So, I have to admit, when I found out that Greenery was Pantones colour of the Year in 2017, my first thought was “oooohhh”, as all the crushed Avacado on toast pictures from Instagram flashed through my head, followed by my Grandparents bathroom suit in the 70’s.
Greenery was the 2nd Green in 5 years that Pantone named colour of the year, with Emerald named back in 2013. Many will tell your their favourite colour is green, but then find the colour hard to wear if picking the wrong tone, or pairing with the wrong accent. With a huge range of hues from khaki to lime, olive to emerald, down to the pastels of Mint and Pistachio though there’s a tone that makes everyone look fabulous. Working it on only parts of your outfit, or as an accent, paired with complimentary colours, you will find it invigorating, cheery, and positive.
Here are my suggestions on working with the Greens.
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Green combined with neutrals, including black or gold always looks wonderful. A fresh and zesty Green can be described as nature’s neutral as it evokes the first days of spring. Take notes from nature and pair with other neutral colours such as beige, or other browns.
Ideal for Spring / Summer racing or weddings, as you can wear any of the nude / brown shoes, handbags, or headpieces already available in the shops or your existing wardrobe.
Emerald Green combined with gold always looks wonderful, and is perfect for an Autumn, Winter or Christmas Wedding Guest.
Emerald Green is for everyone. It suits everyone regardless of skin tone, hair and eye colour. Emerald green is a luxurious jewel colour, so it’s an ideal choice for wedding guests outfits and never fails for a wedding in any season, hence many will refer to it as their favorite colour.
For More Ideas on what to wear for an Autumn Wedding you should also read the Autumn Wedding Guest Outfits post.
Jacquard Dress: Gina Bacconi. Click for Dress (UK).
Leather Crown: Etsy. Click for Crown (International).
Earrings: Lola Rose. Click for Earrings (UK).
Mascara: YSL. Click for Mascara (UK).
Gold Eye Shadow: Clarins. Click for Eye shadow (UK).
Green Eye Shadow: Mii. Click for Eye shadow (UK).
Bag: Amazon. Click for Bag (USA). Click for Bag (UK).
Shoes: Jimmy Choo. Click for Shoes (International).
Nail Polish: NailBerry. Click for Nail Polish (UK).
Perfume: Gucci. Click for Perfume (UK).
Many believe Blue and Green should never be seen, but this rule only applies when the tone and hue are similar. You might not want to mix your navy with deepest dark green, or lime with a sky blue, but pair with contrasting tones and the mix can be magic.
Try Green with Lapis blue, Sapphire, French Navy, or Royal and the combination is definitely one to be seen.
Pantone have named to colour of the year for 2020, as CLASSIC BLUE. A reliable colour between Royal and Navy. A colour we all know, wear, understand and trust. A colour that is seasonless. For Spring / Summer it can pair well with Lime or the Avacado hue - Greenery (Pantones colour of the year back in 2017).
The Dress is: Reiss. Click for Dress (International).
Earrings: Kendra Scott. Click for Earrings (USA).
Hatinator Hat: Etsy. Click for Headpiece.
Eyeshadow: Nars. Click for Eyeshadow (USA).
Eyeshadow: Christian Dior. Eyeshadow (UK).
Bag: Amazon. Click For Bag.
Blue green Colour Changing Nail Varnish: ILNP. Click for Nail Varnish on for on Amazon.
Shoes: LoQ. Click for Shoes (USA).
Not brave enough to wear it as the main colour or solo? Green is a striking and refreshing colour that works well as an accent to a Black and / or White outfit.
Layer elements into your monochrome outfit, in the form of simple, minimalist pieces like the hat, shoes or bag, or combination of a few. Everyone needs statement pieces to elevate black outfits for a wedding or the races, and pairing with Green always looks sophisticated.
The Black and Green Winter wedding guest outfit below picks up accessories inspired by Nature - Peacock Feathers Felt Hat and Green Leaves for the handbag, paired with leaf earrings. This outfit would work great for the races too in the cooler months / jump season, but winter racing can be chilly outdoors, so add a coat if going to races where you could be outside the majority of the day!
