Growing up we’re taught cardinal style rules: a white t-shirt and blue jean combo is always a winner, a black blazer will elevate any look and having the perfect go-to LBD in your wardrobe is a must. But what about the style rules we have to figure out on our own? Like, what colors go with green.
As much as we may have wanted to deny it before, mint green (or green in general) seems to be 2019’s ‘it’ color trend making waves in the fashion scene. With the green hue rising up the ranks alongside millennial pink and muted beige, the color has been making us rethink our current wardrobe situation, but it can undeniably be a little daunting to navigate.
Mint Green Underrated?
Admittedly, green as a whole, is a widely underrated and under-worn color, but the shade mint green is universally flattering and nice against a range of complexions making it the perfect addition to any wardrobe.
The minty shade of green is a refreshing addition to any capsule collection, and can be slotted in with your preexisting pieces. It’s easy to see why everyone is gravitating toward it, and why it’s everywhere on our Instagram feeds.
That being said, we’re often taught at an early age what goes with green in a typical sense, using complimentary colors like pink, red and purple. But we weren’t quite prepared for this year’s go-to trend color.
Luckily, in fashion, we have more freedom to play around – so while it may seem tricky, with these easy tips you’ll know exactly what to pair with that green garment you’ve had your eyes on. You’ll be heading from beginner level to fashion expert in no time.
Just take it from some of your favorite celebrities, fashion stars and street style influencers, who can create some of the most imaginative and creative combinations for the color green. When it comes to finding the latest styling ideas (especially when new colors are involved) it’s best to look to some of fashions biggest it girls for sartorial inspiration.
Mint Green + Bright = Glam
Surprisingly, mint green goes well with equally as bright colors. Think yellows, pinks and oranges, and also looks amazing color-blocked with other green shades. For those that don’t want to go too crazy too quickly, add mint green into your style file in subtle ways, such as accessorizing with a green scarf or bag.
Even better than green providing this year’s sartorial trend, the color is associated with ‘goodness’. That means, wearing the color in high-pressured situations will help to promote a soothing and positive influence. The color is also believed to have healing properties, providing a relaxing mood. Perfect for that important meeting or date night.
First off, it’s important to understand color. While the aforementioned complimentary colors to green are no longer the be-all-and-end-all of color matching, it’s a great place to start.
The natural order of color is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. If the two ends of this list are connected, the traditional color wheel is created. This is the easiest way to understand how different colors work together, thus, ensuring your outfits are perfectly matched.
So when it comes to wearing green, specifically mint green, starting with the most complementary colors is a great start. On paper, they seem quite striking and daring, but in reality, these shades work well together and won’t seem as statement as you may first have thought.
They’re easy to find as they’re directly opposite each other on the traditional color wheel.
The Traditional Color Wheel
Aside from working with the harmony of colors, it’s also worth noting that when looking at the traditional color wheel, one half is considered ‘warm’ and the other half considered ‘cool. Picking colors suited to your skin tone will enhance your features, add vitality to your complexion and will be pleasing on the eye.
For those with a more yellow undertones, its best to opt for shades in both halves of the wheel, so yellows, reds oranges and blues. For those with cooler or blue undertones, opt for pinks, ruby reds, greens and navy’s.
Continue reading on for all the tips and tricks on wearing mint green. Who knows, it may turn out to be your new favorite hue in no time.
Experiment With Analogous Colors
When two or three shades are side-by-side on the color wheel, they are known as analogous colors – like red, or orange and yellow. These colors work well together because they naturally blend into one another. When it comes to experimenting with fashion, this is a great starting point. Adding two analogous colors together, such as green and pink, creates a dynamic color pop. To complement this kind of pairing even further, add in crisp whites and denims to ensure the look isn’t too full on.
Wear Green With Bright Colors
It may seem terrifying, but hear us out. Pairing a mint green hue with another contrasting color such as yellow, orange or blue will make a major statement. Or, to keep it simple pair a statement green piece, such as a skirt or jumper, with neutral tones like white or black. Simple, yet seriously effective.
Yellow And Green Are A Match Made In Heaven
Green and yellow look great together, no matter what the circumstance. Try mixing a mint green piece with a bright yellow, adding a crisp, fun and energetic feel to your style. The best way to rock this color combo: Partner a smart yellow blazer with a simple skirt or jeans and add a fresh white shirt and mint green accessories. On the flip side, try mixing more muted yellows with iridescent greens for an outfit combo that will really pop.
Wear Mint Green As Your Statement Accessory
For those aren’t ready to dip their aforementioned toes into mint green, start basic and add the color to your wardrobe via a statement accessory. A bag, belt or shoe in the color mint green is the perfect way to start, and can slip easily into your preexisting wardrobe pieces.
