Going Green

If I were to ask you to list some neutral colors, you’d probably mention black, brown, and white. But what if I told you that navy, raisin, and olive can also be neutrals? It may sound crazy, so let me explain.

Recently I’ve been obsessed with this pair of soft green cotton twill pants from GAP and you’d be surprised at how versatile they are! Wear them with colors, other neutrals, for spring and for fall. The options are endless. Here, let me show you…

With Neutrals

Green pants can be paired with other neutrals for a very subtle & chic ensemble. I love the touch of leopard print seen in the ballet flats of the first outfit and the pop of orange in the second look. When playing with an all-neutral color pallet it is nice to throw in an unexpected element, like a print or a bright hue (used sparingly).

With Colors

Do not be afraid of other colors when wearing green pants. I play off of a complimentary color scheme in the first example by pairing these slacks with a burnt-orange print top. Some bronze accessories and a loose-knitted cardigan make for a soft, earthy ensemble. The second image draws inspiration from the scarf – you do not have to match the colors of a print exactly to make it look good, just stay with the same intensity (bright VS light) of the hues. The third image takes on an analogous color scheme with moss green, mint green, and a pale blue. Since this shade of green is so muted, it works well to highlight pastel hues without looking childish. Lastly, I put a spin on the color/neutral dynamic by making white the stand-out color. The core of this ensemble is monochromatic green which allows for the white accents to take center stage to complete the look.

With Prints

I love mixing prints. It is easier than it looks and a pair of green pants is the perfect place to start. I have a lot of green in my closet already, so this came naturally, but if you have another color that acts as a neutral for you then the same idea can be applied. When mixing prints, pay attention to the scale, color scheme, and type of print. For example, in the first outfit I mix two geometric prints (plaid & stripes): this works because the prints have a 2:1 scale ratio and the color pallet is limited to three main colors (white, navy, and green). In the second look I mix an organic print (floral) with a geometric print: again, the color pallet is the same and the prints are in good proportion. An easy way to start playing with prints is to work the secondary print as a contrasting accent, like at the cuff of your sleeve or as a scarf. When in doubt, florals & stripes are always a favorite of mine!




Still not sure about green pants? Send in your questions & I’ll answer!


One thought on “Going Green

  1. Tessa, you never cease to amaze me with your wealth of knowledge about how to create fashionable, wearable looks. And not only that – but your ability to COMMUNICATE those concepts to others is incredible! Like the 2:1 ratio – that is something I can actively use to help me remember what to do in pairing prints! I was just thinking this week about how I could do more with that concept, and wasn’t sure how to figure it out. You are a style genius, and I’m so thankful you are my Personal Stylist! I talk about you almost everywhere I go I seems – both on the East Coast and West Coast! Love you, girl!

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