Black Dress: Reiss Click for Dress.
Peacock Hat: Etsy Click for Hat (International).
Earrings: Matthew Calvin Click for Earrings (UK).
Bag: Amazon. Click for Bag (International).
Nail Polish: Essie Click for Nail Polish (International).
Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury Click for Lipstick (UK).
Eye Shadow: Nars Click for Eye Shadow (UK).
Shoes: Staud Click for Shoes (UK).
Graphic Floral Print dresses are always on trend. Floral dresses are the essence of feminine charm. Green is of course a colour that you will find in 100’s of Floral prints. If you aren’t ready to wear Green on it’s own, then a floral print is perfect. You can then select accessories in the Green colour to wear with the outfit.
Remember: If choosing florals or other highly graphic prints, then select accessories in single colour. Don’t try wearing a busy, multi-coloured statement hat, and a graphic print. Allow just one of them to be the star. If you must wear the biggest, multi-coloured, statement hat for Royal Ascot or Kentucky Derby, then do that with a simple monotone dress, not florals.
Velvet Headpiece: Dress-2-Impress. Click for Headpiece (International).
Dress: Ted Baker. Click for Dress (UK) or for Ted Baker (USA) and also at Nordstrom (USA).
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay. Click for Eyeshadow (UK).
Sunglasses: Topshop. Click for Sunglasses (International).
Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury. Click for Lippy (UK).
Bag: Diana Ulanova. Click for Bag (International).
Shoes: Cult Gaia. Click for Shoes (International).
Nail Varnish: ILNP. Click for Nail Polish.
The headpiece illustrated with this outfit is Dress-2-Impress.com Click for Headpiece.
Dress: Ted Baker. Click for Dress
Eyeshadow: Chanel. Click for Eyeshadow (USA) Click for Eyeshadow (UK)
Lip Lacquer: Rodial. Click for Lippy.
Shoes: Reiss. Click for Shoes (International).
The Bag is: Crystal Shoe Co. Click for Bag (International).
Nail Varnish: Essie. Click for Nail Polish.
Velvet Headpiece: Dress-2-Impress. Click for Headpiece.
Dress: Hobbs. Click for Dress.
Faux Fur Bolero: Jolie Moi. Click for Bolero.
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay. Click for Eyeshadow.
Eyeshadow Paint: Estee Lauder. Click for Eyeshadow.
Lipstick: Clarins. Click for Lippy (UK) or For the USA.
Bag: Rosantica. Click for Bag.
Shoes: Jimmy Choo. Click for Shoes (USA) or for UK.
Nail Varnish: Nails Inc. Click for Nail Polish.
The headpiece hat is Dress-2-Impress. Click Here for Headpiece.
The Jumpsuit / Dress is Wallis. Click for Jumpsuit / Dress.
Eyeshadow: Charlotte Tilbury. Click for Eyeshadow.
Lip Gloss: Urban Decay. Click for Lippy.
Bag: Hobbs. Click for Bag.
The Shoes are: Hobbs. Click for Shoes.
Nail Varnish: Nails Inc. Click for Nail Polish.
Hear the suggestion of Green and Pink and your first instinct might be - “Really?”. But yes, this combination happens all the time in nature. Nature never gets its colours wrong. Of all the colour pairings for Green, this Pink is the freshest and most joyous.
Colours are often responsible for the way we feel. Choose this combination for your friends wedding, or day at the races, and you’re guaranteed a playful day.
The Headpiece is: Dress-2-Impress. Click to see Headpiece.
The Dress is: Tadashi Shoji. Click for Dress.
Earrings: Tous. Click for Earrings.
Eyeshadow Duo: Clinique. Click for Eyeshadow.
Lippy: Marc Jacobs. Click for Lippy.
Bag: E-Fly. Click for Bag.
Shoes: Charles David. Click for Shoes.
The Nail Polish: Smith & Cult. Click for Nail Polish.
Below is a Gallery of other Internet Finds for adding this most versatile colour to your wardrobe in various doses.