When you blend blue, green, and a dash of gray, you get a shade with great range. "It works beautifully with almost any other color," says O creative director Adam Glassman. "It offsets whites and creams; complements burgundy, mustard, and other autumnal tones; and looks chic with brights like chartreuse." Leatrice Eiseman, head of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training near Seattle, isn't surprised to see a gorgeous go-with-anything color take off in this economy. "We want versatility," she says. "But versatile doesn't have to mean boring."
How to Wear It: "It's easy to go monochromatic with blue-greens because they don't have to match exactly. A deep teal jacket looks streamlined—and fresher than black—with a turquoise dress."—Adam Glassman
Coat, $299; dress, $179; necklace, $69; and belt, $44; all from Talbots.
How to Wear It: "Peacock-colored jewelry works with any complexion. Wear drop earrings or a collar-grazing necklace to bring warmth to the face and make your eyes pop."—Adam
Peacock earring from LibaStyle, $100.
How to Wear It: "Metallics mix fabulously with this shade. Silvers bring out the color's cool undertones; golds have a rich, dramatic effect."—Adam
From left: Dress, Haute Hippie, $1,495. Dress, Susana Monaco, $189. Necklace, Miriam Haskell, $1,480.
From top: Clutch, Bryna Handbags, $140. Clutch, Alexandra Knight, $800. Wallet, Namu, $250. Wallet, Michael Michael Kors, $98. Scarf, Chan Luu, $195.
Bra, $65, panties,$30; both Elle Macpherson Intimates.
"Use teal as a neutral to balance brights."—Adam
Scarf, Nepali by TDM, $150. Blazer, Strenesse Gabriele Strehle, $890. Tank, Talbots, $129. Pants, J.Crew, $198. Clutch, Chako, $295.
Earrings from LibaStyle, $85.
Necklace, Jordan Alexander at Fragments, $5,335.
"Try a deep teal eye shadow instead of the usual gray for a fresh take on smoky eyes. Dark peacock looks great on nails, too—just keep them short."—Adam
Eyeshadows (from top), MAC Cosmetics, Clinique, CoverGirl, Nars, and Sephora.
Ring, David Yurman, $950.