Friday, March 17, 2017

Question for the Community: Men in Pink?


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    1. It depends on what my wife is wearing if I'm on a date. Pink is not a basic shade that Ralph Lauren wears routinely. I have photos of him in long sleeve shirts that are denim, khaki, white, and black.

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  2. Properly faded pink OCBD shirts are classic choice for men and women.

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  3. Muffy, this post is just begging to devolve into an enormously tacky conversation about sexual identity and stereotypical gender "norms". I hope your readers understand that, while timelessness, in general, is a highly valued quality on your blog, it is currently 2017 and take care with responding appropriately.

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    1. "I hope your readers understand...and take care responding appropriately."

      Long time reader/commenters know by experience that there's a price to pay for shooting off one's uncivilized mouth in this forum. Muffy has in the past, and will again, simply disable the comment function [zap, gone!] if people cannot express themselves with civility.

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    2. Sexual identity....? Muffy just asked a question.

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  4. Ironic that at exactly the same time as the last comment James posted that pink shirts are a classic choice for men ....& women. Obviously no need for anyone to pop up with reprehensible PC finger wagging here!

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  5. Woofboxer, I appreciated that as well! Also, not only are Muffy's readers clearly PC, but also understand the importance of "proper fading".

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  6. Yes. Yes to solid, striped, and checks; yes to OCBD, broadcloth, or seersucker. I happen to wear my pink shirts most often in the summer — and usually with green GTH pants/shorts. In a more professional setting, I wear one with grey trousers and blazer. I've always thought of a pink shirt as just a normal shirt.

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  7. Also, pink makes everyone look healthier.

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  8. I agree with everyone above. My wardrobe would not be complete without several pink shirts, in all shades. I have every shirt shown in the picture above hanging in my closet. Pink is just a color.

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  9. I'm going to disagree with everyone and say no. If you want to wear it underneath a sweater or a blazer then it doesn't look too bad, but I don't happen to like the look. Especially untucked and with white jeans. To me a bright pink shirt says "city person enjoying summer" a little too loudly.

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    1. Yes under a sweater or blazer.

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  10. Pink OCBD is classic here in the South. I own a solid and two university striped pink OCBD shirts.

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  11. Of course! Even here in Idaho.

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  12. No to pink colored anything, on anyone, at any time. I'm just a grouch about pink [and purple and orange and red]. The pink azaleas are in full bloom here right now, they ought to be dug up and replaced with white blooming azaleas. Grouch.

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    1. What about yellow? I have an OCBD in both solid yellow and university stripe....( in summer, I often wear the yellow striped.)

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    2. Jesus. Who crushed your soul?

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  13. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. It's not really summer unless you can wear your pink oxford. Unless, you are marooned in the South and can wear it nearly year round, then it becomes part of your daily routine.

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    1. Marooned in the South? We're not so awful!

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    2. Marooned in the South? Marooned? We've been here since Texas was a Republic.

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  14. During this week's snow storm, I was perusing old photo albums and came across an Easter photo of my young boys dressed in pink sweaters to match their sister's floral dress - I love pink and it's great on my complexion! Color symbolism is fascinating when it comes to the codes of dress. In the 19th Century, pink was associated more with boys; an off-shoot of red, it was considered a color of strength while blue was deemed more delicate for girls. It was Brooks Bros. who first launched the men's pink dress shirt in 1900 which eventually caught on with the university men to give us the "Ivy" look. (In terms of color, think of how we designate between working classes by "white color" or "blue color".) By the 1950s, it was girls who were wearing pink while mother's opted for blue for their sons. Too, these colors were once a distinction between young and old - youth wearing the more pastel colors. During the 20th Century we see clear examples of men in pink in the characters of Jay Gatsby and Phineas in "A Separate Piece". Sadly, these gender-specific colors became more rigid in recent times. More and more, parents are choosing gender-neutral colors for their children for various reasons, but this mother still believes that pink is a great color for men as well as women!

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    1. My mistake, it should read white collar/blue collar above.

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    2. Agree with you, and you picked two great examples... Gatsby the poseur, and Finny the natural.

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  15. I think it's fine for men to wear pink but my husband, who is Yankee to his core, wouldn't be caught dead in a pink shirt. Too bad, I say!

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    1. My Yankee-to-the-core husband wears a pink oxford because it was freeeeee! ;)

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  16. All my Oxfords are plain blue or thin stripe blue variations . Never could cope with a pink Oxford .

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  17. Yes, but it helps if you're deeply preppy and have a lot of self confidence.

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  18. I don't mind it at all...as with all things...moderation. But done well, I think it looks nice. Unfortunately, my husband wouldn't wear it.

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  19. I wear khakis, Pink OCBD, with a blue, dark green or grey crew neck sweater alot in the winter.

    And a pink seersucker shirt in the summer.

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  20. Yes to pink, even out here in Colorado. Wrangler's George Strait line of pink shirts benefitting breast cancer research is the "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" line. My aunt who once said "A REAL man will damn well wear pink if he wants to" would approve.

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    1. Good to see mention of George Straits here. My husband has quite a collection, although none in pink yet. They have been durable, fade-resistant, and well priced shirts.

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  21. Yes, pink oxford with a coat and tie.

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  22. Real men have no hesitation about wearing pink OCBDs during any season.

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  23. Agree w/everyone.....pink is in and it is a staple in my wardrobe.

