Live for Living Coral: How to Wear Pantone’s Color of the Year

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Woke has been one of the buzzwords of 2019. And according to the Pantone Color Institute, even colors can be woke.

Enter Living Coral, the Pantone Color of the Year 2019. In a press release, Pantone says that the vibrant yet mellow shade is evocative of the way coral reefs give shelter to such a diverse kaleidoscope of color. According to the institute, Living Coral is a nod to the essence of coral reefs in the environment. It represents warmth and comfort, nourishment and buoyancy. It symbolizes the innate need in humans for joyful pursuits and optimism, as well as the desire for playful expression.

We know you’re excited to bring the warmth and color to your wardrobe. So we’ve set to work to help you know what to look for in the racks of women’s clothing boutiques when shopping with the Living Coral 2019 color trend in mind:

Coral From Head to Toe

A naturally lively color, the Pantone 2019 is the best shade when looking to dress in all one color. One easy way to win monochromatic dressing is to go for a long coral jumpsuit. Break the monotony a bit with gold accessories. You may also opt for a minidress with interesting details such as a ruffled hem or bell sleeves. Throw in thick gold hoop earrings or bangles, a sleek chain bag, or vintage sunnies to complete your look.

All the Colors of the Sea

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As the Pantone Color Institute notes, Living Coral is a hue that showcases a lively presence in our natural surroundings. As a color that occurs in the marine environment, it goes without saying that Living Coral will look stunning when combined with the other colors of the sea.

Add a pop of color to a coral dress with a cobalt blue clutch and platform shoes. Go bold with turquoise tassel earrings or an elaborate beaded bangle in the same shade.

You can also keep marine shades in mind when color blocking. Pair a sheer seafoam green cami with a coral bandage skirt, for example. Finish your romantic look with a pair of dainty sandals.

The Androgynous Appeal

Here’s some good news: Living Coral is a shade that complements everyone. Yes, even gentlemen can rock this cheery hue.

Wear a coral pullover over black tattered jeans and finish the ensemble off with sneakers in the same peachy hue. A coral crop top and high-waist shorts also make a cute combination.

Another option is a fun, printed coral top (or a shapeless dress!) and a weathered denim jacket. Dress up or down your outfit with your choice of footwear. Wear strappy sandals with your rugged ensemble for a feminine dash, for example, or heeled ankle boots to complete the androgynous appeal.

Living Coral offers plenty of opportunities to infuse your closet with bold colors and statement-making designs. The Pantone 2019 offers more than just a pop of vibrant color to your daily ensembles: its inherently sweet, subtle, and warm golden undertones and pink-orange overtones can fill your wardrobe with versatile pieces that you can easily take from day to night.

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