This post points out multiple colors that pair well with olive. It provides also outfit inspirations with prints and shows that this color is as versatile style as black or any other neutral. In other words, olive is the new black.
- Olive: An Often Overlooked Neutral
- What Colors Go well with Olive?
- Olive and Burgundy Looks
- Try Olive with Blush for an Unexpected all Neutrals Look
- 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 Olive Is the New Black
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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 Well 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
This neutral works in all seasons. Combined with wine-red, the dusky brownish green is great for a fall business casual outfit.
Try Olive with Blush for an Unexpected all Neutrals Look
Try it with other neutrals
The next photo is an oufit idea that pairs this shade of green with beige.
The combination of marsal with olive plus black and white work because they are all neutrals. When combined they make a pretty colorful look without being over the top. This casual comfy outfit is perfect weekend style for grocery shopping.
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.
- Try an olive utility jacket. Outfit ideas and more on styling utility jackets in the linked guide.
You can wear olive green and gray together. #stylishMonday Click To Tweet
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, LeatherCoatsEtc cap, and 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.
Suede with gemstone buckle belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Coach bag, amethyst earrings, Chartier just un clou, Bandolino mules, and tulle skirt c/o Lookbook Store
eShakti lace pencil skirt, Jaeger tote, Ray Ban sunglasses, T-shirt c/o Onno, wooden watch c/o Jord and strappy sandals c/o Coolway
LV bucket bag, shirt dress, Great Northwest suede frock and LeatherCoatsEtc bucket hat
Sheath c/o Lookbook Store, GNW safari jacket, Nine West booties and Coach bag
Alexander Wang LWD, Great Northwest coat, Michael Kors sandals, Longchamp bag and LeatherCoatsEtc cp
Great Northwest suede coat, pastel floral skirt, Oliveo linen shirt, 3.1 Philip Lim bag, and Ivanka Trump pumps
Pink Landsend cashmere sweater, London Jean camouflage cargos, Ivanka Trump cap toe pumps, Gucci G belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, jade bangle
Chanel bag, floral print summer skirt, statement belt, Via Spiga sling backs
Oliveo leather skirt, statement belt, Camel bag, college T-shirt, 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, 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
Notations floral cardigan, London Jeans leather pants, 3.1 Philip Lim bag and patent leather studs c/o ENAMOUR
Orvis Irish blazer, Yves St. Laurant bag, GNW tight, Söfft shearling booties, GNW Luxe sweater, statement belt, and mesh skirt c/o Lookbook Store
Bomber jacket c/o Shein with self-sewn floral print dress
G-III suede skirt, Moda International sweater, GNW tight, SAK bag, Nine West booties, and Joyita scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta
London Jeans white boyfriends, statement belt, GNW Luxe V-neck sweater, Nine West booties, 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, and green wood watch c/o Jord
Great Northwest utility jacket, Oliveo linen pants, Nicole fall sandals, Longchamp bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, Vintage Silk floral print top, and statement belt
Great Northwest utility jacket, Sienna skirt, Moda International top, Modalu Pippa bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, and pearls
London Jean boyfriend jeans with BP espadrilles, Landsend sweater, Ray Ban sunglasses, and Coach bag
Oliveo Chinos, Ralph Lauren silver pumps, statement belt, hand painted scarf, Jord sandalwood watch, striped Coach bag, T-shirt c/o Onno, and bomber c/o Shein
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September Stylish Monday Linkup Party Olive Is the New Black
Olive is the new black! #MondayOutfit Click To Tweet
To see more looks in this stunning neutral join
Robin LaMonte of Rooms Revamped,
Julie Augustyn of Fashion, Trends and Friends,
Michele Clark of @seechles,
Nina Bandoni of Sharing a Journey,
Nancy Baten of Nancy’s Fashion Style,
Jessica Jannenga of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish,
Hilda Smith of Over the Hilda,
Emma Peach of The Style Splash,
Cynthia Scurry of The Middle Sister Style Blog,
Andrea Schwartz of Pearls and Pantsuits,
Suzanne Bell of Ask Suzanne Bell and me at the
September Stylish Monday linkup party
and/or visit these ladies blogs.
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This Post Has 5 Comments
Lots of olive looks! Some of my favorite pieces in my closet are olive and I am looking forward to cooler weather to wear more of them!
OMG such a detailed and informative post on olive green. I will share it on my FB page. You really have covered every option. I am seriously in awe.
Such a great color! I’ve always loved incorporating olive green into my wardrobe!
So many different outfit choices, Nicole!! It’s true that this colour can be worn in so many ways and look amazing!! Definitely a colour to put more thought into!! Thank you for sharing!
Wow Nicole! What a fabulous post! I like you LOVE olive green and wear it all the time as a neutral with just about everything. You’ve really covered all the combos – love this post and all of the different variations on how to wear this very versatile color this season!
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