I Bought Something Pink

I Bought Something Pink

If you don't yet know this about me, allow me to catch you up: I don't like pink. I don't own a single pink item, not in a single shade or hue. The last time I did I was probably 8, and I so loved pink that I was customarily found in a pink on pink sweatsuit that was as tragic as it sounds. Anyway, my 9 year-old self smartened up, ditched pink for plaid skorts at the Limited Too, and I've never looked back. 

Have I been missing something all this time?  Natalia Vodianova by Paolo Roversi for Vogue China, May 2010

Have I been missing something all this time?  Natalia Vodianova by Paolo Roversi for Vogue China, May 2010

That is until yesterday when I found myself sharply drawn to a pink silk button down shirt (I'll wear it for you soon). My first instinct was disbelief, followed by a bout of denial, followed by a break from my computer during which I couldn't stop thinking about the blouse, followed by my almost subconsciously returning to my computer, adding said blouse to cart, checking out, and then planning outfits with my new purchase. Yikes. 

In digging through the recesses of my mind for what could have triggered this about face, I realized that last week I came across the image featured at the top of this post. I stared at it for quite a long time, admiring the exquisite structure of the coat and pants, and the pink detail on the shoe. Days later, I was still thinking about that coat. Sure this image might have brought about the tipping point in my relationship with pink, but the pink trend has been a thing for, what, a year? Why now? 

Here's a post from early 2015 ushering in the era of pink (granted this was bright pink, but we knew light pink would follow). Via Vogue. 

Here's a post from early 2015 ushering in the era of pink (granted this was bright pink, but we knew light pink would follow). Via Vogue. 

Which brings me me to the question of the day: have you ever bought something that you once disliked? I'm guessing you have and I'm wondering what goes on for us when that happens? Are we succumbing to the forces of a trend? Are we changing? Are our preferences evolving? Is it something to do with us, or is it bigger than we are? 

I'll leave this open ended for now, partly because I'm not yet sure of the answer, partly because I'd like you to share your thoughts, and partly because I own something pink now and have liberated myself from all of my own personal rules- like ending posts with a cogent thought. In the meantime, you can find me at Palazzo Chupi enjoying my new favorite color. Okay, favorite might be going a step too far. I'm predicting that this blouse is the only pink thing to make its way into my closet. Unless I can get my hands on that coat! I'll keep you posted.

The artist Julian Schnabel's New York residence, Palazzo Chupi, by Robert Polodori via Vanity Fair

The artist Julian Schnabel's New York residence, Palazzo Chupi, by Robert Polodori via Vanity Fair

Palazzo Chupi's pink interior by Robert Polodori via Vanity Fair

Palazzo Chupi's pink interior by Robert Polodori via Vanity Fair

I hope my eyes are not betraying me; are those pink velvet chairs?!#&*$ You know how I feel about velvet, and now pink; this combination is divine!! by Evan Joseph via his website.

I hope my eyes are not betraying me; are those pink velvet chairs?!#&*$ You know how I feel about velvet, and now pink; this combination is divine!! by Evan Joseph via his website.

 

Feature image by Hong Jang Hyun for the August 2016 issue of Vogue Korea. 

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