5 Ways to Wear the Color Green (and Look Good)

Brooks Brothers olive green twill suit jacket

Source: Brooksbrothers.com

Military green is one of the top color trends for fall/winter 2015, according Fashionbeans — not to mention the entire military look that’s trending in menswear. From strong cuts to utilitarian details, this inspiration is a staple in many men’s wardrobes. GQ dubbed military green “The Color You Can Wear With Anything.”

Try substituting any go-to black or brown piece in your closet with the trendy color, which tends to complement most men. It’s a style sure to make you look seasonally appropriate and a little badass.

Consider all different hues, such as olive, hunter, fern, and artichoke. Subdued shades of green work with all types of tailored pieces, with shades to match every skin tone. However, it’s military green that should be at the core of your cold-weather look. Fashionbeans suggests pulling the look together with neutrals such as black, beige, and gray, or pairing it with complementary colors such as burgundy and navy. Here are five key ways to incorporate green apparel into your cold-weather wardrobe.

1. A lightweight parka

Source: American Eagle Outfitters

Source: American Eagle Outfitters

This essential top layer helps protect against the elements, while ensuring you look good. With its modern fishtail silhouette and a strong military heritage, it’s a modern piece that can be worn over your favorite sweater or denim jacket. You’ll be so grateful you have it as the temps begin to drop. Try this one from American Eagle Outfitters.

2. The bomber/flight jacket

Source: Topman

Source: Topman

As versatile as the leather jacket and just as iconic, the bomber or flight jacket gets right to the heart of the military green trend. It’s the most obvious jacket option in this seasonal color, as this outerwear style was originally designed for pilots in the U.S. Air Force.

Use this piece as an easy substitute for your go-to leather jacket. Wear it over a sweater. Or for a more effortless off-duty look, wear it with a T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. To dress it up, pair it with a button-down shirt, sweater, chinos, and a pair of oxfords or leather Chelsea boots. Try this Khaki Bomber Jacket from Topman. If the regular bomber/flight jacket is not warn enough, opt for a version with a shearling lining and collar, which also happens to be a cool trend for autumn and winter.

3. Pair of chinos

Source: H&M

Source: H&M

Tired of wearing jeans and darker colored trousers or pants? Try a pair of slim-cut chinos in a rich, green hue. It’s a striking yet sophisticated look that is sure to make you stand out in an understated way. Try this pair from H&M with a chambray shirt, and finish it off with a pair of boots or shoes in an earthy tone.

4. Knitwear

Source: Nordstrom

Source: Nordstrom

It’s incredibly easy to incorporate the olive green color into your knitwear. As a great alternative to other go-to earthy tones, it’s easy to mix and match. With its retro vibe and gentlemanly feel, it brings a touch of sophistication to your cold-weather wardrobe. Try this chunky rib knit sweater from Topman. The military green color looks fantastic as a thick, chunky knit with slim-fitting trousers. Complete your look with a pair of leather brogues to take the style into this century.

5. Suit and blazer

Source: Kohl's

Source: Kohl’s

Break from your typical black, navy, and gray suit by trying a dark green two-piece. What’s great about this look is that it matches your go-to white dress shirt and blue tie combination, but also looks great with rich reds and shades of brown and orange. Try this wool-blend olive suit from Kohl’s. If you feel like you can’t fully commit to a green suit, try a textured blazer, like this one in flecked wool.

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