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Spring 2013 Color Trend: Emerald Green


Emerald green dresses
Celebs rocking emerald green dresses | Photo from Elle.

Full disclosure: I love green. I have green eyes, I’m a die-hard Slytherin, my school’s colors are green and white, and I spent most of my high school years belting out the Wicked soundtrack. It’s my favorite color and always will be!

So let’s just say I was more than a little excited when Pantone named emerald green their color of the year for 2013. This lush, vibrant hue is said to promote balance and harmony, and you can bet we’ll be seeing it absolutely everywhere this year.

If you’re looking to add a few emerald pieces to your wardrobe, read on. I’ll show you how to style several outfits featuring a lovely pop of green.

Pretty in Green

How to style emerald jeans with heart sweater polka dot flats rose earrings gold bangles tan belt and cream satchel
Jeans, Sweater, Belt, Flats, Bag, Bangles, Earrings

Emerald is a classically feminine yet slightly eclectic color (no wonder Elizabeth Taylor was such a big fan). Base a casual class outfit around this theme by pairing emerald skinny jeans with a super-girly navy heart sweater. Add tons of feminine details, like polka-dot ballet flats and pink, rose-shaped studs to amp up the cute factor. A structured ivory satchel and a matching belt keep things looking mature and polished. Of course, no outfit is complete without a touch of edge, so grab some spiked bangles (complete with skulls) to add a hint of contrast.

Winter Warrior

How to style an emerald coat with skinny jeans cream scarf black tote black riding boots and graphic sweater
Coat, Sweater, Jeans, Boots, Tote, Scarf

Nothing brightens up a bleak winter morning like a brightly-colored coat – so pick up an emerald one while they’re on sale and wear it now and next fall! Pair your coat with a bold graphic sweater and dark skinny jeans for a casual but stylish look. Add chic black riding boots and a matching tote for preppy polish. Finally, bundle up with a cream-colored knit scarf and head out the door!

All Dolled Up

How to style an emerald peplum dress with oxford heels chandelier earrings arrow ring black clutch and green nail polish
Dress, Pumps, Clutch, Ring, Earrings, Nail Polish

When you think “emerald,” you probably think of the gorgeous green jewel of the same name. (It’s also my birthstone. Told you I love this color!) You can evoke all of the glamor of an emerald with a bold, jewel-toned nighttime look.

Pair a lace-patterned emerald peplum dress (though it looks bluish here, it’s actually emerald green) with black Mary Jane pumps for an elegant, retro-inspired look. Add lots of bling with crystal chandelier earrings and a silver arrow ring. Next, grab a fierce black clutch and try a stunning glittering green nail polish to complete the look.

Fifty Shades of Green

Top row, L-R: Bag, Belt, Scarf
Middle row, L-R: Scarf, Studs, Bangle, Phone Case, Drop Earrings
Bottom row, L-R: Belt, Cuff, Ring, Bag

If you can’t justify building up a brand new emerald-themed wardrobe, why not pick up a few green-hued accessories instead? Cuddle up with a cozy green scarf or tie a look together with an emerald belt. Or throw all subtlety out the window and deck yourself out with sparkling (faux – I won’t tell!) emerald jewelry. A little touch of green can put a unique twist on an otherwise ordinary look.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of Pantone’s choice? Will you be wearing lots of green this year? Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the outfits — I love hearing your thoughts!

Posted on on January 20, 2013 / Filed Under: Trends / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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23 Responses to “Spring 2013 Color Trend: Emerald Green”

  1. 1
    January 20th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I am kind of excited that the color of the year is Emerald. I really need more green in my closet.

  2. 2
    January 20th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I LOVE that coat!!! I don’t really like green overall (it doesn’t usually suit my skin tone) but emerald is just so lovely. Pantone made a nice pick. :)

  3. 3
    January 20th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    My mom told me this trend was going to happen during the summer. She is prepared with green cords, I have a green blazer and 3 very different green nail polish colors on top of a few green essentials. I am very excited for this trend!

  4. 4
    January 20th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    This is such a gorgeous color! I do not doubt this color will EXPLODE in the fashion industry! It transitions well from season to season and looks great on everybody.

  5. 5
    January 20th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Yay! I hope this really catches on because to my horror the stores right now are getting there spring clothes and its all mint green/sea foam!! Don’t get me wrong its a pretty colour but it clashes horribly with my olive skin tone and I personally find it doesn’t look good on anyone but the whitest of skin tones. Emerald is great though and suits more people. :)

  6. 6
    January 20th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Hooray for all the May babies! Emerald is our birthstone color :)

  7. 7
    January 20th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I love emerald :) it’s my birthstone :)

  8. 8
    January 20th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    @Crystal & Jenny

    Yes! I’m a May baby too :)

  9. 9
    January 20th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    So happy this is a trend! This is particularly good newd for us redheads :)

  10. 10
    January 20th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Woot Slytherin! When I saw the words “Emerald Green,” I immediately starred fangirling! It’s my favorite color…and erm house pride!
    Love these outfits! Maybe one day my legs will look like girls’ legs and I’ll be able to wear skinny jeans.
    Great job CF!

  11. 11
    January 21st, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I love some of the colours on trend right now
    Mint green
    Coral (pastel colours)
    Red (oxblood)
    Mustard yellow
    …..and now emerald green!!!!!

  12. 12
    January 21st, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    i love emerald green!!!

  13. 13
    January 21st, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Wow great timing!! Emerald is one of my favoritest colors and I just bought a pair of emerald skinny jeans at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago!!!

  14. 14
    January 23rd, 2013 at 9:17 am

    So happy you posted this!!! I am going to watch Wicked in February and was looking for a nice emerald ensemble!

  15. 15
    January 24th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Love the emerald green accessories.

  16. 16
    February 7th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I’m still waiting for this color to explode, much like Tangerine Tango from last year. I work in fashion retail and have not seen much emerald hitting the scene yet.

  17. 17
    February 18th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    All of these dresses r soo cute not joking

  18. 18
    March 8th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    emerald is just great for colour blocking, I wear it on accessories as a whole outfit is too much for me

  19. 19
    March 16th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Love emerald green for spring – it goes with everything – from white to basic black and I think it’s going to be a great way to update my closet without spending a fortune.

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