Boden Eliza coat in pink

pink winter coat

Boden pink Eliza coat

Boden pink Eliza coat

I’ve been wanting a pink winter coat now since… well, since last winter, basically. You know, when everyone and their aunt had a pink winter coat, and you couldn’t walk down the street without feeling like part of some strange kind of Pink Coat Army? (Note: there should BE a Pink Coat Army, shouldn’t there? It could be their job to rid the world of boring coats! It would make the world a better place!)

I didn’t buy one, though. No, I prefer to wait until a trend is well and truly over before I hop on the bandwagon, so I can look like I’m tragically late to the party. (See also: that time when I was a teenager, and everyone had red Kickers, and I really, really wanted red Kickers (because I totally DID follow trends back then. Or I tried to, anyway…), but my parents wouldn’t buy me them until they went on sale, and all that was left was the ugly BROWN Kickers, which my parents said were “so different!”, and everyone at school said were, “SO LAST YEAR, AMBER, D’UH.”) No, I jest: as I’ve said before being “bang on trend” isn’t ever a factor for me, and nor do I deliberately avoid trends either, as part of some kind of reverse snobbery/hipster type thing. No, the real reason I didn’t buy a pink winter coat last year was simply that I got all caught up in the whole “redheads shouldn’t wear pink” thing.

I grew up keenly aware of all of the things my hair colour was going to prevent me from doing/wearing. Redheads can’t wear pink, I’d hear. Redheads shouldn’t wear red. Redheads shouldn’t procreate, otherwise there will be MOAR redheads, and what is the world coming to, I ask you?

As a child, I blindly accepted all of this, and obediently added “wearing pink” to the list of Things Other People Can Do Which I Can’t. (No, seriously, there is an actual list. I will blog about it sometime…) I even went through a stage in which I was very anti-pink, in a stupid kind of “WELL, I DIDN’T WANT TO WEAR PINK ANYWAY, SO THERE!”  kind of thing. Kids, huh?

As an adult, however, I eventually started to question The Redhead Rules, and to experiment with colour. I’m not saying I now just wear anything and everything, but what I discovered is that there actually aren’t many – if ANY – colours that redheads absolutely CANNOT wear.  It’s not like there’s only one shade of red hair, after all, or one skin tone that all redheads share, so what works for one redhead  might not work for another, and vice-versa. You know, just like with every other hair colour out there? (Breaking news: People With Red Hair Found To Be No Different From Anyone Else)

As for myself, it’s true that there are some shades I avoid altogether, but these days pink isn’t one of them: in fact, it’s become something of a favourite. I love the softness of the colour, and although it can – and does – clash with my hair, occasionally, the fact that it doesn’t leech all colour from my skin, the way darker shades can, makes me willing to compromise on it.

Which brings me to this Boden coat. I’ve loved this coat since it was released: I’ve featured it a few times now over at ShoeperWoman, and when it turned up on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago, I was so excited I might have squealed.

“It’s the Boden Eliza coat!” I shouted down the stairs to Terry, who was working on the kitchen at the time. “THE pink coat! The One Coat to Rule Them All!”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Terry yelled back. “But that’s great, whatever!”

As you can probably tell, these photos were taken in a bit of rush: the sun was just about to go down, and without my sunglasses, I couldn’t keep my eyes open for more than a few seconds at time, so it ended up being a bit of a Bad Face Day, too. (“You have your eyes closed in about 90% of these,” said Terry in disgust, as we got back into the car. And he was right. Now you know why I always wear sunglasses…) I’ll take some more soon, though: or as soon as the weather permits, anyway…

pink winter coat

WEARING: Boden ‘Eliza’ coat (c/o)   // J Brand jeans (similar) // La Redoute Sweater // Moda in Pelle shoes (c/o)

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32 Comments
  1. You look so lovely! If I had the pink coat and the gorgeous red hair I would shamelessly copy it the outfit. Honestly, I never got the British people and redhead hate thing. Where I’m from I’ve never heard of this stereotype.

    1. It’s very much a British thing, and is pretty much institutionalised in the UK – it’s basically the last “acceptable” form of discrimination here, and there are a lot of people who would never comment on someone’s skin colour, or whatever, but who think “gingers” are fair game, and that it’s totally fine to tell us we’re ugly/don’t have souls etc. Of course, it doesn’t help that there are all of these weird “rules” which encourage people to think of us as somehow different from everyone else, like we’re some sub-set of humanity or something: it’s just hair colour!

      1. It’s the best hair colour, and I hope it’s not too chauvinistic or objectifying to say that you make it look even better 🙂

  2. I don’t get the red hair thing either. My father was a redhead and I always wanted to have red hair too. I wasn’t aware of this prejudice until the last few years – I guess people will always pick on the most salient feature of someone they want to put down (but why do they want to do that?). But it is perhaps because red hair does set you apart from others as it is fairly unusual, that made me want to be a redhead.
    Out of curiosity Amber, have Boden sent you this coat as a gift in the hope you will review it, or have you bought it yourself? I love it, by the way and you wear it so well.

    1. Hi Myra,
      It was sent as gift, as denoted by the asterisk next to it in the product listing. The disclosure policy is in the sidebar next to the post to explain how I disclose gifts, but I’ve changed it to c/o just in case it wasn’t clear enough!

