Pink is one of those colors that divides opinion. You probably either love to wear it, or never wear pink at all. However, if you’re wondering how to wear pink so you look sophisticated rather than girly, there are plenty of ways to wear it in a chic and stylish way, whether you choose a pale pastel shade or a bright shocking pop of pink.

Wondering how to wear pink this season? Let’s discover many fabulous ideas below with some pink outfits for women that should inspire you – and the best colors to wear with pink!

How to wear pink this season

Pink never really goes out of style, and it’s actually particularly on trend for the upcoming Fall 2020 season. While it may be associated with summer, designers showcases everything from pale baby pinks to peachy shades and shocking pinks on the runways.

Let’s show you how to wear pink and create fabulous outfits with this color!

Why wear pink?

If you haven’t worn pink at all, or you don’t think it’s for you, it may be worth reconsidering.

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 your skin tone and makes you look healthier, which is an exciting characteristic to play with.

Why is pink seen as a challenging color?

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 and girly.

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.

Pink outfits for women: The best pink pieces in stores now

First, let’s take a look at some of the chicest pink clothes in stores now. Then, we’ll take a look at how to wear your pink and what colors go best with this shade.

Pink t-shirt

A pink t-shirt can be just as easy to wear as a neutral shade like white or gray. This tee from Treasure & Bond (below) has a looser cut for a casual feel. You could wear under a black, navy or white blazer for a smart feel, or casually with jeans and sneakers.

The sleeves are slightly longer than on many t-shirts so if you like to cover your arms, this could be a good option.

Treasure  Bond woven t-shirt |

Treasure Bond woven t-shirt

Pink blouse

A pink blouse can be a stylish option for either work or for the weekend. This blouse from Halogen (below) in a deep rose pink could easily be tucked into high-waisted wide pants or a pencil skirt or you could wear loose over leggings.

Halogen hidden button blouse |

Halogen hidden button blouse

Pink tunic

A pink tunic could be a good choice if you are looking for a top to wear over your leggings. There are more ideas in this article on how to wear leggings over 40.

Caslon high/low tunic |

Caslon high/low tunic

Pink sweater

A soft pink sweater can be a beautiful choice as the weather starts to turn colder. You could simply wear with your blue jeans. Or, I also saw pink teamed with olive green and with beige on the designer runways for fall 2020. The sweater (below) from Halogen is made from soft, cozy cashmere.

Halogen cashmere sweater |

Halogen cashmere sweater

Pink blazer

I’m sure you already have a blazer of some description in your closet. But how about a pink one like the Endless Rose blazer below? You could wear with a column or black or navy underneath for an elongating, slimming effect, or just pop over a pair of jeans and white t-shirt.

Endless Rose tailored blazer |

Endless Rose tailored blazer

Pink coat

Another pink coat option could be the flattering, draped, waterfall style below from Romwe. This is a lightweight jacket, so a good choice for transitional weather as we move from summer through to fall.

Romwe waterfall coat |

Romwe waterfall coat

Pink moto jacket

Or, how about a moto jacket in pink? While we normally associate leather moto jackets as being black, choosing a pink moto such as this faux leather style from Levi’s (below) could bring an unexpected touch to your outfit.

Levi's leather moto jacket |

Levi’s leather moto jacket

Pink dress

A wrap style dress is universally flattering, and this plissé dress from All in Favor (below) could be a great alternative to your little black dress.

All in Favor midi dress |

All in Favor midi dress

Pink jeans

While you probably have black, blue and white jeans in your closet, a pair of pink jeans such as the 7 for All Mankind skinnies (below) could be a good addition. You could style them in exactly the same way you do your white jeans for summer. Or how about adding a gray sweater for cooler weather?

JEN7 by 7 For All Mankind skinny jeans |

JEN7 by 7 For All Mankind skinny jeans

Pink pants

If you prefer wearing pants to jeans, these Wit & Wisdom ankle pants (below) are super flattering as they have power-mesh panels to hold your tummy in, as well as “booty-lift” construction – so you should look great from any angle!

Wit & Wisdom ankle trousers |

Wit & Wisdom ankle trousers

Pink skirt

While animal print may traditionally come in shades of beige and tan, you could try the Rails midi print skirt (below), which would look lovely dressed up with heels for dinner, or with a t-shirt and sneakers for a more casual look.

