Sunday, 20 January 2013

Emerald Green for 2013

So, according to the people at Pantone the colour for 2013 is Emerald Green.  I'm hoping they just picked it because it rhymes, I'd like that to have been the logic.

In any case, I thought it would be fun to look at some vintage and repro items in green to celebrate the colour choice.

Green is a tricky choice in fashion - it has never really been a sought after colour hence the rarity of true green vintage items out there.  Green shoes and handbags go for very high prices on eBay, so I count myself lucky to have tracked not one but two pairs of green 40s shoes down for myself.  *smug*  Now just to lose the weight so that I fit in the darn suits that they go with....

I have linked below some of the best emerald green items on Etsy.  Happy window shopping!

dramatic colour block swing coat £80
cuddly 50s knit $32
Bargain Lilli Ann jacket $49

Green twist bow hat £40

40s green embroidered jacket $98

lovely rhinestone brooch $7


  1. Apparently green was/is considered unlucky, hence the rarity of green vintage pieces, which is highly annoying as it is my favourite colour. Love the pieces you have selected, especially the swing coat!

  2. I don't know about unlucky, but it was considered to be the colour worn by wanton women. It hid the grass stains ;-) I am fond of it, too. Harlots us all. Good for us.

  3. That's so funny that you mentioned green being a hard vintage color to find, because I always have the opposite problem. I've never liked the color on myself and I always seem to find awesome green pieces that I never would buy just because they are green. I'd better snatch them up and sell on ebay or something ;)

  4. I adore green. Grounding and earthy :)

  5. Every year I like to focus on a few colours for which I hope to add more pieces in said hues to my wardrobe. Green was one of them last year (had miserable luck), and when I heard in December that Pantone's hue this was emerald, my eyes (which, coincidentally are green themselves) positively lit up. Emerald is fueling my general search for green this year and it must be on my my side because I've already found two green pieces while out thrifting and we're not even done with the first month of the year (hopefully that's a sign that more green is to come this year).

    ♥ Jessica