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Color Coded: Pink Was Originally for the Guys

Zayn Malik of One Direction

You’ve heard the old adage “it takes a man to wear pink.” But thanks to NPR and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, guys are getting to know just how true that is: originally, pink was seen as a masculine shade because of its close relation to the color red (FIRE! PASSION! COURAGE!).

The old fashioned notion of pink for baby girls and blue for boys didn’t come into the cultural milieu until after our troops came back from World War II and men claimed blue as a masculine shade (it was the norm for factory uniforms to be dyed a dark indigo).

Prior to that, blue was seen as dainty and delicate.

Historically, the courtiers of King Louis XVI regularly wore pink coats embroidered with birds and flowers (today, something like that would walk the runway at Valentino Couture and we think menswear might not swing that way for a while) and men wearing pink can be traced back to cultures around the globe such as Japan and Russia. Today, guys are more than happy to throw on a pink oxford — a prep staple — and even a few adventurous blokes such as Zayn Malik and Armie Hammer have been snapped wearing pink denim jackets and full-on suits.

Next time you see a guy in pink, know that he’s carring the torch for a longstanding tradition — and maybe just flexing his sartorial muscle.

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Beat Bad Hair Days with our Favorite Felt Hats

Sometimes you just can’t get an appointment at Drybar to tame your tresses. And with winter wind, dry conditions and sweater static, it’s the season for flyaways, frizz and major bad hair days. And while you can try to keep things under control with serums and sprays, but the easiest and most stylish way to do it is with a hat. Don’t think you’re a hat person? Think again, because all it takes is one great topper to change all of that. Try on different shapes, sizes and colors to find the perfect one and you’ll have a standby style sidekick ready to go any time you’re facing a bad hair day.

Clockwise from top left: Kiki de Montparnasse Anita Hat ($468), ASOS Pork Pie Hat ($34), Topshop Classic Wool Fedora ($48), Rag & Bone Dunaway Hat ($195), ASOS Felt Fedora with Velvet Band ($37), Topshop Wool Felt Hat ($52)

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Save Steal Splurge: The Sequined Jogger

If comfort is something that’s paramount to you, this season’s jogger pant has probably been one of your favorite trends. But for holiday, these pants are getting a glam makeover that makes them the perfect thing to wear to any holiday parties. Paired with your favorite heels and a clean, basic top (it doesn’t get easier than that), these sequined joggers are easy, comfortable and make a huge impact.

It’s no sweat.

Save: Trouv© Sequin Track Pants ($98)

Steal: Topshop Two-Tone Sequin Jogger Pants ($125)

Splurge: Free People Sequin Jogger Pants ($168)

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Fashion Trends Daily Must See: “A Conversation With Edith Head”

Susan Claassen as Edith Head. PHOTO BY TIM FULLER

What do you do if you discover you have an uncanny resemblance to a fascinating Hollywood fashion icon? Well, if you€™re actress Susan Claassen you naturally decide to become her.

Claassen has been channeling legendary Hollywood costume designer Edith Head for the past eight years in sold-out performances for €œA Conversation With Edith Head,€ the show she stars in and co-wrote with Paddy Calistro. The show, which is in its last weekend at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, is based on the book of the same name written by Edith Head and Callistro and offers a witty, intimate glimpse of the iconic Hollywood design diva who helped define red-carpet glamour and earned her own star on Hollywood€™s Walk of Fame.

Head, who worked for six decades as a costume designer, received 35 Academy Award nominations and won an unprecedented eight Oscars.

Her last film was Dead Men Don€™t Wear Plaid, the film noir parody with Steve Martin.

Claassen has received raves for the performance, which has shown everywhere from Houston to London, Edinburgh and Tucson, where she has lived since 1972 and is the Managing Artistic Director of the Invisible Theatre.

If you€™re in Los Angeles, swipe on some scarlet lipstick and go have a little tªte- -tªte with Edith. This is the last weekend to catch it!

5269 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-508-4200
www.elportaltheatre.com
For more on the show, go to www.edithhead.biz

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Hit the Road in Our Favorite Moto Jeans for Under $160

For fall, trends are pointing women in two ways: on one hand, it’s never been better to be a femme fatale — long lean skirts and feminine floaty fabrics are all over the runways and stores — and on the other side, badass babes are finding that their signature leathers, denim and all-black-everything ethos has also invaded stores right alongside the dresses and silk blouses. We’re going for the latter today, because we’re taking a page out of the David Beckham playbook and borrowing from the motorcycle influences of his Belstaff collection.

Brands are drawing from the open road and the mystique of the journey for motorcycle-inspired jeans. Paired with fall’s great boots and leather jackets, it’s an easy look that will have you looking fresh for the new season. But girly girls can join in, too. Pairing moto jeans with flowy tops and even a feminine slip is an easy way to nab that model off duty look that never goes out of style.