I’m going to let you in on something: Some trends are underrated, and some are overhyped. You can scour the runways and scroll on Nordstrom thinking you’re excited about a trend, but you might realize that it isn’t flattering after trying it. And then, there are the trends that you could deem “ugly” or impractical at first glance, only to find that they look great on you. When it comes to the kelly green color trend, its categorization falls into the latter. I can recall a time when the fashion set was ambivalent about color. In fact, for a few seasons before the pandemic, there wasn’t a day that passed when our editors weren’t obsessing over beige, oat, butter, and every other neutral—those hues had a gorilla grip on us. Of course, neutrals will always be a significant part of wardrobes, but there is something exciting about the rise of saturated hues, including kelly green.
Green’s popularity is due to luxury houses like Bottega Veneta releasing punchy green-hued pieces over the past few seasons. Kelly green is by no means a new color trend, but if you scroll through Shopbop’s new-arrivals section or social media, you’ll conclude that this isn’t your grandmother’s green of the past. Newer iterations of this color exist in everything from oversize button-downs to miniskirts to clutch bags and platform heels. The sheer versatility of what you can shop in this color (plus the fact it looks good on everyone) makes adopting it all the more tempting. But if you’re unsure of how to wear kelly green, keep reading. I’ve rounded up 10 outfit ideas to show you how to style the hue and the best kelly green pieces to shop right now. Consider this your ultimate “cookbook” for wearing your greens and serving a look.