Olive is the new black for an outstanding look

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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 perenially 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 bright colors as the LOTD shows. This post provides you with multiple easy olive outfit ideas with this low-key color in the focus.

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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

Here some easy tricks to add this neutral to your wardobe:

  • 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. Here I used an Orvis camouflage floral print utility jacket, a Great Northwest militray jacket, Shein aviator, Shein long blazer, and a Great Northwest suede jacket. For other outfit details see the photo captions.

50 years old fashion blogger in olive Hawaiian print skirt and blush top 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 crossbody bag (all own)

fashion over 40 tulle skirt with utility jacket 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

military-inspired colors with white denim outfit 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

denim and olive outfit idea Ann Taylor sweater, Oliveo bootcut jeans, statement belt, Nine West booties (all own)

midlife lady in monochromatic look Nova shirt dress, wide statement belt, GNW tights and Nine West booties (all own)

stylist in denim dress and utility jacket Liz Claiborne denim dress (shortened), statement belt, structured bag, Michael Kors patent leather wedges, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own)
gray moss olive outfit inspiration Statement belt, Oliveo chino, Jaeger tote, Nine West pumps (all own), Wooden watch c/o Jord and moss T-shirt c/o Onno

fine pearls and leather jewelry look 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

denim shirt with black leather skirt and olive all neutrals outfit idea Highland Jeans denim shirt, Sienna Studio leather pencils skirt, Steve Madden lace-up fall booties and Prada bag (all own)

 mature woman in business casual work outfit Salavtore Ferragamo Vara pumps, Jaeger tote (all own) and Sheath c/o Lookbook Store

You can wear olivegreen and gray together. #stylishMonday Click To Tweet

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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.

olive with leopard print outfit Jeanne Pierre striped sweater, Forever Twentyone skirt, GNW tight, Steve Madden fall lace-up sandals, and Camel bag (all own)Alaska Street style mature woman in mesh skirt GNW top, Calvin Klein pumps, BCBG belt (all own) and skirt c/o Lookbook Store
fashion book author with long blazer and animal print GNW zebra print cardigan worn as top, Orvis pants, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Shein long blazer (all own) and best girl friend bracelet c/o Chico’s
Military inspired short outerwear mesh skirt 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
Olive with animal print is a do! #falltrends Click To Tweet

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.

style book author in camo top, tulle skirt, striped bag, belt and mules 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

mature woman in lace pencil skirt with utility jacket 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

mature women wearing a military inspired shirt dress with suede frock LV bucket bag, military shirt dress, Great Northwest suede frock and camouflage leather bucket hat

stylist in sheath with safari jacket Sheath c/o Lookbook Store with an own GNW safari jacket, camouflage booties and a lilac Coach bag

50+ woman wearing a LWD with an olive coat Alexander Wang LWD, Great Northwest coat, Michael Kors sandals, Longchamp bag and LeatherCoatsEtc camo print hat

midlife woman with floral skirt and suede utility jacket Great Northwest suede coat, pastel floral skirt, Oliveo linen shirt, 3.1 Philip Lim bag, and Ivanka Trump pumps (all own)

midlife woman in posh street chic in pink with camo cargoes 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)

yellow pastel floral skirt with blush pointy toe slingbacks, Chanel bag styled with olivegreen Chanel bag, thrifted floral print summer skirt, statement belt

woman over 40 in street style look Oliveo leather skirt, statement belt, Camel bag, college T-shirt (all own), and Musse & Cloud sandals c/o Coolway

mature woman in rose print dress with long blazer Self-made rose print dress, Shein long blazer, Kieselstein Cord belt, ethnice buckle, Celine bag, Manolo Blanik booties (all own), and green wood watch c/o Jord

older woman in long green blazer Oliveo chinos, 3.1 Philip Lim tote, Madonna True or Dare floral pumps, Spy Girl fashion blogger scarf, and Vince leather top (all own)

blazer with floral print top Notations floral print cardigan, London Jeans leather pants, 3.1 Philip Lim bag (all own) and patent leather studs c/o ENAMOURover 50 years old in meshskirt with Irish blazer 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

mature fashion woman in casual summer pants Shein shirt, Orvis summer pants, Coach bag, statement belt (all own), sunglasses c/o Winkwood and bomber c/o Shein

#styleover50 woman with dress and bomber Bomber jacket c/o Shein with self-sewn floral print dress

posh chic midlife woman in green frock with red skirt 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

style blogger in olive outerwear with white jeans 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

over 50 years old woman in long leather skirt 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

mature in all neutrals casual look Oliveo lines pants, Nicole fall sandals, Longchamp bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, Vintage Silk floral print top, and statement belt (all own)

fashion blogger over 50 in skirt with utility jacket for Casual Friday Pencil skirt, Moda International top, belt, pumps, Modalo Pippa bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, and pearls (all own)

BBQ outfit idea with all neutral colors London boyfriend jeans with BP espadrilles, Landsend sweater, Ray Ban sunglasses, and Coach bag (all own)advanced style woman in casual look 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

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.

black leather joggers and nato-green outerwear with burgundy top Burgundy v-neck cashmere sweater, leather joggers paired with Aldo pony hair leopard print pumps (all own) and statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

burgundy-olive outfit London Jeans camouflage cargo pants, Steve Madden lace-up sandals, statement belt (all own)

Like these outfit ideas? If so, please feel free to pin them to your own Pinterest board.

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Olivie is the new black! #MondayOutfit Click To Tweet
To see more looks in this stunning neutral join
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Nina Bandoni of Sharing a Journey,
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Jessica Jannenga of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish,
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Photos of me: G. Kramm

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5 thoughts on “Olive is the new black for an outstanding look

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!
    Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏

  4. 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!
    xx
    Suzanne

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