Green – for every palette

Green, the colour of renewal, of nature, of life. It’s an uplifting shade and goes with a multitude of other colours. It can range from palest mint through to darkest pine, from softest olive to vibrant emerald. And you know what else? Most people hardly ever wear it.

You may or may not remember that Pantone’s colour of the year this year is Greenery. Unlike 2015, when the colour of the year, Marsala, was absolutely everywhere, Greenery hasn’t made quite the same impact. People just aren’t as brave with green, in my experience.

I’d be willing to bet that this is because most of us have been put off by a negative experience with green, because when it’s wrong, it’s really really wrong. The right green can brighten and lift, whereas the wrong one will drag you down, add shadows and insta-age the skin.

So which green should you be wearing, and how do you identify it? If you’ve had your colours analysed, just click on the seasonal links below for more information about your best greens and how to choose them. If you haven’t had a colour analysis, why not start with Kettlewell’s quiz, or read on for more information.




If you don’t know your personal colour palette, your safest green is always going to be one with a hint of teal to it, which makes it a more universally flattering shade. If you want to go greener but you aren’t sure if it suits you, just keep the colour away from the area directly under your face, or add another safe universal colour to help balance out any negative effect from the green you have chosen. The chances are, when it comes to green, you’ll be able to see whether it works or not. If you try one and it doesn’t, do persevere, as the right green is like wardrobe magic!

A safe feeling blue with a hint of greenish teal is a great tentative step into the world of greens. Go for Mallard, a universal shade that flatters almost all skin tones.

Kettlewell items shown: Short Cascade Wrap, Soft Square Vest, Suede Tassel Clutch

Light olive shades are usually everywhere in the spring/summer, so another easy green to try, as it won’t stand out as a ‘look at me, I’m wearing green!’ shade. Pair it with a soft white tee, a fairly safe shade for most skin tones.

Kettlewell items shown: Mid Cascade Wrap, Silky Tee, Tassel Necklace

Ready to go bright? Pair a grass green with nature inspired neutrals to keep it boldly tropical but 100% stylish.

Kettlewell items shown: Mid Cascade Wrap, Fine Cotton Tee, Short Ruched Skirt, Tassel Necklace


The Pantone Colour of the Year 2017: Greenery – by Jo


I know this isn’t the very first post of the year, but writing about the Pantone Colour of the Year has started to feel a little like the official start of the new year for me and my work, which is, after all, largely based around colour. So let’s say Happy New Colour Year!

The Pantone Colour of the Year is surprisingly significant, even for non-fashion-followers. It sets the trends for fashion, interiors and art, and heavily influences what will be available in shops in the coming year.

This year’s colour choice marks a bit of a shift away from the muted, unobtrusive tones of Rose Quartz and Serenity, and the previous year’s big hit, Marsala. 2017’s Colour of the Year is Greenery, an ever so slightly muted, but still saturated, grass green.

In the words of Pantone, ‘Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid tumultuous social and political environment’. Pantone goes on to explain that ‘Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings’ and ‘evokes the first days of spring… Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate’. Broadly speaking I think it’s safe to translate that to green = plants = new growth = new beginnings = a time of change and reinvigoration, whether socially, economically, or sartorially!


Kettlewell’s ‘We love Green’ Pinterest board

Greenery sits somewhere on the cusp of Spring and Autumn – perfect for Golden (Warm) Springs and Vibrant (True) Autumns, as well as being wearable for other types of both seasons. Of course, the Winters and Summers among you probably already have your heads in your hands, but panic not. Although this is very much a warm toned shade, even Pantone’s own introductory video to the shade features a range of tones from acid green through to deep emerald and soft jade. Expect to see cooler greens appearing for both Winters and Summers.


Tasha top in Turtle Green, Florence infinity scarf in Olive Grove,  Shawl collar wrap in Light Moss, model is wearing a Maria Cowl in in Olive Grove (currently 50% off in sale)


Mid cascade wrap in Kerry Green (also worn by model), Florence infinity scarf in Leaf, Long camisole in Apple


Tasha top in Spruce (also worn by model), City Poncho in Emerald Turquoise (currently 30% off in the sale), Semi scoop 3/4 sleeve in Soft Teal


Silky scoop neck in Pine (also worn by model), Scoop neck 3/4 sleeve in Emerald, Shawl collar wrap in Dark Emerald



Turquoise for Spring (and Summer, and Autumn, and Winter)

header The sun has finally put in an appearance, the lawn has been mown for the first time in six months and I’m inclined to believe that Spring may actually finally be springing.

