Wearing The Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral (My Favourite So Far) #iwillwearwhatilike

Wearing The Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral (My Favourite So Far) \ grey duster coat \ tobacco brown peg leg trousers \ coral brogues \ orange Oxfords \ coral cashmere sweater \ red backpack | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

Pantone announce their new Color of the Year in December, and every year I forget it’s coming around. But as a colour fanatic I’m always excited to find out what’s been chosen!

With every choice they make – especially as an avid lover of colour in my home AND in my wardrobe – I find myself usually loving the special hue (and only occasionally disliking it).

2017’s Greenery was a beautiful saturated moss green which I loved (plants are crazy popular again right now, are they not?)! And I was also a MASSIVE fan (but then so was the whole of the blogosphere it seemed) of the double whammy Rose Quartz and Serenity back in 2016 – you couldn’t move for pink and blue that year. However, let’s just say that 2018’s Ultra Violet did not go down well with me… I’m somewhat glad to see the back of that one.

But my favourite of all HAS to be the new Pantone Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral. I might even have done a little squeal upon hearing it was the newly announced colour for next year, because this is basically my absolute favourite colour of all the warm shades of oranges, reds, yellows and pinks that I love so much (hence my new pink and orange header I revealed in October).

Wearing The Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral (My Favourite So Far) \ grey duster coat \ tobacco brown peg leg trousers \ coral brogues \ orange Oxfords \ coral cashmere sweater \ red backpack | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

SHOP THE LOOK:

In fact, I’m so known for loving this beautiful, watermelony/corally/orangey shade that my blogger friend Annette immediately messaged me to tell about Pantone’s 2019 choice, knowing how pleased I’d be. I mean, just look at my aeons-old, favourite pair of brogues (above)… Living Coral? The cashmere sweater which I’ve also had FOREVER… Living Coral? I think so!

To get excited over a company telling me what my colour of the year should be is pretty dumb, I know: I can choose whatever colour I like to wear, or to have in my home, or to festoon my Instagram flat lays with (not that I really do many of those anymore). But humour me, why don’t you… someone announcing that your favourite colour in the world should be everybody’s favourite colour? That deserves a WHOOP WHOOP, don’t you think? It’s my favourite colour and YOU will like it too, goddammit! It’s the Pantone law!

Let’s wait until the end of next year when I’m still crying into my coral-everything, sobbing Please don’t leave me… whilst everyone else is sick of the sight of that pinky-orange hue on errthang.

Funny how certain intangible things can inspire an outfit at short notice. Remind me about the colour coral, and I’ll abandon my current love for tangerine (albeit temporarily) and get the bright coral brogues out of my wardrobe ASAP. They’ve been worn SO many times, on and off the blog, and I’ve no idea how old they even are any more (they’re definitely older than the blog, that’s for sure).

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The same can be said for the coral sweater which I’ve worn countless ways as well.

The rest of the outfit came together quite naturally: I wore the grey duster coat because of the background colour of the sea in Pantone’s Living Coral image (scroll down to see it), and brown baggy trousers (a recent purchase from Asos) just to continue my current love of all things burnt orange and tobacco brown. A splash of red with the backpack and a fun, spiky pink necklace provided the finishing touches.

Consider the Pantone Living Coral Bandwagon well and truly jumped on…!

Do add your outfits to this week’s link up – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured in my monthly Women Who Wear What They Like post (next one is tomorrow)!

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PANTONE’S LIVING CORAL CHOICE FOR 2019? COMMENT BELOW…!