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  24. It certainly has a place in any classic wardrobe, (and as always, to each his own) but with my blonde hair and somewhat ruddy complexion, both pink and yellow oxfords are simply less good looking than blue or white.

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  25. Wow! I don't think I've ever seen this many comments in so short a time period here. So to also weigh in - pink is my very favorite color for men's shirts in summer. I particularly love men in pale pink button downs. So cheerful!

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  26. It's a classic for me. And women.

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  27. Personally, I love OCBD's and wear these practically every day. I have three pink ones now, one of which I keep among my "good" clothes. I personally find coloured OCBD's a great alternative to white. I just take issue with the tiny narrow collars on the cheaper ones. These make it hard to wear a tie.

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  28. I have a few pink ocbd shirts along with yellow, blue, white, ecru, and blue and red uni stripes. Oh, I'm a grown man. ;o)

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  29. But of course. That is if you like the color, which I do.

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  30. so, the trap is baited...

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  31. I tend to not wear pink because it seems to conflict with my skin tone and reddish hair, but I've been able to wear properly faded pink now and again. So a good, pink hand-me-down, or thrift store find.

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  32. Men in pink? Yes, PLEASE! Any time, any place--
    (And,Mr. Rowe, you're right, as always.)

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  33. My husband has worn pink ocbd shirts for as long as he's been wearing ocbd shirts. My son wears pink ocbd shirts. I just thought it was normal. Didn't know it was a Southern thing.

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  34. 100 years ago, pink was the color for boy babies, and blue was the color for girl babies.
    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/10/pink-used-common-color-boys-blue-girls/

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  35. Since this is Bay Hill Arnold Palmer Invitational Week, this ends up being a very timely discussion....since Arnold Palmer was well known for wearing pink golf shirts, sweaters, and OCBD’s. At one time I would never have worn pink until many years ago when I saw Arnold in a magazine wearing a pink shirt and blue blazer and he looked great. I’m the world’s biggest Arnold Palmer fan and I’ve worn pink shirts ever since. It also doesn’t hurt that I’ve been told by quite a few ladies that pink looks good on me. Wearing pink shirts a lot this week in memory of the great Arnold Palmer! Dave

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  36. A thumbs up for pink OCBD's. Of note - Mercer's are definitely lighter pink than Brooks Brothers. I prefer Brooks' deeper color - but have abandoned them for Mercer's fit, etc. That said - I absolutely give the nod to Mercer's yellow (which is yellow) versus Brooks' school bus yellow.

    TAC

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  37. I wonder how many women have "borrowed" their guys pink shirt for themselves?

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    1. According to Brook's new catalog, in 1949 the smallest sizes of men's pink oxford shirts began to disappear from the racks. To keep up with the demand, BB created a version that was tailored just for women. In was in 1976 that they expanded the women's collection to include more than just essentials.

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  38. Don't tell my Eagle Scout, Lumber mill, engineer, Greek history loving 20-year old sailor son that his favorite RL pink button down might possibly be controversial...it's just his favorite summer choice.

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  39. A staple when wearing blue and white searsucker.

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  40. Been wearing pink OCBD for 40 years. A staple.

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  41. Brooks, O'Connells, etc. have been selling them for decades, right? I'd imagine that would resolve any perceived controversy. I only have one, and usually only wear it under a grey shetland sweater, something I saw once on someone else and liked.

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  42. Yes, men in pink shirts.
    Tan pants, maybe jeans, some sort of grey over it.
    I'm a good-looking man and I look good in my pink oxford-cloth shirt.
    - Charlie

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  43. Just a point of history. Besides being popularized by Brooks Brothers, dark rose pink shirts and trousers were worn by U.S. Army Air Force officers in World War II, as part of the "Pinks and Greens" uniform (worn with olive green tunic).

    http://www.alliedflightgear.com/USAAF%20uniforms.html

    One of my friends was rummaging in her family attic when she came across her late father's USAAF uniforms from WWII. She was surprised to find pink shirts among the uniforms.

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  44. A pink buttondown Oxford shirt is a wardrobe essential. A man who wears a pink dress shirt is comfortable with who he is. I have several. And nothing shows of your summer tan like a pink shirt.

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  45. Sadly, with my hair color (red) and complexion, pink is not a good choice for me. I'm surprised by the number of "nay" votes within this community.

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  46. If it helps a man look good, wear it.

    In my opinion it depends on the shade of pink and the time of year.
    The right shade of pink with a summer tan looks great.

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  47. I have two of the Mercer pink OCBDs pictured above—as well as an array of other pink shirts, including pink long-sleeve Beefy-Tee (6.2 oz. cotton) tee shirts. Been wearing pink since I was a kid (40 yrs ago). Anyone who feels that men shouldn’t wear pink might be projecting their own insecurities.

    I been off-roading in my recreational Jeep in pink and been to the shooting range in pink—I never gave it a second thought. If people were looking at me sideways, I never noticed. I generally wear pink with a nice tan.

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  48. I love men in pink oxford cloth and polo shirts! My husband looked great in his. I always compliment a man wearing pink, just in case he is feeling a bit unsure.

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  49. As an aged (college class of 1964) lawyer in a large firm in the south, I have taken to wearing a pink shirt (with tie and sport coat) as my version of Friday casual - I've concluded that I can't charge as much if wearing a golf shirt.

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