If you are anything like Julia Roberts's character, Shelby, in the movie "Steel Magnolias," when you think of your wedding, you think pink. Describing her impending nuptials, she says, "All the walls are banked with sprays of flowers in two shades of blush and bashful. There's a pink carpet.... And pink silk bunting draped over anything that would stand still."
Whether you're equally enthusiastic or prefer more subtlety, you probably love this shade's overt femininity. Surprisingly, pink's ladylike reputation is relatively new. In the early twentieth century, little boys were often dressed in pink -- as a paler version of red, it was considered "bold" -- and girls wore blue, presumed to be the more "delicate" color. By 1947, when designer Elsa Schiaparelli popularized an intense magenta as "shocking pink," its associations were strictly female. You can match this with other hot shades for a modern look, add hints of chocolate brown to temper the sweetness, or channel your inner Shelby and go for an unabashed tone-on-tone scheme. After all, it is a classic.