You’ve got to be seen…in emerald green

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The color gods have spoken: PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.

From “Emerald, a vivid verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight as well as promoting balance and harmony.

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Who’s ready to inject this sophisticated hue into their wardrobes? I certainly am…and I’m loving J. Crew’s hothouse floral chiffon blouse, with its lush color and vivid pattern.  This top is listed as “bright aqua” but whatever: find a green that flatters your complexion (some tones make me look ill!). Paired with dark denim and leopard flats for play, or a sleek pencil skirt, black tights and pumps for business and I’m feeling like I just stepped out of Oz.


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