Blazer, Cartonnier (thrifted). dress, Yoana Baraschi (via eBay); belt, BCBG (thrifted); shoes, Sam Edelman (thrifted); bag, Mulberry (via eBay)
Blazer, Cartonnier (thrifted). dress, Yoana Baraschi (via eBay); belt, BCBG (thrifted); shoes, Sam Edelman (thrifted); bag, Mulberry (via eBay)

Is this too much pink for a 30-something professional? I hope the answer is “no”, because … well, the deed is done. I wore this outfit to work, and I only felt a smidge self-conscious in it. We’ll come back to that in a minute. First, let me say that I am warming up to this blazer; it always helps when a blazer is soft and comfortable, because that is a fairly rare thing. I am still unsure about it from a colour palette/style perspective, but I am experiencing the familiar feeling of “there’s nothing wrong with it, gotta make it work”. Know what I mean? I know I shouldn’t let my sartorial decisions be ruled by that kind of thinking, but old habits are hard to break.

all the pinks
all the pinks
dress sans blazer
dress sans blazer

I had an epiphany recently. You will recall that I’ve mentioned being drawn more towards more muted colours and neutrals lately; and I should clarify that it’s a question of feeling more comfortable when I wear those types of colours. My eye will never not love to look at bright colours — all the colours, all at once. I recently realized that the place where I feel most UNcomfortable wearing bright colours (or statement accessories for that matter) is the train, on my commute to work. I think it’s because the majority of people on the train are dressed very casually, and I hate the feeling of standing out by being “overdressed”. Is “inconspicuous” a style persona? Because that’s who I want to be on the train.

arty grid
arty grid
pretty in pink (wink wink)
pretty in pink (wink wink)

8 Comments on Tuesday in Pink

  1. I know the feeling about public transport: I generally wear a neutral coat to blend in and avoid hassle. But underneath, I wear whatever I want. How great to be able to be more than one person in a day! (When I used to work at a nightclub and be dressed outrageously, it was particularly useful to conceal the sequins with a long coat on the way to and from work 🙂

    • I do that in the winter, and I find it helps a lot. But in the summer … there’s no hiding! I wear boring black low wedges on my commute (for comfort and because it saves my “nice” shoes from wear and tear), so that helps too. I’ve also started to take off any big statement jewelry before I leave for work, and then put it back on once I’m in the office.

  2. I think the outfit looks great on you, and suits your personality well! You could try pairing it with a dark brown or black bag to be a little more inconspicuous, if that would make you feel more comfortable. I personally felt that I stood out the most on my subway commute when I was pregnant – there was no hiding the giant belly, no matter what I wore.

    • I wanted to have the punch of colour from the bag, so then it becomes an issue of how much of the “outfit vision” do you sacrifice in the interests of blending in? But I’ve been gravitating towards neutral bags lately, though, so that probably plays into it.

  3. Definitely not too much pink! I love that dress on you, and I like the blazer too. It’s sort of a neutral.

  4. I actually don’t mind standing out. I usually always do because I’m not head to toe in black or boring grey so it ends up being a given.

    Not too much pink although for me, the pink in the bag would be my jacket instead… If only I could find a magenta blazer!