Turquoise Is the New Pink: I’m Already Over It

Are you not a girl, not yet a woman? Then turquoise might be for you. And if you’re looking at outdoor gear, you’re in bluish-green luck.

Over the past decade or so, women of the world united across multiple industries and cried, “No more pink! No more pink!” Of course, unless it was a knit hat they wore to a women’s march.

Our feminine fickleness aside, the industry was left with the question, “What do women want?” And apparently, that answer has shifted from pink to turquoise.

Exasperated executives gave their stamp of approval, and off we all went.

Pink It, Turq It, or Do Both Just for Fun

You can find turquoise everywhere. In the past week, I’ve been sent three announcements of new trail shoes in which a form of rehashed turquoise or “boysenberry” are my only lady options. Just in the past week! And sometimes, like this glorious Mizuno shoe, you find the holy grail — both!

Mizuno trail shoe

Turquoise goes far beyond shoes. It expands into every tiny niche of women’s gear you can find: gloves, jackets, ski pants, base layers, socks, hats, backpacks, even athletic thongs. You name it, it’s turquoise.

No one seems to want to acknowledge the color itself by name. Brands, I see through your “dive,” your “washed peacock,” your “mallard.” They’re all turquoise. Do. Not. Play. Games. With. Me.

And if we’re being inclusive here, I think we all know that teal is basically turquoise. Just as boysenberry is actually pink. Although, tbh, now I just want to see a YouTube vid of someone washing a peacock.

Technicolor Realities, Neutral Dreams Patagonia jacket

In a blind plea with a kind soul who works at Patagonia, I asked if they could please make some more neutral colors in women’s jackets. Tan, please! Green! Any normal green really. That gray color that isn’t really gray but is somehow gray, tan, and green all at once. You know the one.

“It’s a conscious brand decision,” the anonymous gentleman told me. “That’s our colorway.”

Bah humbug, Patagonia. Of course in fairness, this “colorway” is rampant across almost all brands. And in Patagonia’s 2019 lineup, I was more than excited to see a few more neutral options for recent jackets swimming in the sea of bright blues, shades of mixed berries, and the darkest, blackest of blacks.

Kastanos Brown Silent Down Jacket

Bring on the Pesto Green Nano Puff! The Kastanos Brown Silent Down Jacket, OMG! Can Kastanos Brown be a thing? Just imagine! A Kastanos Brown Micro Puff Hoody! My dearest Yvon, it’s the coat of my dreams!

But alas, it’s not likely to be. My chagrin has endless bounds.

Overcome by the Blues

Tropical drink

I’m sure that my dear friends in marketing departments everywhere are saying, “But turquoise sells! We swear it!”

Listen, I’m practically in my mid-30s. I’m part of that demographic of women that make up 70-80 percent of consumer spending. I can afford a $300 jacket. And for the love of St. Pete, I want a jacket that I can wear to dinner, on a long backcountry hike, and on the slopes without looking like a kitschy tropical drink I might have ordered at Cabo Wabo at MTV Spring Break 2003.

But with that in mind, I’m certain I will find myself in a sea of more turquoise clothing. For it is not the lowly gear reviewer who chooses the colorway. It is the high-minded among the marketers, the creatives, and the focus group researchers that say, “Turquoise! More and more turquoise!”

And turquoise, I fear, shall continue to dominate.

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Based in Montana, Nicole Qualtieri is GearJunkie's Hunt/Fish Editor. She’s an avid outdoorswoman, and you can find her anywhere from the back of a good horse in Whitefish to solo hunting the breaks of Montana, to backpacking with her border collie in the Absarokas.

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