“On Wednesdays, we wear pink” has quickly become a classic movie quote which came from Tina Fey’s hit comedy, Mean Girls, a farce all about the weird social roles teenage girls play while in high school. It’s over the top, yet somehow relatable. The mean girls of the class have designated days for certain outfits and accessories, and on Wednesday, they wear pink.
It’s a funny line. It’s somehow ridiculous, the idea that Wednesday, the middle of the work week would be the official day for pink, that pink could be sort of like an important uniform.
I’ll admit it, I always think twice before I wear anything pink-ish to work. I have some innate fear of looking too “girly.” No one will take me seriously in pink. They’ll think I’m silly, I think. Clearly, colors carry more weight than we admit, otherwise, I wouldn’t think once about what color I’m wearing to work.
I used to have a pink surfboard. During one surf session, a middle aged fellow wave-rider said to me with horror and disgust, “No surfboard should be pink.” Consciously I thought, What an old fart! Subconsciously, however, I’m sure it made me super aware of how pink my surfboard was, and while I knew I would keep using it, I also knew that every time I rode it, someone in the line up might hate that my board is pink. I eventually ended up trading the board for a gender neutral black and white board.
Maybe I need to look at this color, pink, in a different light. If it has the ability to make an “old fart” so uncomfortable, it’s not weak. It’s actually powerful…? According to Empower Yourself with Color Psychology, pink’s mixture of red and white actually seems incredibly useful for a balanced lifestyle.
Its red ignites action and energy in ourselves, while white ignites integrity and sincerity. Perhaps that’s what makes pink so powerful and foreign in the workplace, this mixture of drive with a genuineness that can’t be ignored.
In other words, people notice you in pink, yes, because they think of Barbie (we can’t help that…and maybe Barbie isn’t so bad. She was the first woman astronaut), but they also notice you because it’s an in your face energy with a straightforward agenda. When you put the color in psychological perspective, I can see why it might be a little intimidating.
This potential for power isn’t the only benefit of pink; apparently it also has the tendency to soothe. In the design strategies of Feng Shui, pink serves a place in the home to relax and assuage. The color is proven to physically calm people in rooms painted pink. So rather than acting out aggressively, criminals placed in pink rooms tended to relax and lower anger.
Apparently, this rosey color can lower aggressive competition in those around you, perhaps giving us a chance to energize a room and be heard more closely by calmer listeners. Next time you think twice about wearing pink, think one more time and consider it as a strategy.
In your office: Think pink!
Rifle Paper Vintage Telephone Notepad:
Inspired by old telephone message pads, our new notepad features a vintage-style illustration against a pale pink background. Set beside your phone or use as an everyday pad. Includes 85 tear-off sheets, full color printing on natural white paper. – 4.25″x 6.5″ notepad – Printed on natural white cover paper – 75 tear-off sheets – Printed locally in the U.S.
Russell+Hazel Jotters Set in Pink:
Brighten up your workspace at home or work with the pink jotter set. Great for a quick grocery list, memo to a colleague or a honey do list. – 4″ x 6″ – 100 lb. card stock – 1/4″ thick polished acrylic tray.
Emily Ley 2015 Simplified Planner in Stripe:
* 9 x 10 inches * January – December 2015 * Thick white pages (pens won’t bleed!) * Daily pages + full month views * Sunday Weekly Prep & Memory Boxes * Inspirational quotes on each page * Hard, durable cover with gold foil detailing * Protective gold corners & gold elastic band * Pocket inside the front cover.
Garance Dore for Rifle Paper Front Row Notepad:
Manage your important tasks or jot down your to-do list with our illustrated notepads. – 4 1/4″ x 7″ notepad – Printed on natural white cover paper – 70 tear-off sheets – Printed locally in the USA.
Russell+Hazel Mini Pattern Binder in Chloe:
Mini Pattern Binders Our patterned binders will add perk to your workday, sans the caffeine. Reinforced corners and a laminated cover in one of three motifs. Mix and match with other colorful Mini Three-rings to build your system. Matching signature binders available. – 1/2″ ring holds over 75 sheets – metal-reinforced corners – dry erase interior – made from 100% post-consumer materials – 7 x 9″ size” – made in the USA.
Emily Ley Notepad – Thank You Notes:
Our new Simplified Notepads are bright and cheery with hints of gold foil. The Thank You Notes notepad is a great for a bridal/baby shower, a kiddo’s birthday party or just tracking the thoughtfulness of family and friends. * Size: 5.5 x 8.5″ * 50 sheets * Bright color and gold foil * Thick white paper.
Emily Ley Notepad – To Do:
Our new Simplified Notepads are bright and cheery with hints of gold foil. The To-Do Notepad is perfect to tuck inside of your Simplified Planner, or use on its own to track your projects and items that need some attention. * Size: 5.5 x 8.5″ * 50 sheets * Bright color and gold foil * Thick white paper.
Rifle Paper Par Avion Stickers & Labels
It doesn’t matter how old you get, it is still exciting to receive something in the mail. Share that excitement with someone special by sending a little love, decorated in our Par Avion Stickers and Labels. These lovely stickers will add beauty to your parcels for any occasion or any season. Package of 3 sticker sheets. Perfect for labeling gifts or decorating a card. – 8 x 10 inch sheets – 3 sheets to a pack, 45 stickers total – Includes gift labels, envelope seals, holiday package stickers.
Rifle Paper Rosa Pocket Notebooks:
What’s better than a beautiful notebook? Two beautiful notebooks! Our Rosa Pocket Notebooks come in a set of two and feature our new Rosa florals with gold foil detailing on one and a soft pink cover with gold foil dots on the other. – 4.25″ x 5.5″ size – Sold as a pair, 2 designs – Blank interiors – Saddle stitched – Metallic gold foil printing – Made in the U.S.A.
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