  3. I’ve never been a fan of pink so the “rule” that I shouldn’t wear it never bothered me, but red!! I rock that colour a lot, even though right now my hair is dark, red looks great on redheads. I was always told brown was the best colour for redheads!! As a result I hate it, it’s all mud.

  4. I was told that pale people should never wear pale colors, and that pink looks AWFUL with my skin… So I basically didn’t have anything in that color, until this year, when I tried various shades of pink and discovered that there is a tone of bright, almost-white pink shade that lights up my skin and doesn’t clash with it! Right now it’s rare to find, especially in winter, where basically 99% of clothes are dark and gloomy, but I’m sure next spring something will turn up!
    I really like the coat, it’s so nice and lady-like!

    1. I actually much prefer wearing pale colours: dark ones really drain me, but light ones reflect the light back at my face, and stop me looking too much like a vampire – I’d wear white/cream all the time if I could!

  5. Amber, You look great in pink. I’m British, but don’t get the hating redheads thing either. I have a beautiful one-year-old nephew, with the most gorgeous red hair. I was personally affronted when my next door neighbour said his red hair was a ‘shame’. Haven’t spoken to the woman since! And I won’t.

    1. God, that’s SO horrible! It absolutely enrages me that people think it’s OK to say things like that! My mum tells me that when I was a baby, people used to peek into my pram, all smiles, and then recoil in horror, and say, “Never mind, dear, it might turn blonde!” Because I guess every new mother wants to hear that her baby’s ugly, apparently?

  6. Absolutely adore this coat, and I think you’ve perfectly smashed the assumption that redheads can’t wear pink! I’m not a redhead, but did also break the rule that you can’t wear a red wedding dress. Luckily no one died!

  7. I have my eyes closed in pretty much all of my photos too – sometimes, I get really lucky, and one is closed and the other’s a bit creepily open…ANYWAY, you keep on destroying this stupid ‘rule’ because this coat looks great with your hair. I’m sure it looks a million times better than it would with my boring brown hair – as it probably does with everything as it’s such a unique colour (unlike my hair which is found on approximately 50% of the UK)! On a related note I do not like this country’s attitude towards redheads, it’s literally ridiculous. How could anyone not like your hair and colouring, it’s beyond me!

  8. You look beautiful! I have a pink coat I got about 10 years ago. Of course, now, living in Florida, I hardly wear coats ever, but I’ll have to bust that one out in January for a couple of days.

    I don’t know if we’re the opposite on the redhead thing here in the U.S., or if it’s just me, but I’ve always wished I had red hair. I think it’s the U.S. desperation to be more unique. 🙂 I finally gave it a go a couple of years ago, and alas, it was not becoming with my complexion. Anyway, when my first son had reddish hair as a tiny baby, I (and many passers-by) was very happy. 🙂

  9. Gorgeous coat, and it looks so good on you. My brother has red hair and I was always so jealous of it when we were growing up. My son also has red hair and I love it and always tell him it makes him unique and he should be proud of it and he is, he loves that he’s a little different to everyone else.

  10. I have actually heard quite a bit of “playful” redhead discrimination in that States! I find it rather odd, to be honest. You would think that by 2014 we would no longer be commenting on natural physical traits, but I digress. I think the pink coat looks lovely on you and if you are happy wearing it, wear it everywhere! Side note: I remember people mentioning as a child that redheads can’t wear pink, and I immediately thought that was a wrong mindset because Arial in the Little Mermaid was beautiful in a pink night gown. Oh yes.

  11. The coat is lovely and I’ve always wondered about that ‘redheads can’t wear pink’ rule because actually, I think it is a really lovely combination!

  12. Been reading your blog for a long time – generally more of a reader than commenter – but this look is one of my favourite of yours.

    You look fab in this pink. And I agree, it is all about shade – few colours are ever a complete no go for anyone!

  13. I love the look of red hair with pink/red, so pretty. My brother in law and sister both have red hair so I was hoping for some red haired children but my boys both have boring mousey hair. I think the horrible prejudice has got worse, my dad was born in 1945 and when he was a young man, red headed girls were considered the most beautiful apparently.

  14. So I stumbled onto your blog like an hour ago and I have been giggling through numerous posts. Especially the ones involving Rubin, he is adorable.

    But anyway ~ I’m from the U.S. and I wouldn’t say Americans HATE redheads by any means but people definitely get a good laugh out of the “gingers have no soul” idiocy and the like. I’m not a redhead myself but I, too, have always wondered about the “red hair = no pink” rule. I think you absolutely rock that coat!

  15. I adore red hair, always wanted it even though it would look ridiculous with my skin colour. I always praise it when I see it, I just love it. Pink does look good with red hair, people should pay less attention to these silly rules and brighten up the place with more colour

  16. I’ve just discovered your blog and I have to say, as well as being gorgeous and having such a wonderful, classic style, your writing is also brilliant – I literally laughed out loud reading this post!

    x

  17. I love your blog, It is so refreshing to find a red head blogger. I am a natural red head and have only just become acceptable to wearing pink and bright colours. As a child I remember people saying that you shouldn’t wear pink or red. I never understood this I have seen many people with red hair and look fabulous in these colours, as do you in your pink coat! 🙂

    xox

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