8 Grown-Up Ways To Wear Pink

Nothing childish about these outfits.
by Patricia Dayacap
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Fashion has been smitten with the color pink for quite some time now, but we can all probably agree that wearing it IRL is a completely different story. We’ve always associated pink with little girls, which somehow makes it a challenge to pull off in more serious settings (like work). Just how do you wear the color and still look like an actual adult? Let these women steer you in the right direction:

1. Make it the accent color.

Take it easy on your first try. Let failsafe neutrals like black or gray take center stage, instead of pink being the star of the show.

2. Contrast with tailored silhouettes.

An off-shoulder top for the office? Yes, it’s possible! Layer a trendy wrap top over staples such as a white button-down shirt and a black pencil skirt.

3. Go for a lighter, softer hue.

Once you get the hang of wearing pink, progress to monochromatic looks. Subdued blush is a more refined and elegant choice than loud, look-at-me hot pink.

4. Pair with lingerie-like elements.

Amp up the sex appeal with boudoir-style slip dresses and lace trimmings. When worn with tousled hair and carefree styling, you definitely won't be mistaken for a 7-year-old.

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5. Favor high-shine finishes.

Instead of sticking to your boring old blazer, pop a silky blush bomber over your everyday look. Well-made accessories, meanwhile, instantly pull your OOTD together.

6. Show a bit of skin!

Mini dresses and teeny rompers are standard party attire, but did you know you don't have to stick to just dark colors? Pink lets you stand out from the crowd, when combined with previous tips as boudoir touches and interesting accessories.

7. Choose decidedly "grown-up" styles.

A ruffled pinafore dress in pink might not be the most professional choice, yet a quirky printed shirt tucked into wide-legged trousers works. It's all about the cuts—the more classic, the better.

8. When in doubt, add heels.

Walk tall and stride purposely in the right footwear! And needless to say, your confidence in pulling off your outfit matters A LOT.

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