Tuesday, May 8, 2012

the unexpected color combination experiment: red + pink

I'm not sure where the 'no pink and red together' mentality originated, but I have lived by this unspoken mantra for years. Who makes up these rules, after all? I don't know who, but I bet they are probably wearing a boring outfit. With that said, red + pink is the next color combination in my unexpected color combination experiment.


Results. Red and pink is a combination out of my comfort zone. But, for the sake of the experiment I dove right into these uncharted waters and was pleased at the outcome. This combination is eye catching and trendy (just see my fashion Pinterest board). Honestly, I'm not sure how much guidance I can give on making this work given this is my first real pink + red outfit. But, as I always do with any non-traditional color pairing - laying out pieces is crucial in making sure the colors work together.


Figure. Red next to potential pink choices.

Although I really like the way to brighter shades of red and pink pair together, I imagine this color combination would also work with more subtle hues. Again, it is really all about experimentation.


I loved wearing this outfit. Despite the lack of reactions or compliments, I felt comfortable and confident and let's face it - that's all that really matters.


In conclusion, red and pink is a non-traditional color combination that, if you can brave it, pays off in a big way. One more unexpected color combination outfit remains to be explored: any requests?

18 comments:

  1. This outfit is so cute! I've never worn red & pink together either but seeing how great it looks on you, I have no idea why I haven't tried it!

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    1. Thanks, Sable! I though the same thing when I really loved this outfit! It is certainly worthy of trying...

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  2. Love your outfit. I'm not much of a pink fan, to be honest; I love earthy hues;

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    1. I hear ya, Lyn. I definitely used to be more of an earthy hue person. But, lately I just can't get enough of color!

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  3. That dress is so fun and feminine and it's so flattering on you! I love the red + pink color combo - reminds me of Valentine's day!

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  4. Cute outfit, that dress looks great on you! Good for you for pairing those colours together! I've always been wary of pink and red together but now maybe I'll try it out. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. thanks ms. gabby! give it a try and snap a picture if you do!

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  5. Love it! I don't know who came up with that silly rule. I like to disobey, too :)

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    1. haha glad to hear we are on the same page. disobeying pays off sometimes :)

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  6. Really cool combo :) I like the hues paired together. Monochrome is interesting too. Most people find it difficult to compliment someone so don't use that as a reliable indicator. Looks great and you love it=case closed.

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    1. Thanks! I like the attitude you have - as long as my lovely blog followers approve - i'm wearing it. :)

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  7. Where's that dress from?? It's so cute, and I find it so hard to find dresses that are an okay length on us taller girls ;). I love Forever 21 dresses because they're so unbelievably inexpensive but they usually just cover my butt - if I'm lucky.

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    1. Anna - it is from Urban Outfitters (a year or so back?). it has been a really great summer dress. too short for work, but just short enough to be cute on a summer day. covering your butt is essential - i understand. :)

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  8. You look gorgeous! I love that outfit!

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  9. Sara, you're really beautiful! The outfit looks awesome, too. Actually, it's quite similar to one of my favourite (= most regularly worn) combinations. I didn't even know I was committing a "fashion sin" by wearing it ... Ahem, can you tell I have no idea of fashion whatsoever?!

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  10. Suggestions?? I've got some! (im not just nutso, but actually am a designer) bright turquoise plus yellow is always great, a neutral animal print (like leopard) plus a bold color(fushia or orange or red- "warm" colors) is great. Kelly green plus navy plus white always looks fresh and preppy, and the minty seafoam color that is so trendy right now looks new with pink (same intensity- ie pastels)
    Very colorful oufits are always best with a metallic for shoes/bags vs a dk brown or black which can look harsh or out of place...
    The pink and red is cute- anyone with confidence can wear anything they want.

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