Is This Pantone's Trendiest Color of the Year Yet?

10 stylish ways to celebrate the color!

Updated 12/11/19

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Underscoring the fashion set's fixation on browns, oranges, and corals for the foreseeable future, Pantone has carefully selected Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral as its official color of the year for 2019.

Described as a "vibrant, yet mellow" hue by the color institute, Living Coral is a "reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life." It's meant to mimic our innately human desire for authentic, immersive experiences and encourage in-person socialization and lighthearted activity. 

"Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities, and this is particularly true for Living Coral," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Institute. "With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive chord." 

Also, Living Coral is one of those universally-loved colors that beautifully complements every skin tone and it's a fun way to bring in pops of color into your wardrobe. Plus picture just how trendy this hue will look all over your Instagram? Snag a swatch of Pantone's Living Color to see the 2019 color of the year in real life below, and browse our edit to add a touch of the congenial hue to your wardrobe.

Pantone Color Swatch Card - 16-1546 Living Coral
Pantone Color Swatch Card - 16-1546 Living Coral $13
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Frame the swatch and add it to your gallery wall for a fun way to display some on-trend color and alternative art.

Two-Tone Leather Shoulder Baguette
Danse Lente Two-Tone Leather Shoulder Baguette $480
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We love how this bag brings in pops of Living Coral via the handle and strap yet keeping it subtle, and will still be trendy long-after the hype around the color fades.

A.W.A.K.E. Exposed Zip Straight Leg Jeans
A.W.A.K.E. Exposed Zip Straight Leg Jeans $454 $181
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These bright coral pants are a fun way to pay homage to the color. While it's great for date nights and parties, you can always pair it with monotone colors like camel and black for a work look.

APPARIS
Apparis Oversized Faux-Fur Jacket $652
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Stand out from the crowd of camel and black coats with this chirpy faux-fur number. Also, how cozy does it look for chilly, freezing evenings?

Gentle Monster
Gentle Monster Silver & Orange Cobalt Sunglasses $157
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There's something quite vintage yet chic about these trendy sunglasses that will instantly elevate the most boring of outfits.

living coral trench coat
Loewe Belted Trench Coat $2650 $1855
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Wrap yourself in this stunning trench coat made from a luxe blend of calf leather, cashmere, and wool in tones of coral.

MCM Logo Print Silk Skinny Scarf, Main, color, HOT CORAL DETAILS & CARE MCM's iconic monogram print lends vintage-chic style to a soft, slender silk-twill scarf. 34 1/4
MCM Logo Print Silk Skinny Scarf $90
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A skinny scarf in this very on-trend color is a great way to accessorize and complete your look. Pair it with pearl drop earrings, a gold bangle or leather watch and you're ready to rock the boardroom!

Bao Bao Wallet
Bao Bao Issey Miyake Oyster Wallet $155 $76
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If you love the signature Issey Miyake pattern, you'll love this roomy wallet (four card slots and plenty of room to slide notes!) that's both stylish and fun.

LV Wallet
Louis Vuitton Zippy Wallet My LV Heritage $1100
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What better way to celebrate the color of the year than personalizing your Louis Vuitton wallet in tones of living coral. Plus, you can add your initials to make it that much more special.

Emory Earrings
Rachel Comey Emory Earrings $125 $88
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Don't want to go all out on this trend? Bring in hints of Living Coral via accessories like these pretty and delicate hoops from Rachel Comey. They are made in Italy and add a fun twist to the simplest of outfits.

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