How to Wear Living Coral: the Pantone Color of the Year

How to Wear Living Coral: the Pantone Color of the Year

A new year bring lots of changes and one is the color of the year. The color forecasters at Pantone study color trends in fashion, marketing, social media, and politics throughout the year then announce a color for the following year. Last year it was ultraviolet, this year it’s living coral,  a pink-coral hue that is playful and lighthearted.

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Pantone describes Living Coral as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”.

Some years the color is easily wearable by most people and many years it’s more of a challenge. One thing is certain – if we add it to our look we’ll appear current and modern. Living Coral has already gone down the runways at major fashion houses and will soon be trickling its way into our lives.

So how can you wear this playful shade?

Since living coral represents a nurturing color in nature, it’ll pair beautifully with aqua, blue and green. Picture coral jeans with an aqua tee. Teal and coral are complementary colors and look wonderful together.

White and coral are a fresh combo for spring just as coral and brown are perfect for colder weather. Imagine coral espadrilles with white jeans or a coral sweater with brown pants and booties.

There’s a coral shade that flatters most skin tones but if your complexion is very cool, opt for a pinkier version and wear it further from your face…it’s great as a pop of color in an accessory.

Coral comes in varying shades and you needn’t stick to the tone that Pantone designated so have fun with this color.

Will you be trying living coral this year?


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  1. judy
    April 7, 2019 / 10:02 pm

    I don’t find many colors I am especially fond of wearing. I’ve limited my wardrobe to black and other neutrals. A few years ago, I purchased a coral cotton sweater, one of those spur of the moment buys. Each time I wore it, I was overwhelmed by the number of compliments I received, so coral became the color I wore with neutrals. I was overjoyed when coral was named the 2019 Color of the Year.

  2. Deven Carr
    January 12, 2019 / 10:10 am

    I wondered why I kept picking up items with this color! There just must be more coral items to choose from. I had just decided this was the color I was going to lean into for spring and summer.

  3. Janie
    January 7, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    I have a pair of coral linen pants that I wear with black sandals and a black top….haven’t worn them for a few years but always loved the combo and they still fit (!) so I’ll be sporting those this summer! Thanks!

  4. L H Carter
    January 7, 2019 / 1:04 pm

    I’m crazy about coral, though I do like it on the pinker side rather than the orange side. I am so glad Pantone chose this color for fashion and household goods. I look forward to the sprinkles of coral throughout 2019.

  5. Mollie M.
    January 7, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Love coral. It suits my complexion as I have a darker skin tone. Coral always reminds me of summer. goes well will a tan. Obviously, there are different shades of coral. How do they choose the colour of the year?

  6. January 7, 2019 / 5:28 am

    My husband loves coral – I even had a lovely sheath made in that color years ago – so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for a piece or two in this color!

  7. January 7, 2019 / 5:14 am

    I look terrible in coral, but I will add some bits to my outdoor decorating in the spring since I think the colour looks modern and fresh.

  8. Dorothy
    January 6, 2019 / 4:42 pm

    Coral is one of my favorite colors and as close to pink as I will ever wear. I’m always disappointed at the over abundance of pink in women’s clothing, as not all of us look good in it. Coral seems much more adult and sophisticated compared to pink, which seems to be the default color for junior high age girls.

    • January 6, 2019 / 11:19 pm

      Interesting observation about coral Dorothy.

  9. Margot
    January 6, 2019 / 3:43 pm

    Won’t be wearing coral – unless it really isn’t coral. It tends to turn my skin yellow.????

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Lol, I hear you on this one Margot 🙂

  10. Mary K
    January 6, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    No living coral for me! Checked the Pantone Link: Hot Pink, Aurora Pink and Magenta are the hues for me….hope to see these colors in stores for spring and summer (have already seen a few hot pink tops Cool colors for me and my skin tone…corals are not my cup of tea.

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Brights are so cheery. Have fun with them, Mary.

  11. Joanna
    January 6, 2019 / 12:34 pm

    I think this colour will be easily wearable for most women. I find orange brings my face to life and I look tanned. I wonder if coral will do the same. I won’t decorate with it but I will try it on and see if it is a good shade for my complexion and hair colour. I loved blush, as well, but found it washed me out. So, I went with a pair of blush runners & crossbody bag. You can always incorporate a colour that doesn’t flatter your colouring in accessories instead.

  12. annie vanderven
    January 6, 2019 / 12:30 pm

    Finally a colour I love, now to find it in the stores …

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:45 am

      You may have better luck online. I always do when looking for something specific.

  13. Lea
    January 6, 2019 / 12:28 pm

    Love this colour and it doesn’t have to be the “colour of the year” for me to wear it! Lol

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:44 am

      That’s the spirit, Lea. Wear what you love!

  14. Penelope
    January 6, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    My daughter just gave me those exact Olukai flip flops for Christmas.

  15. Mumbai
    January 6, 2019 / 11:13 am

    beautiful colour for many of us but always go for the colour it suits you.

  16. January 6, 2019 / 10:15 am

    OK, its a gorgeous color. But the rebel in me resents the idea that this is the color one must wear or decorate with. What happened to last years color. I just don’t get it. Will I buy something with coral? Yes, if it looks good on me. I think I’d like a coral scarf. But not to advertise Pantone’s color of the year.

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:40 am

      Of course you don’t need to wear it, Sandra. Pantone isn’t in the business of selling the color and our wearing it isn’t really advertising. They merely predict trends that manufacturers either use or not. Many will try it and others will skip it. We should wear what we love, no matter the trends.

  17. Janice
    January 6, 2019 / 9:22 am

    I love this color and still have it in my closet as it is one of my favorite colors, so definitely will be wearing it. I also have a scarf with coral, black and white in it. Is black with coral too dated? I wear a coral top, black pants and the scarf in winter and change to white pants for summer. Enjoy your blog very much!

