December 11, 2009

"Women like men in pink."

Pink! It's for men too!

Don't think it's too girly. It's the ultimate power color.



ADDED: The 1959 hit from Dodie Stevens, "Pink Shoelaces":

41 comments:

vbspurs said...

Gianluigi Buffon, legendary Juve and Italy goalkeeper, agrees.

Cheers,
Victoria

Chris said...

Pink was always an acceptable preppie color.

Chris said...

Er Preppy. Doh. Just don't wear it around your working class buddies.

vbspurs said...

Palin had a photo in her autobio of her first run for Mayor of Wasilla. She said she chose pink and green as her official campaign colours, because no one ever chose it.

I told you guys she's very 80s. If she didn't read that iconic 80s book by Lisa Birnbach's "The Official Preppy Handbook" from cover to cover as a girl, I'm Barbara Bush.

Cheers,
Victoria

Florida said...

And the pussification of the Terran male continues.

Our planet has secretly been taken over by aliens from Venus.

Michael said...

Once wearing a Brooks Brothers button down pink shirt I had the pleasure of breaking a working class guys's nose. Preppy is is not always preppie does learned the working man.

Meade said...

"Women like men in pink."

In fact, some can't ever seem to get enough. (NTTAWWT)

Chip Ahoy said...

My brother refuses to wear anything pink. It's a matter of profound principle.

I nearly bought a pink Blackberry today. I figured I'd always be able to find it. Three reviews on Amazon are all by women.

Here's an anim of the mysterious spiral that appeared over Denmark. It contains no pink.

RuyDiaz said...

I, for one, will continue to be a girly man by continuing to shun pink.

Just sayin'.

Palladian said...

Even pagan gods prefer pink.

Synova said...

It says something about 20 years ago.

25 years ago there were pink shirts for men. Polo, preppy, absolutely.

Almost 20 years ago I got my extra big "pink" pregnancy t-shirt in the men's section of Target.

The "don't get your little girls pink stuff" is silly. You know if your little darling likes pink or not and if her tastes change she *will* tell you.

Getting a boy pink things is probably not a good plan, so I agree with the article on that point.

Synova said...

I googled and found this..

"At one point pink was considered more of a boy's color, (as a
watered-down red, which is a fierce color) and blue was more for
girls. The associate of pink with bold, dramatic red clearly affected
its use for boys. An American newspaper in 1914 advised mothers, "If
you like the color note on the little one's garments, use pink for the
boy and blue for the girl, if you are a follower of convention." [The
Sunday Sentinal, March 29, 1914.]

vbspurs said...

Yes, I had read that before too, Synova. Compound that to the fact that little boys were dressed as girls well into their toddlerhood (4-5 years old), with long curls and flouncy dresses -- and it's a wonder they didn't all become sissymarys like Titus. ;)

The future Duke of Windsor as a baby.

Cheers,
Victoria

brer rabbit said...

Often worn by Repubs (Cary Grant?) having a few at the club.

edutcher said...

In my high school days - first half of the 60s, we had to wear a coat and tie every day and white got old in a hurry, so, yes, I wore a pink Oxford on occasion, along with blue, yellow, green, light brown, blue-gray, orange, and anything else they would allow - along with most of the other guys where I went to school.

It's funny, my brothers-in-law, who all consider themselves macho guys and working class heroes, think you lose your guy card if you wear pink. When I was looking some years ago, one of the first things I decided was to dress "up" and make myself stand out from the blues and grays of every other guy. And guess what?

It's one of the things my wife says attracted her to me, along with the fact that I didn't smoke, drink, swear (well, much), or do drugs.

A color is only what you make of it.

blake said...

Pink is a good color for me.

shrug

t-man said...

Pink has always been one of the staple dress shirt colors- white, blue and pink. That said, none of the guys photographed in the linked article look straight to my eyes.

john said...

Most guys starting out on their own eventually have pink tighty-whities. Then to fix them they buy some bleach and ruin a shirt and two pants.

Some moms never really emphasized the importance of sorting.

EDH said...

I always got a kick out of this video.

Pink.

Pink - it's my new obsession
Pink - it's not even a question,
Pink - on the lips of your lover
(oh)
'Cause Pink is the love you discover

Pink - as the bing on your cherry
Pink - 'cause you are so very
Pink - it's the color of passion
Ah, 'cause today it just goes with the fashion

Pink - it was love at first sight
Yeah, Pink - when I turn out the light
And Pink gets me high as a kite
And I think everything is going to be all right
No matter what we do tonight

You could be my flamingo
'Cause pink - it's the new kinda of lingo
Pink - like a deco umbrella (shit)
It's kink that you don't ever tell her

Pink - it was love at first sight
And Pink when I turn out the light
Pink gets me high as a kite
And I think everything is going to be all right
No matter what we do tonight

Yeah!

