Real Men Wear Pink: The Truth Behind Pink's Meaning
Rose, blush, fuchsia, flamingo, ballet slipper, taffy, bubble gum – these are just a few shades of pink that society has used to symbolize the girlish bounds of femininity. From Barbie to Legally Blonde to Breast Cancer Awareness, pink has been linked to the female identity. But has this rosy tint always been the bona fide hue for women empowerment? Research has lead us to believe otherwise!
Think Pink was a state of mind for young chaps
During the 1800’s, the colors pink and blue were worn interchangeably by both boys and girls. In fact, it was common for young boys to wear dresses, as their mothers found it easier to change their diapers oppose to dressing them in pants. In 1918, a children’s catalog fashionably advised girls to don blue and boys to wear pink.
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Curator Michelle Finamore states that blue was a “much more delicate and dainty tone,” while pink was considered “a stronger and more passionate color, and because it's actually derived from red.” Finamore also claims that the color pink was a “post-World War II phenomenon.” The lines of where pink has adopted its cutesy reputation and how it got linked to women gets blurred, but when men came home from war, the iconic “Rosie the Riveter traded in her factory blues for June Cleaver’s pink apron” and the gender norms intensified.
Fashion redefines pink
Fast forward to 2016 and you will find a great deal of men and women who are making gender-specific clothing as unspecific and unconventional as they please. Although men wearing the color pink is not as common as it was in the 1800’s; celebrities, fashion bloggers, and stylish men are beginning to embrace their personal preference and kick the status quo to the side.
Give the green light to shades of pink!
Now that you’ve got that history lesson under your belt, it’s time to get back to your style roots and suit up in some pink. You can brave it and wear pink from head to toe like Brad Pitt, or you can go for a subtle route. Our Newton Pinpoint Solid Oxford Dress Shirt With Button Down Collar is a fine selection to sport when stepping out. Wear this classic fit shirt with khaki or navy chinos for a timeless spring look.