The warmth and energy of a pink shirt can be hard to resist. Having said that, coordinating one with other items can sometimes be tricky.
So, here are some great blazer colors you can wear with a pink shirt:
That’s the short and sweet answer, but as always, you will need more.
After going through the two main factors to consider when color-coordinating pink shirts with blazers, we’ll run through 7 specific color combinations you can try out for yourself.
Let’s get to it.
How To Color Coordinate Pink Shirts With Blazers
Consider both of these before putting your outfit together.
1. Neutrals Generally Work Best
When wearing a pink shirt, neutral blazer colors are usually the easiest to pull off.
The reason for this comes down to how vibrant and bold pink can really be as a color.
As you can see, it falls firmly within the “warm” half of the color wheel, along with orange, red, and yellow.
Warm colors can be striking and eye-catching, especially when they’re in vivid shades of those colors.
Because of this, it’s often best to keep it subtle with your other items, with blazers being no exception.
The easiest way to keep things subtle would be to go for a neutral blazer color.
Neutral colors don’t appear on the color wheel – the “true” neutrals would be black, grey, and white.
They’re effortless to coordinate with other items no matter how warm or cool they may be.
But there are also near-neutrals or “menswear neutrals” that aren’t technically neutral but are so muted that they might as well be.
Navy, brown, and olive green are good examples. They’re also incredibly easy to coordinate with other items, while not being “true” neutrals in their own right.
So, let the pink shirt be the “pop” of color and boldness in your outfit, and go for a neutral or near-neutral blazer color whenever possible.
2. Consider The Dress Code
In general, light pink shirts will look dressier, more formal, and more professional than dark pink shirts.
In addition, darker and more neutral blazers will look dressier and more formal than lighter and less neutral blazers.
The darker and more neutral the blazer, the more formal it tends to look.
Putting that all together, if you’re looking to dress up for an event where there is a risk of undressing, go for a light pink shirt + dark and neutral blazer.
Consider a black, dark grey, or navy blue blazer.
Remember, however, that a pink shirt and blazer combination should really only be worn in business-casual and smart-casual settings.
In truly formal and business-professional settings, you’ll want to wear a full 2-piece suit instead.
But in business-casual or the dressier smart-casual settings, a light pink shirt + dark/neutral blazer combo would usually serve you well.
In the more casual of smart-casual settings, however, you’ve got more scope to experiment with the shades of your pink shirt and the colors of your blazer.
Consider a light and neutral blazer color such as light brown, light grey, or light blue.
You could even consider pairing it with a shirt in a darker shade of pink such as salmon pink.
The more casual the setting, the more freedom you have to experiment.
7 Pink Shirt And Blazer Combinations To Try
Here are some fantastic combinations you can try out for yourself. You’ll notice how some look dressier than others – specifically, the dark/neutral blazer combinations.
Pink Shirt With A Black Blazer
A pink shirt can be worn with a black blazer in business-casual and smart-casual settings. The lighter the shade of the pink shirt, the more formal and professional the combination will look as a whole.
Black and pink look great together. The darkness and neutrality of the black blazer really tone down the warmth of the pink shirt and produces a nice sense of balance.
A dark pink shirt combined with a black blazer will always look more casual than a light pink shirt.
In business-casual settings where there’s more of a risk of underdressing, consider the following outfit:
A black blazer, a light pink dress shirt, and a pair of grey dress pants or chinos.
Notice how we went for a similarly neutral pair of pants here. The pink shirt will still be the “pop” of color in the outfit, with the pants and the blazer forming the neutral foundation.
In smart-casual settings where there’s less of a risk of underdressing, consider the following combination:
A black blazer, a dark pink OCBD shirt, and dark grey jeans.
Again, we’ve gone for neutral pants, but in a more casual style – jeans.
Pink Shirt With A Grey Blazer
Grey blazers can be worn with pink shirts in business-casual and smart-casual settings. A light pink shirt and dark grey blazer combination would be more appropriate for dressier business-casual events.
Given how many shades of grey there are, you’ve got several different ways to combine these two colors.
Here’s a list of them, going from the dressiest option to the most casual one:
- Light pink shirt + dark grey blazer
- Light pink shirt + light grey blazer
- Dark pink shirt plus dark grey blazer
- Dark pink shirt plus light grey blazer
Once again, the light pink shirt + dark/neutral blazer combo would be best when you’re looking to dress up. It’s perfect for most business-casual settings.
