Pantone announced back in December that the color of the year for 2013 would be emerald, and sure enough, emerald is everywhere now.
I was a bit ahead of the trend cuz I’m just that cool. Okay, so I am not cool, nor am I a predictor of trends. It was purely coincidental that I bought myself a pair of emerald jeans last spring. At any rate, I have enjoyed wearing them and I am looking to add more emerald to my wardrobe this year.
Let’s go window shopping, shall we!?
Accessorize with Emerald
A super easy way to add a bold color to the wardrobe is with accessories. If you’re not sure you’re ready for emerald jeans or an emerald dress, how about a pair of emerald shoes or an emerald handbag? Or even just a pair of earrings and a bracelet? Add them to a neutral outfit and you’ve updated your look with very little investment.
See how these green wedges ramp up this neutral outfit.
LOFT Floral Eyelet Cotton Shell, $44.50 | GUESS Round Plastic Sunglasses With Rhinestone Logo, $82 | BLANKNYC ‘Roll Up’ Jean Shorts, $68 | TOPSHOP Clip Front Crossbody Bag, $56 | Franco Sarto Sachet Wedge Sanadals, $99
Or try an emerald scarf and another emerald accessory, such as a bracelet or watch.
How to Wear Emerald Jeans
I love my emerald jeans, and because I’m a Plain Jane at heart, I typically pair them with neutrals although I do want to try branching out and trying some color blocking this year. I put this set together on Polyvore last year, and while most pieces are no longer available, it gives you some ideas. I like to wear black or gray with my emerald jeans in the wintertime, but in the summertime I found myself pairing them with navy and white.
How to Wear an Emerald Dress
My friend Kelly rocks the emerald like nobody’s business. It’s been her favorite color long before it was the Pantone Color of the Year. The key is to keep everything else neutral and allow the dress to be the star of the show.
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And you all know how I love my new green handbag. A bold color in a handbag is fun because you can wear it with so many different contrasting colors. No need to stick with neutrals!
And let’s not forget about emerald nail polish!