Fashion & Beauty

The Blush of Winter

I THINK OF the end of Daylight Savings as the time of year when the clock in my car is once again correct. But that was more than a week ago, and now we’ve plunged into the first dark harbingers of winter. That’s when our complexions (and spirits) call out for something softer, cozier.


Call it “blush,” as we have for the last little while, or “rose” or plain old “pink,” that quiet color seems to give us back what November wants to take away. It’s out there in profusion in the stores. Of course there are the fluorescent pinks and the wan little pinks that can look washed out; but there are stronger, yet soft, versions that hold their own while lending us their style and pretty reflection.


A whole coat or just a scarf or backpack, a touch of pink just may give us a bit of the softer season to get us through the next few months. Here are some ideas.

—Nancy McKeon

“Clearly . . . Readers” in Pink Crystal are from Eyebobs, and the rosiness of the translucent frames will complement lots of skin tones. $89 at Eyebobs.


LEFT: Weekend Max Mara makes its double-breasted “Dionigi” coat of 50/50 alpaca and wool. The big patch pockets and wide lapels give the pink classic a 1960s vibe with a modern edge. It’s $995 at matchesfashion.

RIGHT: From Urban Outfitters comes the Willow Fuzzy Drawstring Teddy Jacket in pink, with zippered front closure, funnel neck, cropped slightly short and slightly wide. It’s $69 at Urban Outfitters.


LEFT: Everlane is promoting its first alpaca sweater in part because alpacas are “gentle grazers” better for pastures than other herd animals. But we think the oversize alpaca-blend (60% alpaca plus wool and nylon) crew-neck sweater in Rose sounds cozy for days! It’s $95 at Everlane.

RIGHT: The sporty details of this Grosgrain Trim Wool and Cashmere Coat by Herno are sumptuous: the slightly sparkly ribbed standing collar, the grosgrain-ribbon drawstrings at waist and hood, the oversize two-way zipper. This blush beauty is $1,315 at Nordstrom.


LEFT: From Blanc Noir comes this glossy pink hooded puffer jacket, a real wow. It’s $299 at Nordstrom.

RIGHT: The Harris Wharf London wool long jacket/short coat in Old Rose, its front closures concealed, is $411 at Farfetch.

LEFT: J.Crew updates a classic turtleneck in Pale Blush by adding “balloon” sleeves and elongated ribbed cuffs and making it more body-conscious than the usual billowy winter sweater. It’s on sale for $87.99 at J.Crew (also in 7 other colors).

RIGHT: Asos is touting this Maxi Patched Fleece Coat, with its teddy-bear texture, as a “top gift for her,” and it’s hard to argue with that. It’s not for the coldest days, but you’ll look warm. By Asos Design, it’s $104.50 at Asos.


LEFT: JoyLab is pitching its recycled-polyester “trench jacket” as a $39.99 topper over post-workout sweats.

RIGHT: One of the sweats it has in mind are its Rosy Pink jogger pants, $32.99.

CENTER: The perfect pal for those pieces is from Universal Thread, a blush pebbled faux-leather sling backpack, $34.99. All three pieces are from Target.


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