Australian beauty blogger Lauren Curtis rocks a coral dress with a beige clutch in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Few colors look girly without seeming frilly, but coral is one of them. The perfect blend of pink and orange, coral makes you think of spring flowers or a fun summer beach trip. Wear coral with neutrals or aquatic colors for a look that’s a breath of fresh air.

Neutral Territory

Both dark and light neutral shades team well with coral. Wear a coral V-neck T-shirt with black, gray or navy jeans, or keep the look soft with a white, ivory or beige miniskirt. Coral functions just as well being center stage as it does taking a supporting role, so be strategic about how you assemble a head-to-toe look. A vibrant coral sundress looks great with tan wedges and a simple gold bracelet, while dangling coral earrings and a coral bag provide an unexpected pop of color to an all-black outfit.

Beach-Inspired

Go back to coral’s aquatic roots by merging the hue with everything from deep ocean blue to earthy turquoise. The result is a summery statement that can be dressed down for a beach day or dolled up for a barbecue. Slip on a pair of teal blue cut-off shorts, a coral-and-white-stripe tank top and a pair of metallic gladiator or T-strap sandals. Wear simple hoops and mix colorful bangles to tie the look together.