Pink is having a fashion moment, and rosy hues are taking over the spring/summer runways – and the message hasn’t gone unheeded by royals either, as princesses and queens step into the shadows.
Stephen Sheldon, stylist at Luxury Legs, told FEMAIL, “It’s absolutely a powerful color and that’s because it’s the color of love and kindness – two words that have helped shape modern 21st century society.”
When it comes to royals wearing the color, 41-year-old Kate Middleton in particular wore not just one, but two pink outfits in recent engagements. The Princess of Wales wore a bright pink ME+EM dress to hold a children’s picnic at the Chelsea Flower Show last week.
Then a few days later, the Queen wore pink again as she opted for a two-piece pants suit while visiting Kinship Carers at Saint Pancras Community Association in London.
Also on the same day, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands was photographed walking out dressed in bright pink during a working visit to NXP Semiconductors in Nijmegen.
The Princess of Wales (pictured) stepped out in a two-piece pink trouser suit during a visit to Kinship Carers of the Saint Pancras Community Association in London
Elsewhere, Queen Letizia of Spain also joined in the rosy action, wearing a soft pink shirt to attend the confirmation of Princess Sofia of Spain in Aravaca.
The younger queen also opted for a pink color palette, sporting a fuchsia two-piece suit for her public appearance.
According to Sibel Sevcan, fashion trends expert and founder of Belissh, there are several reasons why the tone has faltered.
She told FEMAIL, “The recent explosion of pink as a popular color for outfits and accessories is certainly being fueled by the excitement surrounding the upcoming release of the Barbie movie (out in July).”
“It was also a key theme of fashion week with Valentino’s Pink PP F/W23 collection having a significant impact on this season’s looks.”
She credited Marilyn Monroe’s iconic, shocking pink dress in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as the look that started the bright pink trend, noting that the shade “exudes confidence and femininity.”
However, according to Sibel, royals might choose to wear the hue for other reasons, noting that “for Gen Z, pink now symbolizes a new desire to express femininity boldly and without constraints or stereotypes.”
Stylist Rochelle White agrees, telling FEMAIL, “The color pink is powerful, pretty, flattering and robust.”
Kate’s two-piece suit followed this ME+EM dress she wore to the Chelsea Flower Show a few days earlier
Confident: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is said to look ‘confident and comfortable’ in the pink ensembles she’s wearing
“It’s a color that suits many skin tones and genders.” From nude to neon tones, pink is a color that suits many and every occasion.”
Specifically describing Kate’s ME+EM dress, Rochelle said the hue could be representative of many factors.
Rochelle pointed out that the dress is a new wear for the royal family, noting that the “touch of color” suits the flower show’s fresh, horticultural setting.
“I also think this could be a recognition of showing how strong she is and that she can take on anything,” she added.
Rochelle continued: “I feel like there’s been a shift in the royal family, and [as] Kate’s duties and appearances have increased, she is most likely more comfortable in her personality, her role and the outfits she wears.
“I feel like she knows that all eyes are on her and that she’s considered a fashion icon and a trendsetter.” “People are inspired by her looks and maybe she’s using that to her advantage.”
Describing this lighter shade of pink, Sibel Sevcan said: “The barbicore or pink trend is clearly an expression of confidence and female empowerment.” It transcends fashion trends and becomes a powerful statement of self-expression in itself.
Pretty in pink: Queen Letizia of Spain (pictured left) and Princess Sofia (pictured right) both opted for pink at the recent confirmation of the younger royal family – but chose very different shades
“By embracing pink, individuals regain their right to define and celebrate their own version of femininity.”
According to Rochelle, this was evident in the bold tone chosen by Maxima. She explained, “I feel like she’s confident and happy with her looks when it comes to pink.”
“I’ve noticed that she tends to wear similar shades of pink and it shows me that she knows what shades work and suit her.”
“With a lot of eyes on her, I get the feeling she likes to stand out and make a statement with what she wears.” Seeing her in bright pink leaves a lasting impression and is unique for a queen . [these are] statement pieces.’
And that confidence could be the reason behind Princess Sofia’s decision to wear the shade, according to Rochelle, who said of her confirmation outfit, “I think that’s a bold statement.”
“Being able to wear pink, especially bright colors, shows her confidence in who she is and who she will become.”
As for some of the softer tones, Rochelle pointed out that pink can be very wearable.
Describing Queen Letizia’s ensemble, she said, “This is a color that would suit any demographic.” “There are so many shades of pink that I think work really well for all ages and skin tones.”
And Kate made good use of the softer pink’s wearability, according to Rochelle, who described the king’s two-piece pantsuit as bold but subtle.
She said, “Kate’s outfit here.” [gives] smart and professional appearance. In my opinion this is a more formal outfit but with a subtle and powerful statement due to the colour.
“She paired it with white and plain jewelry like pearls.” This creates a tailored put together look as if paired with white sneakers which would make it more casual.”
While the color is certainly on trend, it doesn’t appear to be a passing fad as several fashion experts are convinced that the hue will be permanent.
According to Sibel Sevcan: ‘Love it or hate pink, its new place in culture makes it extremely appealing as the outfit color of choice – and it’s precisely for this reason that young people around the world are embracing the trend.’