How to Wear Emerald Green – Plus, Enter to Win a $200 Gift Card

Posted On Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Filed Under: Celeb Style on a Dime, How To, shopping, Style Guide
Last week’s Oscars meant the end to red carpet season and if there’s one thing we know for sure {besides the fact that Lupita Nyong’o is a goddess!}, it’s that emerald green is a hue for all complexions.
I have to admit, I wasn’t always a big fan of green. I don’t hate it, but I can count the number of green items in my closet on one hand and still have two fingers left over.
But this season we saw women of every color showing love to the deep green. From Lupita’s deep complexion to Sandra Bullock’s fair skin, every woman can go green. And I found some affordable pieces to make it easy and offer inspiration.
Even though you most likely won’t wear a gown in your everyday attire, below are some wallet-friendly picks that will leave others green with envy. If you’re still too shy to rock a green garment, accessories are the way to go. You still get a dose of color while easing yourself in to this trend. A quick styling tip: emerald pairs well with other citrus hues {yellow and orange} and is great against metallic accessories.
If that’s not enough inspiration for you, check out some additional, fashionable emerald green clothes and accessories on my Pinterest board: Go Bold with Green. There you’ll find 30+ dresses, necklaces, shoes and more!
And since it’s so easy to overspend while shopping, I’ve teamed up with H&R block to introduce you to their Emerald card. You guys know how serious I am with setting a budget when you shop and this card does just that! The prepaid Emerald MasterCard means you only spend what you have in your account and it’s automatically debited. You can use it just like any credit card, but there’s no bill and annual or overdraft fees.
One lucky reader will win a $200 H&R Block gift card. There are up to five ways to win, so check them out below using Rafflecopter. The contest is open to U.S. residents and ends on March 17, 12am PST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: H&R Block has asked me to help promote the Emerald Prepaid MasterCard. The prize was provided and may be shipped to the winner by H&R Block, but all opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of H&R Block. Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US only. No purchase necessary in order to win prize. Winner to be chosen at random.

*Edit: post updated to state a reader will win a $200 H&R Block gift card, not the prepaid Emerald MasterCard.

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  • mami2jcn

    Olivia Wilde had my favorite green gown. I would incorporate green in accessories, like a statement necklace.

  • Julie Wood

    Sandra Bullock looks fabulous in her green gown. She always looks gorgeous! I wear my nice green top with a green necklace and earrings. I like to brighten up my wardrobe with green!

  • Tash

    Awesome color for the season! S/N: Lupita was my fav this award season.

  • stephanie

    Olivia Wilde i love purse

  • Beatrice

    I love that color!!

  • Dani

    Emerald is a gorgeous color!! I would love a form fitting cut dress for special occassions.

  • illy junus

    I love the color, i would wear it as a tunic, or a nice bag. And i love Lupita dress

  • Nicole

    Emerald green is one of my favorite colors too, and I plan to incorporate it into my wardrobe this season.

  • Nicole

    Lupita is wearing my favorite dress. Because I love the color, I plan to buy a few emerald green tops, e.g., a lightweight sweater and blouse.

  • jenmalonee

    Olivia Wilde looked great. I would incorporate it with a cute purse!

  • JessieC

    Sandra Bullock is my favorite. I would incorporate emerald green in my wardrobe by adding accessories such as purse and earrings.

  • coupontammy

    I think Sandra Bullock looked great. I love emerald green! It’s a great color to wear. I would buy some more tops, bracelets and a handbag to add some more color to my wardrobe.

  • Heather Hayes Panjon

    Lupita Nyong’o Is My Favorite, She Is Stunning! I’d Incorporate Emerald Green Into My Accessories, A Handbag, Necklace, Shoes.
    hthr83heather at yahoo dot com

  • tina m

    I like Emma stone and i’d get some green dress.

  • Calli

    my coloring is close to sandra bullock so I would wear a darker emerald green. Would love some flats in this color!

  • Danielle

    I liked Olivia Wilde’s look and I’d incorporate emerald green with a gorgeous pair of earrings or a statement necklace.

  • chazeenp

    I loved Lupita of course! The green skirt that you showed was awesome. I’d love to have that in my closet!


    I’m fair so I look to Olivia Wilde for a favorite. Green is my favorite color, I love seeing how others might wear it. I like the idea of pairing it with citrus colors.

  • Tara

    Sandra Bullock! I would love a pair of emerald green flats!

  • Elena Istomina

    I like Olivia Wilde. I would wear a statement necklace in emerald green color

  • dmwsmiley

    Sandra Bullock is my style. I like the darker green emerald. Incorporate a lighter shade green purse.

  • Judy S

    Olivia Wilde looked great. I would add a cute necklace to add some color.