The change in the weather always inspires me to brighten up my outfits a bit, and turquoise is the perfect option at this time of year, reflecting the (occasionally) blue sky and cheering up the days when the sky isn’t exactly playing ball.

But which turquoise works for you? Picking the right shade can mean adding just the right level of brightness to your outfit, but getting it wrong can mean either looking dreary and drab, or like you just popped into the clown shop.

Spring – Keep it light, bright and clear, like the sea in a summer holiday catalogue. Make sure there’s a good dose of yellow in the colour to keep it warm toned.raw-spring

Summer – Go for slightly softer shades, preferably with a bit more blue or a mint green tone rather than true bright turquoise. Don’t feel you have to go into drab shades, but remember that Summers need that tiny bit of softness or greying to their colours.raw-summer_final_B

Autumn – Your version needs to be slightly deeper than Spring’s true turquoise shade, with a softened off edge. Aim for something with a hint of teal or peacock in it.raw-autumn

Winter – make sure your turquoise is clear and bright, without too much yellow to turn it into a warm colour. Alternatively, go for a very pale iced turquoise, just scarcely there at all, and pair with charcoal or navy for high contrast chic.raw-winter_final

Visit our Kettlewell Colours Polyvore page here for details of all clothing.

Green party: which shade are you?

green_party_header_bNo, not the election (although oh my goodness we haven’t had such a close run thing for years), but one of the most interesting colours to finally make it into fashion’s forebrain this year. After season upon season of blues (in everything from powder to cobalt) and pinks (from plums to pastels), it’s nice to see the humble green having a turn.

As an Autumn, I am a huge fan of green, but it’s a colour that I notice a lot of my clients lack confidence in tracking down. Because of green’s nature – a mix of yellow and blue – the tiniest shift in tone can easily drop it to one side or other of the seasonal lines, leaving lots of clients lacking in confidence in finding and wearing it

On a subconscious level, green is known as a calming, refreshing colour, associated with health and nature and new growth. So surely finding the right shade of green for you isn’t just useful, it’s a mood enhancer too! Kettlewell helpfully sorts your colours by season, making shopping for your perfect green a doddle, but out there in the big bad world, it can be helpful to have a little more guidance to help you find your perfect green. See below for my top tips on identifying your best green.


  • Spring – Bright and vibrant greens, full of colour and life. Spring greens can vary from the the lightest yellow greens of a new shoot or the inside of a lime, through to warm grassy shades. Don’t forget that your greens also encompass almost every shade of turquoise and aqua it’s possible to imagine. Don’t make the mistake of falling into the soft jade greens of the summer palette – too bluey and pastel for you – or the deeper blue greens of Winter when you are looking for those grassy shades. If it doesn’t look like sunlight is hitting your green, it’s probably not got enough yellow in it.green_party_spring
  • Summer – All shades of jade and duck egg, you need to make sure your greens don’t get too bright and turquoise or they will be too warm and turn you sallow. Stick instead to blue greens with a hint of sage about them, or deepest sea green – the lucite green from our 2015 Pantone colour trend report is perfect for you. Your biggest problem is drifting into the Autumn palette of saturated teals rather than your cooler softer blue-greens. The lightest pastel jade greens also work well for you, and can provide a light bright contrast to your deeper pinks and reds.green_party_summer
  • Autumn – a real ‘green’ palette, you have a whole range of greens. From this year’s catwalk favourite, olive green, to grass and lime greens and the deeper darker forest and pine greens. Olive greens are relatively easy to identify – if it is a muddy military sort of green of any shade, it’s got a 99% chance of belonging to your palette. Lime greens are also fairly safe – you want something with plenty of yellow in it, but not too pale and wishy washy (if it feels too pale and bright, it may well be – your limes are full of golden rather than pastel yellow tones). With your forest and pine greens, try not to slide into the dark blue-greens of Winter. Imagine the darkest leaves on a holly bush, compared to the lightest. The lighter ones will work for you, with their hint of yellow, but the darkest ones have taken on a firmly blue-green tint.green_party_autumn
  • Winter – Your greens are at maximum saturation, like the rest of your palette, whether they are bright emeralds or dark pine greens. Your emerald greens still need to be on the bluey side – if they have any hint of new spring growth about them rather than deep emerald jewels, they are too warm. Likewise, your darker greens need to have a blue undertone – exactly the opposite to our Autumns above, you can wear the deepest shades from the holly bush, but leave the new growth alone. Don’t forget iced aqua and green too – the palest, most barely there reflection of green trees on snow.green_party_winter

ps: if you found this post useful, you might also want to go and take a look at the ‘which navy?‘ post from last year, to help identify your best shade of navy blue.