When it comes to choosing a bridesmaid palette, pretty pastel shades, bold and bright tones, and even floral prints are customary for spring and summer weddings. But if you’re having a difficult time narrowing in on a hue that feels like you—which, of course, should complement your wedding venue and bridal gown perfectly—there is a tactic for landing on the right shade: the PANTONE Color of the Year which, for 2019, is Living Coral.
Choosing the PANTONE Color of the Year as your source of bridesmaid inspiration is a surefire way to give your wedding a right-now feel. This way, your chosen hue will feel anything but arbitrary and instead, totally in line with the times. What’s not to love about that? And while Living Coral is the It hue, it’s hardly new in the bridal world—the plucky shade had long been a favorite for brides who crave an energetic wedding palette. Plus, it looks gorgeous on a range of skin tones and is complemented a number of accent colors like turquoise, red, and light pink.
Whether you’re in the mood for a super-saturated take or washed-out version, the coral spectrum ranges from deeper shades with pink undertones to poppy versions that lean closer to light peach and tangerine orange. For a bridesmaid group that features a multitude of skin tones, coral is perfect because you can choose an ombré palette to hit on every version of the color and flatter each complexion. Plus, this type of assortment feels a bit more modern than your lineup all wearing the exact same shade (which can read a little one-note).
Because coral is the shade of the year, there are plenty of fresh dress designs to choose from whether you’re in the mood for a ‘90s-inspied slip dress, a modern, asymmetrical style, or a flattering V-neck silhouette. For petite bridesmaids, don’t be afraid to go short! Above-the-knee styles will feel fresh and flatter a smaller frame perfectly.
If you’re looking for a punchy bridesmaid dress color to brighten up your big day, ahead, scroll through 16 of our coral-colored favorites.