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 green.

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 spring/summer 2020 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?

Green outfits on the catwalks

Designer green outfits - Spring 2020 | 40plusstyle.com

Oscar de la Renta – Rochas – Victoria Beckham

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

how to wear green and white outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Suzie (above) chooses a forest green with her white jeans.

Check out these green top options from J.O.A. and Bobeau that you can wear with this similar jeans and shoes.

You could also opt for a brighter hue if your prefer.

Vince Camuto rumple fabric blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto rumple fabric blouse

The perfect green pants outfit

wearing green and animal print | 40plusstyle.com

Greetje (above) shows how green can act as a neutral, to be worn with animal print.

Get her look with this similar top, trousers, pumps, belt and handbag.

Marks & Spencer wide leg trousers | 40plusstyle.com

Marks & Spencer wide leg trousers

The perfect green skirt

green pleated skirt and moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Monika (above) opts for an on trend pleated style.

Recreate her look with this similar pleated skirt, moto jacket, sweater and booties.

Allegra K pleated metallic midi skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Allegra K pleated metallic midi skirt

The perfect green jacket outfit 

olive green outfit | 40plusstyle.com

One of the easiest ways to wear green can be to choose an olive color.

That way, your green works just as well as any other neutral, giving you a versatile option to wear with any color.

Elke (above) chooses olive and black, and wears with a Dior saddle handbag

Check out this similar army green coat, skinnies, sweater and studded boots.

If you have a classic style, but would like to give your outfit a twist, you could look for a green trench coat.

Sam Edelman double breasted trench coat | 40plusstyle.com

Sam Edelman double breasted trench coat

The perfect green dress outfit

green dress worn with white | 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.

Rachel (above) chooses an emerald green dress and teams with white.

Check out these green dress options from Milumia and MUXXN, similar pair of white sandals and rattan bag to steal her look.

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

Leota faux wrap dress | 40plusstyle.com

Leota faux wrap dress

Green shoes

an all green outfit | 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.

Or you could choose a stylish matching option like Tanasha (above).

Recreate her look with this exact dress from Shein and pair it with these similar pumps, earrings and bag.

Kurt Geiger London pump | 40plusstyle.com

Kurt Geiger London pump

Green handbag

green accessories | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Alice (above) is wearing a green handbag from Dolce & Gabbana (you can also try this alternative from Amazon) and a pair of green pumps from Gucci (here is a similar pair from Amazon).

Complete her look with this similar coat, plaid jacket, jeans and socks.

Frances Valentine crossbody bag | 40plusstyle.com

Frances Valentine crossbody bag

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.

1. White and green: green jeans outfit

olive green and cream | 40plusstyle.com

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

Pepa (above) opts for a toned down version of white and green by choosing an olive green and cream.

Check out this similar oversize blazer, tee, jeans, booties, tote and neck scarf.

Below you’ll find more white and green inspiration.

White and green outfit idea | 40plusstyle.com

Gibson notch collar blazerMing Wang pleated neck tankMarks & Spencer wide leg trousersMarc Fisher LTD slingback pumpADORNIA pendant necklace

white dress and green coat | 40plusstyle.com

Sam Edelman double breasted trench coatForest Lily sheath dressALLSAINTS pumpSole Society foldover clutchPanacea link statement necklace

green dress with a white moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Levi’s moto jacketATM Anthony Thomas Melillo stripe teeHalogen bias cut midi skirtAntik Kraft suede messenger bagFly London sneaker

Pink and green

pink and green are the perfect combination to wear | 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.

Mel (above) wears pink with green stripes.

Check out these skirts from MONASAMA and ThusFar that you can pair with a similar pink long sleeves top and shoes.

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.

green dress and pink coat | 40plusstyle.com

Marks & Spencer wool blend coatEliza J floral midi dressBotkier slingback pumpSole Society clutchKendra Scott drop earrings

bright pants and cable knit sweater | 40plusstyle.com

AG denim jacket1901cashmere sweaterRachel Parcell wide leg suit pantsEarth open toe bootieSole Society foldover clutch

sweater and jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Court & Rowe houndstooth peacoatCENY v-neck sweaterHudson Jeans bootcut jeansFly London sneakerTopshop crossbody bagLele Sadoughi hoop earrings

Blue and green

teaming navy with polka dots | 40plusstyle.com

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

Fonda (above) wears her green with navy.

Steal her look with this similar sweater, polka dot shirt, trousers and leopard print shoes.

You could also try an emerald green with your navy.

a navy, green and white outfit | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew four season blazerVince Camuto rumple fabric blouseJag Jeans flare jeansFly London sneakerTed Baker London shopper bagHalogen twisted earrings

trench coat, green top and navy pants | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop trench coatHalogen cap sleeve blouseHalogen tie waist pantsBotkier slingback pumpRebecca Minkoff satchelHalogen twisted earrings

green print skirt with navy top | 40plusstyle.com

Club Monaco funnel neck sweaterLeith midi skirtBella Vita perforated cage pumpReiss tassel clutch

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

Black and green

black and green outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Gail (above) looks stunning in black, green and white.

Steal her look with this similar blouse, skirt, booties and tote.

Beige and green

green dress worn with beige accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Beige is often seen as a so-called “boring” color.

But, how about adding your beige accessories like Kylie (above)

Chck out this similar dress, sandals, belt and earrings.

Red and green

red and green outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

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

Jeanne wears a striking duster jacket over her green pants.

Steal her look with this similar white top, kimono, trousers, sandals and statement earrings.

Olive green outfits: Gray and green

gray and green outfit | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Oxana (above) pairs a pale gray with her olive green.

Check out this similar parka jacket, sweater dress and sneakers.

Green and purple

wearing green with purple | 40plusstyle.com

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

Lucie (above) color blocks by matching her green coat with her purple dress.

Get her look with this similar coat, sweater dress and tall boots.

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

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