WIW: edgy preppy pink

Sooo I’m basically allergic to pink. As a kid / teen, I really really didn’t want to be a girl, and I had this knee jerk response of eeww pink. But it wasn’t always like that... in elementary school, in preppy New England, I wore pastel oxford shirts quite often, pink included. A plain oxford shirt, like my mother always wore, didn’t seem too feminine for me.

30 years later, I reconsidered. I found my new glasses with icy pink frames. I love them and it’s a good color on me. So since last year I’ve been keeping an eye out for my perfect pink shirt: pale and cool, no beige undertones. A masculine cut. Here it is! I finally bought this pink oxford from Everlane just before it sold out.

I love it! And I wish it were still available in white, too. Maybe they’ll make more.

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  • Angie replied 6 years ago



  • JAileen replied 6 years ago

    No one will think you are preppy. This shirt is subtle. It looks good with your jacket.

    I get the reaction to pink. Until very recently, I had rejected pink, ever since I could choose my own clothes. With older brothers, my mother was desperate for a girl, and put pink ribbons in my hair, painted my room pink, etc. I’m not sure how that made my brothers feel.. anyway, I’ve added a few pink items to my wardrobe. Turns out, it works with my silver hair.

  • replied 6 years ago

    I think it looks fabulously edgy on you.

  • kkards replied 6 years ago

    OMG....this is soooooo you! perfect! 

  • Katerina replied 6 years ago

    Great shirt! This shade of pink is perfect - LOVE it. Looks great with your jacket and suits your coloring really well!

  • Elle replied 6 years ago

     Great color and style for you.  I particularly love this shade of pink.

  • jussie replied 6 years ago

    It looks lovely on you and your styling is top notch!

  • Roxanna replied 6 years ago

    Love this! I have the perfect pink Oxford shirt too... But I never wear it because I don't know how to style it. I'm going to try it with my moto too - I love the way that looks on you!

  • Style Fan replied 6 years ago

    Great shirt.  I love how you have styled it.  I get the pink thing.  I can't wear it.  

  • replied 6 years ago

    Now THIS is how you wear a shirt.  And I love the colour on you . 

  • Sal replied 6 years ago

    Really nice - I have seen some great pinks this year ( lovely shades, not too beige)

    You look great in it and love it with the jacket.

  • madeline replied 6 years ago


  • replied 6 years ago

    Woohoo! That shirt fits you beautifully and you are correct- the perfect shade of pink.
    Well done!

  • replied 6 years ago

    Perfect. Truly perfect.

  • Runcarla replied 6 years ago

    Nice fit. Way to do pink. (As a redhead, I still have some troubles with this colour - but you have done this in a rockin' way.)

  • DonnaF replied 6 years ago

    That shirt loves you! Your whole outfit takes my breath away.

  • Jaime replied 6 years ago

    Made for you!

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Thanks so much, all! It doesn't feel like such a dramatic departure now that I've worn it -- really, it's not too different from a white shirt.

    I knew Angie would be a fan!

    Runcarla, yes, I also avoided pink because of the hair color clash. This pink seems to work, but I noticed I liked it a lot better with my hair up (whether that was styling or color, I'm not sure).

  • carmen replied 6 years ago

    First off, I love your hair.  Secondly, the shirt is great.  I like it b/c the rest of the outfit and your hair isn't cutesy or overly "sweet" if you know what I mean.  I feel like in that situation pink can seem like too much, but for you it's just right.

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    I added a find for the shirt in case it ever comes back; it also came in blue, white, and stripe. I like how the shirttail hem leaves space for hips of varying sizes. Note that this is not the square oxford shirt - that one was far too boxy on me but might be great on others.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    No way would anyone think preppy, seeing you. I like the soft pink contrast with the masculine shirt and your edgy hair style and leather jacket. As another who did not like pink as a child, I like that pale shade now. As JAileen said, it works well with white hair and better with my skin tone than I thought it would.

  • Jane replied 6 years ago

    Beautiful, so crisp and elegant. What LisaP says - this is how to wear this shirt!

  • Ledonna N. replied 6 years ago

    I must admit I really love this on you. It's just the perfect shade for your coloring and for your body type. Very nice. I also have an aversion to Pink absolutely only one pink thing in my closet and the design and the style was so pretty and I don't use the word pretty. But it was so pretty I had to have it.

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    Icy pink is it!

  • Aurore replied 6 years ago

    That color definitely looks great on you! And it's great paired with this biker jacket.

  • Jenni NZ replied 6 years ago

    You look so awesome Greyscale. The shirt is very you ( which is kind of unexpected) and your hair looks amazing up like that.
    When will I be allowed to start calling you Pinkscale? BTW I'm guessing you're a big Game of Thrones fan like me? x

  • BrieN replied 6 years ago

    You look amazing in that color. I love how it gives a nice contrast to the "tough" moto jacket and black pants.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    I'll add that these are all iconic CLASSICS, btw:

    • moto
    • button down oxford
    • straight leg jeans
    • tough boots
    The edgy part is your HAIR. 

