it when you add colour combination bars… I will have to come back to this post and read it more carefully. So little time at the moment.


16 Greetje

Very interesting. Thanks Sylvia.


17 Nancy Z

So I love some of the looks you posted. Where do I buy them?


18 Sylvia

All items that are still available online are listed in the shoppable boutique above.


19 Hilda

Sylvia, you are absolutely brilliant with your color combinations, and your individual styles. I look forward to seeing your unique, and beautiful outfits!!!


20 Enid

Sylvia, please let us know where to get these great components in the pink and back shot:


21 Sylvia

Top is from In Good Company Skirt is old and from a small boutique. Shoes also a few years old and don’t know the brand (don’t have them here currently).


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