Pantone Colour of the Year - But Can I Wear It?
Living Coral is next years Pantone Colour of the Year. Even the name seems lofty and un-relatable but I guess with millions of hues on the colour wheel - it needs to be distinguishable and attention worthy. Who gives these colours their noble titles anyway? What influences their choice? Perhaps this new shade draws upon the 80’s pop band Living Colour that fused so many styles and influences in their music. Or perhaps they want to make reference to the coral reefs and raise attention to their worldwide devastation due to global warming. Who knows?
Nevertheless, why I am personally excited about this one is because for the past few years Pantone shades of the year have been largely unwearable by the masses. In 2018 they presented us with ULTRA VIOLET - a rather garish shade of purple, while in the following year we were given Greenery - a dark pastel green comparable to the school jumpers of old.
it may have looked look great on the wall of my playroom but it certainly was not about to take space in my carefully curated capsule wardrobe.
After all, what really looks good on me is what matters, not what the latest fashion trend says or insta-influencer.
So who is going to suit Living Coral and perhaps more importantly how can we wear it? Thankfully, the good news about this shade is that it can be worn just about everywhere. From lips, to cheeks, jumpers and shoes….
Living Coral is the shade of orange that is neither cool or warm. Perfect for my Spring neutral’s (you know who you are) who perhaps have the harder job of learning how to see colour on themselves. They have an equal amount of blue and yellow in their skin undertones and best suit shades which compliment and support this. Think of lighter greys, mango, teal, and yellows - all of which straddle this temperature line. Therefore this shade is perfect and a safe bet to add to their capsule wardrobe at anytime of the year.
Its also a subtle colour - neither bright or soft… making it extremely palatable and easy on the eye. If you have a cool skin tone - this shade is going to be a great feminine piece for you. Wear it with white and/or grey for harmony. If you are warmer toned, add gold accessories and make sure the rest of your make-up is golden.
On reading the headlines not everyone is a fan, but as a humble colour consultant and colour enthusiast I love it for its sheer wearability and inclusivity. So for 2019 - YES YOU CAN! Check out my Instagram grid post on a few fashion possibilities in the shops now (@alex_stylecoach)