Some call it sage, some moss, and others khaki; whatever it is, off-green is back. This isn’t the vibrant green of freshly mown grass or the acidic neon shade that fashion flirted with last year. This is a dusty, sun-warmed kind of green. It looks amazing with a tan, offsets your summer wardrobe of crisp whites, rusty oranges and beige perfectly, and can easily transition for the colder months (just add berry tones).
For SS19, designers played with a rich spectrum of olive tones. At the lighter end, Jil Sander offered tonal looks including matching micro keyring wallets, while Palmer//Harding went for a punchy mix of dark olive, cornflower blue and red. Rejina Pyo teamed olive green trousers with crisp white shirts, and German/American brand Talbot Runhof sent models out in olive green utility jumpsuits with '80s power shoulders and voluminous shirt dresses with matching bucket hats.
Olive green's versatility means it will slot easily into your existing wardrobe. Lighter pieces will refresh your office wear and pair seamlessly with your tired white shirts; they're also a great way to pull spring's pastels into summer. Treat darker, richer olives like you would any other neutral, and add olive green utility jumpsuits, wide-leg trousers and Bermuda shorts to your holiday rotation (wear with gold jewellery and raffia accessories). Feeling brave? Go for a full-on tonal look for major impact.
Read on for our favourite olive pieces and styling advice.
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Nothing is easier than a maxi skirt and T-shirt on a hot day in the city. Opt for a white graphic tee to brighten the olive and pair with your comfiest trainers.
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Just the ticket for keeping sweaty, salty holiday hair out of your face and making you look more put together than you really are.
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You can button this loose-fitting shirt over everything: your favourite jeans, a slip dress or a bikini.
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Topshop has a huge range of gorgeous olive-toned pieces this season, such as this versatile sleeveless dress. It's made of mesh so is super breathable.
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Shorts that you can easily dress up or down. Wear with other neutrals such as beige and caramel for a contemporary safari look.
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Our love affair with satin midi skirts continues, especially when they come in this rich, mossy colour.
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This slightly more acidic shade is great for pairing with golden tones and warm yellows. If the colour scares you, opt instead for black or nude accessories.
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Struggling to pick out an office- and weather-appropriate outfit? Pair this skirt with that old cream blouse you have in the back of your wardrobe, a neutral blazer (nude or pale pink) and a pair of light-coloured mules.
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