There’s a reason color blocking is a trend always on the streets of fashion weeks across the globe: it works every time. For those who are ready to dive straight into wearing mint green, wearing a matching combo such as pants and a blazer or a coordinated suit in all the same hue is a fashion girls holy grail. Add in basic accessories to compliment the outfit.
Going monochromatic in your fashion choices means matching mint green with various gradients. Kate Middleton is an expert in the latter, often wearing a green dress with matching green pumps and clutch – all in the same matching hue. This easy to pull off technique is not only easy on the eye, but also elevates a look to feel polished and fashion-forward. Not to mention, you’ll be on trend wearing this year’s hot color.
Pair With Navy
There’s no denying that we’re not all inclined to run for that new mint green piece hanging in our favorite department stores window. But, when we do find that perfect green garment with our name written all over it, a foolproof way to slip it on and still look stylish is to pair with navy. Designer Narciso Rodriquez proved just that, expertly displaying the color-combo on the runway and inspiring many more to do the same.
A Green Trench Can Take You Anywhere
It may seem odd, but finding a green trench can take you from zero to a hundred real quick. Consider wearing a casual, everyday outfit like blue jeans and a white shirt and add a green trench to it for the perfect fashion upgrade.
Millennial Pink Is Your Friend
There’s no denying millennial pink was the color of the year. From dresses to home décor, the trend didn’t look like it had plans to subside. Enter mint green. However, instead of fighting the two colors, utilize them to work together.
No matter what shade of green you plan to wear, pretty pink shades will always feel classic. As previously established, pinks and greens will always complement each other – no matter what shades they’re in.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with these two colors, considering they match so well you can’t go wrong. You also don’t have to be confined to your wardrobe choices, these colors will look great paired together in interior design and makeup choices, from eyeshadow to nail polish.
Don’t Be Afraid Of Muted Tones
This is one is for the color-phobes. Pairing grey and mint green is ideal if you’re seeking an alternative to your usual dark and dull go-to colors. Similar to white, mint-green is a light and airy shade perfect for the warmer weather whilst the pale grey helps to create a crisp modern look.
This color combo is perfect for women working in business settings that don’t have the means to play around as much with their fashion choices. This is both chic, and easy to add into a workwear wardrobe.
Weave Green Into Accessories
Again, there’s a way to include trends and ‘it’ season colors without going too over the top. Find accessories, such as shoes or bags that weave mint green into it in fun and interesting ways.
This way you’re playing to your own sense of style without overtly coveting to the trend “just because”. Remember, the best fashion lesson is to feel good in what you put on. If you feel good, it will transcend into your clothing choices and overall aesthetic.
Along the same lines of weaving green into your accessories, and for those not ready to dive right into the color mint green whole heartedly, try finding prints that use the hue sparingly to elevate your wardrobe in a new way.
You’ll be both experimenting with new fashion choices, while also remaining comfortable in your own style.
Alternatively, trying finding a favorite printed garment in your wardrobe, such as a skirt, jacket or shirt, and pair with a plain mint green t-shirt, turtleneck or button-down.
Mint green is a relatively muted color, so pairing it with bold prints won’t be too jarring or over-the-top. Perfect for beginners.
Wear It Under Your Clothes
If you’re overwhelmed with how to add in mint green to your wardrobe, but still hoping to jump on the trend bandwagon, don’t fret – there are other ways than buying a mint green dress to add it in.
Find mint green lingerie, such as available at Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line, to wear under your preexisting wardrobe pieces. You can also wear pieces under a white linen shirt for a night out to add the color that way, so as to not overtly follow the trend.
Green Doesn’t Always Have To Be On Your Clothes
One of the most important things to remember when wanting to add in a trending color to your life is to not be afraid to steer away from the expected. While the perfect green garment or accessory is great, the on trend color can also be added through your makeup choices.
Just take celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo who dolled up Selena Gomez in the 2019 shade. Add in a green eyeshadow or green eyeliner to your makeup routine, perfect for enhancing a simple evening wear look. Mint green, the mixed softer shade of turquoise and green, is also a great nail colour.
Add It To Your Manicure And Pedicure
Painting your nails with the green shade is an easy and fun way to add the color into your life, without looking like your celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Choose a sea foam mint that’s just bright enough to make your nails look fresh, yet subdued enough to be considered a neutral.
Some great options include Essie’s Mint Candy Apple, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mint Sorbet and OPI Hawaii Nail Lacquer Collection in That’s Hula-rious.