Spring is coming! What better way to get your wardrobe ready for the season than to embrace the energetic color Living Coral? Pantone’s Color of the Year represents vitality, exuberant life, energy and abundance. In nature, varying shades of Living Coral can be seen in sunsets, red rock cliffs, flamingoes and goldfish swimming among ocean coral. Living Coral can be found in the manmade adobe structures of the southwest United States and in the village of Roussillon, France, which is situated near one of the largest ochre deposits in the world. In Roussillon, varying shades of pink to terracotta-toned buildings and roads provide a beautiful contrast to blue skies and green pine trees.

There are many ways to incorporate Living Coral into your wardrobe and lifestyle in 2019.

Liven up your accessories:

As you plan your shopping trip to freshen your spring wardrobe, look for accessories in Living Coral shades. Fresh tees, a small handbag, sleek sneakers or sandals, jewelry or even a lively shade of lipstick (in the appropriate tone) will update your look. All of these coral-colored accessories will help you create updated outfits with foundation pieces you already own. Think, for example, of those white jeans in your closet, or that light tan cardigan, navy shift dress or olive green lightweight jacket.

Prints come alive:

When looking for spring pieces to update your work wardrobe, consider shells, scarves, pumps or dresses in a print that includes Living Coral tones. Shades from salmon to ochre can be added to your light gray suits, navy jackets or warm-toned brown wide-leg trousers. Floral prints are still popular this season, but you also can’t go wrong with small geometric prints.

With animal prints remaining on-trend, know that Living Coral pairs beautifully with leopard-print anything. Snake-print accessories, such as a wristlet, belt or loafers, in the varying tones of Living Coral can add a bit of class or a punch to an outfit, depending on the intensity of the shade.

Find a hue that suits you and your lifestyle:

At first glance, you may not think this color suits your taste or coloring. But the variety of tones found in Living Coral pair well with all skin tones. Update your spring makeup accordingly with eye shadows, lip color and blush in a soft champagne tone to a russet hue, depending on your taste.

Be bold, be beautiful:

Dare to embrace the bold shade of Living Coral and pair it with an equally bold shade such as brilliant aqua (so Miami-esque), a sunny shade of yellow or deep pink. This can be done with separate items in your wardrobe (T-shirt and shorts) or with a solid dress in one color and brilliant jewelry and high heel sandals in a complementary color.

Own it in a big way:

If you were born with apricot coloring, and love warm-toned anything, this is your year. Embrace Living Coral fully by incorporating it into your home with Living Coral-colored pillows, artwork and linens. No need to apologize for tan or beige wall paint — the color of 2019 was made for you. If you went along with the crowd and painted everything in your home gray, you can still incorporate Living Coral into your color scheme. Choose a cooler tone of Living Coral and do splashes of color with fresh flowers or shells to celebrate the spring season.  

I would love to see how you have incorporated Living Coral into your wardrobe. Send your pictures to loriwynne@gmail.com. Happy dressing!

As a personal wardrobe consultant and owner of Alpharetta-based Fashion With Flair,  Lori Wynne helps people look their best. Connect with her at fashionwithflair.com.

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