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:35 am

      Coral looks gorgeous with black Janice! Your combo sounds great.

  18. Susan
    January 6, 2019 / 9:11 am

    Love it — bright, energetic, and fun! I’ll steer toward the pinker side if I can find it. I love your idea of accenting with teal. Teal/turquoise jewelry and accessories are easy to find in the summer, and would be a nice pop with white jeans, white tee, and a living coral cardigan/topper.

  19. Linda
    January 6, 2019 / 8:47 am

    Lovely color! The items you located showing it off were wonderful. I will be looking for ways to include this in my wardrobe! Thank you for the tip-off !

  20. Lauryn
    January 6, 2019 / 8:44 am

    Pretty colour. Unfortunately having “winter” colouring,it washes me out. I might wear it in a pattern that that is primarly designed with the colours that suit me.

  21. Janet
    January 6, 2019 / 7:38 am

    I love this colour but can’t wear it. I use shades like this on patio accessories in spring and summer.

  22. January 6, 2019 / 7:14 am

    Back in the 80s when off-white walls were a major thing, my older, wiser sister painted her dining room a warm pink-coral because she said it made guests feel good and look better. Once I got over the shock, it was my start to giving color its due. So if you can’t wear a certain shade, but love it anyway, add it to your home.

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:31 am

      That sounds beautiful! Paint is so easy to change too.

  23. Eileen
    January 6, 2019 / 7:08 am

    I like coral, it goes add a bit of color to the face, somewhat like blush makeup does. I would agree that limits on what colors are available can be difficult sometimes. What if I need a winter coat, and black doesn’t suit my coloring?

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:30 am

      Black is very pervasive in winter coats and can feel so dull to me during gray days.

  24. Terry
    January 6, 2019 / 6:57 am

    I love coral; many of the examples given are the same color as my blush. However, I don’t often find the “color of the year” pervasive at retail level. In 2014, I was excited about the selection of radiant orchid, but could only find a too-small purse. There was no broad offering of tops, pants, skirts, dresses, cardigans, scarves, etc.

    • Janet
      January 6, 2019 / 7:35 am

      I felt the same way that year! It is a beautiful colour I couldn’t find. ????

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:29 am

      I often have trouble finding the colors that have been chosen for the year. Stores buy based on their location and the shopping habits of its customers so there’s often more online.

  25. January 6, 2019 / 6:57 am

    Like it….will try to find a top, scarf, jewelry and lipstick to brighten me up! Just getting used to applying blush and bronzer correctly! Lol. Thank you! Love these shades!

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:27 am

      I just can’t get the hang of bronzer so good for you!

  26. Terry
    January 6, 2019 / 6:44 am

    I love coral but it must be “pinkier” than this!

  27. Lyn
    January 6, 2019 / 6:18 am

    I love to wear Coral. It’s flattering to my skin tone. I also love a Coral lipstick.

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:25 am

      There should be new corals for you this year so stock up Lyn.

  28. Susan
    January 6, 2019 / 5:39 am

    Having warm autumn skin tones and red hair, I’m really looking forward to coral! And no pink undertones for me! I love this color!

  29. Catherine
    January 6, 2019 / 5:20 am

    I can’t wear coral unless it is VERY pink, in other words not coral t all. I am a cool summer. Ultra violet worked for me but I know many people disliked it. I find it interesting that when a colour looks poor on you, you tend to not like the colour. Possible exception black, but that’s is a different soapbox!

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:24 am

      I have never worn coral for the same reason, Catherine. If it’s very cool I can get away with it but there are so many other colors that are more flattering on me.

  30. Téa
    January 6, 2019 / 5:16 am

    Coral IS the version of pink that best compliments my warm, autumn skin tone. I had a color analysis done a few years ago and started incorporating coral instead of my favorite, hot pink! What a difference it’s made in my wardrobe cohesiveness and the ease at which I put together my outfits! Right now, I wear coral with browns, camel and winter white! It sure does help chase the winter blues away to feel that I’m putting my best self forward!

  31. January 6, 2019 / 5:00 am

    Ugh!! I cannot wear this color at all! I am a winter, wearing bright primary colors in the purple, pink, blue shades, and lots of black and white. I just HATE IT when the fashion gods decide the predominant color of the season because then you see it everywhere in every store and I will not be able to escape it. Very very annoying when I cannot wear that color. Then next year it will be in all the discount stores because it was not a great seller.

    • Amanda
      January 6, 2019 / 6:55 am

      I Agree!!! It is what is good for you not the current trend. It is ok for housewares and the like, but not clothes.


      • January 6, 2019 / 11:17 pm

        I agree Amanda. We have to wear what flatters us and things we like.

    • Kay
      January 6, 2019 / 9:44 am

      LOL, Linda. I feel the same way the cool colors since I always prefer to wear something warm. (I really dislike anything purple!) Can’t please everybody, I guess.

    • January 7, 2019 / 7:21 am

      Have no fear Linda, there will be plenty of your colors available because fashion brands recognize we all have different tastes. Wear what you love that makes you happy.

  32. January 6, 2019 / 4:45 am

    Super excited about living coral! And so many different combinations. Can’t wait to get shopping for this great color of 2019!

  33. Mary
    January 6, 2019 / 4:37 am

    I might wear a hint of this color in a print scarf or bracelet but not tops, pants or shoes.

  34. Patti
    January 6, 2019 / 4:31 am

    Love coral – every year!

  35. January 6, 2019 / 4:19 am

    I love this color and already have a piece or two in my closet. Thanks for sharing your insights.

  36. Cindy
    January 6, 2019 / 3:52 am

    I do like this color & will give it a try

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