Pink On The Lips Of Your Lover

I'll be the first to admit that pink is not really my color. In fact, I don't think I've owned anything pink since I was about 10...until now. The whole rose quartz/soft pink trend is in right now and the color actually looks good on my skin tone, so I tried finding a way to make pink work for me.

Sweater

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Vegan Leather Pants

Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3

Spiked Heels

Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3

Ultimately, I decided to go with a hard-and-soft contrasting look. I paired a slightly cropped soft pink knit sweater with high-waisted vegan leather pants and spiked booties. While I wasn't sure about the outfit at first, I ended up really liking the contrast between hard and soft textures.

When I was younger, I didn't want to be feminine at all. I spent a lot of my teens wearing hand-me-downs from my punk guy friends, unisex boots, and men's flannels. The only makeup I touched was the eyeliner I blacked out my eyes with. While you don't have to wear pink or makeup to be feminine of course, I was purposely trying to avoid anything traditionally meant for women.

Today, I've embraced my feminine side, venturing into traditionally feminine waters with floral prints, makeup, and hairstyles. While I don't even think I'll be the girl rocking a high ponytail, bubblegum pink lips, and a brightly-colored tracksuit (not that there's anything wrong with that), I do like to mix up my usually dark and edgy wardrobe with a splash of softness and light every once in a while.

Photographer: Nathan Jelenich