Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
―Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Some people associate the color green with paradise, others consider it a symbol of eternal life. In Portugal, green is the color of hope, while in Scotland, it's a mark of honor. There are so many different associations with the color green, that you could write tomes about it. We say make green the color of envy. Wear it in myriad ways, with different colors or solo, and let others know how it is done.
What are the Shades We See the Most
You pick pretty much any color, and you will be spellbound by the number of different shades that make up the bouquet of its color range. With green too, the story is pretty much the same. From grass green to the much-heralded emerald green, from the pretty-as-a-picture mint green to the more uncommon myrtle, there are enough shades to keep your wardrobe green heavy for a long, long time to come. And if you are stuck in that rut where you keep buying clothes in the same shade of green, here are some of the most popular greens that work for outfits.
Let's start with the ever popular emerald green. This shade is a show stealer, and therefore, we suggest you wear it solo with minimal accessories, and let the color be the star.
Dark, earthy tones work beautifully on most women, and this breathtaking shade called forest demands that it be worn with a neutral.
Think army. Think tough. Think strong. And now, think olive green. It may seem too army(ish), but military-inspired clothing is a huge trend right now. Take advantage of it.
Grass green is a shade that is a bit too bright and can be overwhelming. Wear it only if your skin tone allows you to do so, and even then, tone it down with a dark neutral.
Now, mint is a shade that has been enjoying its moment in the sun in recent times. You can go bright with it, but we love it in its mellow form with a white shirt and blue denims.
It may seem too dark, and too black-like but when worn with the right colors, like the accents of red and brown in this dress, Hooker's green can work wonders for you.
Moss green always conjures up images not fit to be mentioned in a fashion article, and therefore, women tend to avoid it. But it can have its moments as this sequinned dress shows.
Fern green is just a couple of shades darker than mint, and thus, enjoys many of the same attributes. So, like we said before, either keep it classy like this or go perky with a bright, vivid shade.
One of the most uncommon shade of green we have seen so far on clothes, it can be tough to wear; so if you are planning on wearing myrtle, ensure that your skin tone does not pale it further.
Now ombre may not be a shade, but it is a popular trend that allows you to wear multiple shades of the same color at once. And we particularly love how this skirt has been worn.
Everyone has a different approach to wearing a specific color. Some worry about the accessories, others worry about the shade suiting their skin tone, but what most people forget is that the best way to accentuate a color is to wear it with the right color. And that's exactly what this Buzzle article is about. In the sections to follow, we give you the different colors you can wear with green, and also give you outfit ideas via the same images.
The Failsafe Options
Stylists will always tell you how important neutrals are to your wardrobe. And they won't be exaggerating. These are colors that you can wear with pretty much any other color (including each other). There is no going wrong with these combinations. Here is how you can wear green with these colors.
Black should be everyone's favorite color. Wear it with anything, and you will do no wrong. We love the way the green skirt has been teamed with only blacks to ensure that the green stands out.
White is a bright neutral, and works, according to us, better in daytime. A white top with green denims can be the perfect outfit for a lovely spring day.
Beige is often criticized for being too skin-tone(y). But that near-nude look can often make your outfit seem more edgy and current. This skirt-top combination proves us right.
Want something a bit more spunky? Black is too dark and white is too bright, but gray; it is the perfect in-between. And wearing a pair of gray pants with a moss green hoodie is a masterstroke.
The Eternal Combinations
When you think green, there are some colors that automatically spring to mind. They aren't neutrals but they are colors that have been established as good contrasts with green. So, if you are bored with the neutral look and want a bit more color in there, these are the options you should be picking from.
Think of the forest, think of the bright green complemented by beautiful yellow, and you know you have a gorgeous color combination in hand. This dress with its floral theme and the right splashes of yellow accentuate the green in just the perfect way.
How can you ever go wrong with a denim blue? Wear any color with it and you will be decked out perfectly. Even if it is a close cousin of neon green. Bright shades of green beg to be toned down, and wearing it with denim blue and white is a great way of doing just that.
Red and green? Isn't it too Christmas(y)? Agreed that the combination can be a little too overwhelming, but it is a beautiful match. All you need to do is wear it right. So pick a jacket/trench coat in olive green, and give it a little pop with red heels.
The Risky Ones
Sticking to neutrals and classic combinations is great, but if you are a true-blue fashionista, you are probably looking for a little more. And if your sense of adventure demands that you go that extra mile with the color green, then this is how can do it with panache and chutzpah.
You would never think that you could actually wear mint with purple, but you would be surprised by how well the pastel prettiness of mint complements the edgy darkness of purple. Isn't it evident in this two-toned dress?
Bright! Really bright! Orange and green together can be a bold combination to wear but if color blocking is your style, then do opt to wear the two colors together. Be warned though―it's not for the faint-hearted.
Now, you may argue that green and blue is a classic combination. Nothing adventurous about it. But how many women do you know who wear a dark green with a vivid shade of blue. Not an easy color couple but an oh-so-gorgeous one.
Now, neons may be slowly becoming a thing of the past. But if you still have that neon pink shoe in your wardrobe, the best way to wear it is maybe with a dress in a pastel green. The shoes add just the pop of color the dress needs.
A monochromatic clothing combination is not something that most women take advantage of. If you want to establish your credentials as a style maven, we suggest you wear green with green. If you are uncomfortable wearing two similar shades, pick them from opposite ends of the spectrum.
These are just some of the many ways in which you can wear the color green. Pick your favorite shades, experiment with them, and strut your style.