As fashion enthusiast, we quickly learn to appreciate that risks and eccentricities are significant parts within the whole responsible of dictating the evolution of fashion, but at the same time, we also grow able to recognize the endless possibilities we are presented with, when something that’s totally wearable becomes utterly fashionable. Case in point: the men’s fall 2014 fashion trends introducing green as one of the key colours of the season.
Aside from being ridiculously easy to wear regardless of your style, the dark, leafy greens presented on the runway are a great way to light up and polish your fall and winter wardrobe, the same one that often tends to get soaked up in the gloomiest hues.
After the break, a look at the key colour trend and how to turn green it into a statement, all throughout the upcoming season.
The trending shades of green for men.
As with every other colour trend, we must acknowledge which shades are in before proceeding to discuss anything else. According to the runway, this fall you can refresh your wardrobe with any clothing item (or accessory) colored in:
- olive and dark olive green;
- artichoke, pine green and teal;
- hunter and dark green.
Brighter shades of lime green, and more delicate shades of pistachio green, also made it to the runway, which only means the chances of you finding a favorite shade of green this autumn and winter, are extremely high.
Shades of green at Bottega Veneta, Fendi and Valentino, F/W ’14
How to wear green this fall.
Having already established the shades of green that are currently trending, we are onto the next important question which requires answering: how to wear the key colour of the season in the most fashionable manner, come fall.
If you love green and you are ready to fully embrace the trend, you can make a full statement out of it by wearing a head-to-toe green look. You can opt for either:
- a laid-back, comfortable outfit mixing two or more shades of green, keeping things simple, and the accessorizing to a minimal (a pair of cool boots and a bag would suffice);
- a head-to-toe tailored look in the same shade of green, complementing the polished outfit with elegant accessories (a printed scarf, a classic pair of leather shoes).
Head-to-toe green at Bottega Veneta and Richard James, F/W ’14
A splash of green.
Without a doubt, the easiest way to sport this trend come fall is by mixing one standout item in green, into your everyday choice of outfits. The clothing item could be a leather jacket, a sleek shirt, a pair of tailored pants, but you could also brighten up your look with something as simple as a roomy bag, in a coveted shade of green. The important aspect here is to aim for a nice color scheme, one that makes sense to you, but also, one that is able to keep the overall aspect of your look on the sophisticated side.
Splashes of green at Costume National and Kolor, F/W ’14
A statement of style.
While acknowledging both the importance, and the influence of a certain fashion trend, one must always remain true to the meaning of personal style. Luckily, the green trend is one to effortlessly fit a myriad of styles, so regardless of your personal aesthetic, you can still make the most out of it. Choose:
- green tailored blazers, slim fit trousers and overcoats in luxurious fabrics to complement a refined, elegant style;
- green leather jackets, basic tees, sweatshirts, jeans and other relaxed pants, to mix and match within the limits of casual;
- green bomber jackets and rain coats, athletic-inspired pants, cool caps and sneakers, to add to the relaxed vibes of the sporty style.
Green shades at Canali, Bottega Veneta and YMC, F/W ’14
If you’re not a fan of monochromatic looks, here are some of the other key colours that work great when mixed with one, or more of the trending shades of green. Pick:
- dark neutrals like black, gray and midnight blue, if you’re not the adventurous type but you still want a look that’s polished and well put together; you can always add a splash of print, or combine different shades of green to make your looks all the more interesting.
Green colour trend at Z Zegna and Versace, F/W ’14
- rich, earthy browns to build simple, but effective autumnal looks; don’t be afraid to juxtapose different shades of brown, different patterns and textures, in order to make your outfits stand out in a subtle manner;
- bright orange to liven up the more subdued shades of green, knowing that a good, contrasting splash of colour is more than enough to spice up and enliven an outfit meant for the colder days.
Green colour trend at Missoni and Oliver Spencer, F/W ’14
Green colour trend: key pieces.
If you plan to add something green to your wardrobe this fall, here are the key pieces that you should consider investing in:
- a thick knit (or a cozy cardigan) in a beautiful shade of green, to wear on its own when the weather allows it, or to use for layering, underneath your favourite pieces of outerwear during the colder days.
Green colour trend at 3.1 Phillp Lim, Fendi and Z Zegna, F/W ’14
- a pair of perfectly fitting green trousers, either casual or tailored, cut in denim, wool, velvet or leather; you can style them with patterned sweaters, printed shirts, or chunky knits.
Green colour trend at Bottega Veneta, Lanvin and Jil Sander, F/W ’14
- a statement piece of outerwear; choose between tailored coats, cozy parkas, wool and leather jackets; wear them with anything spanning in between the casual and the super elegant, and don’t be afraid to play upon contrast (by wearing a tailored coat with a casual outfit, or a parka with a super slick suit).
Green colour trend at Bottega Veneta, Dior Homme and Corneliani, F/W ’14
Picture inspiration: how to wear green for me.
Now that you know all the key colours and how to wear them, you can start stocking up on pieces that will serve you through fall and winter. As for more inspiration on how to put specific looks together, you’d do well to check out the gallery above. It’s filled with examples of how green clothes for men were styled on the runways.