You have likely heard by now that the color experts at Pantone have chosen Emerald as the color of the year for 2013. They announced it this way: “PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.” We have traded in our Tangerine Tango vibrance for cool, calm and collected green jewel-toned brilliance. We hope the luck of the Irish is upon us and that 2013 will be filled with health, wealth and happiness.

Here are our 7 tips for incorporating Emerald into your wardrobe this year.

Pair this year’s breakout color with similar, jewel toned colors. Avoid warm colors like red or orange when wearing emerald at the risk of being overwhelmed by too much color. We love this emerald blazer paired with a deep purple sweater, black skinny jeans and bow flats.


If you want to start small with this year’s hue try it out with a clutch or bracelet against a black dress and heels. It is a great way to try out the color without purchasing an all new emerald-hued wardrobe collection.


We love our bold hues teamed up with a bold print. These black and white floral skinny jeans are the perfect counterpart to the jewel-toned peplum. Keep the rest of your accessories subdued and finish the outfit with nude flats.


Shabby Apple had the right idea: pairing this adorable emerald dress with a smoky eye and red lip. This gives the look a vintage feel that remains relevant. This look could go from day to night with a motorcycle jacket and d’orsay pump for after work cocktails.


Let 2013’s breakout color be the star of your outfit by pairing with neutrals such as white or camel. Up the boldness ante by wearing your emerald in a print like these floral leggings from LC Lauren Conrad.


Nothing makes a better pair than this year’s color and accessories of rose gold. The muted, almost pastel, hue of the gold contrasts brilliantly with the majestic shade of the season. We love cuffs with cutouts, like this one from Forever21.


Still aren’t ready to go all in with an emerald top or dress? Try it on your nails first! It is low-commitment for those who are green around the gills about the new hue.

Essie: Going Incognito, Nars: Vintage Shades Zulu, Sephora by OPI: Happy Earth Day to Me, China Glaze: Agro

{For more advice, tips and ideas on ways to look and feel your best stay updated on our SHINE category}

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