Unisex toilets, women’s football, television shows featuring transgender actors. The modern world is one that is very inclusive to all genders and sexes. However, one area of society that still needs tackled is the colour of men’s clothing.
Pink, not salmon, is a colour that should feature prominently in a man’s wardrobe.
There is nothing feminine about it. In fact, pink was still considered masculine in the 1920s.
But, times have changed, with pink paired off against blue in the gender specific baby clothing world.
So I ask, why should young boys not be allowed to wear pink? It won’t have any impact on their future, other than having impeccable dress sense when they go to university or college and find their fashion sense scrutinized on a daily routine. After all, if we look to our much more handsome Italian cousins, we can find various tones from “baby” to “cerise”.
Various pink shirts and coloured chinos pair off beautifully, particularly in the summer months, with a nice navy blue.
I, for example, bought a nice, loose-fitting pink shirt from an unnamed highstreet retailer, that rhymes with Laitch & Lem. I was going to Mallorca with my family, and wanted a shirt that would let my body breathe but also make me look devilishly fashionable.
Said shirt worked a charm, and even drew a compliment from a relatively popular professional dancer on hit television show, Strictly Come Dancing. That man, was Brendan Cole, arguably the most fashionable of all Australian professional ballroom dancers.
But what about winter? Walking around Glasgow, I noticed on a few wise souls, a baby pink hoodie.
This look has become popular in America, particularly amongst RnB or rap stars.
It is a look that, when copied properly, looks extremely cool.
In winter, when worn with a denim jacket over the top, it is a stylish way to add pink to the wardrobe, as well as keeping warm and dry.
But be warned. It is very easy to get the pink look wrong.
Take a look at the infamous away football kit of Edinburgh-based side, Heart of Midlothian.
Their “Roseberry” kit sees a lighter shade of pink hooped between bright yellow stripes.
A bold statement? Yes. A media attraction? Certainly. A historic throwback? Unequivocally.
But fashionable? Certainly not.
Feature photo courtesy of Flickr user Robert Sheie