Pink. Loved by some, regarded as overtly girly and sugery sweet by others. Whether you love or hate it, there is no avoiding the fact that pink is THE hot hue for AW13. Catwalks were awash with all shades of the stuff from powder pink to bold magenta with the pink coat being hailed as the season must have before autumn has even arrived.
There are many ways to work pink into your look though without verging into Barbie territory. One of our favourite ways to think pink is when hitting the beach. Pink swimwear looks great in the sunshine againts tanned skin and adds a pop of colour to your look.
We asked six style experts how they will be wearing pink this season…
Molly Rowe, Celebrity Stylist, Designer and Fashion Writer for missmollyrowe.com
The key to pink this season is to keep it edgy and fresh. I’m wearing it hot and neon, with very simple styling. I am getting some modern Chanel styling inspiration from this shocking pink bolero from Kaliko, which will look great with your go-to black skinny jeans and a loose fitting white or grey marl tee, always tucked in.
My main advice is be brave, go for it, but keep it simple.
Jen Needham, Digital Manager of Beach lifestyle, fashion and culture magazine Beach Tomato, sister company of the award winning travel brands Black Tomato, The Black Tomato Agency and Epic Tomato.
Wearing shades of pink on the beach is relatively easy – a splash of cerise on the toes, a neon bikini…plus an eye-catching fuchsia kaftan doesn’t go amiss beach-side. I’m not saying you should drench yourself head to toe in pink, but as every good beach girl knows, all shades of pink enhance tanned skin. So next time you’re having a ‘dull complexion’ day, a slick of pink lipstick can liven up even the greyest of faces.
We Beach Tomato girls do love a hot pink wedge to wear in the evening after a day at the beach, like East’s Tribal-inspired wedge sandals. Team with Nars shimmering body oil on the legs for true after-the-beach evening glamour.
Gwen McMullin, photographer and owner of This Fashion is Mine Blog
For me I think all shades of pink go well with black or white. I like to stick to a 80% black 20% pink ratio so the colour won’t overwhelm an outfit. My favourite shade of pink has to be fuchsia. It suits my pale skin when worn in very small amounts, so an accessory here or there does the trick.
Also, incorporating it with the current tie-dye trend can really make it work. Last summer I made a dip-dye ombre denim jacket using a tub of bright pink fabric dye. I love this coral waist belt from Warehouse -for a splash of coral in the summer this would look great with a white dress.
Denise Grayson, fashion and lifestyle blogger at The Swelle Life
Pink is such a ‘feel good’ colour. Bold pinks such as fuchsia or coral (my favourite) are complementary to most complexions but they are typically worn according to the personality of the wearer – you wear bold pinks to stand out. They are bright and uplifting, but can be edgy – it’s all in the styling. A hat, brooch, belt or scarf is more than enough to create the impact and give your look instant energy.
Soft pinks are neutral and therefore more versatile. They’re loveliest when worn with other neutrals and pastels such as ivory, taupe, lilac and mint. So whereas even a hint of bold pink can add edge, a bit of pastel pink, such as a gorgeous blush leather handbag, can be used to soften a look.
I love pink – head-to-toe, in a shoe or even just on my lips. I am most definitely a maximalist when it comes to colour, but the easiest way to wear this hot hue is by wearing one statement piece. Layer up a neon jacket over a white tee and jeans, or opt for sleek pink trousers after dark, with a blank tank and patent pumps.
Take your skin tone and eye colour into consideration, as well as the occasion, when picking your perfect shade, and always test a product in store before you buy as you will get a much better idea of what suits you and how daring you want to go. If you can’t try it in store, test out eyeshadow on the back your hand or pop some lipstick onto the end of your fingertip as its the closest colour to your lips.
For pink newbies who want to stay fresh faced this summer, team Estée Lauder’s Pure Colour Pink Flash shimmer eyeshadow, with a subtle gloss like Clarins Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer. For sultry nudes, try Laura Mercier’s Creme Lip colour in Pink Dawn teamed with retro flicks for vintage glamour. To add drama to your look, combine Givenchy’s Fuschia Irresistible lipstick with a smokey eye. If your feeling really daring, add some falsies!
If you’re going wardrobe neutral then rocking a bold nail colour with colourful accessories is always a great way to make you stand out from the crowd – Try Clinique’s nail Enamel in Hi Sweetie. If your outfit is doing the talking, then keep your makeup simple. It’s all about balancing out your look!
Don’t ever be afraid to experiment – just make sure you have some cotton buds and makeup remover handy to correct any mistakes.
Here is their video tutorial on how to get perfect super shiny pink nails: