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January 16, 2013

Sarah Stright-Hartley: The essence of Emerald, fashion’s new ‘It’ color

NEW CASTLE — Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color.

Each year the company dictates to designers, stylists and other fashion insiders which colors will be the most popular. As a result, collections are built around this idea, which then trickle down to the retail business and what we as consumers will purchase.

Each year, Pantone also announces a "Color of the Year." Last year it was Tangerine Tango, which resulted in an influx of orange-shaded pieces in every style of clothing and accessories.

For 2013, Emerald is the new "It" color. You'll be seeing this shade in everything from clothing to housewares. Luckily for us, this color not only brightens up any space and adds a richness to it, but it also flatters almost all skin tones.

The rich jewel tone is so flattering and makes for an excellent base piece. Or if you prefer, a subtle pop of color to an otherwise neutral look.

I've put together a few pieces to the right featuring men's, women's and interior pieces with the emerald touch, and also a couple of outfits for men and women using this shade. It's so easy to incorporate this color into your everyday wear, whether it be with a simple accessory like a great shoe, bag or watch, or wearing it in an all-over color, as in a dress.

What do you think? Will you be jumping on the emerald train?

(Have any questions for me? Email me at shartleyncn@gmail.com.)

 

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