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Good point! I meant edgy as a description of the overall look, not the individual items. An emergent property, as they say. The shirt would be easy to style in a pretty and feminine way too. I pushed myself to make it less pretty than the shirt would be by default, with some success. (More rocker / RATE pieces would push it further that way, but I actually prefer cleaner lines and minimal ornamentation at the moment.)

  • LaPed replied 6 years ago

    Nice! Pink and black is one of my favourites, but pink seems to be going extinct in my wardrobe. I actually have this exact Everlane shirt in blue, added because I've been a little desperate for solid-colour tops since adding three (three!) pairs of printed pants over the course of the fall and winter. It's a great oxford -- they really got the shape and proportions right. I agree that the square version was a bit off/too much volume. 

    Like you, I refused to wear pink as a kid, but started adding it "ironically" in high school. I had a pink Yak Pak messenger bag (remember those?!) and matching pink Chuck Taylors. Oh gosh, I guess I was truly matchy at one point... hah!

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    Great look!  I like to wear pink but only like it when I can tone down the girly aspect of the color.  I tend to pair it with black as well.

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    LaPed, I’d forgotten about yak pak.

    I almost bought pink converse last year... I just had black ones as a teen but my cousin always had the coolest color combinations. Even wore mismatched colors for left and right.

  • krishnidoux replied 6 years ago

    This is such a good look on you, and this soft icy pink works so well with your hair! It's so fab!
    I am just intrigued by why you call this outfit preppy? It's edgy, smart, very stylish, androgynous. Is it because pale pink is associated with the preppy style?

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Krishnidoux, you’re right that the outfit itself is not at all preppy! But pink oxford shirts had such a prep connotation, when I was growing up in Connecticut (the land of prep schools and maybe the birthplace of preppy style).

  • krishnidoux replied 6 years ago

    Ah, I see now! Well, preppy or not, this color is fabulous on you. And I think other pastels should look good too.

  • LaPed replied 6 years ago

    I did the mismatched Chucks thing all through college! :)

  • Loryn replied 6 years ago

    That's a great look. I haven't ever worn oxford shirts, but this might inspire me to look for some. I just got black boots this weekend, too. Hmmm.

  • Helena replied 6 years ago

    Love this ... so glad you have embraced pink, it suits you!

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    That is a great shirt, and I love how you're wearing it here. This is how I would wear pink, if I wore it!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    This colour is so flattering on you! I actually think (some) redheads are among the most flattered by pink! (It all depends on the undertones of course). What a fantastic outfit. It's terrific with the moto and jeans. 

  • replied 6 years ago

    This shirt is lovely it gives you a fabulous look. A fan of shirts

  • replied 6 years ago

    I love it.  Perfect fit.  Perfect color. 

  • gradfashionista replied 6 years ago

    Lovely colour on you and a great fit. I hear you on the ick factor when it comes to pink, but I’ve found that lighter shades make a versatile and flattering neutral.

  • cindysmith replied 6 years ago

    Much like you, I too, was allergic to pink. Until one day I wasnt.

    I LOVE how you're doing pink. <3<3

  • Lesley replied 6 years ago

    Same Greyscale, same La Pedestrienne—allergic, then ironic, and now it has been my signature color for more than 20 years. My favorites are fuchsia plus the shade that makes everyone shudder—bubblegum/ Pepto. I happen to be wearing bubblegum jeans as I write this. Pink solidarity!

    I agree that pink looks so good on redheads... check out other photos from that blogger featured yesterday, Forever Amber. I love her best in pink.

  • JuniperGreen replied 6 years ago

    Ah, pink!  I almost always love it on others but on me sometimes I feel it's just too "sweet."  And I love a bit of edge with my outfits so... I feel your struggle!  You pull this off beautifully - did you try the blouse with a half or partial tuck?  

    Today I'm wearing a pink blouse (it's got a gray pattern on it) and paired it with a solid wine colored scarf, black cropped jeans, and my black leather jacket.  Light sand boots kept it from feeling too wintry/heavy.  

    Yesterday I wore a POWDER PINK BLAZER (GASP) but kept the rest black - patterned black blouse (with splashes of blush florals in it), black BR trousers, and black velvet flats.  

    I also think our funky glasses help - yours have that delightful shape and unusual hue, and mine are fairly dramatic black and gold.  Between the specs, leather, and a healthy dose a black, I think we can keep that edge and still heap on the pink :D

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    Speaking of pink, I'm oddly drawn to this Free People shoe in this pink color. I do have a scarf in a similar shade, and I have the Ted Baker bag pictured here, which would look pretty great with those shoes and one of my typical black-and-denim or white-and-denim outfits. I'm sorely tempted to try them. Would be a wildcard for sure! 

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    That could work well for you, Janet! In this case I think the intense metallic pink works better than a softer shade.

    I'm eyeing those shoes in silver after Angie's post... or I was, and then I decided I preferred the black. This is how it always goes... ;-)

    (And hm, all my flats are d'orsay of one type or another. I wonder why I'm so drawn to them.)

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