Let’s go shopping: pantone green

I’ve been hanging out to do a post dedicated to the Pantone colour for 2013 and I thought there was no better time to celebrate all things green than two days before St Patrick’s Day, when I’m sure you’ll be downing a green beer or two …

Now, for those not in the loop, Pantone is the world-renowned authority on colour. Back in the 1960s its founder created a system for coding and identifying colours so that people who worked with colours (think everyone from graphic designers to printers, paint companies and fashion designers) could make specific colour requests and know that they were all on the same colour page. Every year Pantone releases its fashion colour report, identifying the top colours for the season.

The current list is here. Out of that shortlist, Pantone names a colour of the year and the 2013 colour of the year is emerald (Pantone 17-5641).

Now, emerald (or green in general) is either a shade that you love or hate. I don’t have scientific research for this statement except that whenever I feature green pieces here on the blog, there are opinions that swing both ways. And that’s ok. We’re all friends.

I like it but don’t have a lot of green in my wardrobe. Emerald definitely suits my skin tone and hair colour so I’m happy to add more. Green is also said to be a colour worn by people who show compassion … another reason to add more!

What to wear with Pantone green?

The old adage of “blue and green should never been seen without something in between” no longer holds weight in your wardrobe. Like many “rules” from a generation ago, we’ve broken them … and a good thing too.

I love emerald green with neon yellow.

I love it with navy and white.

I love it worked back with tan accessories for a casual look.

I love it worked back with black for an evening ensemble.

If you fancy boosting the green in your wardrobe for St Pat’s day or any day, then scroll on down. I can’t say that each is strictly Pantone 17-5641 but each is within 50 shades.

Shopping Pantone Green

Shopping suggestions

Just click on each image and then the caption below each image for more details.


Would I find emerald green if I took a peek in your wardrobe? What do you wear it with? Can’t stand green? It’s ok, we can still be friends.

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  • I am loving Mix Apparel at the moment. I just bought this dress in the same green shade (https://www.mixapparel.com.au/collection/product/mw28-20152/34_slv_v_neck_dress), and it feels so glam! It’s still too hot in Queensland to wear it though!

    • Lots of great options at Mix – the long-sleeve dress above is from Mix and so cheap!

  • I really don’t have much green in my wardrobe… unless you count my army green skinny jeans and anorak… They’re not quite the same though. I like the emerald green, especially the tote, it just seems a little too terrifying for me to wear a whole green ensemble! Big ups to those brave enough to!

    • I think you’re either attracted to the colour or not … if not, it’s not for you!

  • keely_stateofshop

    I really don’t have much green in my wardrobe… unless you count my army green skinny jeans and anorak… They’re not quite the same though. I like the emerald green, especially the tote, it just seems a little too terrifying for me to wear a whole green ensemble! Big ups to those brave enough to!

    • I think you’re either attracted to the colour or not … if you’re not then it’s not for you.

  • Very pretty. I have an emerald tunic top that when I wear it people always comment on the intensity of the green. And they’re right too because that’s why it caught my eye.

    • Yes, it’s one of those colours that gets noticed – I think especially because not everyone chooses to wear it.

  • Kathryn

    You would most definitely find green if you peeked in my wardrobe! I LOVE GREEN and emerald is stunning. I love it with navy and white too. And with denim. And also with black and white. It looks fab with red and purple too! Really, green can go with anything.

  • Bel

    This is music to my ears, I just bought a formal, knee length lace dress in Emerald for a wedding next month! Won’t I be on trend 🙂 I’ve never worn this shade before, but am looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone. Will accessorise with nude pumps and silver jewellery/clutch.

  • Marianne

    I don’t have a lot of green in my wardrobe, with the exception of a dress I picked up in Bali nearly 3 years ago. It’s a colour that I love, so it might be time to find a way to let it back in. My wardrobe is already looking better with splashes of cobalt and ruby, so why not add emerald? Now I just need a way to transfer this season’s ‘jewel’ trend into a way to convince my husband that it’s time for more diamonds…

    • Splash some more jewelled colours around I say … and yes, hint-drop to the husband!

  • Kelly

    I am very much in the “I love green” camp. And I agree emerald is the nicest green of them all. I also think you are spot on with your colour combos – they are all the ways I love to wear it too.

  • Molly

    I own this: http://www.thebaglady.tv/2011/05/mulberry_alexa.html
    L.O.V.E. this colour!

  • I love this colour. I prefer it when my hair is darker but it wouldn’t stop me from wearing it.

  • Farmers Wifey

    This is my happy read for the day! Thank you! I was so excited when the colour was announced as it’s my favourite. Everyone buys me things that are green, Christmas, Birthdays and I don’t mind one bit!

  • My favourite shade of green. I have this shade in a 3/4 sleeve V neck cardi ATM (bargain from Target!) and my everyday purse. It is also in a floral patterned maxi along with blue (on white background) that I have had for years.
    I love emerald – and all shades of green – with black, grey, white, but particularly navy. That old adage is exactly that as you say Nikki – old! Indigo jeans, sophisticated sneakers, a navy & white striped Breton T and an emerald cardi or blazer is my idea of casual chic heaven 🙂

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    As You know Nikki I am not a fan of green though I do have a little bit in my wardrobe,mostly accessories and pieces with green on them but not a fan of full on green or emerald or whatever you want to call it,I prefer aqua’s and turquoise better,but I do like the Kaftan you have shown and the misano flats ,i have a pair of flats with green on them but they also have yellow red and black.Today I actually have on a dress that is black/white tiger print with green strips that run down the dress and I style it with a black gold and green and chartreuse necklace.I do like green and navy together,very chic.

    • Hahaha, I know Lisa … you’re very brave to show up for the green festival today!

      • Lisa Mckenzie

        I will try anything on though,because Like you say,you never know until you try it!

  • www.karinaxoxo.com

    I love it!!! I have dark hair and light olive skin so I find this hue of green is perfect for my complexion

  • Love emerald green and I’m reading this wearing my green jeans today in honour of St Patrick’s Day, being this weekend.

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