Emerald is Pantone’s Color of the Year and you can easily use this vivid shade of green to improve your wardrobe for a trendy 2013. Lively and radiant, emerald is a lush and elegant color trend for everything from coats and accessories to interior design.

Described by Pantone as “a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony”, the emerald color trend brings the most abundant hue in nature to your wardrobe and style.

Emerald, Color Trend of the Year

2012 was defined by Tangerine Tango, but now the hottest trend in fashion is the sophisticated Pantone 17-5641 Emerald Green, with a harmonious and rejuvenating feel. The energizing and radiant hue is easy to fit into almost any wardrobe and wearing the color emerald this year is a must for any fashionista.

Emerald, Color Trend of 2013

Shop the trend!ISSA Long Sleeve Wrap Dress ($595) DANNIJO Mya Necklace ($612) alice + olivia Paola Strappy Sandals ($325) Daniele Alessandrini Lace Blazericon ($268) Michael Kors Cocktail Ring ($115)

How to Use Emerald the Right Way for Your Style

Perfect for everyday wear but also exquisitely elegant for special occasions, the emerald color trend brightens up any outfit, but is more suited for livening up soft neutral hues.

Every major collection from the most respected fashion designers has been influenced by the Pantone Color Trends, emerald being prominently displayed on the catwalk during fashion shows from Burberry Prorsum, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin and Valentino.

Whether you opt for an emerald coat or a dress or for elegant emerald accessories, make sure to use the emerald color trend in relation to neutral hues like pink, peach, aubergine and rose. Avoid vivid shades of red as the combination with the emerald color trend can cause an unpleasant chromatic clash.

Faux emerald jewelry is another important trend of the year and you can use it to put a fresh twist on some of your favorite outfits, with either brightly colored gemstones or emerald green scarves and bags.

Emerald and the 2013 Fashion Shades

Shop the trend!McQ – Alexander McQueen Mini Razor Blade Bracelet ($95) Michael Kors Collection Gia Tote ($895) Ray-Ban Justin Sunglasses ($109) Michael Kors Pendant Necklace ($95) See by Chloe Dressicon ($425)

Pantone Color Trends: Emerald and the 2013 Fashion Shades

If you’re interested in wearing the color emerald perfectly on trend, check out the other fashion shades chosen by Pantone for the Spring 2013 Fashion color report.

Complimentary shades to the emerald color trend include Dusk Blue, Grayed Jade, Tender Shoots, Lemon Zest and Monaco Blue with African Violet, Nectarine and Linen as softer choices. Poppy Red, chosen as one of the Pantone Color Trends as well, can easily clash with the emerald green color trend but is more easily compatible if both colors are used for separate accessories.

Pantone Emerald Color of 2013