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The Hater’s Guide to Wearing Pink

This week at the Cut, we’re highlighting one of the season’s biggest trends: pink. Check back every day this week for a story on our new favorite color. 

Photo: Andre Wagner

That is until this past Fashion Week, when every single show I went to featured — you guessed it — the color pink. This wasn’t the super-feminine pink I’ve always rejected, though. The silhouettes were androgynous instead of dainty, sleek instead of cute. The polished accessories looked nothing like leftover props from Legally Blonde. From the sculptural blush coats at Delpozo to the dusty-pink suits at Creatures of Comfort to the outerwear stunner of the week, J.Crew’s cotton-candy fur coat, I was sold.

But how to add pink to my own closet when I’d been allergic to it for so many years? Scroll down below to see.

Wearing Pink the Solange Way

I saw Solange wear this Tibi anorak on Instagram and instantly thought, “This could be great for my life.” I liked that it wasn’t a peacoat or anything too structured. Instead, it’s very breezy, with a bit of a sporty vibe. I paired it with skinny jeans and Rihanna’s Fenty x PUMA sneakers — a look I would wear on the weekends, perfect for those outings when you know you’ll want to stunt casually on the ‘gram.

Photo: Andre Wagner

Wearing Pink the Runway Way

I’ve had my eye on this beautiful Salvatore Ferragamo dress ever since I saw it on the runway. I love the neckline, and the sexy way it connects and ties with an open back. Even for a short person like me, the length was just right with heels. With a matching pink bag, the effect was cool rather than saccharine.

Salvatore Ferragamo dress, $1,714 at Luisviaroma and at, Salvatore Ferragamo handbag, $1600, at Salvatore Ferragamo boutiques, Aldo shoes, $90 at Aldo

Photo: Andre Wagner

Wearing Pink the Brightest Way

I’m not going to lie: This look made me nervous. A bright-pink Gucci bag, a Pepto-pink bodysuit, and a metallic-pink pleated skirt, all at once? The Topshop skirt’s fabric has a bit of shimmer (not glitter) to it, so I kept everything else minimal, except the stunner Gucci bag, which really does deserve a spotlight. And once I walked outside with the full outfit on, to my surprise, I realized I was feeling myself.

Topshop skirt, $85 at Topshop, Missguided bodysuit, $21 at Missguided, Gucci bag, $2,490 available at Gucci or similar mini style $1,950 at Gucci, Steve Madden Shoes, $90 at Steve Madden

Photo: Andre Wagner

Wearing Pink the Subtlest Way

I’ve worn this dress plenty of times with turtlenecks underneath and jackets on top, but always with nude or black accessories. But this time, I paired it with pink Miu Miu ballet flats. They’re very much a fashion-girl choice — the average person would avoid wearing $620 satin flats around the dirty streets of New York. But you have to admit they’re pretty fun.

Tibi dress, $425 at Tibi, Miu Miu flats, $620 at Barneys New York

Photo: Andre Wagner

Wearing Pink the Faded Way

This sweater set from Aritzia comes in the lightest, most barely there pink possible. I like the unassuming nature of the color, and the set is super comfortable. To add some depth to the look, I added a red lip, red sandals, and a faux-fur coat by Dawn Levy, which I wear on date nights religiously.

Aritzia top, $95 at Aritzia, Aritzia skirt, $110 at Aritzia, Steve Madden sandals, $80 at Steve Madden, Dawn Levy coat, $395 at Dawn Levy

The Hater’s Guide to Wearing Pink