From the walls of Oz to Jacqueline Kennedy’s iconic engagement ring, emerald has captivated the American eye for the better part of the past century. Now the elegant jewel tone is making quite the comeback: It’s been named 2013 color of the year by Pantone.
“Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal, and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a press release. “This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”
Every year, Pantone determines the “it” color by polling fashion and interior designers about the colors they’re working with. Julia Farr, of the eponymous Friendship Heights boutique, is putting the finishing touches on two emerald pieces from her fall collection: a silk chiffon blouse and a velvet sheath dress. “I adore emerald green in nature, in home design, in clothing, and in jewelry,” she says.
Farr says Washington women can easily incorporate the hue into their wardrobes by starting small—with a belt, scarf, handbag, or piece of statement jewelry. For a sophisticated, balanced look, she suggests pairing emerald with neutral tones such as white, ivory, or taupe. In contrast, foundation colors like black and navy create an edgy, graphic finish.
“The tone works well with most skin tones and hair color, so it’s a color to embrace as we head into 2013,” says Farr. To get you started, check out our slideshow of 23 fashion and beauty finds in Pantone’s winning shade.