Go green: How to wear our national colour stylishly year-round

Forget St Patrick’s Day groans. Bold greens are key shades in both spring and winter

Green scene: pieces from & Other Stories, Uterqüe, Missguided, Paula Rowan and Dries Van Noten

Green scene: pieces from & Other Stories, Uterqüe, Missguided, Paula Rowan and Dries Van Noten

 

Ask Irish people about wearing green and they usually say, with a groan, “Oh God, not St Patrick’s Day”. But our national colour – and we are the only nation associated with a single colour – is a key fashion shade of both the spring and winter seasons. And the bolder the better.

Green is used sensationally on the haute-couture catwalks – just see Valentino, Givenchy and Gucci. The fearless Irish designer Richard Malone used it beautifully in his spring-summer collection this year, and another Irish designer thinking hard about green must be Louise Kennedy, who will be unveiling her new uniforms for Aer Lingus later this year. Green is also on this month’s cover of Vogue.

It is the colour of the moment in another way, too: green evokes images of the countryside and environmentally friendly politics. And even though people think of this as the Emerald Isle, the tone they most often have in mind when they think of Ireland is spring-grass Kelly green.

This version of the colour is the one that can be harnessed with other shades to great effect. “Kelly green goes with navy, red, warm grey, tan and beige, or with coral – which is the colour of the year – or with canary yellow,” says the image consultant Maria Macklin.

So brighten up the last days of summer, or add a shot of saturated colour to an outfit, with some simple daywear pieces and accessories.

Catwalk green from Chanel
Catwalk green from Chanel
Jacket by Dries Van Noten, €690
Leather flower-print skirt by Prada, €2,100
Belted v-neck cotton cardigan +OtherStories ?69
Belted V-neck cotton cardigan from & OtherStories, €69
Danny - green boiler suit, €129 by LF Markey at netaporter.com
Danny green boiler suit by LF Markey, €129 at netaporter.com
Appliqued top by MSGM ?214
Appliqued top by MSGM, €214
V neck swimsuit ?59 +OtherStories
V-neck swimsuit by & Other Stories, €59
Valentino catwalk
Catwalk green from Valentino
Green twill silk polka dot scarf ?25 by KDK
Green twill silk polka-dot scarf by KDK, €25
Green beaded handbag by Missguided ?30
Green beaded handbag by Missguided, €30
Multicoloured beaded earrings 59 sterling Uterque
Multicoloured beaded ear-rings by Uterqüe, £59
Green leather Sasha gloves by Paula Rowan ?90
Green leather Sasha gloves by Paula Rowan, €90
Green polka dot fan Fern Fans ?89
Green polka-dot fan by Fern Fans, €89
Silk scrunchie Alex Eagle, Seagreen ?5
Silk scrunchie by Alex Eagle, €5 from Seagreen
Green satin knot hairband ?19 from +OtherStories
Green-satin knot hairband by & Other Stories, €19
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