There are some colors that are easy to wear. They go with pretty much anything and everything, and you don’t need to think twice about getting dressed in said color.
And then there are colors that make you scratch your head, wondering how to wear it. What ways does it look best? What does it go with? How do I pull off this color without looking silly?
Green is definitely the latter for most people out there. It’s not that green isn’t beautiful (because it is!), it’s just that people often find it harder to wear and style than other colors.
Well, today we’re giving you the 411 on how to wear your green color well beyond St. Patrick’s Day – and how to do so without looking like a leprechaun!
1. Choose Complementary Colors
Complementary colors (those colors opposite on the color wheel) is usually a good idea from a color harmony stand point.
But in this case, with red being green’s complementary color, that combination should be avoided for the most part (except in the month of December) for the obvious Christmas vibes it invokes.
The way to work around this is to vary your shades. So play around with shades other than Christmas tree green and Santa red, and you might stumble onto something fun and unexpected! This dress is a great example of that.
2. Freshen it up with Fun Florals
Florals for spring? Groundbreaking, right? But really, what goes together better than florals and greenery? Create a spring-ready look by pulling in florals with Pull in florals with green to create a fresh spring look. After all, the whole world is abloom in spring. So why not add some blooms to your outfit?
This can be accomplished via a floral blouse, for example, or accessories, such as the scarf Carrie wrapped around her waist in the above photos.
Carrie’s look: MDS Stripes Peasant Dress and Floral Scarf
3. Attempt the Analogous Angle
Analogous color combos are those combinations of colors which are adjacent to one another on the color wheel. These combos create natural color harmony. For green, yellow and blue are its analogous colors.
And this doesn’t have to necessarily mean that the colors are next to each other in the particular piece of clothing / outfit you’re wearing; it could simply be a combination of them throughout your look.
As you can see above, the MDS Stripes dress on the left does the work for you with all the colors already in the pattern, and in the look on the right in Carrie’s Halston Heritage dress, she did this by way of her accessories.
Carrie’s looks: MDS Stripes Tiered Tank Dress and J.Crew Cardigan / Halston Heritage Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress
4. Bring the Black & Go for the Gold
Style a darker green with black and gold accents to create a mature, sophisticated look. This color palette exudes serious, almost somber, vibes, lending itself well to business meetings and other professional settings.
You can try this with your accessories, such as gold bracelets or earrings or in the way of a beautiful dress, such as this one.
Carrie’s look : MICHAEL Michael Kors printed chiffon dress
5. Ponder the Power of Pastels
For a more relaxed vibe, opt for pairing your green with pastel hues. This can allow for a more casual look, too, especially if you pair your look with sneakers.
Think soft pinks and blues. Against the crisp, bold color of green, it’s a beautiful contrast and makes for a great combination.
Carrie’s look: Sacai shirtdress and Golden Goose sneakers
Take it to the Streets
We loved finding inspiration photos of how some of our favorite fashionable women have worn green. Some head to toe, some just in their accessories, and some with other colors. Keep on scrolling to see!
How You Can Wear Green
If you don’t own any green (or even if you do!), we recommend adding it to your wardrobe. We love the color, especially this time of year when the flowers are going to soon start to bloom. It’s truly perfect for spring (and well beyond St. Patrick’s Day). Keep on scrolling for some of our favorite green pieces you can shop right here.
Bonus + Your Thoughts
For even more tips on wearing green, check out our how to wear mint green article. Believe it or not, this article is one of our most popular posts ever! Fun fact: if you search for “tips for wearing green”, the mint green article is near the top of google! So, go take a look at some throwback photos of me with shorter hair and a smaller waist. Haha.
So, do you own any green pieces? Anything you’re eyeing from above? What do you typically wear on St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments below and have a great rest of your day!