Harriet Styles It: Pink

How to wear pink with ELLE's Associate Fashion Editor Harriet Stewart

You'll find few colours as divisive as pink. A colour first given fashion credentials by Comme des Garçons in the late Nineties (and since then by Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, Simone Rocha and, more recently for AW16, Chanel and Gucci), it's loathed as much as it is loved.

And yet I sit somewhere in the middle. There's definitely a place in my wardrobe for the paler shades, such as a dusty rose, soft ballet pink or blush. But you won't find me dressed in fuchsia – it's just not my colour.Preen's candyfloss pink, ruched velvet dress was a London Fashion Week highlight for me in all its finger-licking sugary sweetness. Sounds awful? It should be, but it's not.



Although typically girly, there are plenty of pink offerings out there that don't feel sickly sweet and, crucially, come in grown-up silhouettes. Marks &Spencer has done a 1920s-style velvet trouser suit in a muted shade that would suit all ages, while River Island, Boden and Urban Outfitters all have pink coats that are boyish in shape. Or for the ultimate cool-girl pink, head to Marina London for her delicious bubblegum-coloured silk Ines jumpsuit.

I didn't hold back and went for a head-to-toe paint pot of different pinks, but you could tone down saccharine shades with camel, navy or khaki. I also love pink when worn with punches of poppy red or emerald green. Love it or loath it, there will be no escaping its powdery finish this season.


More from ELLE UK: