​The doctrine of Psychology is pivotal to society as it allows us to interpret and explore human behaviour on a broad scale. Sometimes though, we fall into the trap of making generalisations about the results of psychological studies, forgetting that there’s a whole world out there full of people who experience life in an entirely different way and that’s where Individual Differences comes in. The subject of Individual Differences is regarded by many as the ‘cornerstone of modern psychology’. It focuses on the uniqueness of individuals and provides explanations for why certain people react differently to certain stimuli. Considering this, I wanted to highlight some different cultural interpretations of the colour pink. 
 
Shakaila Forbes-Bell Psychology of Fashion Colour Psychology pink
Flower hair accessory: Claire's Accessories Choker: Primark
Jacquard-weave Jacket: H&M
Bralet: Nasty Gal
Pleated Skirt: H&M
Shoes: ASOS
Photography: Adaeze Ihebom
 
India
 
The colour pink has several romantic connotations in India. The Hindi word for Pink (and for Bengali as well), comes directly from the word Rose. As well as being romantic, pink is also a masculine colour as you’ll often see grooms, fathers of the groom, brothers of the groom etc. donning pink turbans in Indian weddings.  [Quora]

Japan

Pink is an extremely popular colour in Japan as it is the colour of the country’s national flower; the cherry blossom. Like India, pink is a masculine colour. The Sakura is the annual spring blooming of the cherry blossoms which is said to be a tribute to samurai’s who died during battle [Sensational Color]

Korea

In Korea, the colour pink is mainly associated with trust and is therefore the perfect colour to represent relationships: familial, platonic and romantic. [Lingo Hub]
Shakaila Forbes-Bell Psychology of Fashion Colour Psychology pink
 
Shakaila Forbes-Bell Psychology of Fashion Colour Psychology pink
Flower hair accessory: Claire's Accessories Choker: Primark
Jacquard-weave Jacket: H&M
Bralet: Nasty Gal
Pleated Skirt: H&M
Shoes: ASOS
Photography: Adaeze Ihebom
 
 For this look, I stuck to a softer shade of pink to bring out the array of colours in this jacquard-weave jacket by H&M. This jacket is incredibly detailed so much so that pictures simply don’t do the print justice. The fabric felt rich if not slightly heavy at times which makes it a perfect jacket for those often-unpredictable British summer nights.

Pairing it with this pink calf length pleated skirt also by H&M adds a more romantic feel to the overall look whilst the simple metallic bralet by Nasty Gal helps to add some definition to my figure. I went bold with my accessories by playing up the floral print in the jacket with a floral head band turned scrunchie. We’ve previously written about the monetary power of floral hair adornments in Flower Power which is one of the reasons why I’m never afraid to go bold with my accessories. 
Shakaila Forbes-Bell Psychology of Fashion Colour Psychology pink
Flower hair accessory: Claire's Accessories Choker: Primark Jacquard-weave Jacket: H&M Bralet: Nasty Gal Pleated Skirt: H&M, Shoes: ASOS Photography: Adaeze Ihebom
Author

Shakaila Forbes-Bell is a Fashion Psychologist and writer who has been featured in Marie Claire UK, i-D, Who What Wear, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, Fashion Bomb Daily, The Voice Newspaper, Gal-Dem, Black Matters US and more.

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