Hold the Presses
Black Pink? You heard read that right. Straight from the mouth of an historical interpreter at Berkeley Plantation during our visit on the Westover Autumn Pilgrimage. While describing the north parlor of this ancient home
in Charles City County, Virginia, he explained why the walls and moulding were painted in a soft pink. Pink is a light shade of red, and red is considered the warrior color. Because men are the warrior gender, they would not shy away from this color in all of its shades as they oversaw the decoration of their homes.
Despite the quote from Margaret Welch of the Color Association of America that we shared in Monday’s Pink ~ It’s the New Orange, apparently pink has only been associated with women since the end of World War II. In earlier days, baby genders were not identified by color, but by the beginning of the 20th century, royal trends and marketing started to associate baby boys with pink and baby girls with blue. Only relatively recently did the color pink become the decidedly feminine color that it is considered today. The whole breast cancer awareness trend that began with Evelyn Lauder’s pink ribbons has undoubtedly help solidify pink as a feminine color in our collective psyche.
Notwithstanding the recent history, I find that men look great in pink. Actually pink, like red, is flattering on most everyone, no matter the gender. Some hue variation may be required for warmer or cooler complexions, but overall men need not avoid this color. In fact, most women I know comment favorably when they see a man in a pink shirt. It signifies confidence and style. What could be sexier?
Cute Southern Proper-clad college boys in front of Natty Beau
Our husbands will be donning pink for our THINK PINK breast cancer fundraiser on Friday, October 25. Plan to stop by to see how cute they look in this October-chic color. Men in Pink: just one more reason to attend. We hope to see you there, in pink.