Rails print midi skirt |

Rails print midi skirt

Pink shorts

It can be tricky to find shorts that are just the right length. The Jag Jeans shorts (below) come in a flattering mid-length, and are available in neutrals as well as this pink shade.

You’ll find more flattering shorts for women over 40 in this article.

Jag Jean cotton shorts |

Jag Jeans cotton shorts

Pink shoes

Changing your shoes is an easy way to update your outfits. You could add a pop of pink to neutral outfits in your closet. These Naturalizer pumps (below) have an on-trend square toe and would look great teamed with black, navy or white.

Naturalizer square toe pump |

Naturalizer square toe pump

Pink handbag

If you’re more of a bag person than a shoe person, you could update your looks with your handbag. This Tory Burch tote is in a classic style, but an unexpected color.

Tory Burch leather satchel |

Tory Burch leather satchel

Other pink accessories

How to wear pink - pink accessories |

Nordstrom cashmere & silk scarfKate Spade New York zipper walletNordstrom satin trim wool hatRachel Parcell leather beltTory Burch leather strap watchKate Spade New York aviator sunglassesGorjana link drop earringsMonica Vinader chain braceletMonica Vinader stone stacking ringKendra Scott pendant necklace

7 tricks to wear pink in style

Now that you have taken a look at some of the pink pieces in stores at the moment, 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.

1. Add texture

How to wear pink - Suzie wears a pink lace top |

If you’re wondering how to wear pink and make it easier, add a bit of texture.

Texture always gives pink a little edge and adds visual interest that immediately makes a look more chic and multi-dimensional.

Suzie (above) adds texture to her style with her lace on-shouldered top. She also adds modernity to her outfit by mixing her shades of pink and adding a hot pink bag.

Recreate her look with this similar lace blouse, jeans, sandals, clutch and earrings.

Textured pink clothes and accessories |

Caslon ruched t-shirtCaslon open fron cardiganAll in Favor midi dressBellivera suede jacket with detachable faux fur collarBueno cutout peep toe bootieMarc Fisher LTD square toe loafer

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.

How to wear pink contrast and prints |

Splendid Sanctuary plaid shirt1901 scallop trim sweaterJulia Jordan halter maxi dressZadig & Voltaire leopard print blouseVince Rainbow drape skirt

3. How to wear pink: Be inspired by menswear

How to wear pink - Jas wears a pink blazer |

Pink is a very feminine and pretty color which van feel too girish for women.

Therefore a great trick is to go for really masculine styles to counterbalance the girlishness.

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.

Jas (above) wears a double-breasted, menswear-inspired blazer with her jeans. But she also adds a feminine touch with the bows on her shoes.

Get her look with this similar blazer, jeans, flats and sunglasses.

Stylish ways to wear pink |

Doublju basic slim fit shirtVince Camuto satin utility shirt Significant Other minidressHUDANHUWEI wide brim fedoraBlackstone loafer

4. Use pink as an accent

How to wear pink - Kylie wears a pink sweater and earrings |

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.

Kylie (above) opts for a pair of pink earrings to provide the finishing touch for her look.

Check out this similar sweater, pants, sneakers and earrings.

Pink accessories |

André Assous sandalRebecca Minkoff cat eye sunglassesEttika multistrand pendant necklaceGorjana link drop earringsTimex crystal floral watchNordstrom cashmere & silk wrap

5. Toughen it up

How to wear pink - Oxana wears a pink shearling jacket |

Similar to choosing more masculine styles, you can also opt for tougher fabrics to wear pink..

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.

Oxana (above) chooses a “trucker” style shearling demin jacket and softens the look by choosing a shade of pink rather than traditional denim blue.

Check out this similar cardigan sweater, denim jacket, jeans, flats, clutch, necklace and sunglasses.

Chic and edgy pieces in pink |

CHARTOU suede moto jacketFASHION BOOMY military jacketMadewell crop utility pantsTory Burch wrap braceletAGL studded loaferMadewell snake embossed clutch

6. How to wear pink: Go classic

How to wear pink - Nikki wears a pink trench coat |

Wondering how to wear pink but you don’t want to go too masculine or tough since your style is more 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.

Nikki (above) opts for a shocking pink trench in a very classic shape.

Check out this dress from ASTR the Label that you can wear with this Gucci belt, similar coat, sandals, clutch and hoop earrings.

