Kermit the frog may have said that “it’s not easy being green”. However, maybe he was wrong! Green can be one of the most beautiful colors in your closet. In this article you’ll find how to wear green as well as what colors work well with your green outfits.

If you don’t already have green in your closet, our ideas may well convert you…

So how can you add a touch of green to your own wardrobes?

Which shade of green is for you?

First of all, what color do you think of when you consider how to wear green?

There are so many different shades of green. You only have to look at the catwalks for 2023 to see that every hue of green you can think of is on trend.

Models walked down the runways in everything from mint to olive, sea green to emerald. Below are just a few of the greens that are on trend this year.

Which is your favorite? You can see green is very much on trend for the 2023 season.

Green outfits on the catwalks

Designer green outfits |

Elie SaabVictoria Beckham – Lela Rose

Another source of inspiration is colourlovers where you can simply type in a color and see which your favorite combinations are.

Here are some color combinations you could choose from. You could choose from these to wear with your green, or keep reading for more ideas.

Green color combinations |

How to wear green: The perfect green clothes and accessories

Before you start to put together an outfit featuring green you will, of course, need the perfect green top, skirt, pants or dress – whatever your choice may be – to act as a base for the rest of your colors.

The perfect green top

This green shirt from COS (below) is a modern way to wear lace, and would look beautiful worn with white pants or your favorite jeans.

COS Eyelet Shirt |

COS Eyelet Shirt

green shirt

If you’re looking for a longer length shirt to wear with your leggings, the oversized kelly green shirt (below) could be perfect.

COS Oversized Shirt |

COS Oversized Shirt

Greetje wears a green, blue and yellow outfit |

Greetje @no_fear_of_fashion above (read her style interview here) teams her green shirt with blue pants, and adds a touch of yellow with her shoes and earrings.

Get her look with this similar shirt, pants, pumps, bag and earrings.


Every wardrobe needs a classic t-shirt, and it doesn’t have to be white. You could opt for a green t-shirt with your jeans and sneakers.

COS The Clean Cut T-Shirt |

COS The Clean Cut T-Shirt

The perfect green jacket outfit 

If you choose a green in a more muted shade, it can be perfect to add to your casual outfit. Try this J.Crew with your jeans and t-shirt, or with a black or white dress.

J.Crew Limited Edition Drapey Long Parke Blazer |

J.Crew Limited Edition Drapey Long Parke Blazer

green cardigan

In a flattering balloon-sleeved style, the COS cardigan below would look good worn over a t-shirt or camisole with your jeans.

COS Voluminous Sleeve Knitted Cardigan |

COS Voluminous Sleeve Knitted Cardigan

The perfect green dress outfits

If you’re looking for an alternative to your little black dress, how about a little green dress. It’s an unexpected choice that is sure to get you noticed. The asymmetry and ruching on the green dress (below) add a point of difference.

COS Asymmetric Gathered Midi Dress |

COS Asymmetric Gathered Midi Dress

Angela wears an all green outfit |

Angela @angelamashelle above (read her style interview here) opts for an all green outfit by matching her dress to her bag.

Steal her look with this similar puff sleeve dress (other options here and here), sandals, bag and earrings.

Green jumpsuit

As an alternative to a dress, you could try a green jumpsuit. The style (below) would look lovely worn with white accessories for summer.

Pink Queen Wide Leg Jumpsuit |

Pink Queen Wide Leg Jumpsuit


Is the weather good where you are? A pair of green shorts could look stylish as part of your summer wardrobe, or for your vacation wear.

The Drop Brighter Green Shorts |

The Drop Brighter Green Shorts

The perfect green pants outfit

Wide leg pants are very on-trend right now. Rather than a classic black pair, you could choose green. You could wear with a neutral white shirt, or with an equally bright color.

COS Wide Leg Pants |

COS Wide Leg Pants

Claudia wears green pants and a brown shirt |

Claudia @glamupyourlifestyle above (read her style interview here) teams her green pants wth a terracotta color shirt, and matching sandals.

Recreate her outfit with this similar blouse, trousers, sandals and bag.

The perfect green skirt

A green skirt can add drama to your outfit, particularly if you choose a skirt with some volume. The green midi skirt (below) would look good worn with white.

COS Broderie Anglaise Midi Skirt |

COS Broderie Anglaise Midi Skirt

Green handbag

Another great idea to add a new color to your closet is to do so with your accessories. Just adding a green handbag can give a new look to existing outfits.

Rebecca Minkoff Large Megan Soft Croc Embossed Leather Tote |

Rebecca Minkoff Large Megan Soft Croc Embossed Leather Tote

Green shoes

If you aren’t sure you want to fully embrace the green trend, you could choose a pair of green shoes to wear with your existing outfits.

J. Reneé Belamie Slingback Pointed Toe Pump |

J. Reneé Belamie Slingback Pointed Toe Pump

Colors that go with green

So, now that you’ve chosen your favorite piece of green clothing, what are the most stylish colors to wear with it?

Here are some of my favorite ideas, but I’d love to know what you love to wear with green.

White and green

White and green can look clean, fresh and very stylish.

