Pink: It’s one of those colors that you either can’t get enough of (color lovers, unite!) or simply loathe. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground. But if pretty-in-pink doesn’t exactly jibe with your style sensibilities, the mere thought of donning the girly hue might put you over the edge. So, why even bother adding soft shades of blush or high-octane fuchsia to your fall capsule wardrobe? Well, let’s just say that variety is the spice of life, and pink just so happens to be one of Pantone’s hot colors for fall. Don’t worry — there are a million and one ways to prevent pink from venturing into prissy territory. All it takes is a bit of thoughtful styling to give the flirty color a total edge. Below, we’re bringing you five fall outfit formulas that put the playful color front row center, and there’s nothing sickeningly sweet about ’em.

How to Style a Pink Skirt


The easiest way to break down pink’s prissy barrier? Team it with modern athleisure essentials. Play it casually cool by tossing on a slinky satin skirt with a snuggly asymmetric sweater and high-shine sneakers with a subtle platform sole. Go ultra sleek in the extras department with an artsy cuff and a minimalist cross-body bag. Bonus points for sassy patches and pins that bring a touch of downtown flair to the getup.

H&M Satin Skirt ($50), Babaton Mika Sweater ($195), Lady Grey Silhouette Cuff in Silver ($276) + MM6 Maison Margiela Paneled Leather, Felt and Textured Canvas Sneakers ($182)

How to Style Pink Pants


Assert yourself as queen of the dance floor in an unexpected after-hours ensemble with endless girl-boss flair. Pop a semi-sheer longline t-shirt over tailored fuchsia trousers that could easily be transitioned for the work week with a bell-sleeve blouse and fancy flats, then go there with a layered choker and iridescent minaudière. Don’t even dream of leaving the house without a pair of suede mules and a sweeping duster coat.

Topshop Structured Peg Trouser ($92), Mango Flowy Long Blouse ($60), Dannijo Luminus Choker ($445) + Charles & Keith Rectangular Box Minaudiere ($79)

How to Style a Pink Coat


The cold weather blues don’t have anything on this cotton-candy-colored coat. Whether you’re running errands or painting the town red (or pink), this oversized stunner is ready for all your on- and off-duty shenanigans. Do a bit of peacocking for your next dinner date with bae and style it alongside leather trousers and a cold-shoulder blouse. For a hint of sophisticated sass, add a pair of leopard lace-ups and a silk scarf to the mix.

Zara Wool Coat ($169), Mango Slim-Fit Biker Trousers ($50), Cameo Cold Shoulder Top ($138) + Sam Edelman Rosie Leopard-Print Brahman Hair Flats ($140)

How to Style a Pink Top


Lazy girls, listen up! You don’t have to part ways with your pared-down sensibilities to pull off a little pink. A laid-back sweatshirt and denim midi skirt will feel right up your alley while pushing your typical tee-and-jeans routine into street style territory. Swap out sneakers for wear-anywhere ankle boots with RN appeal, then seal the sartorial deal with asymmetric earrings that easily elevate even the most blasé basics. Hello, new weekend uniform.

Topshop Eyelet Detailed Oversized Sweatshirt ($66), Madewell Midi Jean Skirt ($88), Zara Ankle Boots With Metal Heel ($80) + Mounser Corona Asymmetric Earring in Gold ($175)

How to Style a Pink Dress


Frills and foofy details? Hard pass. Donning a pink dress might feel like a major leap of faith, but a ’90s-inspired slip silhouette will keep your look well within your style comfort zone. Combat boots and a geometric choker take the getup down a grunge-goddess route, while an embellished button-down provides just the right amount of polish.

Equipment Racquel Silk-Charmeuse Maxi Dress ($149), Pixie Market Bell Sleeve Cuff White Shirt ($53), Dr. Martens 1460 Combat Boots ($135) + Anndra Neen Muza Choker ($475)

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