Earlier this week, colour experts Pantone deemed ‘Living Coral’ the official colour of 2019. This is good news – not least because this subtle pastel tone falls somewhere between a raspberry red and plaster pink– in that it’s light and uplifting, and a splash of optimism in these uncertain times is surely a good thing. While Pantone produces hundreds of hues across the colour spectrum, its annual forecasts, normally associated with interior design, are beginning to have influence in the fashion world. The colour for 2018 was, for example, ‘Ultra Violet’, which made an impression across a wide range of designer collections. Handily for us, some smart brands are already ahead of the game, and are offering some cracking coral pieces to buy now and wear well into the warmer months of 2019. Here are my top five to try now.
1. Connolly wool and cashmere sweater
Connolly uses only the very best materials in its ready-to-wear and accessories collections. Whether that’s its silk-like leather goods or baby soft cashmere, the raw materials go through a series of artisanal techniques to produce the very best quality pieces. This locally sourced Shetland wool and cashmere sweater is a perfect example of Connolly’s expertise. Knitted in Scotland, the melange texture brings out the softer, pinky shades within the ‘Living Coral’ spectrum. Wear this sweater now to lighten up a dark outfit, such as a navy blouson jacket and chocolate brown cords.
£380, shop now
2. Folk ‘Burner’ coach jacket
The ‘Burner’ jacket is a new style for Folk, but follows a familiar silhouette to many of the British brand’s classic outerwear pieces. It’s made from garment-dyed cotton twill and comes unlined and internally bound – ideal as an easy thrown-on piece. Great for those warmer days with a simple white or striped T-shirt underneath, but until those days appear again, wear it now with a cream cable knit sweater and a checked coat, with navy corduroy trousers and boots.
£165, shop now
3. Sandro ‘Monaco’ bomber jacket
French label Sandro prides itself on offering a well-edited collection of wardrobe staples. While these normally fall into the navy and grey colour spectrum, this warm coral-coloured bomber demonstrates that classic outerwear needn’t be subdued. This lightweight bomber jacket will complement your other well-loved wardrobe classics, such as dark denim, white shirts and navy knits. Wear now and layer it up with a burgundy rollneck, dark grey wool trousers and a hefty pair of hiking boots.
£420, shop now
4. PS By Paul Smith sweatshirt
Paul Smith has always infiltrated his collections with a heavy dose of colour, from bright block hues to his famous candy stripes. And he doesn’t just save the brights and pastels for the warmer seasons, but also lifts a sombre winter palette with a spattering of prints, pattern and colour. This soft dusty coral pink sweatshirt will work well with your off-duty weekend wardrobe – pair it with vintage blue denim jeans, a pair of beaten brown Blundstone boots and a khaki green workwear jacket. A casual investment piece that will last you across the best part of the year.
£145, shop now
5. Polo Ralph Lauren honeycomb-knit sweater
The American designer has a long and storied history of referencing collegiate style and, along with tailored chinos, striped rugby tops and tweed jackets, his collections are often peppered with brighter colours. This sweater, spun from coral Pima cotton in a textured honeycomb knit, is perfect varsity territory. Team with a washed blue Oxford button down, navy chinos, a checked blouson jacket and chunky rubber soled boots for an outdoorsy vibe. Come the warmer months, simplify the look with a pair of stone chinos and white tennis shoes. If it worked for Paul Newman…
£125, shop now