Green is harmonious, approachable and empathetic – like pink, and trustworthy like blue, which it is close to. But it is also nature’s colour – the colour that transforms sunshine into sugar – the greens of grass, trees and leaves. Green “blackboards” were introduced as green is much easier on the eye than black. Apparently we can distinguish more shades of green than any other colour, which may be true – certainly the blue-greens and the yellow-greens seem like two different colours to me. Green is associated with nature and a walk in the country – outdoor outfitters love to make everything from jackets to hats and socks in khaki, forest or leaf. Green can be seen as boring and bland, although possibly acceptable on a Springwatch presenter.
Yet certain versions of green are desirable, sexy and lithe. I love the dress from Atonement, worn by Keira Knightly. It’s warm Absinthe green glows in the moonlight, as the actress smokes outside in her supple, bias-cut satin gown.
Green can work brilliantly with its polar opposite red, or if that is too strident try it with pink. Avocado and shell work nicely together. The colours that sit next to it in the colour wheel are the ones that make it up – blue and yellow. Patterns that include these shades, with green, can look very pretty. I love the combination of dark green with white, navy and dark brown.Try dark greens as an alternative to navy blue if you suit deeper shades – very smart with white or pastels. The muted greens look super together, perhaps layered with reddish brown accessories. Everyone can wear green and it works well with other colours in your wardrobe. Using gold or silver or rose gold with the right shade of green can be stunning. Here are the six main flavours of green, to help you plan your wardrobe, shopping or dressmaking.
Deep or light?
Cool or warm?
Bright or muted?