'Living Coral' Is The Official Pantone Colour Of 2019—Here's How To Rock It

It's a nod to our endangered coral reefs.

It was greenery in 2017 and ultraviolet in 2018. Now, the colour Gods at Pantone have spoken once again, making their prediction for the biggest shade of 2019. If you’re not familiar, The Pantone Color Institute releases a report at the end of each year, forecasting the biggest colour trends for the year ahead. While this used to be mainly used by print and textile designers, its impact is now more far-reaching, making its mark in everything from fashion and beauty to interiors and graphic design.
This year, Pantone has named the colour of 2019 ‘living coral’. Not quite pink and not quite orange, the shade is closer to a vibrant-yet-warm blood orange. While it’s a fun, modern shade, it also has a deeper meaning—it’s a nod to our endangered coral reefs.

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The colour authority said in a statement “PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.”
Read on for 7 of our favourite coral pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe or beauty collection.

7 Living Coral Essentials

PUMA Platform Slide Sandals in Dusty Coral
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These comfy, peachy-coral slides are the perfect ‘throw-em-on-and-go’ shoes for summer.
Shop here.

Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Tint in Coral

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Pucker up with a pop of coral with this super nourishing, vitamin-rich lip tint. It’s crafted from 100% natural and plant-based ingredients.
Shop here.

Benefit Cosmetics Coralista Blush

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This coral-pink blush from Benefit is the perfect way to achieve that tropical, just-back-from-vacay flush.
Shop here.

Gymshark Sleek Sculpture Leggings 2.0 in Intense Coral

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On the more blood orange end of the coral spectrum is these super flattering leggings from Gymshark.
Shop here.

Butter London + Pantone Living Coral Nail Lacquer

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Paint your digits in the official living coral shade, thanks to this collab between Butter London and Pantone.
Shop here.

Nike Free RN Flyknit Trainers in Hyper Orange

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Take a break from your usual boring black or white trainers with these vibrant coral kicks from Nike.
Shop here.

White Fox L’Escala Bikini

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Turn heads all summer long in this eye-popping bright coral bikini from White Fox.
Shop the bikini top here and bottoms here.

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