This post discusses which colors look best with olive. It provides also outfit inspirations with prints and show that this color is as versatile style as black or any other neutral.
- Olive: An Often Overlooked Neutral
- What Colors Go with Olive?
- Olive and Burgundy Looks
- Try Pairing It with Other Neutrals
- How to Add Olive to Your Wardrobe
- Olive with Animal Print
- Olive with Floral Print in Olive, Kakhi and White
- What to Wear with an Olive Jacket
- Stylish Monday Linkup Party
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Olive: An Often Overlooked Neutral
This color is often associated with camouflage and the Army. In many cultures, it was historically reserved for men and boys’ blazer, shirts, sweaters and pants as well as hunting clothes. In the Alpine regions, men’s jankers and short coats often come in this loden-hue. This neutral perennially popped up in women’s fashion for safari-inspired clothes.
Olive is as versatile like black, denim, gray, brown, camel or navy.
It’s surprising that this color is so underused by ladies who love to wear great all neutral-colors outfits and by those who like to ground their look with a neutral. It works well with many other neutrals as well as in wearing bold color combinations as the LOTD shows. This post provides you with multiple easy olive outfit ideas with this low-key color in the focus.
What Colors Go with Olive?
Pair this neutral with
- other neutrals like denim, navy, white, black and even gray,
- bright, bold statement/fashion colors like pink, yellow, purple, true red, orange, or
- go lady-like with blush, baby pink, light blue.
- Olive works well with other neutrals
Olive and Burgundy Looks
Today’s look (first photo in this post) combines wine-red with dusky brownish green for a fall business casual outfit. Isn’t it great how this neutral works in all seasons? The photos below give two additional ideas for this color combination.
Burgundy v-neck cashmere sweater, leather joggers paired with Aldo pony hair leopard print pumps (all own) and statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery
Try it with other neutrals
The next photo is an oufit idea that pairs this shade of green with beige.
You can find more on how to create non-boring outfits with neutrals in the guide at the link.
How to Add Olive to Your Wardrobe
Here some easy tricks to add this neutral to your wardrobe:
- Instead of pairing the common crisp white button-down shirt with black dress pants for the office, mix things up with olive pants; you stick out of the crowd without looking over the top.
- Get a military inspired shirt dress or trench coat.
- Instead of the usual black umbrella get one in this green hue.
- Get a pair of pants or a T-shirt with an original camo print for the weekend.
The following looks are examples how to pair the color with other neutrals you have in your closet. The looks feature inspirations with a camouflage floral print utility jacket, a military jacket, aviator, long blazer, and a suede jacket. For other outfit details see the photo captions. More on styling utility jackets in the linked guide.
Blush Shein utility top, statement beaded necklace with dagwood detail, Vintage Silk men’s Hawaiian floral shirt up-cycled into a skirt, nude Ivanka Trump ankle strap pumps, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes icy pink H enamel bangle and Chanel cross-body bag (all own)
Shein jacket, Jord bamboo watch, statement belt, leave earrings, fur trimmed horse bite slides (all own), T-shirt c/o Onno, and tulle skirt c/o Lookbook Store
London Jeans BF white denim pants, Ralph Lauren pumps, Keep Calm T-shirt, Esprit bag, statement belt with pearls (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord
Ann Taylor sweater, Oliveo bootcut jeans, statement belt, Nine West booties (all own)
Nova shirt dress, wide statement belt, GNW tights and Nine West booties (all own)
Liz Claiborne denim dress (shortened), statement belt, structured bag, Michael Kors patent leather wedges, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own)
Statement belt, Oliveo chino, Jaeger tote, Nine West pumps (all own), Wooden watch c/o Jord and moss T-shirt c/o Onno
Nova dress, statement belt, Coach bag, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own) wooden watch c/o Jord, Pearl studs c/o Wendy Mignot and Musse & Cloud sandals c/o Coolway
Highland Jeans denim shirt, Sienna Studio leather pencils skirt, Steve Madden lace-up fall booties and Prada bag (all own)
Salavtore Ferragamo Vara pumps, Jaeger tote (all own) and Sheath c/o Lookbook Store
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Olive with Animal Print
This fall’s animal print trend also works well with olive as the two examples below show.
