How to wear Green?

Did you ever notice how some colors that seemed to be forgotten forever reappear everywhere as if by magic! A year ago, I would not have bet a single euro on the color of the moment, I’m talking about… GREEN! To be more specific I don’t mean khaki (this one has been seen over and over these last years) but dark green, emerald green or forest green. A very interesting color indeed that allows a lot of nice matches if you pair it with flair.

(all pictures are coming from Pinterest)

Let’s see first what colors to avoid not to add 10 years to your actual age…

1/ Beige

how to wear green

This is not really a fashion « faux pas ». It’s just that it doesn’t really enhance the green color. As you can notice in the picture the combination with camel (the suitcase’s color) is way more modern and interesting.

Here is a successful example:

how to wear greenPicture from Massimo Dutti

 

2/ Pale or bright yellow

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A very touchy combination that brings us back to the sixties… I’ll prefer to stay away from it

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But, and it’s all the subtle poesy of colors, dark green and mustard yellow is really nice!

how to wear green

3/ Orange

Kind of tricky and challenging (easier if the green color is really dark)

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Or if it’s a burned orange

how to wear green

 

3/ Red: too classic! or only for a light touch, a small detail

how to wear green

Dark green + burgundy is another alternative but I personally think it’s kind of flat and boring…

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Let’s see now some winning combinations!

1/ Dark green and white

Unlike beige, white color will enlight the whole thing!

how to wear greenA very nice detail in the picture above: the golden shoes. Aren’t they perfect with this green skirt?

 

2/ Black + dark Green

Surprisingly, dark green and black are matching very well

 

 how to wear greenPicture from Lulugal

how to wear green

how to wear green

3/ Pink

As I’m not a real pink lover, I prefer it in light touch (click on the picture to buy the bag)

how to wear green

But in any cases, it does work with pink

how to wear green

4/Purple

I know, it’s sound challenging but as you can see, it’s not as dangerous as it seems. I think it’s fresher than a green+burgundy combination.

how to wear green

how to wear green

how to wear green

5/ Shades of green

Different shades of green as lime, olive green or turquoise (wich is between green and blue actually ;)..)

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6/ All kind of blue

I saved my favorite combination for last.

They all work, from pale blue, denim, peacock or navy!

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how to wear greenpicture from Free People

how to wear greenpicture from Haider Ackermann

how to wear greenpicture from Tory Burch

how to wear green

how to wear green

PS: I forgot grey on my list. Grey is also a perfect choice with green. But as a neutral, grey matches with any colors? Right?

So tell me: Do you already wear dark green or are you about to try it soon? What would be your favorite combination?

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6 Comments

  1. I tried this today- peacock/dark teal blue cashmere sweater over black tank with olive green slim pant and black booties. I never would have combined these colors. No look-alikes in my office :)
    Thanks Cecile!

      • Thank you! I am also going to do the green+purple, inspired by the building picture. I have a purple velvet blazer and will wear with an ivory top that has some ruffles, slim olive green pant and black booties. Love your website, especially the advice on combining colors. It has given me some great ideas on how to wear things I already have in new ways. I am going to Amsterdam and Paris in March and will be thinking of all the advice I have read on your page when I pack my suitcase. :)

        • I love purple velvet. I’m sure it will rock with olive green! Have a nice trip in Paris in March ;) Let me know if you need shopping advice

  2. I’m being braver with colour – blue-green, teal, olive, turquoise are all flattering to my colouring and make a nice change from my black/navy/grey neutrals. I love some of the combinations you’ve posted here, Cecile, but they are a bit too daring for me at the moment!

    One colour that is very difficult to sell to English women is mid or ‘bottle’ green. This is because many school uniforms are bottle green – and we all hate our school uniforms! Mine was navy blue and burgundy – a combination I still cannot bear to wear even though it can look good on others!

    • Navy blue and burgundy is really nice indeed! But I know what you mean Anna. I used to wear a uniform too in a Parisian private school. It was a navy blue skirts or navy pants + a white shirt… So boring when you are 15 years old ;) We all try to cheat with blue jeans instead but if you get caught by the supervisor you had to go home to dress properly! And support a punishment…

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