  • Linda

    I thought Olivia Wilde was rocking her baby bump in the pretty sleek green dress. I’d rock Emerald green in my wardrobe with a nice handbag or jewelry.

  • Courtney Bella

    i like sandra bullock and i would do an emerald necklace on white blouse…

  • Jessica To

    I like Sandra Bullock in green. I would love a great emerald green top.

  • meredith

    I love sadra bullock – I would add an emerald dress

  • Monique

    Lupita Nyong’o looked gorgeous! She was definitely my favorite in emerald green. Her skin is always glowing and the color really pops against her rich tone. I would incorporate this color in my wardrobe with a cute bikini during spring break in Miami or a pair of trousers to dress up or down.

  • cezovski

    I liked Sandra Bullock in emerald green! I would like to get an emerald green shirt to wear with my new white pants.
    Rafflecopter: Carolsue

  • Elaine

    Lupita looks divine in emerald! If I were to wear emerald, I would start small with an emerald belt.

  • Desiree H

    Sandra Bullock has always been one of my favorite actresses. I think she looks great in green! I would incorporate emerald green into new eyeshadows and matching accessories! Thanks for the chance!!

  • Karla Alonso

    I love the emerald green color! I don’t have any emerald green clothes but I do love a great emerald green eyeliner! :)

  • Julie

    I like Sandra Bullock in green. I would wear a emerald green blouse with a black skirt thanks for the giveaway

  • twenteries

    I like Sandra Bullock’s dress! I already have a few emerald accent pieces, but I’d love to get a bold emerald top!

  • Olivia De Hamilton

    Sandra is my fav. She is just stunning as always. I LOVE green! Emeralds are my absolute favs. I own several shades of green nail polish, green blouses, and 1 pair of green pumps!

  • Amy Laws

    I love Sandra is her dress! The color is so flattering on her. My most recent purchase has been an emerald green scarf and I am obsessed with it. I would love a emerald green skirt or cardigan.

  • Holly B

    Lupita’s dress is my fave! If I were buying a piece of emerald green clothing, I’d go for a swimsuit for sure, I think it would work with my super pale skin :)

  • Tian A.

    Sandra Bullock rocking her emerald dress, she looks so gorgeous! I love emerald cardigan or emerald flats :)

  • Erin Ellis

    I love Olivia in emerald green. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  • Lauren Eggers

    I love Sandra Bullock in that beautiful green dress. Really compliments her skin. I wear lots of greens/emeralds in my wardrobe already, but I REALLY want a pair of emerald jeans

  • David Holder

    I would wear a green tie.

  • Lisa Brown

    Sandra Bullock looks great; I would incorporate the color green in shoes and eyeshadow

  • JD

    I think Lupita looked the best in green, but all your examples did show
    how this color can work for a variety of people. Green isn’t just for
    Kermit the Frog, anymore! LOL


    I think Olivia looks good in Emerald Green. I would incorporate the color green into my t shirt collection.

  • elizabeth elliott

    I thought olivia wilde was perfect in her lovely green dress

  • Wendy T

    Lupita Nyong looked stunning. She has my favorite look.

    • Wendy T

      Oh, I forgot. I’d incorporate green in my wardrobe in a new shirt, which I kind of need!

  • Beth D

    Lupita is unbelievably gorgeous! I just bought a brand new pair of emerld green pants @ a local thrift shop for 1/5 of the original price.

  • Allison Downes

    I liked Olivia, and I will incorporate some emerald earrings and cardigan.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Janice Cooper

    Lupita Nyong’o dress is beautiful! I would incorporate the color in my wardrobe by getting a green purse and jewelry.

  • bosslady1333

    I liked the 2nd person I think her name is Voloa.

  • Ray Ray Cartucci

    Oh honey,I love Emerald…I wear it in nail polish,jewelry.and I have a sweater in Emerald which looks so fabulous with dark jeans. Lupita looked stunning and she felt gorgeous so she put off those awesome vibes. LOVE IT

  • Sherice Isler

    I always love emerald green. Not only does it look good in clothes, shoes, and accessories. It looks good in eye makeup, polish, and contacts. I love the look on Lupita, but all the stars look great in emerald green.


    My favorite celeb in emerald green is Viola Davis though all the women looks are stunning I would incorporated emerald in my closet with an emerald green clutch that has an embellished metallic design to go along with my cute yellow maxi dress and emerald green flats

  • AmandaSakovitz

    I loved Lupita’s dress! So gorgeous! I would wear a green top, paint my nails green and I’ve always wanted a green bag!

  • C.

    I liked Olivia Wilde’s dress and look the best. I would add Emerald to my look with nail polish and maybe a nice necklace.

  • Thomas Murphy

    I like Lupita Nyong. I have a green hat I like.

  • Tabathia

    Lupita. I would incorporate it with green shirts or blouses