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The Pink of Perfection
I still recall the day, back in 1984, when I wore a pink shirt to junior high school. I'd somehow acquired this garment, which even then appealed to my burgeoning sartorial sensibilities. It wasn't one of those oversized hot magenta Miami Vice shirts everyone wore in the '80s either, but a genuine Brooks Brothers-type pink button-down. I had the fashion instincts all right, and I had the shirt, but I lacked the self-confidence, and I lasted about 5 minutes before someone commented on it and I panicked and made a beeline for the boys' room to change into a less conspicuous backup shirt. Too bad, too, because pink can really enliven a dull, sun-deprived complexion (which mine certainly would've been in Wisconsin in November), and it works on most men. My fear back then, I suppose, was that pink is unmanly, but this too is a fallacy, and a fairly recent one. As late as the 1940s, pink was thought too robust for girls, who were better off sticking to the more "delicate and dainty" blue.
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