Lorena Dress in Forest Green by Nathalie Vleeschouwer & Amsterdam City Scarf by POM Amsterdam - at the-Bias-cut.com
Green. It's one of those colours I feel is always underrated. And rather forgotten about when it comes to our wardrobes. And yet this year Pantone announced "Greenery" as their colour of the year.
As Pantone puts it, it's "a refreshing revitalising shade... symbolic of new beginnings."
And yet, so many of us are resistant to wearing it. In fact, in the UK it's the least popular colour to buy - not perhaps a more obvious colour such as yellow or orange.
So why are we so against wearing it? Traditionally it has been considered as unlucky; indeed my grandfather, a pilot, refused to wear it for those exact reasons. Others tell me that their mothers didn't like the colour, so they followed suit. It's also a cardinal rule that you should never put green on a magazine cover (although when Vogue once broke the rule in February 1977 it was a rare huge hit, and also happens to be one of my favourites). Plus you should never wear green on TV because you can superimpose anything onto it - your body basically acts as a green screen!
But, aside from the TV scenario, it's actually quite strange when you think about it. Yes green is associated with envy, but it also suggests security, abundance, love, growth, and balance. And let's not forget, it's the colour of luck in Ireland!
Moreover, green is actually an extremely flattering colour for all skin tones. Yes, as with all colours, certain shades will suit people differently. Warmer skin tones will suit olive shades better, whilst cooler ones will find bright, grassy greens better. But emerald green is almost universally flattering, very versatile, and is striking without being too loud.
Sophie Velvet Blazer by Fabienne Chapot - at the-Bias-Cut.com
Emerald or forest green is also a great option if you're trying to step outside your comfort zone. If you find yourself typically gravitating towards classic darker colours such as navy or black, you can achieve the same subtly with green, whilst still having fun by trying something different.
The good news is green also goes with so much. Its complimentary colour is pink, but is also looks great with black, brown, purple, white, orange, and grey. The list goes on (of course it also goes with red, but you might want to be careful there so you don't end up looking like an elf!). So any green piece you invest in with easily slide into your wardrobe.
Ivy Lurex Cardigan by Nathalie Vleeshouwer, Joanne Burgundy Heart Embroidered T-Shirt by Fabienne Chapot, Gembud Dark Precious Stone 9kt Gold Ring with Blue Fluorite and Cherry Agate, Gembud Cherry Agate 9kt Gold Necklace - at the-Bias-Cut.com
It's best to avoid your look being green from top to toe, especially if you're wearing brighter shades. And, if you're unsure, as always it's worth starting with accessories. Even just painting your nails a dark green can be fun.
But the other reason it's worth giving green a go is because it is so underrated. It's so refreshing when you see someone wearing green because it's unexpected. It's chic and sophisticated, and because there are so many shades to choose from, you can decide just how 'out-there' you want to look whilst still having the same fresh impact.
Woodland Velvet Blouse by Pazuki - at the-Bias-Cut.com
Green also makes a great print. Who doesn't love palm leaves? Ok you might be a bit sick of them when it comes to interior design, but they're a fun and modern design on clothing. Plus a palm print is really easy to wear; all you need to do is pair it with simple pieces as it does all the talking.
So this Autumn and Winter give green a go - and you might discover it's anything but unlucky when it comes to style!