We may not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here in Malaysia, but hear us out: You don’t need an occasion to rock a stylish green outfit. And if green is your favourite colour, it’s time you wear it with pride! Read on to learn the symbolism of the colour, as well as how it can evoke positive emotions. We’ll also be sharing some tips for how you can easily incorporate bursts of the colour into your wardrobe for a stunningly verdant effect!
2017 saw the colour Greenery (Pantone 15-0343) selected as Pantone’s colour of the year, leading to an avalanche of fashion options in the shade. While Pantone’s chosen colours have taken a different turn in recent years, green as a colour has long enjoyed a loyal following. And for good reason, too!
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The colour green is synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, and is often used in tandem with red during Christmas. Locally, this verdant shade has long been associated with Aidilfitri celebrations. It carries a range of meanings, with numerous psychological associations. What’s not to love? Read on for some essential tips and picks that’ll help you put together the ultimate green outfit!
Green, But Not Grinch-like: An Outfit To Impress
Long associated with nature, growth, and the heart chakra, green is known as a calming, tranquil colour that promotes relaxation and rejuvenation. It is also known as a colour of renewal, with naturally-occurring hues that evoke the imagery of new leaves and grass in the early spring. In fashion, the colour green with its many hues and shades caters to styles across the board. You could go strikingly editorial in bold lime or chartreuse, severe and thoughtful with viridian and dark hunter green, or classically elegant with jade or mint.
If you’re dressing for emotion, green can also take you between positivity, balance, and calmness. Studies show that green promotes focus and stability; it is neither overly stimulating nor overwhelming, and can help you maintain a calm and focused mindset. In this way, the colour impacts the way you carry yourself and communicate. This can lead to more positive outcomes in important meetings and workplace interviews, which means it’s a great colour to see in the workplace!
Building The Perfect Green Outfit (For All Occasions)
If green has been a mainstay of your wardrobe, you’ll have no issues with building the perfect green outfit. Those of you who are fresh at it – pun intended – can find comfort in knowing that the possibilities are endless. If you’re not looking to make a splash, you can start small by incorporating small pops of green with accessories. These can come in the form of scarves, hats, earrings – any accessory you find yourself gravitating towards! Another option you can go with is green shoes, which can easily add a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral outfit. And If you’re feeling bold, we’d suggest going full-on with a statement piece: a velvet green blazer or a dress!
Pairing Tips: Colour And Pattern Blocking Your Outfits
Up the ante on your green outfits by adding other colours and patterns! It’s important to keep a few things in mind, however: what green pairs well with, and how you can work that to your advantage depending on your skintone. Green pairs very well with tones like black, white, and gray. Likewise, as a naturally-occurring colour, they also work well with earth tones and neutrals like brown and beige. If, however, you’re in it to slay, layer on the drama by pairing your green with brighter, bolder colours like yellow and purple.
In terms of patterns, green works beautifully as part of a stripe, polka dot, or floral print and paisley ensemble! Blocking a pattern against a green garment or piece will help it to stand out, and complete your green outfit with panache and style!
Finding the Right Shade of Green for Your Skin Tone
While green is a versatile color, not all shades of green will work with every skin tone. Here are some tips to help you find the right shade of green for your skin tone:
- If you have a lighter skin tone, try light or pastel shades of green like mint or sage. These shades will complement your skin tone without overwhelming it or drowning you out entirely.
- If you have a medium skin tone, congratulations! You’ve struck the green outfit lottery, and you’ll be able to carry a wide range of green including olive, emerald, and forest green. These shades will beautifully complement your skin tone, making your features absolutely pop!
- If you have a darker skin tone, opt for bright and bold shades of green like lime or kelly green. These shades will contrast against your skin tone in a stunning show of boldness, and you can even further amp it up with a bold lip!
Guidelines aside, it takes more than colour theory to help a green outfit slay. How you carry yourself will determine just how hard you make a splash. Try on several different green outfits and see which ones you like best, then go forth and conquer the world!
Create a stunning and stylish green outfit that will help you stand out from the crowd. Go ahead and experiment with different shades of green and see what works best for you! Share your OOTDs with us on social media and let us know what your favourite green outfit is!
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