Blue / OD / Emerald green- Artful Color Combinations

Emerald Green and Color Combinations

Emerald green is an unlikely color to match with taupe, black and blue. Artful color combinations is an essential skill for any fashionista. Below I wear an unlikely mix of taupe–almost olive–cobalt blue and emerald green: Yes from genuine emeralds!

genuine emerald necklace

Perfecting the art of color combinations requires some out-of-the-box thinking and creativity. I started with basic black, and considered the texture of the knife pleating. I decided to do a tonal outfit, with no prints whatsoever. This, as you know, is very unusual for me! I wanted the subtle bouclé of the cobalt blue coat to come through, without the distraction  of prints.

I also wanted the

emerald green

to shine!


black pleated leather skirt

Pleated faux skirt skirt from Workshop, sim here and here. Emerald green necklace from KCsignatures. Mark Cross Grace bag, here and here, discounted and in a very cool pattern! My blue wool princess is a gift from a friend, and a similar one can be found here.


I also wanted to highlight the strands of emeralds , letting them be a focal point for the outfit, along with the knife pleated leather skirt, which is faux. Everything I am wearing is a local purchase, or small business purchase. The boots came from eBay, and the other pieces all from small shops in my neighborhood. You have seen me wear this bag quite a bit recently, here and here.

You seldom see me in emerald green, which was the eye color of my late brother. I think about him as I write this.

genuine emerald green necklace

Refining the art of

color combinations

is an essential for any artist or designer.

 I am currently renovating my house and am concentrating of this important skill. It seems simple, but is not! It is mind-boggling how many shades of white there are. That renovation may be part of another post. For now, I hope you appreciate the somewhat unusual combination of color and hues I have combined.

Even my sunglasses, by Ferragamo, have two shades of blue. I like the mirrored finish and the way they photograph. Outside, they look like this:

the art of colors combinations

Inside, and from the back,  they look like this. I truly appreciate the decorative details of what I wear!

Mirrored sunglasses

My genuine emerald-beaded necklace is a somewhat understated luxury.  For instance, few people would notice that they are emeralds. I like that. I got them from KCSignatures. They are a fantastic value and investment. A smaller strand pictured here is 40 times more expensive!The deeply saturated emerald green is so pure, in both necklaces.

Below a shot of the city at night! I am always inspired by the city lights and architecture .


What are your favorite colors? What is an usual color combination that you have worn recently? Are you a fan of emerald green, or more of a blue devotee?

I hope your week is off to a great start!

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29 thoughts on “Blue / OD / Emerald green- Artful Color Combinations

  1. you look amazing and I like emerald green. Great way you wear it Elle. My favorite at the moment are all shades of red. I think pastell blue is a little bit unusual colour for me.
    Love your sunglasses;)
    I wish you a wonderful day, XO Tina

  2. Wow, your necklace is a stunner, Elle! I didn’t know emeralds could look like that, but I love them! This is a lovely outfit that really sets off the deep jewel tones of the coat and the necklace. Lovely, just lovely.

    1. Thanks so much Sheila!
      I consider myself very fortunate to have this lovely necklace. I agree the emeralds are in a more natural state. I love the bit of imperfection.
      My friend gave me this coat when she was thinning out her closet.

  3. That is a beautiful necklace! 🙂 I find green tricky to wear, although I have been trying to wear it more recently. I love blue though, that’s my go-to colour so I easily wear it more than green!

    I really like how this outfit let the necklace shine, it’s such a fun way to wear it! 🙂

    Hope that you are having a nice start to your week so far! It’s been a bit crazy here! 🙂

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  4. Red is my favorite color, followed by green for sure, because that is the color of my eyes – no one sees, only who really really has a good sight or on very bright days. It’s dark green, the color, bottle green called, too. One of my eyes is greener than the other, but o one sees either 🙂 One of my brothers has the same color of your necklace ad I thought of you talking about you late brother 🙁 It’s nice to remember a beloved one through colors. I loooooved your emerald necklace, and I liked your attitude too, saying that it’s good that people don’t notice that it’s made of real emeralds. You look so beautiful, I loved your outfit, so that the beads can shine! Hope you have a beautiful day, dear Elle! Hugs!

    1. Thanks Denise.
      I love your eye color, I never knew that one color was a shade different than the other. It is nice to remember people in association with lovely colors and beautiful things. I think he would like that. Happy week!

  5. That is one gorgeous necklace. I love blue and green together.

    Blue is my favourite colour but green isn’t far behind. I find them both very soothing. The colours of nature.


  6. Elle, I’m really a huge fan of the colour combination cobalt and emerald green and therefore, I simply adore your fantastic look! You have really huge skills in creating wonderful and unique outfits and I really adore you for this!
    With love from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    1. Thanks dearest Rena!
      Very much appreciate your kind words. I hope you are having a wonderful and a warm week.

    1. Thanks so much Elise.
      I also love wearing blue and green together. I am glad you like my skirt. It is very comfortable to wear and easy to style.

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