Is it just me, or should Rihanna re-sing "Shine Like a Diamond" next year so that it's "Shine Like an Emerald?"

Anyways, Emerald is 2013's color of the year and it's time to start incorporating the gem into your wardrobe. However, green may seem like a weird color to work with and you might be asking yourself questions like: "What colors does it go best with?" "How do I avoid clashing colors?" "I don't usually wear green, so how do I incorporate it into my closet?"

If you are actually asking yourself these questions, no worries, because that's the point of this post: to help you embrace your inner gemstone and work the color of the year.

But first, below are some great emerald picks to add to your closet, house, and beauty and jewelry collection:

Emerald City

Clockwise, from left to right: Disco Nights Dress from NastyGal, Green Circles Lamp (perfect way to add some color to a room!), 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Illamasqua nail varnish in Viridian, MAKE UP FOR EVER Pure Pigments in No. 18, Emerald Green, Emerald Drop Earrings from BaubleBar (these definitely look more than $32, right?), Coach Zoee heel, La Mer Collections WatchTealight Holder, Terry towels from Brooks Brothers.

 

Believe it or not, emerald is a simple color to work with if you're not afraid of green.

 

Dressing Up With Emerald

Outfit #1: Emerald Dress from ModCloth -- Gold-collared jacket, Bib necklace, Anne Klein Cap-toed heels

  • This gemstone looks utterly chic when paired with gold (currently my favorite color combo), so have fun and add some gold to your outfit whether it's with the great gold-collored jacket above, or with gold accessories. For some color, add pinks, blue, purples, or reds.

Outfit #2: Skater Dress from Nordstrom -- Juicy Couture fur coat, Cobalt drop earrings, Pink Crystal Cluster ring, Oscar de la Renta ring, Steve Madden pumps

  • Emerald is beautiful when paired with shades of  pink. It's a great color combination and always looks great together. Add in some blue for a pop of color if you're up for it, otherwise play with pinks and emeralds.

 

For a more simple approach to emerald, pick up an emerald sweater or top and have fun with all the accessories:

emerald

Outfit pieces: Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, TopShop Skinny Jeans, Aldo blue booties

Here's to looking great in emerald in the new year!