Now that the great Oz of colorful influence, Pantone, has officially declared Emerald (17-5641) as the official Color of the Year for 2013, the fashion industry has been abuzz creating looks inspired by this fabulous hue. And it’s no surprise that this lively, radiant, and lush tone was chosen since it exudes elegance and beauty along with prosperity and it also hints at playfulness.
“Emerald was chosen for 2013 because it is the color of balance and harmony, enhancing one’s sense of well-being and inspiring insight and clarity,” says the Pantone Color Institute. Well, emerald has a fresh and rejuvenating appeal that compliments any look and can easily transition your style from mundane to magnificent in an instant.
Now if you’re thinking that you might need a full wardrobe re-do to stay on trend with this years’ color queue, not to worry. By simply adding a few key emerald-toned pieces to your existing wardrobe you’ll look both radiant and confident, and your newly updated style will leave onlookers “green with envy.”
Here are a few ideas to add this years’ hautest hue, Emerald, to your existing ensemble.
 Popping with petals, a floor-skimming Rachel Pally White Label Plus Dress (Bloomindale’s $227.00) infuses your style with a fresh breeze of bohemia.  A chic office-wear essential, this tailored INC International Concepts Single-Button Blazer (Macy’s $73.99) makes any outfit instantly more pulled-together.  The tie front of the Joie Watson Tie-Hem Blouse (Neiman Marcus $238) is made of silk and helps keep the shape and fluidity you lose when you tuck it in.  Embrace freedom in this semi-sheer Free People Sheer Button-down Tunic (Belk $82.60).  From the Michael Kors Cocktail Party collection, this gold-tone Michael Kors Emerald Crystal Pendant Necklace (Belk $95.00) livens up your evening outfit with a sparkling touch of color.  Go green with this gold-tone Semi-Precious Jade Link Bracelet (Macy’s $35.00).  From the Michael Kors Cocktail Party collection, this gold-tone Michael Kors Emerald Crystal Cocktail Ring (Belk $115) completes your ensemble with a subtle yet glamorous touch of green.  Made with Swarovski Elements, leather, glass beads, and brass, this Ibiza Bracelet (Henri Bendel $118.00) is equally as charming as it is stunning.  Come ready to play with this rubber Furla Candy Satchel (Bloomingdale’s $228.00).  Crafted from Palm Saffiano leather, this MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Selma Top-Zip Satchel (Michael Kors $358.00) is the perfect accessory for the season.  Featuring patent leather accents and Saffiano leather, this Tory Burch – Robinson Double Zip Tote (Bloomingdale’s $575.00) is a must-have for Spring.  This High-Waisted Pencil Skirt (Forever 21 $12.80) features an elasticized waistband with belt loops and a skinny faux leather buckle belt.  This Floral Print Pencil Skirt (Forever 21 $13.80) features an oversized floral print, banded waist and partial zipper placket at the back.  You’ll fall in love with this pair of Life In Progress™ Studded Colored Pants (Forever 21 $24.80) featuring studded slanted front pockets.  The skinny silhouette of INC International Concepts Skinny-Leg Pants (Macy’s $51.99) looks even more chic with a cuffed hem.  Featuring a wrapped heel and partially concealed platform lift this modern slingback Steve Madden ‘Adin’ Pump (Nordstrom $99.95) is perfected with a flirty peep toe.  Sparkling, snake-stamped leather ensconces a showstopping Giuseppe Zanotti Peep Toe Pump (Nordstrom $995.00) is lifted by a concealed platform and a skinny, crystallized heel.  Prim, twinned bow tops the almond toe of this classically feminine Steven by Steve Madden ‘Ravesh’ Pump (Nordstrom $148.95) perched atop a slim heel.  Smooth leather trim captures the tonal trend on this suede VC Signature ‘Nova’ Loafer (Nordstrom $195.00) with just-right height.
So stop by Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza for a bit of emerald-inspiration to enhance your look AND yourself for 2013.