How to Wear a Pink Shirt

by JJ
Style Objects of Desire May 2018

What goes with pink? A question that has plagued many men. But never struggle with how to wear a pink shirt again with our easy-to-follow guide covering the formal and casual ways to don this statement piece.

 

It’s now widely accepted for men to wear pink and it’s about time too! Men wearing pink is now a common sight and we’re taking a look at some easy outfits you can combine with one of the most versatile shirts shades you have in your wardrobe, so feel free to check out a few of our favourite combinations.

Pink Shirt

If you don’t own one already, a pink shirt should be in your wardrobe but for some reason a few of you out there are stuck with this idea that pink is a girls’ colour, it’s time to get rid of outdated mindsets and move into the 21st century. Pink is for everyone and if you’re not quite sure what shirt would suit you, take a look at the options we have available. It’s always good to have more than one at your disposal as nobody wants to be stuck without a shirt when you need one.

What Colour Goes with Pink

There are a few colours that work well with pink and you should be free to try new things to see what works best with your outfits. Different shades of pink will compliment different skin tones and hair colours. The best way to find out is to try a few different shades and see what suits you.

The colours that you can match with pink are often best when they’re not bright. The types of colours you should avoid would be yellow and bright green because they’ll not compliment the pink hues. A navy blue or grey work well with pink because they allow the colour to shine through. The last thing you want is to detract from the colour’s impressive nature.

Another option for pink has to be a dark green or cream. A classic summer look is a cream pair of chinos and a pink T-Shirt or polo. The shades that compliment pink allow it to stand out on its own. There’s no need to go out and buy a whole range of new clothes, you can add some pink to a lot of the outfits you already have.

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Grey Suit Pink Shirt

It’s a classic combination. Grey suits are always going to look good but with a pink shirt you can add something a little different to the classic white shirt worn with a grey suit. The Shoes from Hudson are a great choice for any smart outfit, The brown wood effect outsole adds a casual touch to the whole look. Another great blend between smart and casual.

If you’re thinking about what tie would work with a pink tie, it depends on the shade you’ve chosen. With a lighter shade of pink there’s no reason why you can’t pick almost any colour. Alongside a brighter pink you’ll want something that doesn’t clash. Avoid other bright colours or flash patterns that mean you’ll have too much going on. You want your tie to compliment your outfit and bring the colours together rather than cause too much distraction. The best ties are always less in your face and more refined. If you’re ever in doubt you can always just grab a navy blue tie, it’ll never fail you.

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Men’s Formal Shirts

The pink formal shirt is a great addition to your style. If you’re going to a black tie event a pink shirt isn’t advisable. You can always work a shirt into formal workwear very easily. Sticking with the standard blue or white shirt can get a little dull when you’re wearing it to work every day. Adding a pink shirt to your formal collection is a simple way to make your style a little more adventurous.

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Pink Shirt With Suits

A pink shirt looks great with a suit as it compliments most colours. The most common colour it goes best with has to be navy. It has to be the right kind of navy, this sounds picky, but a Yves Klein shade of blue navy works a lot better than a darker one. You’re wearing a pink shirt, so you don’t want to darken the look, keep it brighter with a lighter navy.

Avoid a shiny suit, you’re wearing a pink shirt, so you don’t want to overpower the look by wearing a reflective suit. Your shoes should be brown or some form of tan colour as this colour compliments pink and navy really well. I personally wouldn’t wear a tie, as it would make the look too formal, and, you would struggle to find a colour that would work with pink and navy, so keep it casual and constriction free.

If navy isn’t your thing, then a black or grey suit would work just as well. Pink is a great versatile colour, so the world of suits really is your oyster. If you’re feeling brave, then a pinstripe suit would also work brilliantly with a pink shirt, the detail on the pinstripes will add texture to your look.

