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A Very Emerald New Year: Add the Color of the Year to Your Favorite Outfits

You know your go-to blouse, wear-anywhere black dress, at-the-ready leather and office-to-party black booties you rely on for special occasions and holiday parties? That trusty outfit that you feel totally you in is about to get even better.

This New Year’s Eve, usher in 2013 with Pantone’s color of the year — an energized emerald.

No need to invest in a precious gem to give your NYE date dress or girls night out-fit its bit of bright green.  Simply add one piece, from cocktail ring to collarless coat, to your well-loved clothes to give some extra gleam to that gorgeous body and superb style that are all your own.

Here’s how to add emerald to the clothes you already have to match the look you love to rock.

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  • Emerald: 2013 Color of the Year 1 of 19
    Emerald: 2013 Color of the Year
    You already know this happy hue is the crowning jewel tone for 2013. Why not usher it in properly on New Year's Eve by adding a hint here and there to your favorite clothes already in your closet? Here's how to make emerald work, whether your style is Hollywood, Harley or Laid-Back.
  • Is this your style? Classic, curvy and Charlize-fabulous 2 of 19
    Is this your style? Classic, curvy and Charlize-fabulous
    Do you love a classic, huggy LBD, accessorized with six or twelve layers of black? Pile it on, sister. Just leave one piece out (this once) for a class-act emerald item.
  • Then add feathers, sprinkle sparkles and shake 3 of 19
    Then add feathers, sprinkle sparkles and shake
    Drop the black accessories altogether and opt for high-drama peep-toe platform pumps and clutch you will never want to let out of your grasp.

    Glamor comes at a cost, as you know, ladies. The Badgley Mischka heels are $147.99 on sale. The purse, by BCBGMAXAZRIA is $124.99
  • Or consider a gem of a dress 4 of 19
    Or consider a gem of a dress
    Give the LBD a break and the LED a chance to shine. Throw on a cardi and animal-print skinny belt to tone it down (perfect for office-to-party quick-switches) and tie it together with a bit of green bling.
  • Or choose a dress to let it flow 5 of 19
    Or choose a dress to let it flow
    Slip out of the Spanx and breathe easier with this budget-friendly pintucked dress that can be styled up or down. Go prim, preppy or vintage fabulous with opaque black tights and shoes to match. Start with this pretty frock from Target for $27.99.
  • Or wrap it up 6 of 19
    Or wrap it up
    This vintage belt won't pop, it will burst while wrapped around your favorite snug black dress. Snag this Liz Claiborne croc-embossed leather belt from the '80's on Etsy for $30. Or dig one out of the back of your closet (or your mom's).
  • Or let one necklace makes a big statement 7 of 19
    Or let one necklace makes a big statement
    Bring your Audrey glam into 2013 with begged-to-be-handled gloves and a shimmery bauble necklace. This three-tiered cluster necklace set is a steal on Etsy for $15.
  • Is this your style? Sheer, waxed and sky-high 8 of 19
    Is this your style? Sheer, waxed and sky-high
    Is your look ladylike with an edge? Prim blouse...that's sheer enough to show your underthings. Black trousers...pulled in skin-tight and waxed metallic. Pretty pumps...boosted up five inches. Sweet pearls and shiny beads...knotted right at the neck. Take that same rebel-with-a-clutch look and add some unexpected emerald touches.
  • Then swap out the denim for emerald green skinnies 9 of 19
    Then swap out the denim for emerald green skinnies
    Same sexy sheer oversized blouse to tuck, belt or leave flowing free. Same knotted necklace. But now with emerald south of the hip.

    These skinny cords are by Free People on Zappos for $54.99.
  • Or kick off the heels for sumptuous suede flats 10 of 19
    Or kick off the heels for sumptuous suede flats
    I'm normally not the lady who advises lowering from heels to flats, but these delicious ballet slippers make it much easier. And think how much comfier you will be standing on a corner trying to hail a cab for an hour with little emerald pillows on your feet.

    Seychelles slippers in bonsai green now $59.99 on Zappos.
  • Or sub in a swingy skirt 11 of 19
    Or sub in a swingy skirt
    Fancy it up with a vintage suede skirt to balance the drama of your peekaboo blouse and stacked heels.

    There is one of these skirtsavailable on Etsy for $42, and more to be hunted down at your local consignment shop.
  • Or add some silk down south 12 of 19
    Or add some silk down south
    Feeling a little extra festive but not so fussy? The only ornaments you'll need are these fabulous menswear-inspired silk ankle pants.

    Collection Cafe Capri in Green Tie Silk by J Crew, $228. Want wool? You're in luck! This same style is availablein a clover-colored wool for $49.99.
  • Or get overcoated in emerald 13 of 19
    Or get overcoated in emerald
    Pull together a whole new look with one swift coat change. This collarless piped jacket by Pim + Larkin is a Rachel Zoe pick on Piperlime -- and one of mine as well because the price (on sale for $60) is buh-nah-nahs.
  • Is this your style? Comfortably chic 14 of 19
    Is this your style? Comfortably chic
    If you can make a hundred outfits out of t-shirt and jeans combos in your closet, or you were a little moto jacket nearly year-round, add in casual bits of bright green for an on-trend low-fuss look.
  • Then top it off an emerald blazer 15 of 19
    Then top it off an emerald blazer
    Trade in your brown biker jacket for sleek, fitted faux leather gone green. This dark emerald vegan dream is is half off at Kohl's for a steal at $36.
  • Or dress it up. Like, with a real dress 16 of 19
    Or dress it up. Like, with a real dress
    If your denim is well-worn, of course you're going to think I am crazy for suggesting you give them a rest. Don't scoff. This maxi is made of soft and easy jersey, like jeggings but prettier. Keep the leather motorcycle jacket and low-maintenance accessories so no one thinks you've gone too soft.

    Slip into this luxe Alice by Temperley dress, now 84% off (what?!) at The Outnet for $104.
  • Or swap the tee for silk 17 of 19
    Or swap the tee for silk
    Toss off the tee but keep the comfort with this flattering and festive silk blouse by Banana Republic, $79.
  • Accessories all around! 18 of 19
    Accessories all around!
    Need to take your emerald infusion slowly? Slip in some small greens in the way of an infinity scarf (this one's at Target.com), vinyl-seat clutch (at Etsy.com), cocktail ring (found at Forever 21), pristine pumps (by Kate Spade) or satchel (thanks to Coach).
  • More fabulous emerald frocks 19 of 19
    More fabulous emerald frocks
    Once you see how stunning this color is with your wardrobe faves, you will want to make emerald a centerpiece. Add some color with an emerald dress. Find these at Piperlime.com, PinUpGirlClothing.com and Zappos.


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