Because you’re old enough to know now.
The idea that it takes a real man to wear pink is a misconception. Any guy can wear pink. The question is, can that guy pull it off, or will he look stupid in the process? He might look pretty stupid, actually. And like he doesn’t know how to dress himself, which is an abomination against Italian men everywhere. But not if he reads my advice on how to make it work.
It’s all about the pants. No matter what you’ve heard, don’t ever wear a pink shirt with khakis. You don’t want to have a light colored shirt and light colored pants. That’s too many weak colors; there needs to be a strong color to counter the pink. Like black, dark gray, slate, or dark blue jeans.
Don’t talk about your pink shirt. If you yourself are the one acknowledging to others that you are wearing pink today, you are saying, “I don’t totally feel confident wearing this- it’s not what I’m used to”. Let others do the “pink speaking” for you. And if you’re wearing the right pants with the pink shirt, you are most likely to get compliments, not laughs or funny looks.
Limit your wearing of the pink shirt to once a month. Pink shirts are special. If you wear your pink shirt every Thursday, you’ll become “the Pink Shirt Guy”. You don’t want to bring too much attention to yourself by wearing it. You want to be able to pull it off effortlessly. Use it, but don’t abuse it.
Now, go buy yourself a pink shirt at TJ Maxx and be the guy that can always pull off wearing a pink shirt.