It starts before a baby even pops out of the womb. As soon as the parents find out the sex of the child, the presents start coming in. If the baby-to-be is a boy then the stuff is blue and if a girl is on the way then it’s pink. Before you’ve literally ever seen the light of day, most kids are taught that pink is for girls and blue is for boys. But while no one thinks twice if a woman wears blue, guys still have to deal with a stigma when they wear pink.
Well, that’s just stupid. For one, it’s gender normative, which is a discussion I’ll leave to people smarter than I. But equally important, there is nothing inherently “un-masculine” about the color. At its core pink is just red (a very strong color, as anyone in the Republican party will tell you) mixed with white (ironically, another color favored by the G.O.P.). The key for guys is to make sure they find the right shade of pink that they can feel comfortable with. Hot pink? Maybe not. But a dusty, pale pink is a great color that goes with lots of other clothes you already own. It conjures images of sunsets and desert treks that make working at a desk a little more bearable.
So as spring unfolds and guys start to add more color to their wardrobe after a winter filled with grays, blacks, and browns, we found seven great pieces to add to your style rotation.
OUR LEGACY 50’S GREAT SWEATSHIRT
The dusty pink on this sweatshirt from Swedish label Our Legacy is the ideal hue. From the moment you put it on, it looks like a well-loved favorite that’s naturally faded over time in the sun.
ASOS BOMBER JACKET
This jacket from Asos has the familiar cut of a bomber jacket and all the details like a sleeve pocket, but uses a less traditional brown with light pink accents around the zippers. It’s the perfect “entry level” piece for a guy looking incorporate pink into his wardrobe.
COMMON PROJECTS ACHILLES THREE STRAP SNEAKERS
The Common Projects Achilles is a favorite any time of year and in any color. But swapping out the laces for Velcro straps gives the sneakers a more modern vibe and the rose color offers a subtle pop when paired with dark pants or denim.
ACNE STUDIOS CLISSOLD O SWEATER
The pink used on this Acne sweater is so pale, it almost looks like off white, which is great. The merino wool used is thin and soft, making it a great layer to throw on during the spring when temperatures can fluctuate so much.
A.P.C. JERRY SHIRT
While A.P.C. is perhaps best known for its denim, the label’s other offerings are just as versatile. This shirt is more of a cross between purple and pink, but it has flecks of black in it, which gives the tee some texture and attitude.
OUR LEGACY LINER JACKET
This could work as a jacket or as a shirt, depending on the occasion. That same perfect faded pink from the sweatshirt is used here and it has just the right amount of quilting to keep you comfortable without getting so hot that you’re sweating.
COMME DES GARCONS SHIRT
When you want to mix things up from the same old white button down, this is a great option from Comme des Garcons Shirt. There all the tailoring details you look for in a conventional shirt, but contrasts that with a more artistic pink and white tie dye pattern.