The darker the pink shirt and the lighter the grey blazer, the more casual the combination will eventually become.
A dark pink shirt (eg. salmon) plus a light grey blazer can look very effective, but you’ll need to make sure the setting is casual enough to allow for it.
Pink Shirt With A Navy Blazer
A pink shirt can be worn with a navy blazer in business-casual and smart-casual settings.
Navy is one of those interesting “near-neutral” colors or “menswear neutrals” as they’re often labeled.
It’s so dark and muted that it’s often considered formal enough to wear in truly formal and professional settings, along with charcoal grey and black.
But the benefit of a navy blazer over those truly neutral dark colors is that navy is still technically just a dark shade of blue.
It has the same “cool” undertones of blue, just to a much more subtle extent.
As a result, a pink shirt worn with a navy blazer often looks a little more eye-catching and interesting than wearing one with a black or dark grey one.
But it still gives you the same benefits of dressiness and formality.
Pink Shirt With A Blue Blazer
A pink shirt can be worn with a blue blazer in smart-casual settings. The lighter the shade of the blue blazer, the more casual the combination will look overall.
Here, we’re talking about lighter shades of blue such as sky, baby, cyan, admiral, steel, and teal blue.
As you can see, light blue blazers look very different from the dark blue (eg. navy or midnight) alternatives we discussed previously.
They just look more casual and laid-back. They also look more eye-catching and striking.
This is even more true when you pair these blazers with dark pink shirts.
But the two colors look great together – blue and pink go hand-in-hand. One reason they work so well is that you’re mixing a “warm” color with a “cool” color.
While the contrast is noticeable, it produces a nice sense of balance and harmony.
Having said that, given how light the blazer color is and how much contrast you’ll produce between the two colors, the combination will usually be too casual to wear in business-casual settings.
Reserve it for more casual dress codes such as smart-casual.
Pink Shirt With A Brown Blazer
Brown blazers can be worn with pink shirts in most smart-casual settings, with dark brown blazers even occasionally being suitable in business-casual settings too.
Similar to navy, brown is a color that could be labeled as neutral given how easy it is to coordinate with other colors.
While you won’t find brown in its clearest form on the color wheel, you could label it as “warm” given how it’s technically just a dark shade of orange.
You make it by combining red, yellow, and black.
It has noticeably “warm” undertones, although not to the extent that the pink shirt does.
Regardless, the subtle warmth and energy of a brown blazer often looks great with the more noticeable and in-your-face warmth of the pink shirt.
Brown blazers tend to look great in the fall due to their natural and earthy tone. Having said that, you could confidently wear this combination all year round.
Given how “warm” your top half is likely to be here, try to keep things neutral with your pants color.
Go for black, navy, or grey.
Pink Shirt With A Red Blazer
A red blazer can be worn with a pink shirt in smart-casual settings, but it’s important that you go for a dark and muted shade of red such as maroon, crimson, or burgundy.
It’s true – a red blazer definitely isn’t neutral and we’re (kind of) going against our “neutrals only” rule.
But the reason this combination can work well is that it’s monochromatic.
Pink and red are essentially on the same color spectrum and as a result, can look very effective when combined.
They’re also very easy to coordinate – it requires very little thought and effort.
But you do need to be cautious.
Combining a pink shirt with a blazer in a bright, light, and bold shade of red (eg. scarlet) will usually come across as too much.
It can be an overwhelming amount of color.
But a dark red blazer combined with a light pink shirt can work well. The darker the shade of the red blazer and the lighter the shade of the pink shirt, the better.
Once again, keep things nice and neutral with the color of your pants. You’ll want to keep your bottom half subtle given how vibrant and striking your top half is going to be here.
Pink Shirt With A White Blazer
A white blazer can be worn with a pink shirt in smart-casual settings. The high-contrast combination will always come across as eye-catching and in-your-face, so avoid it in dressier settings.
White blazers can be tricky to pull off. No matter what shirt you’re wearing, the contrast between the blazer and the shirt is likely to be high given how light the blazer color is.
But a white blazer worn with a light pink shirt can look great, especially during the warmer months of the year.
Going for a light pink shirt reduces the contrast between the shirt and the blazer and makes the combination look more subtle as a whole.
You could go for a blazer in a cream tone such as beige or cream if you didn’t want to go for a white one.
The effect would be very similar but would lead to slightly less contrast.
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