Emerald is the Green of Choice for Spring

Pair the hue with “novel neutrals” or some black and white stripes and you’re on the cutting edge this season.

By Maureen Sullivan 

Almost every year around this time, the wardrobe—just like the household, crying out for a spring-cleaning—needs a little cobweb clearing. Whether you just want to brighten up your basics with colors that scream spring or you long to be au currant, donning the duds that say you know what’s happening now, look no further than below. We’ve put together our own mini-trend report for spring 2013 fashion. It’ll give you an idea of what to wear to feel like you, too, are awakening—refreshed! —from a long winter’s nap. 

Pay a Visit to the Emerald City

Going green has never been more crucial—yes, you should love your mother, as in Mother Earth, using tote bags at the grocery store and composting anything you can, but greens are also everywhere this spring as the color to have. Particularly Emerald, according to the Pantone Institute, the decreer of colors extraordinaire, which has declared Emerald as the color of 2013. Whether you want to use it as an excuse to sport some sparkle, like the precious stone it’s named for, or invoke its calming, harmonious properties by pairing it with some of what the people at Pantone call the “novel neutrals” for spring—Dusk Blue (exactly as the name implies), Grayed Jade (same here)—you’re sure to find multiple uses for Emerald in your wardrobe. When it comes to richness, in color or jewels, less is never more. 

Peek-A-Boo, I See You …

You’ll be seeing a lot more of everyone this spring with the trend of veiled and sheer fabrics such as organza, chiffon and mousseline overlaying either other fabric or bare skin. And if you have little in the middle, it doesn’t stop there—cutouts and shirts that bare the midriff were also shown in abundance on the runway during New York Fashion Week for Spring 2013.  

Black and White and Seen All Over

Black and white never really goes out of style, does it? Perhaps not, but sometimes it’s more inherently in than other times. This spring is one of those times. Black and white particularly punch up this spring’s stripes, which remain strong as a trendlet of their own. 

Sweet and Low Down

Finally, a trend that real working women can get behind—flats and low heels, particularly those with long, sleek pointy toes (a la the ’90s), were spotted on the runways. With features like ankle straps and cylinder heels, these shoes take the frump out of the pump and upgrade the 4-inch heel’s baby sister to the modern era. Also spotted, at the other end of the spectrum: gladiator heels. Our dogs (and shins!) are barking already. 

The Long and the Short of It

It’s as if real women stood up in unison and demanded, “Please give us shorts we all can wear, not Daisy Dukes only for those size 2!” And all those savvy designers actually heard us (or just decided they wanted to their clothes to sell). However it happened, Bermuda shorts were all over the Spring 2013 runways, and thank god for those of us past high school. Now you can go to a barbecue, be comfortably covered, and look up-to-date all at the same time. If that’s not a spring trend worth celebrating, what is? 

Maureen Sullivan tracks the fashion trends and her two children as a working mom and the principal of the Cosgrove Group in Overland Park, Kan.