Why Is It High Time That Men Started Wearing Pink?
The real reason why men should start wearing pink and some tips to wear it like a man.
We already know that androgyny is the latest booming trend in street fashion right? Check out our blog on androgynous fashion, if you haven’t already. It has literally taken over the streets I tell you, with guys wearing earrings, nose pins and even nose rings, girls wearing men’s suits and even renowned make-up artist Pat McGrath puts glitter eye shadow on men and women alike behind the scenes of fashion shows.
So it’s pretty much established that men and women don’t have any boundaries when it comes to fashion. Or let me put it this way, all the set stereotypes that have been restricting men and women from wearing what they want, have been broken.
So why do some men still shy away from wearing pink or motorcycle helmet ear muffs?
A lot of men still think that pink is only meant for women. Just like florals. But the truth is, both of these were actually worn by men initially. That’s what history says. Let’s take a quick walk through the history pink and how it began to be perceives as a “feminine color”.
The story of men and pink
The story of the association of pink and men go way back. The 18th century to be specific. According to the director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute Technology Valerie Steele, men were actually known to wear pink colored suits with floral embroideries in the past.
In fact, pink was seen as a “warlike color” as it was a “diminutive of red”. Hence it was considered pretty masculine back then. But then it all changed as the society changes.
Later in the 1900s, again pink emerged in the form of the very first dress shirt in the color designed by the famous Brooks Brothers. It was meant to attract female students but it soon caught on with the male students as it was a perfect fit for their so called “Ivy League” look.
With all these facts, I’m starting to wonder how on earth pink came to become a girl’s color!
How did pink become a feminine color?
Well, we have no one else to blame for making pink a girl’s color but the clothing industry. Pink and blue were never in fact gender specific colors. These colors were always used by clothing companies in manufacturing infants’ clothes though.
It was when the sex of the babies began to be announced before birth, and when the parents began to know what baby they were going to have, that it all started changing. Clothing companies started taking advantage of that introduced gender-specific clothing.
And this meant that the parents could not put on a baby boy’s garment for a baby girl and vice versa. Which means, even if they already had a pink set and they had a baby boy coming, they had to buy yet another set in blue.
That is how the biased conventions of “pink is for girls” and “blue is for boys” began.
But it is time that we changed those unnecessary stereotypes, especially at a time when androgyny is catching up.
So here are some ideas for you boys who are a little sceptical in trying out pink.
Solid button down dress shirts in pink
Pink chambrays instead of shirts
Pink shirts with suspenders or waist coats
And some iconic celebrities for the record.
So have you decided to wear pink yet? Well, you should because it was the biggest trend at most fashion weeks and in the streets now. Besides, according to cotton USA, men wearing pink earned about $1200 more every year than those who wore other colors.
There! If that is not motivating, I don’t know what is.
Author: Bhagya Rose is a die-hard fashion enthusiast, designer and writer, who loves exploring the latest trends in street fashion, indulging herself sans souci in some good old fashioned retail therapy every once in a while and is obsessed with everything Rose Gold.