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Are pale pink shirts for men ok?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gregory, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. gregory

    gregory Well-Known Member

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    When I mentioned that I would like to buy a pale pink shirt, my male friends reacted very negatively. It is my experience though that women tend to think that there is nothing wrong with a man wearing a pale pink shirt, just as there is nothing wrong with a woman wearing a blue shirt; in fact, some women have lamented to me that men never wear pale pink shirts. Your take on the matter?
     
  2. A Harris

    A Harris Well-Known Member

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    Real men wear pink.
     
  3. fareau

    fareau Well-Known Member

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    I think that pink is a great color for shirts. Sadly, there is a large, churlish segment of the male population that thinks pink is too feminine a color, and that to wear it akin to wearing a feathered boa and singing show-tunes. Interestingly, and no less ironic, is that women find it quite attractive and you can really outshine your more staid peers.
     
  4. mack

    mack Active Member

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    I remember reading somewhere that Brooks Brothers brought out their pink oxford button down around 1949.  I have a couple of these and when I wear them with a grey or blue suit always get compliments.  The pinpoint is a paler shade of pink and Faconnable also does a nice pink shirt with a spread collar.

    If it came from "old" BB how could it be wrong?
     
  5. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Well-Known Member

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    avoid salmon pink and hot pink. pale pink is the best shade in my opinion. i like to wear it with black. pink shirts are also commonly seen with blue suits.

    btw, the soccer team that represents palermo, sicily wears a pink shirt with black shorts and black socks.
     
  6. jcusey

    jcusey Well-Known Member

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    They're just jealous. Or maybe just ignorant. In any case, they're wrong. Foreclosing on a color just because of preconceived notions of its lack of masculinity is absurd.

    I have pink shirts, I wear them, and the last I checked, I still have a Y chromosome.
     
  7. jcusey

    jcusey Well-Known Member

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    It depends on your coloring. I'm pretty pale, and too pale a pink just looks washed out on me.
     
  8. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Well-Known Member

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    i'm very pale too (like a ghost), but i have dark hair and brown eyes. maybe that balances things out.

    salmon pink has always been unpleasant to my eyes, and hot pink is too 'loud' for my taste.
     
  9. Pink22m

    Pink22m Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the above posts. Wear what you like, regardless of what the pervasive gender stereotypes might say. Pink is a great color; I have gotten alot of compliments on both of my solid pink ties from ladies whenever I wear them. Wear pale pink proudly. [​IMG]
     
  10. rayk

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    I have a pink shirt with white cut-away collar and white french cuffs that when paired with my brown chalk-stripe DB suit looks simply terrific.  I strongly encourage the addition of pink shirts to your wardrobe.  I would be at a loss to understand a man who found manliness lacking, or questionable, in another man who wore a pink shirt.  Gentlemen, it can be hoped that we've come at least this far.
     
  11. gregory

    gregory Well-Known Member

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    Judging from the poll responses, this is a very skewed sample of the world male population indeed. [​IMG] Definitely a statistician's nightmare. As many of you said, many women love to see a guy wearing a pale pink shirt. All of you have given me the confidence I need.
     
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    My wife loves me to wear pink. She even told me she would be upset if I quit wearing it.

    It takes a confident man to pull pink off--go for it.
     
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    If I wore suits on a rgular basis I'd definitely have a light pink shirt in my wardrobe, but I'm not sure I'd be comfortable wearing a pink casual shirt with jeans.
     
  14. Steve B.

    Steve B. Well-Known Member

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    Is this a trick question?

    Women like men to wear color, and will notice you more often when you do. I think our primary motivation (if we stop to think about it) in dressing is to receive positive feedback from the opposite sex (if straight), and the same sex (if gay), and both (bisexual).

    Flusser seems to be weariing it every time his picture is taken...

    I like it, wear it frequently, but am more partial to certain shades of orange, yellow, and green. And purple's my favorite color...
     
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    Pink is a good color. I need to get another pink dress shirt. It does take a certain nonchalance to pull off successfully, however, in order to defuse possible rampant misguided homophobia.
     
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    I agree with you on the hot pink; though, when I was a kid, I definitely told my mom it was my favorite color. Blame the 80s, I guess. I have to say, however, that I really like salmon pink. I've got a salmon colored Oxford that I think looks very nice.

    And everyone wearing pink polo shirts, just PLEASE don't flip the collar up.
     
  17. Bradford

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    Bradford's wife here again -

    Pale pink is totally fine as well as pale yellow, pale green and lavender. As long as they are paired with the right suit and tie, most women will notice and compliment your appearance. Don't be bore by just sticking with blue and white shirts.

    Lauren aka Bradford's wife
     
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    NavyStyles Well-Known Member

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    Good point, Mrs. L. I just got back from a convention over the weekend, and I was seated in the back for one session. EVERY guy there had on a shirt that was some shade of blue, except for yours truly. Hopefully, I stuck out in a good way with my red/orange/white candy-striped shirt. [​IMG]
     
  19. gregory

    gregory Well-Known Member

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    I was giving this topic a little bit more thought ... Life will be good if we didn't have to care how others felt, but what if a pale pink shirt costs me a promotion because my manager doesn't like it? I guess one has to balance priorities, but there is, of course, no excuse for not wearing what one likes on weekends [​IMG]
     
  20. faz63

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    Pink, Pink, Pink my ass {Pardon the pun.} Here in England walking down the street in a pink shirt you will be written as gay straight away. {Pardon the pun again.} I disagree with all the posts so far about wearing pink. I would not be seen dead in it no wonder the USA males are all turning queer. I am beginning to wonder if this site is for closet gays? [​IMG]
     

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