With a black or a grey suit, I’d suggest wearing a derby shoe rather than a brogue or a loafer. The derby is plain enough to be smart yet understated, as you don’t want to overpower the look with too much detail.

Men’s Casual Shirts

The casual shirt is perfect in pink. People can often consider shirts to be formal but that’s not the case. A simple way to make a shirt you think is too smart, more casual is to wear it over a T-Shirt. Men’s pink shirts will look good with a pair of skinny black jeans. They can also work with navy chinos and a pair of crisp white trainers. With so many options available it’s hard to see why anyone wouldn’t have added a pink shirt to their casual shirts for men collections.

Wearing a pink shirt isn’t just for the office, broaden your horizons and wear one for day-to-day attire. The great thing with pink is that it’s such a versatile colour, so pairing it with different coloured jeans works great. I would go for a classic blue or indigo pair. Roll up the bottoms of the jeans to show a bit of ankle and team them with a pair of brown loafers, the perfect shoe for those casual days out.

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Short Sleeve Shirts

When the weather starts to heat up a short sleeve shirt is the perfect choice. If you are looking for good shirts in the summer you’re going to want something that’s breathable. Cotton is a great choice as it can keep you cool, it does retain water quite easily though so be prepared to have slightly wet clothes. The plus side is that it’ll dry quickly is you leave it out in the sun for a little while.

Take a look at the outfit below to see how you can wear a short sleeved pink shirt. The light coloured shorts compliment the pink shirt and don’t cause too much distraction. Blending lighter colours together like this is always a good tip. The Clarks shoes are also lightly coloured work with the outfit. Sunglasses are also a great option for the summer and can be quite essential. Here they work with the lighter outfit to stand out. If you’re going to get a pair of sunglasses that stand out then you’re going to want some with a thick frame.

Collarless Shirt

The designs without collars, often known as Grandad shirts are perfect for more formal looks. It’s seen a huge resurgence in the last few years. One of the storie about their inception comes from labourers of times gone by finding their collars got caught in the machinery they used. They took the collars from the shirts to prevent them from getting caught and causing serious injuries or death. The design had legs and since then it’s become popular for men in casual and men’s smart shirt outfits.

Men’s Oxford Shirts

The Pink Oxford shirt is a great design that can be worn more formally but also works in a casual outfit. At it’s most simplistic you can wear it with black skinny jeans, a pair of smart sneaker and you’ve got a ready made outfit for the evening.

Named after the university, it was originally part of a collection of four designs that included, Cambridge, Yale and Harvard. The Oxford shirt is the only one to still be worn today. You can spot an Oxford shirt because of it’s fabric. The design blends two different strands of yarn that are woven in a basket weave fashion. The fabric is so breathable that it was popular among Polo players for the British Raj in 1920s India. They added buttons to the collar to stop it flapping about as they played and its unique collar design was born. It was originally seen as a more formal choice with JFK himself wearing the shirt. Now it’s perfect for casual wear.

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How to Wear a Pink Shirt

  • Pink is no longer just a colour for girls and has been seen on all the men’s catwalks – in fact in the 19th century pink was a sign of masculinity.
  • Ideal for a suit or workwear, add an understated tie and easily create a smart look.
  • So many colours compliment pink, darker shades of navy and black will always work but you can also try cream or white and notice they work well.
  • It’s best to avoid bright colours with pink shirts, wearing one with a bright green tie wouldn’t work well so just don’t.
  • Keep it simple – incorporate only one item that is pink into your outfit – stick to a shirt and nothing else.

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On That Note

The pink shirt is an easy addition to any man’s wardrobe. For casual or formal situations there will be a pink shirt for you. Remember to match it with colours that suit it and avoid going over the top. Pink shirts will always be a popular choice for men. Picking a pink shirt means you can get a lot of wear out of it, with it complimenting so many different outfits. If you’re thinking about picking up a pink shirt but can’t see something you love, don’t panic. Check out our main site to see if there’s something you like the look of.

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