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The Virginian-Pilot Jamesetta M. Walker column

July 7, 2014

By Jamesetta M. Walker, The Virginian-Pilot



July 08--I keep flipping to a coral-colored blouse in a catalog. This particular coral tilts more on the pink side to my eye.

I'm not much into pink, but I've been paying more attention to its range since I was advised to include it in my color palette.

Coral seems safe. It lies between pink and orange. As an eye-makeup color, I've worn it successfully with both cool and warm outfits. It's not so bold as to be jarring, nor so faint as to be wishy-washy.

But how will it work in the wardrobe? My leaning is that there is a variation of coral that would work for most people, whether as a focal color or in small doses as an accessory.

"That's 100 percent true," said style expert and former fashion designer Bridgette Raes. "Coral is a good choice to step out in an easy way."

That's because coral is a cool orange that contains blue, Raes said. Sandy Dumont, an image consultant in Norfolk, maintains that coral is warm and not the best choice for most people. In "The Color Scheme Bible" by Anna Starmer, coral is classified in the pinks, and the shade "modern coral" is placed in the reds. Image consultant Benita Adams is in the camp that suggests coral is a great option for most skin tones and for those who are timid about red, pink or orange.

In the Color-Hex.com detail page about coral, it's dissected as comprising 55.2 percent red, 27.5 percent green and 17.3 percent blue in the RGB (red, green, blue) color model. In the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and key/black) color model, coral comprises magenta at 50 percent and yellow at 69 percent.

These configurations help me understand why I see safety and a balance of vigor and calm when looking at coral.

By any model, coral adds up to gorgeous.

And no matter how it is viewed, coral falls opposite of teal on the color wheel, and teal is flattering on most skin tones.

Coral has taken its place among seasonal styles, as evident on the covers of fashion catalogs and on store racks of women's jeans and men's chinos. Dozens of social media blogs and photo inspiration boards are dedicated to it.

I'm dipping my toe into the coral pool of style. To those of you who wear it with finesse, welcome me to the party.

Color of the month

Did you know that the color of the month is Utamaro green? Yes, Utamaro green, as selected by Donald Kaufman Color.

It is a murky, ambiguous green, inspired by Utamaro's classic "The Insect Book." (See donaldkaufmancolor.com)

It's nowhere near a vivid green, symbolic of a lush summer ground cover that would be seen in July. But I guess it could work on a wall.

Jamesetta M. Walker, 757-446-2211, jamesetta.walker@pilotonline.com

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