How to Wear Pink & Perk Yourself Up After 40!

Pink is pretty and feminine and brings life to an aging complexion. With the release of the new Barbie movie, hot pink is more popular than ever. Women love Barbicore – a hyper-feminine way of dressing inspired by the Barbie doll we all played with as kids. The essence of Barbicore is bright, bold pink, and lots of it!

But is this all-hot pink look something you can wear after 40 and not look silly? Here’s how to wear Barbie’s signature color at midlife and beyond.

Bubble Gum Pink - Dress

1. Style it Sporty

Barbicore pink is a saturated, fun color with a lot of energy, so play up the casual sportiness. Instead of dressy high heels and a traditional purse, try slip-on mesh sneakers and a woven crossbody messenger bag.

A touch of gold jewelry and some cool sunglasses keep the look mature and chic.


Bubble Gum Pink Pants

2. Choose Modern Shapes

If you already have something bright pink hanging in the back of your closet, don’t automatically assume it will work this spring. The silhouette is important. For a trendy color to look on point, your clothing should have a clean, modern shape.

For example, these highly saturated pink pants look fabulous now because the cropped length and waist tie are so “in.” Other pants from even a few years back can quickly look dated. What you wear with bubblegum pink pants is critical, too. This feminine chiffon blouse is also very on-trend and perfect to complement these pants with its high ruffled neckline.


bubblegum pink long sweater

3. Wear it as an Accent  

A single hot pink item, such as a cardigan, jacket, or coat, worn with two other neutral pieces, like pants and a top, gives your outfit a nice pop of color without being too bold.

bubblegum pink and white dress

4. Wear Barbicore Pink in a Floral Print

Florals always look pretty in pink, which can be very contemporary when you include Bubblegum pink. Medium floral prints look more grown-up than small, and classic silhouettes help make bold pink chic. This cute floral dress is for Petites.



bubblegum pink print sleeveless top

5. Play up the Tropical Vibe of Bright Pink

Ever notice a lot of bold pink when you are in the tropics? Use that inspiration to create a summery look with a real tropical punch. This cute pink scarf print top has an island vibe. Wear it with white jeans or shorts to look cool and refreshed.

bubblegum pink top with buttons

6.  Try Other Shades of Bold Pink

Barbicore Pink isn’t the only hot pink shade trending. It spills over into Raspberry and Fuschia, too. 

For example, this pretty ruched top is a slightly deeper and darker pink and maybe a better pink shade for you this spring.



7. Wear Hot Pink as Eveningwear

Pink can be dramatic and lovely as a cocktail dress for a special event. This is a great look for Mother of the Bride or Wedding Guest.

8. Pair Barbicore Pink with a Neutral

 If you want to look grown-up and not girly in pink, pair pink with quieter, more traditional fall colors like grey, camel, and navy. Also, place pink up near your face by wearing a pink sweater, jacket, or blouse. Why near your face? As you age, you lose color on your face and start looking pale and washed out. A touch of the pink worn-up top brings a beautiful blush to your skin, giving you a healthy, youthful glow.

9.  Have Pink Accessories Only

You can keep the pink top with a pair of shiny pink earrings. Subtle pink diamond studs would also look luxurious too. Don’t go crazy with pink bags and heels – That’s overkill.  It’s better to keep accessories grey or neutral and not be afraid to play with a texture like snakeskin or suede to keep the look interesting.    

What do you think of the  Barbicore trend? Do you like to wear bright pink at 50+? How do you style it? If you have already bought something, send a photo, and I will post it in my Private Facebook Style group. Have you joined?

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