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 2021 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 upcoming Fall 2021 season.

Green outfits on the catwalks

Designer green outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Prada – Max Mara – Anna Sui

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 | 40plusstyle.com

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

I like this ggreen tunic top from Amazon (below) because of the flattering drapes which are perfect to hide a belly. If green isn’t your color, you’ll find it comes in lots of different shades.

LARACE tunic top | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE tunic top

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 Blank NYC moto with your jeans and t-shirt, or with a black or white dress.

BLANKNYC moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

BLANKNYC moto jacket

cardigan

In a very pale mint, the cardigan (below) by Nordstrom has an open weave so you can see a little of the color you are wearing underneath, making it perfect to wear with neutrals. If you take a look at how Nordstrom styles it, you’ll see it that it looks good worn open or closed.

Nordstrom mesh open cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom mesh open cardigan

The perfect green dress outfits

How to wear green - Sandra in a green dress | 40plusstyle.com

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.

A darker forest green could also be a lovely option, particular for a night out.

Sandra @lapecosapreciosa above wears an emerald green tiered dress that is perfect for summer.

Check out these dresses from Shein and Amazon, and wear with this similar pair of sandals, crossbody bag, belt and sunglasses.

Maggy London draped dress | 40plusstyle.com

Maggy London draped dress

The perfect green pants outfit

How to wear green - Ana in olive green jeans | 40plusstyle.com

If you choose a pair of olive green pants like Ana @mrsamericanmade above (read her style interview here), you can wear these as an alternative to your blue or black jeans as the color really goes with anything.

Recreate her outfit with this similar blouse, pants, booties and sunglasses.

Veronica Beard crop slim jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Veronica Beard crop slim jeans

The perfect green skirt

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

Allegra K pleated metallic midi skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Allegra K pleated metallic midi skirt

Green SHORTS

How to wear green - Fonda in green shorts | 40plusstyle.com

Is the weather still good where you are? A pair of green shorts could look stylish as part of your summer wardrobe.

Fonda @savvysouthernchic above styles her green shorts with her denim jacket and white tee. She adds an extra pop of color with her yellow sandals.

Get her look with this similar tee, jacket, shorts, sandals, handbag and earrings.

Open Edit paperbag waist shorts | 40plusstyle.com

Open Edit paperbag waist shorts

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.

Kurt Geiger London leather tote | 40plusstyle.com

Kurt Geiger London leather tote

Green shoes

How to wear green - which of these color palettes and outfits is your favorite? | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Yvonne @funkyforty above (read her style interview here) looks fabulous in her green outfit. Balancing on a chair in heels is pretty impressive!

Check out these dresses form chouyatou, Sopliagon and KIRUNDO that you can wear with this similar pair of pumps and clutch.

Naturalizer block heel sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Naturalizer block heel sandal

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

Green outfits - Annette wears green and white | 40plusstyle.com

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

Annette @theladofstyle above (read her style interview here) looks fabulous in green and white worn with her beige blazer.

Steal her look with this similar blouse (another option here), pants, pumps and handbag.

Green and white outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: AAMILIFE 3/4 sleeve cropped cardiganEliza J twist front maxi dressTory Burch sandalBTB Los Angeles clutch Faris hoop earrings

Outfit 2: L’Agence stripe shirtFRAME boyfriend jeansCalvin Klein pumpRebecca Minkoff straw shoulder bag Faris hoop earrings

Outfit 3: Urban CoCo open front blazerEquipment silk camisoleVeronica Beard crop slim jeansNine West ankle strap sandalKurt Geiger London leather toteRobert Lee Morris drop earrings

Pink and green

Green outfits - Tanasha wears green and pink | 40plusstyle.com

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.

This tried and true color combination doesn’t have to look preppy. Choose accessories in pink to create a strong contrasting color to wear with a bold green.

There are three more 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.

Tanasha @stylishheights above looks super stylish in her color-blocked outfit.

Recreate her outfit with this similar top, blazer, pants, and bag.

Green and pink outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: BOSS scoop neck topAmy Lynn wide leg crop trousersNine West ankle strap sandalSteve Madden faux leather clutchRobert Lee Morris drop earrings

Outfit 2: BLANKNYC moto jacketCaslon shirred teeAllegra K pleated metallic midi skirtNaturalizer block heel sandalexpouch pleated satin clutchOpen Edit beaded fringe clip earrings

Outfit 3: LARACE tunic topFRAME boyfriend jeansMarc Fisher LTD pumpCOACH colorblock leather crossbody bagBaubleStar tassel earrings

Blue and green

Green and blue outfits | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Shauna @chicover50 above (read her style interview here) combines her prints and her blue and green top and pants.

Get her look with this similar tee, pants (another option here), sandals, bag, sunglasses and earrings.

How to wear green - green and navy outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Maggy London draped dressNaturalizer block heel sandalDasein evening clutchOpen Edit beaded fringe clip earrings

Outfit 2: LL sleeveless draped cardiganVince Camuto rumpled satin blouseOpen Edit paperbag waist shortsTory Burch sandalRebecca Minkoff straw shoulder bagHumble Chic leaf dangle earrings

Outfit 3: BLANKNYC moto jacketVince Camuto rumpled satin blouseMavi Jeans bootcut jeansNaturalizer block heel sandalKurt Geiger London leather toteHumble Chic leaf dangle earrings

Below are all the outfits from above put together in a capsule wardrobe for you.

Green outfits capsule

Below you can see the outfits from above together in one capsule. You can see you can mix and match. The navy top would look good with the green skirt, for example. Or, you could wear the pink t-shirt with the olive green jeans.

A green capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

shop all items above here:

More how to wear green inspiration for you

A green capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

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.

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.

Green and purple

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

If you aren’t sure, pair with a neutral

Linda Fargo wearing a green jacket | 40plusstyle.com

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)

As she shows, an easy way to wear green is to pair this strong color with a neutral. You can pair with cropped white, black or navy pants, or wear a green trouser with a more subdued blouse. The green will add an unexpected pop of color.

Keep it simple

Overall, when thinking about how to wear green, as it is such a strong color, you don’t really need to overwhelm your outfit with lots of details, so stick to a more paired down silhouette.

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

Like this post on how to wear green? Share it on Pinterest!

How to wear green: Which of these color palettes and outfits is your favorite? | 40plusstyle.com

Feature image by Yvonne @funkyforty

Want to get more articles from 40+style in your inbox, subscribe here.

You can also connect with 40+style on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

Support 40+style by using the links in our articles to shop. As an associate for Amazon and many other brands, we receive a small commission (at no cost to you) on qualifying purchases which enables us to keep creating amazing free content for you. Thanks!