I Wore “Millennial Pink” Before I Knew It Was A Thing

Here’s the thing about me and trends. I don’t follow them consistently, but while I’m out shopping, sometimes I’ll find a cute shirt or dress and buy it. And that garment that I’ve purchased just happens to be part of some current trend, making me (quite unknowingly!) a subscriber of that trend.

What is “Millenial Pink” or as it’s also known, “Tumblr Pink?”  As The Guardian puts it, “It’s sort of a grapefruit shade of apricotty salmon.” Sounds appetizing, right?

I first purchased a pink dress from Forever21, way back in 2011. A few years later I added a trench in a similar shade from Lulu’s to my coat collection. Finally, for New Years last year, I bought a sequined romper that also fit the description (view more photos of the sequin romper here!)


It’s like the scene from the film The Devil Wears Prada, where Meryl Streep’s character Miranda Priestly delivers a poignant monologue on Andy’s ignorance of fashion culture:

“OK, I see. You think this has nothing to do with you,” she says, sounding exhausted. “You go to your closet and you select that lumpy, loose sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back, but what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue. It’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean.”


She continues: “And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns, and then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent who showed cerulean military jackets, and then cerulean quickly shot up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it filtered down through department stores, and then trickled on down onto some tragic Casual Corner where you no doubt fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs, and it’s sort of comical how you think you made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

Inspired by this monologue, I decided to take another look at millennial pink. Some say it’s claim to fame is being the backdrop of the artsy The Grand Budapest Hotel film in 2014. A shade Millennial pink is also in Apple’s “rose gold” iPhone and iPad color offerings (which I refuse to believe is rose gold. It’s pink.) Then came the highly-GIFable Hotline Bling, and the next thing you know, the color is all over the interwebs.

What is quite remarkable about Millennial pink is that the shade is pretty gender-neutral, which is not something you usually associate with the color pink. There’s just the right amount of beige in the shade that mutes the feminine tones. And it looks great with greys, blues, beige, gold, etc.

Personally, I’ve always called the color a “dusty rose” or a “pinkish mauve.” It also happens to be one of my favorite colors to wear on my lips.

Below, I’m wearing my two “Millennial Pink” outfits. The first one is a pink dress that I purchased ages ago for a sorority event. I slapped on a giant cardigan for some warmth and to  tone down the formalness.


My necklace got tangled in my choker and we didn’t notice while shooting. Ah well.

And here’s a few sneak peaks of my second outfit, which I will compile in a later post. I love this beige-y, pinkish Lulu’s trench coat, since it has just the subtle-est pop of color.

What do you think about “Millennial Pink?” Let me know!

Like this pink color? Don’t forget to check out the pictures of my “rose gold” sequined romper outfit! It’s from the same color family.

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