Green isn’t necessarily a new thing in 2016. The earthen colour has already achieved a perennial naturalness among the ranks of most fashionable men – think Pitti Uomo peacocks. And it’s a stand-out colour alternative to common blue or boring black. But still, green’s incredibly underused and overlooked by most men.
While red was a huge colour trend in 2015 (think oxblood, burgundy or marsala), green is certainly the colour to play around with in the new year.
We’ve recruited fashion advice from stylist extraordinaire and one of Australia’s best dressed men in 2015 – Jeff Lack. A mate of D’Marge, Mr. Lack’s curated for us five easy and stylish ways to wear green this season. Green with envy? Don’t be. We’re about to share all his secrets with you. Then, click through the gallery to shop each look.
The Guide: How to Wear Green
#1 Weekend Dream
While military green is an obvious choice for sweaters in winter, a jersey cotton crew neck with slight vintage-fade is fresh finish for summer travel – be it a city break or chilled morning walk to your local coffee spot.
“This combination of natural earth tones is ideal for the weekend getaway, sand washed cotton knit sweater with off-white denim is laid back and super comfortable,” says Lack.
“Throw a couple of changes into your weekend, with woven leather moccasins – and then why not take the roof off of a convertible. This could also double as a change on the nautical look.”
#2 Friday Night Fun
This season invest in a green blazer: forest or bottle green for nights or winter and a mint version for something more summery. As a pastel, the dandy green is more masculine than pink and more striking than age-old pastel blue. Effortless and foolproof, you can’t go wrong.
“From casual Friday to after work drinks, a splash of green can go a long way for a little night time peacocking,” Lack explains.
“Navy and green are great mates particularly when you break it up with a contrast in between. Pocket square, canvas belt and suede double monk straps give this look an air of sophistication.”
#3 (Not So) Business As Usual
Gone are the days when business meant boring. From two-piece grey suits in windowpane check to neckwear with allover prints and analogous colour patterns, even the most restricted office codes can’t resist a splash of colour. Especially green, for something clean, neat – and offbeat.
“It’s business time and not your traditional blue shirt for a change. Green is an easy colour to wear for all skin types and works well back with a grey window pane check suit,” says Lack.
“Add navy as the third colour in this ensemble and you will have an impacting business look that stands out from the crowd. Mixing the patterns in the pocket square and tie is contemporary and clean.”
#4 Creative Agent
Not one for suits at work? The creative agency dude uses green hues to dress smart; looking to a casual business shirt in a subtle allover print. Cooler offices will even allow for luxury sneakers on the job; minimal in design, low-cut silhouette and kept as clean as you would your leather dress shoes.
“Creatives take note. This look will have you sorted for everyday work wear, whilst maintaining a sharp fashion take on this season’s colour of choice ‘green’,” adds Lack.
The paisley print shirt works with the pattern-clash check trouser. The trick is in the colour contrast which carry a thread of green through both pieces. Staple white leather sneakers and a tan soft briefcase complete the ensemble. The outfit could also double as a weekend urban cafe look.”
#5 Yacht Perfect
Weekend summer style – where it’s more relaxed and hot as hell – can see men do disastrous things with their clothes. Keep it easy: colour-blocked top and patterned shorts, swapping those flimsy rubber thongs for slim leather sandals in a neutral colour palette .
“Where is my yacht bro? Perfect for poolside, resort, boating or beach this season’s must-have are printed swim trunks,” continues Lack.
“The style works well with a simple navy linen shirt and a pair of slides or sandals. I prefer long sleeves as the shirt always looks smarter than short sleeves, even when you roll them up. Add your favourite sunglasses and a towel and you are good to go.”
Click through the slideshow to shop the above green-inspired looks.
Styled by Jeff Lack @jefflackstylist