Green Alexandra Wood Suit

Colour of the month: green

While it isn’t always the first colour you think of when it comes to suits, I have completely fallen in love with it. Summer or winter, green just works.

To clarify, I’m not referring to bright lime or fluorescent green: I’m smitten with shades of sage, jade, deep forest and emerald.

Initially, it can be startling to see someone in a green suit, but this fresh, cool colour shows confidence and personality. Traditionally, the colour green has been associated with wealth, vitality, energy, good health, and a sense of calm.

It’s not easy being green…

Actually, it is. As a rule of thumb, fresh green tones work well on warm and cooler skin tones while richer forest greens suit darker skin.

With all of the positive associations it has and a beautiful palette to choose from, it’s just a matter of deciding how you’ll make the most of this month’s hue.  My suggestions are:

  • Timeless tweed. Don’t worry, newer tweed fabrics ensure you don’t look twee. A muted, deep green tweed is perfect for a winter blazer or waistcoat, and lighter greens in finer tweed fabrics look perfect at country weddings.
  • Evening velvet. Take a leaf out of Matthew McConaughey’s book with a sumptuous velvet dinner suit or a luxurious smoking jacket for evening wear.
  • Slimline suits. Be brave – a beautifully cut suit in a deep shade will turn heads at your next work event, wedding, or even the races. I recommend pairing with contrasting fabrics like moleskin and flannels for wintery greens, and sand or brown tones for a more summery look.

Here are a few of my customers looking terrific in green.

   

I’ve collated more beautiful examples on this Pinterest board.

Still nervous about taking the plunge? Start with a waistcoat, tie or pocket square, and soon you’ll be sporting a blazer in a subtle shade.

Navy, grey and black will always be classic, but for something different, give green a try. Like moss on an aging stone, green will grow on you in the best possible way.