1. Incorporate it into a rainbow
You know that we like anything in rainbow order. Sometimes rainbow order can be tweaked a bit from the traditional ROYGBIV and still be beautiful. Just look at this modified rainbow color palette Olivia Rubin created using coral as one of her colors.
2. Wear different shades of coral within one piece
Sure, Pantone has defined “living coral” as a specific shade. But the color coral actually encompasses a beautiful spectrum of shades. An easy way to wear living coral is within one piece. The sweater above, for example, combines multiple shades of coral along with other beautiful complementing colors.
3. Wear bright coral with white jeans and coral accessories
When you’re going somewhere warm, opt for a more saturated version of the color coral and pair it with crisp white, as seen above. The coral color pops even more against the white backdrop!
4. Complement coral with turquoise
Remember color wheel color theory? That color theory holds that colors directly opposite from one another on the color wheel are pleasing together. That’s why orange and blue work well together. In fact, that’s my favorite complementary color pairing! Well, let’s move ourselves around the color wheel just a bit, and we’ll find that coral and turquoise have that same effect!
Bonus tip: The best neutral to wear with coral and turquoise is gray. (We can talk about the why behind that another time!)
5. Never neglect navy
This tip kind of ties in with the previous one… Because of that color wheel theory I mentioned above, really any shade of blue looks good with coral. The right blue just depends on what shade of coral you’re wearing. You can just play around, and see what works for you. Or, take a look at the color wheel, find navy, and then look directly opposite at what tone of coral you might try.
6. Explore the feminine side of coral by pairing it with shades of pink
Coral itself has pink undertones, so why not create a tone on tone look by using an array of pink, berry, and coral tones.
7. Wear a coral matching set
Another easy way to wear this color is by way of a matching set. A coral suit is elegant, sophisticated, and fun.
8. Wear coral with black
Coral and black work great together, particularly with a mellow shade of coral. The juxtaposition of that shade of color with the darkness of black creates a visually stunning look!
9. Wear coral with earthy tones
Coral pairs with earthy tones in a gorgeous way. The colors complement each other extremely well, and it’s a year round look, indeed. Earthy tones can include hunter green, burnt orange, khaki, tan, and so on. The soft end of the coral spectrum would look beautiful with any of these.
10. Go for the gold
Gold is the best metal tone to accessorize with coral. Both evoke a warm feeling and convey a classy look. It’s elegant and timeless.