Fashion: There’s nothing girly about pink

Blosson belted trousers, �79; and bralet, �55; jacket from a selection all at Mint Velvet.
Blosson belted trousers, �79; and bralet, �55; jacket from a selection all at Mint Velvet.
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Fashion’s in the pink for summer. Stephanie Smith picks out the key pieces you need now.

HOT or cool, popping or pastel, pink is proving to be the most versatile colour of the spring and summer, not least Millennial Pink, a Barbie meets salmon candy shade that has been deemed this year’s It Colour

Pink suede brogues, �65, Twiggy at Marks & Spencer.

Pink suede brogues, �65, Twiggy at Marks & Spencer.

There’s pink tailoring, pink floaty silk and chiffon, embellished pink, pink prints, strong looks, ethereal moods – all life is there in pink.

Here is a guide to the key pink pieces your wardrobe needs now:

Softly tailored trousers in shell pink bring a wearable and very cool look, and if you have a matching jacket, so much the better.

Soft suede biker style jackets (or in laundered suedette) in pastel pink are another excellent new season buy, and easy to slot into your wardrobe, perfect for wearing over a print dress or with white jeans and a tee.

One shoulder dress, �299, from Hobbs.

One shoulder dress, �299, from Hobbs.

A pink satin maxi skirt (shell pink or hot pink, the choice is yours) is an elegant statement option for this summer’s special events, weddings and garden parties. Team with a cream lace crop top or a white fluted sleeve blouse.

Speaking of blouses, a soft pink blouse, preferably long sleeved and perhaps tie neck, is another summer essential, and brilliantly simple to dress up or down for posh dos, work and weekends.

Pink accessories of all kind offer a chic and effortless way to channel the pink trend. Look for flat lace-ups, trainers and loafers, and also for soft pink heels, especially in suede, with ankle ties, for an updated take on the nude shoe look.

Easy, gentle layering works well with soft blush and shell shades of pink, so ubiquitous, they have become this season’s neutral staples. keep an eye out for floaty kimono style tops, dresses and jackets.

V by Very pink shell lace top, �45; satin trousers, �25, at Very.co.uk.

V by Very pink shell lace top, �45; satin trousers, �25, at Very.co.uk.

Hot pink is also making its presence felt, witness Twiggy’s new capsule collection for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, the campaign that unites the world of fashion against breast cancer, launching on Tuesday, April 18, and running for six weeks, raising money to fund Breast Cancer Now’s vital research.

It has teamed up with High Street retailers on fashion collections with 30 per cent of each item’s sale price going to Breast Cancer Now.

Twiggy will show off her range when she comes to Leeds next month with a special one-off chat show style event. Twiggy: 50 Years in Fashion will see the style icon talk about her career and her fashion ethos as she celebrates five years since the opening of the Marks in Time exhibition at the University of Leeds, as well as the fifth anniversary of the launch of the Twiggy for M&S Woman collection.

The event will take place on Friday, April 7, at The Michael Marks Building on University of Leeds’ Western Campus. But it’s all sold out!

Pink cotton blazer, �49.50; Fashion Strong star tee, �15; cutwork jeans, �39.50, Twiggy for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2017 at M&S, with 30 per cent of each sale from Twiggys collection to Breast Cancer Now. From April 18.

Pink cotton blazer, �49.50; Fashion Strong star tee, �15; cutwork jeans, �39.50, Twiggy for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2017 at M&S, with 30 per cent of each sale from Twiggys collection to Breast Cancer Now. From April 18.

The theme for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2017 is Fashion Strong and Twiggy’s summer collection of 30 pieces has four T-shirts with the Fashion Strong logo.

Pink dot dress, �16; pink biker jacket, �28, George at Asda.

Pink dot dress, �16; pink biker jacket, �28, George at Asda.

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