The Pink Suit Is Already Having A Big Year
Between Billy Porter’s tuxedo gown, Jason Momoa’s velvet scrunchie, and Chadwick Boseman’s silk scarf, men-in-not-quite-menswear was one of the big style statements at the 2019 Oscars. At the Vanity Fair party following the show, Shameik Moore and Boseman, indulging in a wardrobe change, added to the trend by rolling up in pink suits. A pink suit might not be quite as envelope-pushing as a ball gown, but it still represents a blurring of codes that’s extremely now – and represents a style move that you can try out even if you're not at an Oscars afterparty.
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The trend is bigger than the Oscars, too. Earlier this month rap gods Pusha T, ASAP Rocky, and Post Malone embraced the pink suit during Grammy Awards weekend. A few days before that actor Charlie Plummer wore a shiny pink suit with a matching shirt and tie to Tom Ford’s runway show. The same suit was also worn by A-Rod, and South Korean actor Ju Ji-Hoon to press events in late 2018.
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Keep going back in time and you’ll find other instances of famous men in pink suits – the colour has been popular in menswear for years now –but it’s definitely gaining momentum in 2019. And that’s because it’s a perfect flex for this precise moment in men’s style history. It embraces a traditionally feminine colour with confidence while simultaneously repositioning the suit as a vehicle for self-expression, instead of an office uniform. And it does all this without requiring Billy Porter-level fashion guts. Which is to say, it’s something that appeals to a greater number of guys, famous or otherwise. Need something to wear to those spring and summer weddings? Want to be the best-dressed dude at Mother’s Day brunch? Need a birthday suit? This year, think about going pink.
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