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Monday, May 5, 2008

Men, Dare You Be THIS Bold?

Only men who are secure, sophisticated, and daring can do what the menswear designers, retailers, and style magazines are jointly promoting: wear PINK. As in pink dress shirts, pink ties, and even pink boots and pink sweaters. We're talking everything from a soft pastel to bright coral to shocking fuchsia.

That's the word from The Wall Street Journal, which noted that pink--long reserved for the likes of Barbie, Cinderella, and Victoria's Secret--isn't exactly the wardrobe color desire of many men. Until now. Who's pushing pink on guys who think khakis and a blue shirt are just fine, thank you very much? It would be Italy's Etro, Germany's Hugo Boss, and America's Tommy Hilfiger. Guys, you don't stand a chance. It's a worldwide assault. "Men's style magazines are dressing masculine types in colors reminiscent of baby blankets or Pepto Bismol," Wall Street Journal reporter Cecilie Rohwedder colorfully writes.

Why pink? Why now? "The world is a bit of a dark place right now. People want to go out and feel happy about themselves," Peter Nyhan, general merchandise manager for menswear at Harrods in London, told the Journal. Proof positive: A hot pink blazer is all the rage at Harrods. We kid you not.

This isn't just a metrosexual or "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" movement. This is about the everyman. "Traditional gender barriers are breaking down," Cliff Hunt, manager of a trendy New York menswear store called Paul Smith, explained to the Journal.

Just think pink! It's the new macho color.
source: Netscape.com

Solid European Style Dress Shirt
Finest long staple cotton tailored with European style details including edge-st itched straight collar and button cuffs. Imported. Machine Wash. From Paul Frederick's

Architect Shirt
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Cutter & Buck Men's Anchor Check Woven Shirt Berry
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Jean Paul Gaultier - Jmp800 (Pink) - Apparel
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Mens 01
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Diesel - Trako-SP Polo Shirt (Neon Pink) - Apparel
Diesel - Trako-SP Polo Shirt (Neon Pink) - Apparel
Monday @ 9am: Conservative and buttoned all the way up. Friday @ 9pm: Naughty and not buttoned at all. Cool short sleeve polo shirt with front button closure. Slim fit. 95% cotton, 5% elastane. Machine wash cold. From Zappos