In ‘Living Coral’: Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

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Now we’re talking! Let’s be honest, last year’s Pantone Color, Ultra Violet left us feeling a little, well, cold. We just didn’t see it as a strong contender on the designer fashion scene in either clothing or home decor. As an accent color, purple has its place, but we were not fans of it as a focal point.

But 2019 is a different story! Living Coral has us excited about the prospects. Living Coral has been described as an “animating” color.  (Designers, take note: we are waiting in great anticipation of this color.) Both stores will be on full alert for incoming consignments of coral and coordinating hues!

If you’re shy about wearing this color near your face, there are multiple ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe. Using coral as an accessory punctuation is one way to add a pop of color to a neutral outfit. For example – try a belt, purse, shoes, or even a scarf with coral in the pattern. And the good news? Color has no price requirement. Your coral choice doesn’t have to be designer label or luxury brand. Moderately priced items can be just as functional and fun.

If you find you do have the coloring to wear Living Coral as a dominant shade, you’ll love mixing and matching this vibrant hue. Color pairings to try include lavender, cornflower blue, emerald green, lime, and yellow–the list goes on!

As Pantone shows in their palette explorations, you can go bright or subdued with Living Coral and make it all work. Imagine coral with a neutral linen tone, or paired with denim blue. Emilio Pucci himself would have delighted in their jewel tone fantasia!

Here’s the good news…

Pantone has already done the hard work of identifying palettes of coordinating colors to help you find shades that work for you.

At Here We Go Again, we’re thrilled to help you find ways to incorporate this shade into your world. If you already have coral items in your closet, bring them in to Here We Go Again when you shop and we’ll help create an outfit that is both fresh and new for you.

Whether you’re looking for one piece or an entire wardrobe, designer consignment shopping at Here We Go Again will not only save you a lot of money, but–in our humble opinion–you’ll have more fun knowing you’re supporting a local, woman-owned business. 


How do I know if I can wear coral shades?

Go for a coral that mirrors the depth of your skin’s undertones and if you’re neutral – you can wear any!

Does coral work as an accent color with neutrals?

Coral can be used effectively with neutrals in both vibrant and muted hues.

How can I wear “living coral”?  

To get started, we invite you to check out this year’s palette suggestions. Choose a color you know and build on that. Coral may not even be the main color you select, but could be an accent. Most importantly, have fun!

Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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