March 16, 2017

Four-Leaf Clovers, Leprechauns and All Things Green

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style

This weekend is going to be a sea of green as festivals and street fairs celebrate St. Patrick’s day and its signature color.

If you find simply adding a shamrock pin to your ordinary outfit a bit boring, or want to embrace the color full force, here are a tips that will keep you both in the spirit of the holiday and comfortable in your style:

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Not all greens are the same.

While kelly green may be the color of Ireland, but very few people look good in that shade of Kermit the Frog green. My recommendation is to find a shade of green that works best for you. Whether it’s emerald green or forest green the trick is finding a blue-based shade of green for a cooler palette or a yellow-based green for a warmer palette.

Counterpoint.

While St. Patrick’s Day tends to be associated with excess, wearing green head to toe should not be one of them. If you want to make more of a statement with your green use it prominently, but not solely. A green blazer, shirt or pants are enough to bring attention to the fact you’re wearing green while still giving you plenty to work with for building an outfit. Some of the most common complementary colors for green are purple, red, blue and yellow in all of their various shades, but the key to pulling colors together is to keep the weight of the colors equal. For example, it is harder to pull together a light and a dark color than two light or two dark colors.

Complement.

Like all things, I believe the best form of celebration is with moderation, even when dressing. Green is a fun color, but one that definitely works best when supported and grounded with complementary ones.

I am always curious to hear about your weekend wardrobe dilemmas and help make your work wardrobe pull double duty. Email your questions, quandaries and conundrums to Brian@BrianMaynor.com

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