I want to be your lover
I, I wanna wrap you in rubber
As pink as the sheets that we lay on
'Cause Pink - it's my favorite crayon

Yeah!

Pink - it was love at first sight (yeah)
Pink - when I turn out the light
Pink - it's like red but not quite
And I think, everything is going to be all right
No matter what we do tonight

vbspurs said...

OT: LOL!

rcocean said...

Ha, next you'll be telling me John Wayne's Favorite Color was pink or that Patton wore pink underwear.

Sorry, Real Men don't wear pink -they wear shorts - even when it 35 degrees.

chuck b. said...

That pink song is a thousand times better than this piece of crap that can make you hate America, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D41-Bz1oNcA. I only mention it because it's something that I know about, unfortunately.

Meade said...

Besides, how could any real man ever leave Pink?

chuck b. said...

(I was talking about the Pink Shoelaces song... I hadn't seen all the pink songs in the comments yet.)

Retriever said...

Nothing cuter than a preppy guy in a pink button down shirt. I went to a school known as Moscow on the Charles when my dad went there and, back then, I was told that guys didn't wear pink for a bit lest the McCarthyites go after them. Perhaps an urban legend?

But you have to be a healthy, tanned and outdoorsy guy to look really good in pale pink. Those Brits in the article looked puffy and pasty faced and as if they didn't really care to appeal to red-blooded young women...

edutcher said...

rcocean said...

Ha, next you'll be telling me John Wayne's Favorite Color was pink or that Patton wore pink underwear.

Sorry, Real Men don't wear pink -they wear shorts - even when it 35 degrees.


Take a look at the Duke's bandanna in "The Undefeated" or his shirt in several scenes of "The War Wagon". Hate to tell you, but that's not faded red. Also, anytime you see the Duke in long johns. And, believe me, nobody is a bigger fan.

Sorry...

vbspurs said...

OT: LOL!

Instapundit had that with the line, "Very thin, tanned, and relaxed George Bush..."

WV "husetup" Chinese for which one do I blame for the tent collapsing?

Balfegor said...

"We have come a long way even compared with 20 years ago," says Johnston. "Pink was the last taboo colour-wise."

What? As t-man says, pink is a standard colour for dress shirts. A pink shirt can be perfectly acceptable where a yellow or a green dress shirt would make people look cross-eyed at you. Ecru is generally okay, though. Purple and orange are right out.

rcocean said...

Take a look at the Duke's bandanna in "The Undefeated" or his shirt in several scenes of "The War Wagon".

If Duke wore pink it was only as a favor to his co-stars.

William said...

How innocent we all were in 1959 when Dodie Stevens sang about her "boyfriend" with a big Panama with a purple hat band?

rcocean said...

An Althouse Dream Man

Synova said...

"Most guys starting out on their own eventually have pink tighty-whities."

My husband didn't end up with pink tighty-whities until we were married and I was certain that my red cotton sweater was years old and couldn't *possibly* bleed color anymore and, really, I just needed to do one quick load of essentials... so...

kentuckyliz said...

Re the Aerosmith pink song, think about it c the urban slang meaning of pink.

Pete said...

Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby" wears a pink flannel suit. Good enough for me.

vbspurs said...

Semi-OT: Speaking of shoelaces, I bought an iPhone app I really don't need, but the content was so arcane it called out to me to buy it.

It's based on the website Ian's Shoelaces, a virtual goldmine in how to dress up your kicks with shoelace patterns.

Cheers,
Victoria

bearbee said...

Pink...least favorite color. Actually, UGH!!

I shudder when I see such
obscenities

vbspurs said...

Bearbee, then you wouldn't like my phone. :)

I love love love pink.

Bissage said...

True story. The year was 1980 and I used to wear "men's bikini briefs" a/k/a banana slings. They were 100% cotton, so it was purely a matter of summertime comfort, I swear.

Some of them were pink.

(Okay, okay, okay. Go ahead. Get it out of your system. I’ll wait right here.)

Are you done now? Good.

So anyway, my girlfriend’s mother brings up the laundry with a pair of my underpants folded neatly on top.

I’m standing right there but she ignores me completely.

She says to my girlfriend, “Are these yours? They were under the bed.” Then she simply exits.

I am horrified. My girlfriend is cool as a cucumber. You might even say pleased. “Oh, she knows.”

I say to my girlfriend, “Right now, that’s not helping.”

Methadras said...

I abhor pink on men. I will never wear it.

Methadras said...

bearbee said...

Pink...least favorite color. Actually, UGH!!

I shudder when I see such
obscenities


Oh fuck, the horror. That is repugnant on so many levels.

Anthony said...

I've had a couple pink shirts in my arsenal for years, and even a yellow or two. As a gym rat I can get away with it.

Lance Burri said...

I've got a bright pink pair of shorts I could bring out, once the weather warms up.