Now more than ever we need the reminder of nature and thriving that the green color family provides. If you’ve tried a wrong green and vowed to avoid that range entirely, it’s time to revisit that decision. Color temperature is usually the culprit in a mis-match. You’ll find gorgeous choices in warm greens, cool greens and everything in between. Here are some ideas to get you started …
You’ll recall from pre-school that we mix blue and yellow in various proportions to create greens. Greens with more blue in the mix are best for women with cool coloring. Greens with a larger percentage of yellow look better on those with warmer, more golden coloring. This assortment of dress photos is an example of that continuum:
Optimal colors for any woman also relate to the value (darkness or lightness) of her coloring. The lighter green top below balances for a women with soft coloring; the stronger, darker green is a good balance for a woman with darker hair or skin. Palest sage greens are around, for the first time in maybe a decade. I call this family a “super-neutral” because it flatters nearly everyone and works as a substitute for less-flattering white shirts and shells with virtually every dark neutral. Picture it with gray, navy, chocolate or taupe for instance. Not as strong with camel and sand though.
Palest sage greens are around, for the first time in maybe a decade. I call this family a “super-neutral” because it flatters nearly everyone and works as a substitute for less-flattering optic white shirts and shells with virtually every dark neutral. Picture pale sage with gray, navy, chocolate or taupe for instance. Not as strong with camel and sand though.
I started a green capsule with these pieces from last year’s Cabi collection (cabionline.com). The Skinny Cord jeans have comfort stretch and a temperature-neutral dark color. The cozy Shetland Sweater repeats the green, but also bits of gray and camel. Underlayer tops are Serenity Tee and Flirt Top (with detachable cami for even more mixing). I can cool the combination for my coloring by accessorizing with a gray suede bootie and silver-toned jewelry. I could even substitute a pale gray top underneath. A warmer gal could tie the look more strongly to her coloring with a camel bootie, gold-tone earrings and alternatively, a sandy camel top .
The green we typically call “Olive” also continues in the fashion forefront. But look carefully. True olive is a golden green, but many of the newer options are actually a more grayed green – I call it Sage or Herb Green – and flattering to both warm and cool-color women, especially those with green eyes. These picks show how to create interesting combinations with monochromatic green simply by varying the fabric weights and textures.
What green will you add to your closet for the upcoming season? Or what favorite greens are already in your closet?