The month of October is a great time to wear your pink items of any shade in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Not a fan of this ultra-feminine shade? Luckily for you, pink comes in a variety of shades from soft baby-girl pink to deep raspberry. This trendy tone can be paired with a variety of colors to help you feel your personal best while showing support.

Sleek and professional in pink:

Choose a deep raspberry and pair with black, charcoal, navy, or camel to celebrate the autumn season and give moral support to those who have fought the fight with breast cancer. A raspberry colored skirt with a grey blouse would look smashing with a pair of black and white animal print pumps. Match it with a jacket in autumn’s icon plaid that includes both raspberry and grey. You will look feminine and C-level exec at the same time.

Bohemian in pink:

Choose softer shades of pink like blush or champagne. These pair well with olive green, marsala, denim blue, ecru, taupe and other soft shades in the same tone. Boho is such a fun, whimsical style that encourages loose flowy shapes. Mix lace with gauzy fabrics, denim or velvet. This style is often seen at concerts and festivals. Are you brave enough to wear it to work, the movies or church? My friend Karen who is a big fan of boho says, “As long as you have a great hat to match it, wear it everywhere.”

Support your friends by wearing pink:

Whether you wear an official pink breast cancer awareness T-shirt, a pink ribbon or tutu in a run for the cure, make sure you include the attitude. Be proud you are supporting your friends and family. Wearing pink during October is letting everyone know you give your moral support to anyone who survived it, succumb or still fighting breast cancer. Wear any other shade of pink with any other item in your wardrobe. The trick is to pair with an item that has the same tone intensity. For example, hot pink pairs well with Kelly green or bright orange. Pair light pink with light grey or creamy white.

Men look great in pink:

Encourage the men in your life to don a pink tie, shirt, pocket square or all of the above. Nothing is more masculine than a man wearing pink who supports the women in his life who are battling breast cancer.

The history of wearing pink in October:

According to Wikipedia, “In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol, though this was not the first time the ribbon was used to symbolize breast cancer: a 68-year-old California woman named Charlotte Haley, whose sister, daughter, and granddaughter had breast cancer, had distributed peach-color ribbons to call attention to what she perceived as inadequate funding for research. In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.”

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