The image of coral has dominated home décor and fashion for the last few years. Just looking around my house, I have white coral on a bookshelf and a pink coral print on a makeup bag.
Coral also has made its way into recent fashion. I already have nail polish in a deep coral shade and peep-toe flats in coral and cream.
This spring, coral is one of the hottest colors to wear. It’s saturated the fashion world. You know it’s big when it’s the dominant color of department store collections, such as Kohl’s ELLE line. There also are hints of it at Macy’s: check out INC International Concepts.
Red coral has been used as a gemstone since prehistoric times. Abraham Lincoln’s wife adorned herself with jewelry sets. I’ve had a pair of coral earrings since I was a child. In recent decades, though, the color seemed to be reserved for the very tan. But don’t be afraid of the kind-of-orange, kind-of-pink hue. Just like the variations of red coral, there’s a shade for every skin color. For myself, I’m drawn to the deeper shades to compliment my light complexion. There are many options in clothing and accessories to choose from.
Coral is a great color to wear with neutrals: white, cream, khaki and grey. Ramp it up by pairing it with black or other bold colors to make your outfit pop. If you want to wear coral, but in small doses, try accessories or shoes. Accessories are a great way to update your look on the cheap.
Because coral is so prominent this spring, it’s not likely to resurface in 2010. When it comes to trends, I stick to a simple rule: spend a little, wear a little. If I like a style that will have a short life span on the runways, I’ll find the best, least expensive option and only buy one or two items. Besides, if a trend sticks around, you can always buy more… this is why RTC is so great!