Lady In Pink

Lilly Pulitzer said it best "Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink."

Today the color pink implies a certain frivolity, a certain childlike innocence. From baby hood to their teens girls are bombarded with the color pink- baby blankets, adorable little ensembles and stuffed toys that give way to bright pink lipsticks and nail enamel, Valentines and even a brand named "Pink"! And then recently, with the likes of the Paris Hiltons and the archetypal bubbly bimbo Elle Woods (though she did surprise us with her brains) clad from head to toe in that hue, it has certainly made it a color too sweet to be taken seriously.

Now I must admit that though I was not a girlie girl growing up, I did have a healthy love affair with pink. My wardrobe was peppered with various shades of this color and  I enjoyed wearing them. My only regret is that even with my incessant badgering my mother never gave in to my need for having that gorgeous pink gown that Princess Aurora wore. (Sigh!)

By the time I reached my mid teens, the societal conditioning began taking its toll and black and neutral colors became the rage. I had fun experimenting with mini skirts, stilettos, and figure hugging jeans. Pink was now a guilty secret relegated to lingerie...not seen but certainly there!

As I got older I found myself wearing pink infrequently as I grew tired of the "cute" and condescending remarks I would get from both genders.

Then came the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion collections and marching down the runways of every major fashion show was the new hot! From Balmain to Victoria Beckham, they all showed an eye popping array of that hue. And the looks were strong! They looked good! Somehow they did not reduce the woman wearing it to a simpering little girl.


It is time we looked at this color with a new eye. It is one that is favored by the strong hearted...a perfect blend of passionate red and pure white. Today you see more and more women in high positions embracing the color as part of their femininity. This new pink is somewhat steelier and not meek and mild. Pink is the theme of the universal breast cancer campaign. It represents the grit, determination and inner grace of the women battling this disease. It is used as a healing color in therapy.

So if pink is a strong color and we have unconsciously been empowering our little girls, lets take it a step further and embrace it as part of our femininity as we grow older. Just look at Amal Clooney - a powerful woman who confidently wears pink. Pink isn't just a color, it's an attitude....and if that is so, I am woman (in pink) hear me roar!


Sujata Gazder