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