Trend Watch: Emerald

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.

Trax Malibu Silver-Tone Crystal Watch, $40 at Kohl’s | Merona® Tassel Crinkle Scarf, $14.99 at Target | Mobilexpressions Polka Dot Case for iPhone 5, $30 at Target

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.

Trina Turk ‘Garden Maze’ Print Fit & Flare Dress, $348 | Gap Flutter Sleeve Dress, $54.95 + 30% off | LOFT Stripe Side Shirred Cap Sleeve Dress, $69.50

SALE: Get 30% off your order at GAP with code GAPHAPPY, ends 4/7/13.

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!



Have you jumped on the emerald green trend yet? How do you like to wear this fun, bold color!?

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7 Responses

  1. My two favorite items of clothing currently are a green dress I got at Charlotte Russe and my emerald jeans from Target. Best buys of the season!

  2. Since I love green anyway I LOVE this trend. I just got an emerald denim skirt and I love it. Though I’m like you I tend to put bolder colors with a neutral. I can’t seem to figure out how to put another pop of color with it without looking like my crazy 8 year old fashionista dressed me lol!

  3. I can’t say I was thrilled by the color of the year being Emerald Green since I tend to wear more, pinks, purple, and blue but I love the idea of using it in accessories instead of clothing items. Great idea with the hint of green in a french manicure. I’ve done it with pink but would consider green!

    Happy Fashion Friday!

  4. I am loving the emerald trend. I have an emerald denim jacket from Old Navy and a pair of emerald shorts from Target. They both pair well with so many colors/pieces. I will have to get me some of that polish- GORGEOUS!

  5. Love the color!
    I have been on the hunt for a green bag to use this spring & summer. Looks like emerald would be great!

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