Green and white outfits |

Outfit 1: COS The High Line T-ShirtMadewell The Harlow Wide Leg JeansFttpdeaus Block Heel Strappy SandalsAllSaints Leather Crossbody BagKurt Geiger London Crystal Huggie Hoop Earrings

Outfit 2: Massimo Dutti Linen Blend ShirtdressOpen Edit Lilah Knot Slide SandalJ.Crew Cadiz Hand-Knotted Rope ToteFIFATA Drop Tassel Earrings

Outfit 3: Alice + Olivia Macey Linen Blend BlazerCOS Asymmetric Gathered Midi DressNaturalizer Vera Ankle Strap SandalNina Pacey Crystal MinaudièreKarine Sultan Irregular Discs Clip-On Earrings

Nora wears a green and white summer outfit |

Nora @juststylela above (read her style interview here) shows how you could wear green and white for the warmer months.

Get her look with this similar top, kimono, pants, sandals, clutch and necklace.

Pink and green

Pink and green goes wonderfully together. And, that’s hardly a surprise when you consider that pink flowers and green foliage exist side-by-side in nature.

Choose accessories in pink to create a strong contrasting color to wear with a bold green.

There are three pink and green ideas for you below, whether you are looking for a casual, or dressier, outfit.

According to the old saying, pink and green are fit for a queen, and it’s easy to see why.

Green and pink outfits |

Outfit 1: COS Belted Linen ShirtdressDREAM PAIRS Platform SandalLongchamp Medium Le Pliage Nylon Shoulder ToteBetsey Johnson Mixed Stone Flower Stud Earrings

Outfit 2: COS Oversized ShirtCOS Wide Leg PantsMunro Mel Metallic T-Strap SandalMarc Jacobs The Studded Snapshot Shoulder BagKarine Sultan Irregular Discs Clip-On Earrings

Outfit 3: COS Printed Maxi ShirtdressCOACH Swinger Glovetanned Leather Shoulder BagFttpdeaus Block Heel Strappy SandalsFIFATA Drop Tassel Earrings

Natalia wears a green and pink outfit |

Natalia above teams her all-green outfit with a pink blazer and matching shoes.

Check out this similar top, tweed blazer, pants (another option here), pumps (lower option here), bag, necklace and earrings.

Blue and green

Whoever said blue and green should never be seen clearly needed to break a few style “rules” once in a while.

You could also try an emerald green with your navy.

How to wear green - green and blue outfits |

Outfit 1: J.Crew Cashmere SweaterWit & Wisdom Ab-Solution High Waist Itty Bitty Bootcut JeansNike Waffle Debut SneakerRebecca Minkoff Large Megan Soft Croc Embossed Leather ToteKarine Sultan Irregular Discs Clip-On Earrings

Outfit 2: COS Draped Asymmetric DressFttpdeaus Block Heel Strappy SandalsCHARMING TAILOR Suede ClutchCoiris Tortoise Shell Acrylic Set

Outfit 3: Alice + Olivia Macey Linen Blend BlazerCOS Eyelet ShirtBoden Bi-Stretch Crop Flare TrousersJ. Reneé Belamie Slingback Pointed Toe PumpCOACH Swinger Glovetanned Leather Shoulder BagKurt Geiger London Crystal Huggie Hoop Earrings

Tanasha wears a blue and green outfit |

Tanasha @letsrecreatethelook above shows how you could combine green and blue for an evening look.

Recreate her outfit with this similar silk camisole (another option here), skirt, sandals, handbag and earrings.

Green outfits capsule

Below you can see the outfits from above together in one capsule. You can see you can mix and match. The green shirt would go with the white pants, you could wear the shirt dress open as a duster jacket, the white blazer over any of the outfits, or the stripe t-shirt with the pink pants, for example.

A green capsule wardrobe |

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More how to wear green inspiration for you

Green is perfect for every season. Below are some older capsules we created. Although these items are no longer available in stores, they will give you inspiration for your next outfit featuring green!

A green capsule wardrobe |
A green capsule wardrobe |
A green capsule wardrobe |

Other colors that go with green

Of course, these aren’t the only options. You’ll find that green is an incredibly versatile shade. Below are more ideas for you.

Beige and green

Beige is often seen as a so-called “boring” color. But it definitely doesn’t have to be. You can team with any shade of green.

Green and purple

If you want a really striking option, how about wearing green with purple?

Kim wears green and purple |

Kim @kimair above (read her style interview here) teams green with purple.

Steal her look with this similar sweater, pants (another option here), clutch, pumps and earrings.

Red and green

As it’s on the same color spectrum, you will find that red and green goes just as well as pink and green.

Olive green outfits: Gray and green

As gray is one of the best neutrals you can have in your closet, you’ll find you can wear gray with any color you choose.

If you aren’t sure, pair with a neutral

An easy way to wear green is to pair this strong color with a neutral.

How to wear green - which of these color palettes and outfits is your favorite?

I went shopping in Lisbon in a green linen dress from Massimo Dutti which is perfect for summer and matched it with my favorite pair Fly London sandals. Here are some more green linen dress options from Massimo Dutti, Tommy Bahama, Eileen Fisher and The Drop.

Linda Fargo wearing a green jacket |

Linda Fargo is looking as fabulous as ever during the New York Fashion week. Note the gorgeous color green she is wearing and that fabulous striped sweater (Photo by Denton Taylor).

How do you like to wear green? What colors do you wear with your green?

Continue reading:

  1. A Capsule Wardrobe And Style Guide For The NATURAL Style Personality
  2. Can You Wear Beige Over 40?
  3. How To Wear Pink – A Comprehensive Guide With Lots Of Ideas And Color Combinations

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