The Pink Dress & Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett has created  bit of a storm with her dress choice for last night’s Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. The Carol actress walked the red carpet in a pale pink fringed, lace gown by Givenchy.

It was quite a departure for the actress, who is known for her simple, classic style. And it has landed her on a few ‘worst dressed’ lists today.

But…what do they know?! The pink dress is the only dress you will need this summer, trust us. Yes, we know pink is a bit of a difficult colour to wear. It’s the ultimate girly shade, the colour women either love or loathe. It divides opinions, and provokes reactions, and it is one half of the Pantone Color of the Year this year, in the form of rose quartz.

Forget fuchsia hues, it’s all about pale pink. The pink dress you need is a pale, rose hue – the classic baby pink.

Cate’s dress may seem a strange choice, but Givenchy are on the mark with this beautiful, unusual, stand-out gown. Fringing is also here to stay, following on from its resurgence last year thanks to the 1970s trend (another that’s sticking around).

So, if you want to get ahead of the game, it’s all about the pink dress. Start looking now, and here’s a few to get you off to a flying start.

If it’s ruffles you want, then French Connection’s baby pink ruffled dress is in the sale (£48, was £160). New Look’s summer collection includes this gorgeous palm print maxi dress (£24.99) in a more peachy-pink, which can be more flattering to some skintones.

H&M’s lace dress is a simple version of the pink dress  to ease you into the trend -and it’s a bargain in the sale (£12, was £19.99).

the pink dress threeFringes and a peachy pink make this H&M dress (£49.99) the pink dress we want for the spring evenings. If a classic prom style is more your thing, there are a few of those coming too. New Look’s has a gorgeous floral waist detail (£24.99), whilst the Debut @ Debenhams number is more of a simple, classic style (£110).

the pink dress twoBHS’s lace rose pink midi dress (£95) is our absolute favourite, even if it is from their bridal collection. It is pink perfection, if a little sugary for some, but we just love it. French Connection’s ombre pink sequinned shift is a sale bargain (£112, was £160), and Oasis @ Debenhams embellished pink shift is classic, and not too girly, agreed? Just a little hint of sparkle (£45).

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What would be the pink dress for you?

Pink Trend – how to do it

Pink is one of this autumn winter’s on-trend colours. But how do you do the pink trend without looking like the sugar plum fairy, or your four-year-old daughter gone wrong? Pink can be a difficult colour to wear, but it can also be very pretty, and flattering, or full-on and in your face – in a good way!

Try and layer pink – pink skirt with a pink jumper, pink coat with a pink dress, to make the most of this pink trend. Simply throwing on a pink cardigan will not suffice! Pink shoes are a nod to the trend, but try and wear a bit more pink than just one thing to get the full fashion effect of this season’s pink trend.

Pink trend twoWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): pink sequinned cami top, £19.99, New Look, pink dress, £34.95, pink cardigan, 39.99, both H&M, pink blouse, £27.50, White Stuff, pink top, £17.99, H&M

Pink is great during the day, but can look a little, well, girlie, and not so sophisticated in the evening. You don’t want to look like you are off to your teenager’s high school prom, do you? So work the pink trend in the evening with accessories, or sophisticated frocks, ideally wth embellishment, and in bold colours, or muted shades.

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WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Marios Schwab evening dress, £150, Debenhams, Coast beaded evening dress, £350, Debenhams, peplum top, £14.99, , clutch bag, £8.99, both New Look

Pink looks great in simple shapes – 1950s style skirts, with a sweater, a structured bag and some pink jewels – perfect pink trend work!

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WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): pink plastic fabric skirt, £34.99, H&M, pink short sleeve sweater, £125, BHS, pink bodycon dress, £14.99, H&M, pink geometric earrings, £4.99, New Look, pink and gold bag, £34.99, H&M

The biggest thing about the pink trend this season is the pink coat – hard to keep clean, perhaps, but a pale pink coat this winter is the most stylish thing you could own.Pink tend threeWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): pink cable front knit, £25, BHS, pink belted coat, £70, Red Herring @ Debenhams, pink leather bag, £79.95, GAP, bright pink sweater, £50 Jonathan Saunders Edition @ Debenhams, pink tube scarf, £6.99, H&M

If you really struggle with pale pink, try fuchsia – bold, bright and perfect in a coat, or a winter knit. Team it with pale pink for a full on pink trend look from head to toe, but make the pieces more edgy – trainers, a slouchy top and jeans will make this look pink, but not overly cute.

Pink trend fiveWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Pink coat, £155 Jonathan Saunders Edition @ Debenhams, flatform pumps, £28, Schuh, Classics pink blouse, £16, BHS. pink butterfly top, £9.99, H&M, pink suede look courts, £19.99, New Look

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