Every year, the color experts at Pantone get together and consult their crystal balls to tell us what’s going to be happening in the year ahead. The company’s track record on predicting elections and natural disasters is somewhat spotty, but when it comes to telling us which colors will be hot in the coming 12 months, Pantone’s usually right on the nose. Last year it was Tangerine Tango, which indeed dominated the warm months of 2012. For 2013, things are a little bit tamer – classic, regal Emerald is Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year.

Emerald is more lively than Hunter and more muted than Kelly; it’s a perfect medium, as greens go, and it can function as a neutral in the same way that a deep blue does. It’s also a color that looks at home on a variety of skin tones and as a part of many different personal styles. If you’re someone who’s more comfortable with neutrals and hoping to give your wardrobe a little bit of a push, Emerald is both an effective and relatively safe way to do it. Below, we’ve searched out the best emerald handbags on the market right now, just in case you want to get a start on the trend. After all, 2013 is but a few weeks away.

Valentino Rockstud Tote
$1,845 via farfetch.com

Marc Jacobs Paradise Rio Bag
$1,195 via Nordstrom

Alexander Wang Rockie Bag
$859 via farfetch.com

Rebecca Minkoff Studded Affair Bag
$425 via ShopBop

Cole Haan Vintage Valise Kendra Tote Bag
$378 via Neiman Marcus

Reed Krakoff Standard Clutch
$462 via Neiman Marcus

Proenza Schouler Mini PS11
$1,675 via Net-a-Porter

Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot To Handle Satchel
$428 via Neiman Marcus

Jil Sander New Malavoglia Tote
$1,760 via Net-a-Porter

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Patreisha Richey
10 years ago

I’ve worn a few emerald blouses here and there, but I’m not quite sure how I’d feel about carrying an emerald bag.

10 years ago

I like the color, but not really into any of these bags pictured. I do have a green vintage Coach City that I LOVE, but it’s more a hunter green than an emerald. Still, it really is a great color that can behave almost as a neutral and I love that about it. It’s also a surprisingly flattering nail color.

10 years ago

that’s crazy. I bought my first Prada Bag in 2008 and the color was emerald green I thought I will use it for maybe 6 months…and is still the color! Awsome, love it in this gallery I love the valentino rockstud

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