What the Heck is Chartreuse and How Do I Style It?

Etsy declared 2020 the “year of purpose” and this hue the color of the year. You may be thinking, that’s great and all but what is chartreuse? This daring and unexpected color is equal parts yellow and green (think the color of a tennis ball or Nicole Kidman’s John Galliano for Dior gown at the 1997 Oscars) and is known for increasing energy according to Etsy. We really began to take notice of this neon sub-trend on the Autumn/Winter 2019 runways of Balenciaga, Galvan, and Nina Ricci. The resurgence began on the Spring/Summer 2020 runways, especially from Valentino. A key trend for summer 2020, chartreuse is a color we’ll be seeing on everything from apparel and accessories to homewares. 

At first glance, it may seem like a hard color to pull off, but with a few simple styling tips, anyone can rock this look for the summer. You may not own anything in this hue (yet), but this article will serve as a rundown on the trend, how to wear it, and where to stock up. Shop below for some of our favorite chartreuse pieces!

Coordinating Colors

Not sure what goes with chartreuse? Look to the color wheel! Yellow is opposite to purple and green and blue are analogous colors, so coordinate with these complementary hues for a bold color on color moment. Take it from the streets of Fashion Week and coordinate chartreuse apparel with a blue shoe or pair a purple top with yellow-green bottoms. This look is guaranteed to steal the spotlight.

Be Bold

Combine with neutral tones or gray to make that bright color pop. Layer an oversized camel jacket and neutral accessories over your chartreuse slip to balance your look. Whether it’s a solid chartreuse coat or dress, pair with neutrals or gray so the statement stays on the bold color.

Subtle Shade

For first timers, try a more subdued shade rather than an electric tint. It’s understated yet trend-conscious and more versatile for your everyday street style. For an even more subtle look, try an accessory or shoe in this must-have color.

Keep it Simple

Stick to sleek and simple silhouettes for this dominating color. That means no distracting embellishments or shapes to compete with this trend. An A-line silhouette or slip dress looks sophisticated and elegant with this unexpected hue.

Wear Below the Waist

If you’re worried the hue will wash you out because you have a paler complexion, there’s a simple solution, wear it below the waist! Break out those chartreuse pants and skirts because the styling potential is endless.

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