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pink colour for men

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by oscarthewild, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. oscarthewild

    oscarthewild Senior member

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    OK, now the colour pink is ok for ties and shirts but why not suits for men?

    Same for lavender. I find amazing fabrics to make into suits but am dissuaded by the pinkiness
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    OK now this is NOT what I would wear to a job interview at Goldman Sachs but something like this adds colour to one's wardrobe.



    Why this limitation, anyone know its origins?

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  2. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why this limitation, anyone know its origins?

    I don't know its origin, but I do know that I find too much pink overwhelming. It's best as an accent color.
     
  3. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    A man can wear pink in the form of many different garments(shirts, ties, odd jackets/trousers, socks, sweaters, pocket squares, etc.....) but it does seem to stop short at the suit. And while I don't know the reason, I do concur with the prevailing convention. I've seen both Elton John and Richard Pryor in pink suits, and it didn't offend my sensibilities but then they were on stage at the time.
     
  4. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Red/white seersucker looks pink at a distance. I think unless you have very dark skin, pink is not a flattering color.

    I like color, but think it's best against a grounding color, i.e. I'll wear the pink pants, or a pink jacket, but not both at the same time.
     
  5. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    Red/white seersucker looks pink at a distance. I think unless you have very dark skin, pink is not a flattering color.

    I like color, but think it's best against a grounding color, i.e. I'll wear the pink pants, or a pink jacket, but not both at the same time.


    Well, I'd say it depends on the pink. I can't was a pastel or rose pink because my skin is too pale and it washes me out, but I can wear something stronger. The same goes for lavender.
     
  6. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Senior member

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    I saw an elderly man in a tweed suit the other day - it was the Donegal variety, with multi-coloured flecks. In this case, about half of the flecks were pink, against a grey base colour. He looked great.

    No offense, but that swatch of cloth in the first post looks like something my mother would wear.
     
  7. Martinis at 8

    Martinis at 8 Senior member

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    ...about half of the flecks were pink, against a grey base colour...

    Okay I've seen this before. It actually looks quite good. The pink is subdued enough where it is not overpowering.

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  8. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    Donegals with multi coloured kneps are among the most beautiful cloths in existence.
     
  9. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Such color suits only work well for people with very dark skin, which is why blacks tend to be able to wear very flamboyant clothing and not look unattractive.
     
  10. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Nothing is inherently bad about pink. It looks good on many men, in fact. However, psychologically it scares some, due to associations with the feminine. (Those with the pinkest skin usually are young females.) But that might not be the primary reason for the lack of pink suits, as pink dress shirts aren't uncommon. It's probably that way back when suits were first evolving, when they were protective outdoor garments, the dyes and materials for making them pink were not available.
     
  11. Martinis at 8

    Martinis at 8 Senior member

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    Such color suits only work well for people with very dark skin, which is why blacks tend to be able to wear very flamboyant clothing and not look unattractive.

    Actually if you read Dress for Success by Molloy, you will find that ill-advised.

    M8
     
  12. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Solid pink without a pattern would look a bit much, especially for someone who is caucasian with a lighter skin tone.

    However, I've seen some nice tweeds that have some sort of pink tone in the pattern, and it looks nice.

    Also, a gray (both light and dark) suit with a pink pinstripe, or pink-hued windowpane looks great.

    I did see a sharp looking suit in the window of a local men's store - it was light gray, but the fabric had a light pinkish or lavendar cast to it - very subtle, but you could tell right away that it wasn't an ordinary gray suit. I believe it was by Zegna Napoli Couture.
     
  13. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Actually if you read Dress for Success by Molloy, you will find that ill-advised.

    M8

    I've never read that text, however I wouldn't take advice from those books as scripture considering some of the hideous stuff one can find in Flusser.
     
  14. Martinis at 8

    Martinis at 8 Senior member

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    I've never read that text, however I wouldn't take advice from those books as scripture considering some of the hideous stuff one can find in Flusser.

    It was a good read for me in the mid 80's. I was a US Army officer at the time and needed to get a handle on dress standards in the business world. One of the things that I appreciated about the book was the way it advised Blacks and Latinos on how dress can affect peceptions in the work place (I'm Latino). I would recommend the book to anyone and everyone, though it may now be outdated.

    M8
     
  15. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    It was a good read for me in the mid 80's. I was a US Army officer at the time and needed to get a handle on dress standards in the business world. One of the things that I appreciated about the book was the way it advised Blacks and Latinos on how dress can affect peceptions in the work place (I'm Latino). I would recommend the book to anyone and everyone, though it may now be outdated.

    M8

    True, I can see why how wearing a pink suit would directly affect workplace perceptions.
     
  16. Martinis at 8

    Martinis at 8 Senior member

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    True, I can see why how wearing a pink suit would directly affect workplace perceptions.

    Ironically, the book did say that pink shirts were okay for Anglo-Saxon types. However, Latinos (to include olive-skinned Italians), and Blacks were advised against this. Molloy's major suggestions for Latinos/Blacks was focused on non-flashy wear. Today I would say this still applies, and since our demographics have changed in the US, I would put Arabs, Pakistanis, Indians, etc. into the same dress codes as us Latinos.

    I thought Molloy's book was great. Others have criticized it, however.

    M8
     

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