The idea of pink for girls and blue for boys is relatively recent. Prior to the early 20th century, it wasn’t unusual to see little boys dressed in pink. Red was viewed as a masculine color—pink was considered a paler version. Blue was viewed as “daintier” for little girls.

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Separates To Go From Day To Evening

Separates are my go-to items, but I can’t find enough pieces that make the transition from day to evening. I don’t do sequins and glitter, although I do like color and interesting details. Any ideas to freshen up my separates wardrobe?          —Jenna B., Estero   Silken squares of colorful prints. That’s (almost) all you need, because this season it’s all about the scarf print. Banish any lingering doubts about such prints being staid and boring—these panels of beauty are anything but. There are shouty colors, paisleys, bandana prints and, redolent of the ’90s, chains and Baroque art patterns on blouses, shirts, dresses, pants, skirts, bags—and so the list goes on. Try a drapey silk chain-print blouse with jeans for daytime and then switch to a sleek pair of pants and strappy heels for evening. If you’re feeling boldly bohemian, go for a head-to-toe look and mix your scarf prints. All too busy for your taste? Pick a scarf print in an earthy color palette for a tastefully toned-down look. And here’s a thought: You could always wear a scarf print square as a scarf. Groundbreaking, I know.   Shoe Styles to Lengthen Your Legs After years of wearing pants in the Midwest, I love wearing skirts and dresses now that I’ve moved to Florida, but most of the shoes I wore with pants don’t work with my dresses. What am I doing wrong? —Valerie D., Naples   Pants create a long, unbroken
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