Distressed leather belt and statement buckle, snake print shoes, Jaeger tote, aviator sunglasses, silver necklace, and camouflage leather hat (all own) and layered mesh skirt c/o Lookbook Store
You can find more on how to wear animal print in the guide at the link.
Olive with Floral Print in Olive, Kakhi and White
The next outfit idea features a nearly monochromatic look with white as an accent. The look gets its interest from the camouflage colors Hawaiian floral print.
What to Wear with an Olive Jacket
Don’t forget to style your outerwear. Outerwear is an outfit too; and it might be a tricky one when parts of the “indoor look” namely may become part of the outfit. However, there are 5 easy tips to style outerwear that every stylish woman should know to overcome the jacket as outerwear challenge. See how you can style an olive jacket in the photos below.
Statment suede with gemstone buckle belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Coach bag, amethyst earrings, Chartier just un clou, Bandolino kitten heel mules (all own) and double layer tulle skirt c/o Lookbook Store
eShakti lace pencil skirt, Jaeger tote, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own), T-shirt c/o Onno, wooden watch c/o Jord and strappy sandals c/o Coolway
LV bucket bag, military shirt dress, Great Northwest suede frock and camouflage leather bucket hat
Sheath c/o Lookbook Store with an own GNW safari jacket, camouflage booties and a lilac Coach bag
Alexander Wang LWD, Great Northwest coat, Michael Kors sandals, Longchamp bag and LeatherCoatsEtc camo print hat
Great Northwest suede coat, pastel floral skirt, Oliveo linen shirt, 3.1 Philip Lim bag, and Ivanka Trump pumps (all own)
Pink Landsend cashmere sweater, London Jean camouflage cargoes, Ivanka Trump cap toe pumps, Gucci G belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, jade bangle (all own)
Chanel bag, thrifted floral print summer skirt, statement belt
Oliveo leather skirt, statement belt, Camel bag, college T-shirt (all own), and Musse & Cloud sandals c/o Coolway
Self-made rose print dress, Shein long blazer, Kieselstein Cord belt, ethnic buckle, Celine bag, Manolo Blanik booties (all own), and green wood watch c/o Jord
Oliveo chinos, 3.1 Philip Lim tote, Madonna True or Dare floral pumps, Spy Girl fashion blogger scarf, and Vince leather top (all own)
Notations floral print cardigan, London Jeans leather pants, 3.1 Philip Lim bag (all own) and patent leather studs c/o ENAMOUR Orvis Irish blazer, Yves St. Laurant bag, GNW tight, Söfft shearling booties, GNW Luxe sweater, statement belt (all own), and long mesh skirt c/o Lookbook Store
Shein shirt, Orvis summer pants, Coach bag, statement belt (all own), sunglasses c/o Winkwood and bomber c/o Shein
Bomber jacket c/o Shein with self-sewn floral print dress
G-III suede skirt, Moda International sweater, GNW tight, SAK bag, Nine West camouflage pony hair booties (all own), and Joyita scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta
London Jeans white boyfriends, statement belt, GNW Luxe pink v-neck sweater, Nine West camo booties (all own), leather pearl necklace c/o Wendy Mignot, and wood watch c/o Jord
Keep Calm Let the Meteorologist Handle It T-shirt, Oliveo leather skirt, Steve Madden fall sandals (all own), and green wood watch c/o Jord
Oliveo lines pants, Nicole fall sandals, Longchamp bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, Vintage Silk floral print top, and statement belt (all own)
Pencil skirt, Moda International top, belt, pumps, Modalo Pippa bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, and pearls (all own)
London boyfriend jeans with BP espadrilles, Landsend sweater, Ray Ban sunglasses, and Coach bag (all own) Oliveo Chinos, Ralph Lauren silver pumps, statement belt, hand painted scarf, Jord sandalwood watch, striped Coach bag (all own), T-shirt c/o Onno, and bomber c/o Shein
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