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Neutrals will always have a place in our wardrobes, but for event-styling, colour is the way to go. Bright colours exude joy, which is exactly what special events call for. With this in mind, prepare to tear your eyes away from black, navy, and neutrals, and step towards something bold. When it comes to colour, we can’t look past pink tones — the brighter the better! Wondering how to style a pink dress? We’ve got you covered. This guide explores how to find the right pink shade for your skin tone and how to accessorise your outfit to create an eye-catching, statement look.

First Things First

Consider shade and silhouette before you begin sifting through styles. This will narrow down your search and ensure you’re working with tones and shapes that will best suit you. 


Pick Your Shade

Not all pink tones are made equal. When you’re looking to incorporate colour into your look, the first step is finding the shade that best suits your skin tone.

Opt for a shade that is most like your natural blush. If your skin has warm yellow or golden undertones, look to peach, apricot, salmon, copper and coral shades. These warmer tones will work with your skin rather than against it, creating a harmonious look. For cool skin tones (rosy or pink undertones), go with cooler shades including baby pink, rose, strawberry, fuschia, magenta and plum.

Once you’ve identified your undertones, you’ll have a more tailored spectrum of pink hues to work with. From here, consider the season. If you have cool undertones and you’re looking for a winter wedding guest outfit, something in a plum hue would be ideal. In summer, you might opt for fuschia instead. For warmer-toned skin types, coral will work well when it’s warm, while salmon and raspberry tones will be ideal in colder months.
 

Select A Silhouette

Now that you’ve got a shade in mind, let’s look at silhouettes. The dress code for the event will help to guide you here.

For garden parties, high teas, elegant lunches and picnics, or daytime parties, a mini dress is appropriate. Silhouettes with frills or feminine detailing are perfect for these settings. Mini dresses are also a great option if you’re heading out to a bar for birthday drinks.

If the dress code is cocktail — most weddings and school formals will fall under this category — opt for midi length dresses or a chic blazer-and-pants set. You could also look to jumpsuits or a midi skirt and crop.

For events with a bit more leeway when it comes to dress codes, why not experiment with a two-piece set? A crop top with matching pants or a skirt will deliver a contemporary event-ready look.

How To Accessorise A Pink Dress (Or Outfit) 

Feeling lost on how to style a hot pink dress? You’re not alone. Colour often feels more challenging to style, but it’s actually pretty straight forward once you have a few rules in mind. Let’s take a closer look at how you can approach accessorising a colourful outfit.

Colourblocking 

One of the best ways to style colour is to go all-in and create a colourblocked look. There are a few ways to go about colourblocking depending on how bold you’re feeling! 


Go Tonal

Tonal or monochromatic colourblocking means sticking with the one colour from head to toe. Tonal styling is a great way to ease into the colourblocking trend.

With this approach, you’ll incorporate different tones and saturations of the same colour. So, you might opt for a peach dress with salmon-coloured pumps, or hot pink dress accessories may include strawberry-toned heels and a bag to complement the look.

Colour Family

To step-up your colourblocking, accessorise with pieces in the same colour family as your outfit. In the case of a pink dress, you might accessorise with bright red pieces in warmer months or deep violet pieces as the weather cools.  

Contrasting Tones

For the most daring among us, working with contrasting tones will deliver the ultimate colourblocking effect.

Contrasting tones sit opposite each other on the colour wheel. The key here is not to go overboard — stick to two or three contrasting colours to keep your look cohesive and neat.

Style your pink outfit with bright apple green or lemon yellow accessories. Think a pink mini dress with pointed-toe green or lemon heels and a matching clutch!

Neutral Notes

If you’re not up for colourblocking this time around, neutral accessories are elegant and timeless.

Black or dark accessories can feel a bit heavy against pink tones, so we generally recommend opting for nude and white instead. These shades have an elongating effect, as they bring the eye down the body.

Jewellery

Keep jewellery minimal and understated. A pink outfit, especially with colourblocked accessories, speaks for itself. So, avoid chunky statement jewellery and instead look to classic hoops, a fine bracelet, and a few special rings.

Our Favourite Pink Dresses

Now that we’ve covered everything you need to know about styling pink dresses, it’s time to start browsing! Below, we share out top pink formal dresses from some of our most-loved brands.


Aje Serendipity Reflection Midi Dress

The Aje Serendipity Reflection Dress is a gorgeous formal dress with a corset inspired waist, made from a glossy linen material. Made mostly from linen, it is extremely comfortable and in colours blush, champagne and navy. This style is perfect for those who want more coverage in a formal dress. This elegant dress can be dressed down with sandals for a more semi-formal look or dressed up to be suitable for a black tie dress code.


Rebecca Vallance Montez Midi Dress

The Rebecca Vallance Montez Midi Dress is an elegant one shoulder style made from a structured crepe material. This dress has a flattering slim silhouette and features a dramatic statement bow on the shoulder. This gorgeous dress will have you feeling put-together and glamorous for your next cocktail event.


L'idee Renaissance Gown

The L'idee Renaissance Gown is the perfect summer wedding guest dress. With the famous L'idee pleating in the umbrella skirt and halter, you will be looking sleek and elegant with this dress. This statement piece is perfect for garden parties or winery weddings as it can be dressed up or dressed down depending on how formal the occasion is.

This style also comes in colours: ballet pink, dusty rose, floss pink, chocolate, sea green, sky blue, hot pink and bright green for a look with a split.


House Of CB Charmaine Corset Gown

The House of CB Charmaine Corset Gown is one we know you will recognise. Made from a lustrous silk satin, this dress features a beautifully draped cowl neckline with a corset bodice to cinch the figure. This dress is all about elegance and class. We love this dress for formal weddings and the blush pink is perfect for both daytime and evening events during the summer season.

This style is also available in chocolate and black.


Aje Manifestation Gown

The Aje Manifestation Gown is an absolute show stopper. This gorgeous dress features a fitted bodice, gathered v-neckline, voluminous bubble skirt, short puff sleeves and a low scooped back. This dress is guaranteed to make a statement at your next event, which is what Aje is best at doing. This dress is extravagant in its colour, texture and silhouette, so if you are after a dramatic pink gown, this style is the one for you.

 


Lia Stublla Margot Dress

The Lia Stublla Margot Dress is the perfect formal dress that is guaranteed to fulfill your Barbie dreams. This gorgeous dress features a slightly curved neckline, corseted bodice, pleated detailing, a thigh high split and long dramatic train. A stand out style that flatters the body in every way and gives an hourglass silhouette. We know you will fall in love with this hot pink dress as it is easy to wear and will have you looking and feeling like a million dollars.

 


Bec + Bridge Amber Maxi Dress

The Bec + Bridge Amber Maxi Dress is a stunning maxi dress made from a luxe silk. This dress is a sleek, statement and timeless design that features a ruched bust detailing, thin straps and a plunging open back. This elegant wedding guest dress is perfect for the spring/summer season as the candy pink colour stands out. A simple understated style that is perfect for a more formal event.


Misha Evianna Satin Gown

The Misha Evianna Satin Gown is a gorgeous satin dress in a simple design yet statement hot pink colour. This dress is crafted from a luxurious vibrant satin and features a ruched mock neckline and a draping bow detail at the back to complete the look. This stunning gown exudes modern femininity in a vibrant hue. A statement style that speaks for itself, meaning it is easy to wear and accessorise, and will have you looking put together with minimal effort involved.


Finding Your Fit

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