How to Wear Hot Pink Like a Grown-Up

Learn how to wear hot pink like an adult

Hot pink can be a tricky shade to pull of in a grown-up wardrobe. There’s always the risk that too much of this vibrant color might traverse into Malibu Barbie territory, but that doesn’t mean you need to banish hot pink from your closet for good. Because with these three genius tips, you’ll be able to sport this punchy color like a pro.

grown up business casual outfit styled with hot pink jeans and a floral top with pops of hot pink

1. Contrast is key

Let a strong contrast work to your advantage to tone down this high-octane shade and add a bit of professionalism. With this look, the structured silk blouse incorporates black and blue to soften the bright pink pants. However, hints of pink and red in the top serve to tie the pairing together. Since grown-up is what we’re going for, add in some sleek accessories to dress up the pants even further like statement earrings, a bold cuff and a grey belt.

hot pink fitted top styled with a floral pencil skirt and gold accessories

2. Let the silhouette do the talking 

Opt for sharp, clean cuts and strong silhouettes when picking hot pink pieces, as it will help establish the sophistication of the outfit. Here, the pink top is draped to form a V-neckline, and incorporates ruching to flatter the midsection and create a polished effect. To dress up the top further, pick a complimentary pencil skirt (perhaps one with a subtle floral pattern, like this one), and belt the top draw in the waistline. Finish with gold jewelry.

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hot pink midi dress styled with a distressed denim jacket and boho accessories

3. Pick a pattern, any pattern 

Okay, maybe not any pattern. Choose a strong, statement-making print to play up the pink in a mature way. Steer clear of soft, whimsical patterns that only add to the girliness of the shade. With this look, the grid-print defines the dress as punchy-yet-powerful. Pair a frock like this one with a denim jacket, cuffing the sleeves to expose the pattern and adding a waist belt. Top off the look with layered necklaces.

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