No matter how experimental menswear has become, there’s still a stigma surrounding wearing pink. Because pink is feminine, it works against masculine constructs... It makes you less of a man. But let’s face it, there’s no way a color can make you less of a man. In fact, if you pull it off correctly, it’ll make you more of a man - someone secure in his masculinity and his sense of style. Pink works the same as any other pop color. It adds a blast of life into any look and even creates a sense of fun. With a few simple rules in mind, you can wear pink and become the envy of all the other guys in the office.

It’s A Warm Weather Thing

Each season comes with its own set of color rules. Fall is all about rich jewel tones, earth tones, and muted darkness. Pink skews more toward the pastel category. Pastels are ideal for spring and summer. If you’re planning to prominently feature your pink tie around Christmas time, resist the urge.

But as we all know, rules are made to be broken. If you’re dying to break out some pink accessories during the cold weather months, be subtle. Wear your pink tie with a navy suit and balance it out with other accessories that complement it: a pocket square with a splash of red, polka dot socks with a hint of pink. If you’re going to wear it out of season, keep it simple.

Skip The Boring Suits

Pink ties are full of life, and they’ll stick out like sore thumbs when paired with winter weight suits or black suits. Because pink ties are geared for warm weather, they look best with lighter fabrics like linen, seersucker, and cotton. Depending on the climate in your area, you can still get away with a cotton suit on the warmer days. A pink tie can still make a guest appearance or two.

Black suits are a no-go because black is so traditional. Plus it’s the rare occasion where a warm color clashes with a cool one because they reside on extreme ends of the color spectrum. Instead, pair them with navy suits, gray suits, or earth tones.

Don’t Match Your Tie Perfectly

When it comes to pocket squares, the cardinal rule is that you should never match your tie exactly with your square. In the case of pink ties, the same could be said for all of your accessories - your cufflinks, your socks, your belt. Pretty much any other accessory should be pink-free. And a cognac shoe really helps balance out the pink. Remember to complement, not match.

If anything, guys shouldn’t be so concerned with pink reducing their masculinity. It takes a tremendous amount of skill and sartorial know-how to pull off pink ties with ease. When you can show off your style prowess, it proves that you’re fearless and that you understand the most important part of being a man: dressing like a gentleman.