28 April 2009 – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

April 28th, 2009 § 6 comments

29 April 2009 – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Pink and white seersucker blazer – stolen from A.’s giveaway pile
  • Gray tank – Target
  • Jeans – ON Maternity, remixed of course
  • Blue green scarf – Ross, remixed
  • Paisley pointy toe pumps – Payless

End Notes:

When I got the e-mail from A. challenging me to wear “pink — not magenta — PINK” today, I knew it was going to be a battle. Ever since I realized that pastels and my skin tone don’t play nicely with each other, I’ve been fairly ruthless about weeding them out of my closet. I do have a deeper pink top that still fits (barely), but given today’s slightly chilly weather I knew that I would have to layer over that blouse and that A. would likely chasten me for not embracing the challenge. So I did what she would least expect: I wore one of HER old pink items of clothing.

No, I don’t have a secret tunnel of access to her closet — though that would be useful some mornings — but I do have a few bags of clothes that she generously gave me to help with a clothing drive I’m organizing this summer. I remembered that she had once mentioned that she was giving away a pink and white seersucker blazer, so I dove into the clothing pile and fished it out.

I decided that the best course of action would be to pair the relatively preppy jacket with edgier or at least more grown-up shapes and colors. So out came a gray top as a base, the skinnies, and a great pair of pumps. I cannot be mistaken for either a candy striper or a marshmallow peep in those items! I was still unhappy with how the pink looked next to my face, but a saturated blue-green scarf helped to remedy that. I wish I could say that I am happy and confident in this outfit, but I’m really still quite paranoid about all this pink business. On the other hand, one of my favorite songs by The Flaming Lips, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” has been in my head all day, and that’s a welcome respite from all of the other swirling thoughts about discursive materiality that have predominated for the last week!  – e.


29 April 2009 – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, originally uploaded by academichic.

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§ 6 Responses to 28 April 2009 – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"

  1. Sal says:

    Hee. I fear pinky-pinks, too. They do my complexion WRONG. But I love your scarf-as-workaround, and the cut of this blazer is superb on you. Maybe you should save it from the giveaways and overdye it!

  2. Clare says:

    Well, I think you rocked it! I think the color of the scarf does a great job of grounding the outfit and not making it too “pastel-y”.

  3. Diana says:

    I love how the pink looks with that blue-green scarf! The scarf definitely makes the outfit work.

  4. Lydia says:

    As someone who’s been described as “pasty,” I also avoid pastels, but I think the key is to pair them with colors that aren’t pastel, such as you did. Looks great! :)

  5. RubyBastille says:

    This is adorable. I love those shoes and the scarf – they really pull it together.

  6. [...] non-holiday version of the proper complements, red and green. But, as I explained back in April, pink is just not my color. So while I loved how A. did preppy chic yesterday with her pink polo and green accessories, I feel [...]

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