Catherine

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Wearing The Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral (My Favourite So Far) \ grey duster coat \ tobacco brown peg leg trousers \ coral brogues \ orange Oxfords \ coral cashmere sweater \ red backpack | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Wearing The Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral (My Favourite So Far) \ grey duster coat \ tobacco brown peg leg trousers \ coral brogues \ orange Oxfords \ coral cashmere sweater \ red backpack | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Wearing The Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral (My Favourite So Far) \ grey duster coat \ tobacco brown peg leg trousers \ coral brogues \ orange Oxfords \ coral cashmere sweater \ red backpack | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Wearing The Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral (My Favourite So Far) \ grey duster coat \ tobacco brown peg leg trousers \ coral brogues \ orange Oxfords \ coral cashmere sweater \ red backpack | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Wearing The Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral (My Favourite So Far) \ grey duster coat \ tobacco brown peg leg trousers \ coral brogues \ orange Oxfords \ coral cashmere sweater \ red backpack | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

Wearing The Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral
Wearing The Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral (My Favourite So Far) \ grey duster coat \ tobacco brown peg leg trousers \ coral brogues \ orange Oxfords \ coral cashmere sweater \ red backpack | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

Sweater: Pure Collection c/o (I found a deep coral cashmere sweater and a coral sweatshirt!)
Trousers: Asos
Coat: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Shoes: Office (coral/orange brogues are almost impossible to find… here are some fab tan brogues and a only-1-available pair of bright coral brogues!)
Necklace: Asos (I LOVE this one)
Backpack: Asos (similar)

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42 Comments

  1. December 17, 2018 / 1:02 am

    Ooh your coral brogues! I’m so coveting a pair of brogues (we call them oxfords here) this winter but of course since I’ll only have one pair I feel safest choosing a neutral tone, like black or yawn taupe…why can’t i just be bold for a change and get luxurious coral ones? Or red patent ones? Or MULTI-COLOR??? Isn’t it funny how one person can do that and another feels she can’t??

    Bettye (off to look at more brown things)

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:31 am

      I bought the brogues as an impulse buy in the sale years ago, Bettye – I regretted it a bit when I got home. Who’d have known they’d turn out to be my favourite EVER pair?!! See if you can filter your shopping choices by bright colours only and see where it takes you…!

  2. December 15, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Coral is a real kicker! And thank you so much for the inspiratin Catherine. Wishing you a fabulous and colorful pre-Christmas time. xx Sabina

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:31 am

      Thank you so much Sabina – I’m stoked that Pantone chose coral!!

  3. Nailil
    December 14, 2018 / 2:55 am

    I love the colors in this look. And how the grey contrast with each.

    Xx, Nailil
    thirtyminusone.com

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:32 am

      Thanks Nailil – the blue-grey is so pretty with the coral, isn’t it x

  4. December 13, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Coral is definitely your colour Catherine, it suits you so well. I love the hit of red from the backpack against the more muted tones. Gorgeous outfit!

    Emma xxx

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:33 am

      Thanks Emma – I felt it needed a bit of bold colour to tie it all in. Perhaps. Who KNOWS what I was thinking (if anything at all)…?! 😉

  5. December 13, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Catherine, What a lovely break from the holiday looks. I love coral and you nailed the look

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:33 am

      Thank you Rama – isn’t coral fabulous?!

  6. December 13, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Catherine

    I too immediately thought of you! I id like ultra violet but only on my Nails!

    bestest love
    Ashley xxx

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:34 am

      Haha so many people have mentioned the Pantone COTY to me Ashley, knowing how much I love coral! x

  7. carol spears
    December 13, 2018 / 12:18 am

    I love this colour. As a redhead too, it’s perfect for my skin tones.

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:34 am

      And coral is an anagram of Carol, Carol…!!!!! Hehe 😉

  8. December 12, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    Well, of course, this is a beautiful color on you. I’ll have to check out the Pantone site. You’ve paired it with some other really interesting color choices- colors that I would have never thought of! Looking fab as always. Looking forward to adding more coral to my own wardrobe!
    ~Melissa xx

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:35 am

      Thank you so much Melissa – I have a feeling coral would look amazing on you!

  9. December 12, 2018 / 9:13 am

    What a simply gorgeous colour! I love vibrant colours and try to avoid the dreaded black outfits that a lot of women wear. Currently I’m wearing a lot of yellow and lime green – together! Thanks so much for hosting! And did I say you look great in that colour – it’s so you!

