There’s been no bigger cause of sartorial contention than the subject of men wearing pink. It’s one of the most stupid, yet at the same time, serious issues affecting men’s style. The fears comprise an odd mixture, and are completely devoid of any logic. The biggest fear men have about wearing pink is that they’ll look “gay” but as Amanda Jakubik says in trendland.com “If you have the confidence to pull it off, nothing is sexier than a man in pink. I say this confidently in an age when gender and sexuality is as polarized as possible.”
It’s not just a problem we can lay solely at the feet of men’s insecurities; woman can be some of the worst offenders when it comes to “boys don’t wear pink” bullying and that plays a big, if not the main role in fuelling men’s fears. Their argument often includes a bit of subtle homophobia and vague threats that they’ll find men less attractive if they wear pink.
I’ve personally heard every ridiculous comment from “men who wear pink are weird” to “I don’t trust men who wear pink.”
For those adverse to full on displays of pink love, a subtle shade incorporated into accessories can make a man stand out from the crowd, like a scarf or tie.
The trend for pink menswear has been gathering momentum over the last decade, far from it being seen by designers as a colour that feminises men, it is in fact seen as the epitome of masculinity in a designer’s palette. Marc Jacobs has long been playing with pink in his Spring/Summer collections; in fact the British designer Paul Smith was the man who led the pink revolution in the latter half of the 20th century, and still does to this day. The trend has also tricked down into the High Street with the likes of Zara, French Connection, River Island and so on, all featuring a roster of pink shades for men.
Some celebrities get it right when it comes to wearing pink, such as the very masculine David Gandy who is often seen sporting a pastel pink blazer, shirt or shorts. Other big name stars like David Beckham and Justin Timberlake regularly do the same, granted they’re given huge incentives by designers to wear it, but they’re proudly sporting pink shows a great degree of personal confidence. Moreover a man who wears pink is clearly comfortable with his sexuality, and that goes for gay men as well as heterosexuals.
Pink has been part of menswear design for over 300 years, from the Georgian era, through to the Victorians, the roaring twenties and beyond. It’s been a continual source of inspiration for designers and adds an eye catching burst of colour to a man’s wardrobe.