Jul 29, 2013

Fashion trend lesson: 5 ways to wear pink

By: Ava Baccari

John Van Der Schilden Author: Elle Canada Credits: John Van Der Schilden

Jul 29, 2013

Fashion trend lesson: 5 ways to wear pink

By: Ava Baccari
Our younger selves had it right when we fearlessly headed to kindergarten in head-to-toe ensembles in every shade of bubblegum. But before we get nostalgic for those saccharine looks, designers from Dries Van Noten to Miu Miu have taken the trip down memory lane for us and brought back those beloved pink staples (jackets, bags and yes, boots) with a sleekly modern twist this time. Ladies, we rounded up five ways to try the pink fashion trend for fall that the girl in you would be proud of.

Pink fashion trend lesson: Play with colour

Forget everything you know about the forbidden clashing of electric pink with tangerine or crimson in your outfit—in fact, the brighter and bolder the pairing, the better.
Fall 2013 runway shows: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Jonathan Saunders
Get the look: Pair a bright orange high-waisted skirt (with a similarly high-rise slit) with a fifties-inspired baby pink sweater and lace-up tangerine heels. Or add a fuchsia blazer over top a rust-coloured blouse for a mega-wattage look.

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Pink fashion trend lesson: Add a bow

Few things are as perfectly in sync as sugar and spice and pink and bows—not coincidentally, both pairings are romantically associated with the stuff little girls dream of. But designers this season have made a ladylike refinement out of frothy pink bows to accent an otherwise striking ensemble.
Fall 2013 runway shows: Rodarte, Giambattista Valli
Get the look: Try a pale pink bow collar blouse tucked into loosely fitted trousers and ballet flats for a girly, light-as-air look. Or opt for an oversized shirt with a billowing chiffon bow that spans from shoulder to shoulder. Dress down the ultra-feminine top with a pair of dark flared blue jeans and a kitten heel.

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pinkcanvas.jpgPink fashion trend lesson: Add a statement jacket
The signature marking of a Pink Lady, the bubblegum-coloured jacket (and matching skirt) is a direct translation of ladylike-fifties style. Classy.
Fall 2013 runway shows: Miu Miu, Carven, Chanel, Sonia Rykiel
Get the look: We can’t get enough of Miuccia Prada’s pink and black polka dot jacquard wool coat seen at Miu Miu this season (and on our August cover girl, Dauphine McKee, in our Fall 2013 trend report). Try a fitted coat in a statement shade that ranges from cotton candy to fuchsia for your go-to ladylike piece come fall.

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Pink fashion trend lesson: Add bubblegum accessories

A less-committal take on this girly trend, pink accessories are both fun pops of colour and can add a playful accent to your office attire or LBD.
Fall 2013 runway shows: Gucci, Miu Miu, Giles
Get the look: Add soft and delicate touches to your look by mixing a bright pink clutch with a leather jacket or moto boots. Play up a simple white tee and jeans on the weekend with pink sneakers. Of course, a hot pink statement necklace brightens up any ensemble—especially when layered over a colourful summer dress.

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Pink fashion trend lesson: Think updated prom queen

Molly Ringwald’s Andie Walsh had it right when she chose the perfect dress shade to look pretty in, but pink has (thankfully!) been revived beyond its ’80s prom queen confines for fall fashion—though we can’t say the same about crinoline.
Fall 2013 runway shows: Roksanda Ilincic, Dries Van Noten, Gucci
Get the look: A pink dress (in fitted or flared) can sleekly (or sweetly) be worn for any occasion—try a billowing pale blush gown for a summer wedding. Or for a more sophisticated spin, don a fitted salmon-hued knee-length dress on date night. You’re welcome.

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Fashion trend lesson: 5 ways to wear pink