It’s official ‘Living Coral’ (or Pantone 16-1546, if you will) is 2019’s Colour of the Year


In order: Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Altuzarra, Delpozo, Rejina Pyo, Etro, Roksanda, Marc Jacobs

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For Spring/Summer 19, the standout trend is pretty easy to get your head around. It's quite simply… all consuming, deeply saturated, head-to-toe COLOUR. So, what better way to road-test this season's key look than embracing some energising coral- aka Pantone's Colour of 2019. In Pantone’s words, coral is 'an animating and life-affirming hue' with a golden undertone that 'enlivens with a softer edge'. Indeed this radiant, ‘life affirming’ shade was spotted throughout many of the SS19 collections. From wisps of coral tulle and coral-shaded gingham, to tailored coral suits and leather coral accessories, it was a constant motif this season.

Admittedly, at first glance this shade is not the most wearable colour to slip into your pre-existing wardrobe, but here are a few tips and shopping picks to convince you otherwise. Move over millennial pink, your reign is over.

#1 Flowing silhouettes lend themselves best to coral shades. Their relaxed, bohemian feel goes hand-in-hand with the uplifting qualities of coral. Wear a coral midi dress with tights and ankle boots in current climes, and save it for the beach with sandals later.

#2 Opt for silky, lightweight fabrics. Think a slinky silk shirt to french tuck into tailored trousers or a statement coral slip skirt- both of which can be found on the high street.

#3 Go back to nature, and take inspiration from the origins of coral as a living facet of our oceans. Try a marine print like RIXO’s coral starfish one, or coral-shaped earrings as a kooky riff on the current trend for organic, raw pearls.

#4 Fancy making a real statement… a coral teddy coat is the perfect antidote for grey January skies. What’s more it can be thrown over your current wardrobe staples.

#5 If you’re still not swayed, ease into this trend by introducing coral accents to your outfit- as seen at Chanel and Chloé SS19. Think a coral trim on garment hem, or perhaps a wide buckled belt to make your outfit pop.


Stine Goya dress, £497

Brinker & Eliza huggie earrings, $98

Reformation Modena dress, $388

Mansur Gabriel, £679


& Other Stories silk shirt, £79

Galvan silk cami, £195

RIXO Alice starfish black coral midi dress, £265

& Other Stories teddy coat, £129


The Frankie Shop, Rachel Comey earrings, $110

& Other Stories wrap dress, £79


Margherita Greta Coral Barrette, €15.60

ASOS polo dress, £25


Cloe Cassandro printed silk-chiffon top, £115

KITRI v-neck knit, £85

Ganni wrap dress, £220

Miss Selfridge Slip dress, £35

Mulberry Harlow Satchel Dusty Coral Croc Print, £876

ERES Les Essentiels Asia swimsuit, £260

Finery ditsy tea dress, £119

UNIQLO Cashmere knit, £49.90


L.F. Markey ribbed stretch cotton-blend jersey bodysuit, £45


Pull & Bear coral earrings, £1.99


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