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Emerald green anyone?

Posted on 28/05/2015

I love the colour emerald green, one of the Spring/Summer trends for 2013. It’s also ‘Colour of the Year’ according to the Pantone Colour Institute. If you read my rant a few weeks ago, “I’m SO over fashion”, you might be surprised to hear that I’m planning to incorporate this fashion trend into my style.

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I’m generally not a follower of fashion. I’m not keen on generic advice from the fashion world that tells me that I ‘must’ have the latest trend. Such advice has little regard for me as an individual. What interests me are styles and colours of clothing that I like, that suit me and my personality, regardless of whether they are in fashion or not.

So why have I caved in to one of the key colour trends for this year? Well, it just so happens that emerald green ticks all my boxes when it comes to deciding whether I’m going to incorporate a trend into my look or not. I see fashion as a resource – a source of ideas and inspiration to draw on rather than a rigid set of rules to follow blindly. I ask myself (and my clients) the following three questions about any fashion trend I (or they) are considering:

1. Do you like it?
There is very little point in wearing something just because it is ‘on trend’ when you don’t really like it. To feel comfortable and confident in your clothing, you have to like it. When I saw the colour emerald green recently, it took me back to my 1st year ball at university; I wore a beautiful emerald green dress while everyone else was wearing black. Personally, I think it’s such an elegant colour exuding vibrancy, yet having a calming effect. When you’re considering a style or a trend consider if you really like it. My motto: if you don’t like it, don’t wear it!

2. Does it suit you?
Long before I had my colours analysed, I knew that emerald green was my colour. I received several comments about how well that 1st year ball dress suited me. Years later when I had my colours analysed, I discovered I’m a ‘bright winter’, so bright, deep and cool colours suit me. When thinking about a fashion ask yourself if the style suits your body shape or if the colour suits your own natural colouring. You can read more about how to tell if a colour suits you in my blog series on "How to wear colour",  or if you need some help making the most of your body shape, this blog article, "How to make the most of your shape" will help.

3. Does it fit with, and express your personality?
Because clothing is such a unique expression of your personality, it’s important that you feel like yourself in what you are wearing. If you wear things that aren’t congruent with your personality, you’ll end up feeling uncomfortable and inauthentic. I love to wear emerald green because it helps me feel calm, grounded and practically minded (traits I’ve been told I possess) as well as making me feel elegant and feminine. Ask yourself if the colour or style that you’re assessing will help you feel like your best self, or someone you don’t know.

If you ask yourself these questions you’re more likely to feel comfortable, confident and authentic in your clothing.

As for whether you ‘should’ follow the emerald green trend, only you can decide if you like it or if it fits with your personality, but if you need some help deciding if it suits you, I’m here to help!

Remember, regardless of what’s in or out of fashion, anything that you like and looks good on you never goes out of fashion.

Judi is a style, colour and body confidence coach who helps women to look and feel confident both inside and out.

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