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:35 am

      You may know that I avoid black like the plague, Penny! Yellow and lime sound lush, just right for this murky, gloomy time of year…

      Thank you sweetie x

  10. Fiona Hutchinson
    December 12, 2018 / 7:48 am

    Hi Catherine, I am so with you on this, I adore all things coral and can’t wait. I do hope the shops embrace this idea. Fiona

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:36 am

      I hope they do too, Fiona! thank you hon x

  11. December 12, 2018 / 7:45 am

    Ha! It’s the year of Catherine’s Coral! I wear coral all the time so I’m a happy bunny too. I should pop over and see what others they are showcasing. Fabulous brogues! xx

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:36 am

      “The year of Catherine’s Coral” – I’ll take that, Maria!! Thank you hon x

  12. December 12, 2018 / 7:26 am

    Hello Catherine,

    Living Corall is a color that stands out for you. I admire your courage for all your posts on color. Just great you look colorful.
    XO Martina

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:37 am

      Oh Martina that’s so nice of you to say – thank you!

  13. December 12, 2018 / 4:27 am

    I’m not quite sure about living coral yet. I used to love peachy orangey shades but after having a 3rd colour analysis think the cooler colours work better on me. But definitely suits you!

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:37 am

      I’m definitely a warmer colours kind of girl, Gail – funny how we tend to gravitate towards cool or warm, isn’t it…?!

  14. December 12, 2018 / 12:00 am

    funny our colour preferences, I loved the colour last year but never got anything in that shade. This year gotta confess not my fav but it is a great one for you.

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:38 am

      Hmm it really wasn’t for me, Linda – funny you said that you didn’t buy anything Ultra Violet! I don’t think it really took off tbh. Thank you sweetie x

  15. December 11, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    Coral is not a color I own a lot of, but I’m willing to give it a try, being the Pantone color of the year and all!
    Cheryl Shops

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:39 am

      You should, Cheryl – I think it suits blondes really well!

  16. December 11, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    It’s a gorgeous colour. I haven’t even looked at the Pantone forecast yet! I’m popping over for a nose right now! Have a great week Catherine xx

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:39 am

      Thank you so much Laurie! You too x

  17. December 11, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    Lovely color- and I didn’t like the 2018 purple at ALL- so I’m excited about the change!

    • catherine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 12:39 am

      It wasn’t very popular, was it Lauren?!! Thank you sweetie x

  18. December 11, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Are you sure you didn’t have a word with the Pantone people to get this colour for 2019!?
    Did you bake them a cake or something?
    It couldn’t be more ‘Catherine’ could it?
    I’m looking forward to seeing more coral outfits… purely because I’m not really a big fan of coral and struggle with corally combos.
    I need inspiration!!
    XXX
    Samantha

    • catherine
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      No, I sent them a generous bribe, Sam 😉

      Hehe seriously – yes it’s very “me” as you say (probably why I had loads of Whatsapp messages saying “look at the PCOTY!”) I might do a special round-up of all my Living Coral-style outfits before the year is out, so watch this space! x

      • December 11, 2018 / 9:11 pm

        I’ll look forward to that!
        BTW… I can’t get your new blog button to stay on my blog.
        The code copies and pastes okay then when I save it goes all funny and just leaves a line of text
        Meh.
        Annoying.

        • catherine
          Author
          December 11, 2018 / 9:34 pm

          I think I’ve got something wrong in the code as Nancy is having the same problem – it only needs to have one character wrong and the whole thing won’t work! I just haven’t had a chance to work out the problem yet, I’ll let you know when I do x =sorry=

  19. December 11, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    I thought that it was such a difficult colour, but you show that it isn’t! That opens windows!

    • catherine
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      Weird, isn’t it nancy: I find it the easiest colour to wear!! Although I don’t take much notice of my “colour chart” I know it’s a colour that really suits me, maybe that’s why…

  20. jodie filogomo
    December 11, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    It’s such a fabulous color and I love that it’s your favorite!! Color can make us feel so vibrant, and lord knows, I need fun colors for the winter that’s approaching!!
    OXOX
    Jodie

    • catherine
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      Please don’t remind me of winter approaching, Jodie… I’m still in denial!! 😉 hehe

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