In The Pink

In The Pink

Every lady needs what my mom used to call a workhorse dress—that is, a frock that can serve a multitude of occasions, be dressed up or down easily, and be wearable three-quarters of the year. I recently found mine in an unlikely place: the British haberdasher Thomas Pink.

Pink  is well-known for its superlative men’s dress shirts and ties, of course. It’s long dealt in womenswear too—mostly shirts, in stripes and solids. But this season, the ladies’ line has become more prominent, making a definite style statement that’s got nothing to do with the male side of things. In fact, it’s the essence of femininity, remniscent of Dior’s New Look in the late 1940s and early ’50s: think nipped-in waists, sculpted jackets, flowing shirts ideal for tucking in or leaving out. There’s a swirling circle skirt, the Alice skirt; a double-breasted peacoat; cigarette pants. And then there’s my dress, the Robyn, a shirtdress with kimono-like sleeves, a wide self-belt and a collar that cries out to be turned up.   It comes in black, navy and a robyn’s redbreast hue (above). I’ve heard some women are buying it in all three colors.

I opted boldly for the red. Even workhorses can kick up their heels, right?

>> Thomas Pink, 520 Madison Ave., and three other NYC locations, 212.838.1928