Menswear Monday :: The Do's & Don'ts of Pinks & Purples

Today I'm addressing something many men seem to fear and question :: the pink {or purple} shirt. Many of my male clients do a double-take when I tell them to add a pink or purple dress shirt to their wardrobe, and ask "Are you sure?" Absolutely. There is just something about a man in pink; It shows that he is confident in his style and manhood. Now don't get me wrong -- I'm not suggesting you head out to the nearest store and purchase a magenta or bright purple shirt. There are a few specific rules when it comes to men wearing pinks, purples & pastels ::

1) DO make it subtle. Try a pastel or pale shade of pink, or a plum purple plaid.

These = YES

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This = NO

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2) DON'T extend this rule to the bottoms. A Nantucket Red or deep salmon color is fine; but pale pink or purple pants usually give off the "Easter egg" vibe. Not something you want to do unless it's, well, Easter.

So many things are wrong here!

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3) DO pair with neutrals & darker colors. Wear your pinks and purples with a neutral suit, such as a gray, tan or black. When pairing them with pants, stick to a dark wash jean or neutral khaki. If you're adding a tie, go for something with deeper colors, such as  greens, navy and grays ::

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4) DON'T - Please, no florals! I feel that this rule is best described by the photos below. Need I say more?

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So men, don't be afraid to add a little pastel to your wardrobe. As long as you follow these few simple rules, you will look like a million bucks. We promise!