Emerald, this amazing jewel tone of green, is the Pantone color of the year for 2013. Designers all over the world have honored it with impressive creations ranging from clothes to accessories, furniture and all sorts of gadgets in their Spring collections but it will keep going strong this coming autumn and winter. Emerald evokes a sense of luxury and livelihood that goes well with heavy fabrics, like velvet of fur. On the other hand, it is also a very natural color that reminds us of northern forests and tropical waters, thus creating a sense of calmness and well-being.

Emerald might seem like a tricky color to incorporate into your style, but you shouldn’t be afraid of it! If you choose the right tone and fabric, it looks good with all skin tones and also goes well with dark, light or red hair. If you feel that it is too intense for you, just start out small or get a piece to wear in special occasions. Following are some ideas of how to incorporate emerald green into your life, inspired by designer proposals that were all over fashion magazines in 2013.

Inspiration: Stella McCartney Spring 2013, emerald white dress
Choosing to mix emerald with a neutral tone is a safe combination. Black or white work as a perfect canvas for a dash of emerald. You could wear a black tailored suit with an emerald belt or vest. Or wear a white dress with emerald earrings or bracelets. Or you can just look for a dress, shirt or t-shirt that combines emerald with a neutral color.

Inspiration: Gucci Spring 2013, emerald dress with flowing emerald thin coat
This Gucci style was emerald head to toe, including the sandals and the jewels that embellished the neckline of the dress. If you choose to wear a dress in this jewel tone and a matching coat, make sure that the colors are either the same hue or have a contrast, otherwise it will look like you “almost” made a successful combination. “Almost” in a bad way. Also, make sure that the dress fits nicely and flatters your curves. You can try out different lengths to find the one that is better for you.

Inspiration: Burberry Spring 2013, emerald fitted coat with lace texture
Coats are a great way to incorporate color into your wardrobe. You will look amazing while walking on the street and you can take it off once you are inside, so you want feel to self-conscious about your bold fashion statement. Even though Burberry presented this fitted coat for spring, you can go big and get an oversized emerald coat for winter since 2014 fashion is all about volume, especially when it comes to jackets and coats.

Inspiration: Chanel Spring 2013, emerald clutch
This amazing, pop, funky clutch by Chanel was paired with a wonderful purplish deux pieces with a light emerald/ lime hemline. There are two lessons to learn from this: one, emerald looks great with other jewel tones like Burgundy red and eggplant and, two, clutches are a great way to incorporate emerald into your style. You can get them embroidered with sequins, for a more glamorous look. Or you can get an emerald tote back and go about your daily chores in style.

Other Ideas
Get yourself a pair of emerald flats and wear them with your favorite black skinny jeans or leggings and an oversized black sweater. Beauty is in the details! Or you can totally skip emerald from your clothes and incorporate it into your makeup: an emerald eye shadow or even mascara -if you are feeling brave- will do the trick. For more casual looks, scarves, beanies and gloves can be your daily dose of emerald during autumn and winter. Cozy sweaters in jewel tones are easy to find as well and often cause a fraction of the high fashion prize in pret a porter stores!