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TREND ALERT: GREEN DAY

St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon and, as luck would have it, green is the must-wear colour this season. Seen all over the spring/summer catwalks – from shamrock separates at Gucci to olive dresses at Dior and mint accessories at Marc Jacobs – green in its many shades is surprisingly easy to wear. And the options are endless…

COLOUR CLASH

Green might seem like a tricky colour to pull off, but follow a few basic rules and it needn’t be daunting. If you're mixing your greens, stick to similar tones: cooler hues like mint, seafoam and pistachio work well together, as do warmer shades like khaki, olive and basil. On the other hand, a combination of pea, neon and fern might get you noticed for all the wrong reasons.

There’s one sure-fire way to make green sing, and that’s by pairing it with other bold brights. On the colour wheel, greens sit directly opposite orange, pink and red (though we’d perhaps steer clear of the latter if you don’t want to look like Christmas came early). Punchy pink trousers look great with a green jumper, while juicy oranges set off the cooler tones of mint or sage. And if you want tick off two colour trends in one, team softer greens with the season’s other favourite hue, lilac.

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SUPER NEUTRALS

If a pared-back palette is more your style, muted greens work brilliantly with black, cream, tan, white and grey. Take your work wardrobe up a notch by teaming a soft khaki dress with white boots or a sea-green shirt with black culottes or a midi skirt and trainers or strappy courts. Add a clutch to switch up your look after dark. Come the weekend, you can’t go wrong with a super-soft sweater and jeans.

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A HINT OF TINT

Keen to dip your toe into the trend? Give statement accessories the green light. From mint scarves spotted at Marc Jacobs to neon clutch bags at Prada and even racing-green headbands outside the couture shows in Paris, green finishing touches are big news this season. Give your look a subtle spin with heels, earrings, sunglasses or a belt, and when you're ready to take the trend up a notch, just remember to stick to similar tones and you can't go wrong. See, we told you....

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Words: Ellie Spicer Photography: Getty Images