Classic pink pieces |

1901 cotton blend cardiganWantdo double breasted trench coatWit & Wisdom ankle trousersTory Burch leather satchelNaturalizer square toe pump

7. Bright and bold: Hot pink clothes

How to wear pink - Nadine wears an all-pink outfit |

Of course, not all pink has to be soft.

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 or you can mix your pinks to make a bigger statement.

Nadine (above) opts for three pink pieces in her outfit and teams with snakeskin booties.

Steal her look with this similar shirt, sweater, skirt, booties, clutch, earrings, sunglasses and headband.

Bold pink pieces |

Band of Gypsies sweaterGibson cross front tunic topSt. John high waist pantsAndré Assous wedge espadrille sandalJulia Jordan halter neck jumpsuit

What color goes with pink

If you are looking for inspiration on what colors to wear with pink (or any color for that matter), then colourlovers is a good place to try. You can search for palettes and then create outfits using your favorite shades.

Pink Rose Quartz Combinations Color |

Color combinations that go with pink

Take a look below at some of my favorite ways to wear pink. I’d love to hear your favorite color combinations. You can let me know in the comments at the bottom.

Black and pink outfits

If you really don’t want to look too girly, then wearing your pink with black is a good choice. You can wear black with any shade of pink and it immediately gives your look a more “grounded” appearance rather than being overly romantic.

How to wear pink - Bev wears pink and black |

Bev (above) wears her pink dress with a black blazer and booties as well as black accessories.

Check out this similar dress, blazer, booties, handbag, earrings and sunglasses.

Pink and black outfit |

Endless Rose blazerAll in Favor t-shirtWit & Wisdom skinny jeansChinese Laundry slingback pumpMadewell snake embossed clutchEttika multistrand pendant necklace

Pink and red outfit ideas

It’s good to try something a little unexpected, and pink and red aren’t necessarily shades you might think about putting together. While wearing pink and red in the same outfit may once have been considered a fashion faux pax, it’s now a very on-trend combination.

How to wear pink - Sally wears pink and red |

Sally (above) looks fabulous in her red top and pink blazer, which she matches to her shoes and handbag.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater, blazer, jeans, pumps, purse and earrings.

pink and red outfit |

Halogen flutter sleeve topSt. John high waist pantsTopshop faux leather biker jacketBotkier block heel pumpTory Burch leather tote

Pink and white outfits

An easy, fresh combination to put together, particularly for summer, is pink and white. You can either keep your whole look soft and tonal by opting for a pastel pink, or you can create a punchier look with bright pink and crisp white.

How to wear pink - Patricia wears pink and white |

Patricia (above) wears her pink pants with a matching top (and toe nails) and keeps the rest of her look neutral.

Check out this floral blouse from Lucky Brand and wear it with this similar pair of pants, sandals, handbag and sunglasses.

Pink and white outfit |

Topshop crepe blazerLafayette 148 New York silk blouseSt. John high waist pantsTed Baker London sandalNordstrom minaudièreKendra Scott pendant necklace

Pink and yellow outfit

Another unexpected combination, but one that can definitely work, pink and yellow is perfect if you want to stand out from the crowd.

How to wear pink - Tanasha wears a pink and yellow outfit |

Tanasha (above) wears a pink pant suit and styles with yellow accessories (and a pink wall!)

Check out this similar top, blazer, trousers, pumps, handbag and sunglasses.

pink and yellow outfit |

Chelsea28 ruffle tie waist midi dressPelle Moda ankle strap sandalMali + Lili vegan leather camera bagBaubleStar tassel earringsKarine Sultan cuff

Pink and grey outfit inspiration

A softer, beautiful combination can be to team pink and gray. Because gray as a neutral doesn’t always make a huge impact on its own, this allows the pink parts of your outfit to stand out.

How to wear pink - Gitte wears pink and gray |

Gitte (above) chooses a soft gray sweater to wear with her pleated pink skirt, and keeps her look casual by adding platform-heeled sneakers.

Get her look with this similar sweater, pleated skirt, shoes and earrings.

pink and gray outfit |

Leith off the shoulder sweaterBoden pleated skirtVince slide sandalMARC JACOBS leather crossbody bagALLSAINTS drop earrings

Want to discover the right color pink for you?

Has this changed your mind about wearing pink? Or given you some food for thought when it comes to wearing the pink clothing your already own?

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

Continue reading:

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  2. How To Wear Gray: Color Palettes And Ensembles For You To Choose From!
  3. A Capsule Wardrobe And Style Guide For The ROMANTIC Style Personality

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