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RUBY, EMERALD & SAPPHIRE JEWEL TONES


Ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blue — saturated colours from the jewel tone family add joy and sparkle to my wardrobe


Red and green may mean stop and go, but the sapphire blue shirt is full speed ahead!
Red and green may mean stop and go, but the sapphire blue shirt is full speed ahead!

The sapphire blue blouse from Zara looks regal paired with neutral faux leather jeans. The matching sapphire blue sequin mask is a striking visual accent. AND it's a happy accident that I'm wearing my blue-toned glasses!


The button-up blouse with a dropped shoulder is universally figure flattering and the classic cut looks good on virtually every shape and size. Sapphire blue is a royal colour worth adding any wardrobe.


Ruby red satin top from Zara
Ruby red satin top from Zara

Same shape, different jewel tone — the ruby red satin blouse, also from Zara, pulls out the stops. Don't be shy with jewel tones, they make everyone look rich and sophisticated, even here where I've matched red with red.


Jewel tones don't need to be satiny or shiny, as shown by this fuzzy green sweater.
Jewel tones don't have to be satiny or shiny, as shown by this fuzzy green sweater.

Sure, this emerald green sweater may be aimed at a younger audience, but I love how it works on me. The dramatic scoop helps to elongate my neck while the cropped style emphasizes the leg line.


Blue on blue on blue on ukulele.
Blue on blue on blue on ukulele.

Here I've built a blue ensemble using that same sapphire blue blouse as the base. Dark denim jeans and a long, lightweight sweater support the look. The long cardigan duster instantly makes me look longer and leaner and the gold belt is a welcome accent.


These ideas just barely scratch the surface of jewel tones. Dear Reader, you'll see more of them soon!



Jewel Tone Style Tips

  1. Start with a classic-cut blouse in a jewel tone, then add a neutral pant or skirt.

  2. Try different hues from the jewel family like amethyst purple and citrine yellow.

  3. When in doubt, wear one jewel tone from head to toe. (Red, anyone?)