Emerald Pairings


Pantone announced recently that emerald is going to be the color du jour for 2013, which means we’ll be seeing a lot of it in stores pretty soon. The green velvet blazer I picked up last month already had me thinking about how to pair it, so here are some of my favorite pairings to start pulling out of the closet in preparation for the impending emerald on-slaught.

Gold – green and yellow are next to each other on the color wheel (analogous colors), which makes them a good pair. That means gold metallics, jewelry and hardware look really nice against a green color palette.

Leopard – like gold, the yellow and orange tones in leopard prints pair beautifully with greens.

Navy – navy blue is my favorite neutral to pair with green. This tried and true combination always looks good.


Chartreuse – a spring favorite, chartreuse is a mix of green and yellow, and pairs with deeper shades of green for a nice monochromatic look.

Turquoise – on the other side of green on the color wheel is blue, which makes a blue-green hue like turquoise another beautiful pairing. Prints in this color pairing are always a favorite of mine.

Coral – red is opposite green on the color wheel (complimentary) and therefore a good pair, but unless you want to look like a Christmas tree, stay away from true red. I like coral, which is a pinkish-orange and reminds me of spring flowers.

What color pairings are you planning to make with emerald?


  • Reply December 11, 2012


    Awesome ideas! I don’t think I own a single piece of emerald-colored anything. So this helps a lot. Now I won’t be clueless when I find myself in a store surrounded by emerald next year ;)

    I think light, neutral colors like grey or cream would also make emerald pop!


  • Reply December 11, 2012


    Hi Kelly! Love your blog… just wanted to point out, though, that it should be spelled “color du jour”… except that it means in French “color of the day”, when it’ll be color of the year. Just wanted to flag that for you!

    • Reply December 12, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks for catching that misspelling Jen. Fixed!

      I’m using du jour in the way as definition #2: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/du%20jour. It’s probably one of those weird words/terms that meant something literally, but over the years that meaning got diluted. Kinda like the English word “hot”. “Hot” can mean high temperature, on trend, or physically attractive. Confusing! Maybe slang that turned main stream?

  • Reply December 11, 2012

    Melissa Lin

    My fav paring with green is black white print anything!

    • Reply December 12, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Yes! Green with black & white can look really sophisticated. I like that pairing too. =)

  • Reply December 12, 2012


    Unfortunately, albeit I really do love the colour, It does not go well with my skin and hair colours, too much blue in this hue. But if I could I would not hesitate to wear purple with it, burgundy, light brown, yellow, orange (yes), red (yes #2 !!). Light blue or white, ivory and similar as well depending on your coloring anyway and your personnal taste. But still I live in Europe so I might have an other idea of miw=xing colours (although – much to my chagrin- too much people here are still wearing shades of grey and taupe, black and navy, even during summer time).

  • Reply December 12, 2012


    A chambray item with emerald is always good and leopard print of course.

  • Reply December 12, 2012


    oooh Kelly you’re ahead of the trend with your new blazer! I’m picturing Navy. I hardly have any green in my closet – looks like I may not be on trend this year LOL!

    • Reply December 12, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Don’t worry…chances are there will be lots of green in stores to tempt you soon. =)

  • Dearest Kelly,
    You can’t go wrong with the navy blue, paired with emerald. I like black as well and that’s about it. Of course a white or cream colored blouse always goes with that combination.
    Hugs to you,

  • Reply December 13, 2012


    I’m excited to see more green! I usually wear my green with the usual safe colors… Black, grey, khaki, white, navy..any shade of blue :)

  • Reply December 14, 2012

    lisacng @ expandng.com

    You’ve certainly thought about it more than me ;). Love the leopard and chartreuse choices.

  • Reply December 14, 2012

    Petite Adventures

    So excited that Emerald is the colour for 2013 – looks so good with all of your pairing!

    Kate xo petite-adventures.blogspot.ca

  • Reply December 14, 2012

    Ammera Kaing

    It never occurred to me to pair leopard with emerald, but I love it. Thank you Kelly!

  • Reply December 15, 2012

    Jacqueline C. Rineer

    Yay! Emerald!! I do love jewel tones! Thank you, Kelly!

  • Reply December 17, 2012


    this is an adorable concept! i really like the idea of emerald and gold – something so wizard of oz about it.

  • Reply December 19, 2012


    Leopard and green makes me think of Anne Hathaway’s outfit from Devil Wears Prada — a great movie for fashion inspiration! http://www.polyvore.com/anne_hathaways_green_coat/thing?id=13001366

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