As men get more playful with fashion – and make semi-spectacles of themselves (remember Pitti Uomo 88?) – suits are looking to not-so-serious colours this season. From the office to the summer wedding, green is a colour featuring prominently in tailoring; together as a matching jacket and trousers, or split – teamed with neutral trousers or jeans.
As unconventional as green suits are, the colour of the earth is a great alternative to blue, grey and brown, especially for the gent who wants to wear something a little different.
So, how do you wear a green suit? To get your sartorial juices flowing, we’ve found 50 ways to wear a green suit. Taking visual notes from real suited men in green, you’ll be looking dapper – and different, in no time. Even Kermit the Frog, the Green Lantern and Gumby have something to learn from this lot.
Simple Rules To Follow When Wearing A Green Suit:
- As a general rule, darker shades of green can be worn were neutrals (navy, charcoal, brown) are worn, while brighter, bolder shades work best as statement pieces, against natural and neutral shades.
- Look to light greens (mint) for summer and leafy, dark shades for winter. And apply the rule for day (light) and night time (dark) dressing.
- For work, look to military greens (olive and khaki), keeping the rest of the office outfit classic. Add a camel topcoat in winter to make the green pop.
- Green is ripe for summer weddings. Go bold: a two-piece pastel suit with chunky-soled brogues. Or interchange the green trouser for a cropped, neutral chino and green suede loafers for a play on textural and tonal colour.
- Biscal bay (a mild oceanic green) is the green suit colour this season. Paired with navy trousers, dark blue woven tie and crisp white shirt, you’ve got a contemporary office look. Or don a chambray denim shirt, daffodil pocket square and mid-wash jeans slim-cut jeans – with sock-less tassel loafers – for a smart casual affair.
- An emerald green velvet dinner jacket – with contrast black grosgrain lapel – is the perfect party season jacket. Pair with inky-black trousers and matching velvet loafers. Keep the shirt black with a black silk tie, for a change up from the typical white shirt.
- Green fits well with the felt-y finish of cashmere-wool blend fabrics for winter or a textural olive Harris tweed. A green linen slub in jade or crisp mint green is beautifully fresh for spring. Mohair suits in dark green are very work-ready, while nylon-y unstructured suits – designed to be paired with a t-shirt and sneakers.
- Finally, patterns play well with green, especially plaids. A blackwatch check is a stylish heritage option for the outlandish man. For a touch of green, pair a blackwatch waistcoat with a navy suit. The adage “blue and green should not be seen…” proving old-hat in modern menswear.
Expert Tip On Wearing A Green Suit
Roger Shamoun, owner and creative director at Zimma Tailors