The fashion world has been smitten with the color pink for quite some time now, but we can all probably agree that actually wearing it yourself is a completely different story. We’ve always associated pink with little girls, which somehow makes it a challenge to be able to pull it off in the work place. Just how do you wear the color and still look like an actual adult? Let these women steer you in the right direction:
1. Make it the accent color.
Take it easy on your first try. Let failsafe neutrals like black or gray take center stage, instead of letting pink be the star of the show.
2. Contrast with tailored silhouettes.
An off-the-shoulder top for the office? Yes, it’s possible! Layer a trendy wrap top over staples such as a white button-down shirt and a black pencil skirt.
3. Go for a lighter, softer hue.
Once you get the hang of wearing pink, progress to monochromatic looks. Subdued blush is a more refined and elegant choice than loud, look-at-me hot pink.
4. Pair with lingerie-like elements.
Add a seductive twist to your outfit with boudoir-style slip dresses and lace trimmings. When worn with tousled hair and carefree styling, you definitely won't be mistaken for a seven-year-old.
5. Favor high-shine finishes.
Instead of sticking to your boring old blazer, pop a silky blush bomber over your everyday look. Well-made accessories, meanwhile, can instantly pull your OOTD together.
6. Show a bit of skin!
Mini dresses and teeny rompers are standard party attire, but did you know you don't have to stick to just dark colors? Pink lets you stand out from the crowd.
7. Choose decidedly "grown-up" styles.
A ruffled pinafore dress in pink might not be the most professional choice, yet a quirky printed shirt tucked into wide-legged trousers should work just fine. It's all about the cuts—the more classic, the better.
8. When in doubt, add heels.
Walk tall and stride purposely in the right footwear! And needless to say, your confidence in pulling off your outfit is what matters the most.
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.