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The Guy's Guide to Wearing Evergreen


Summer is here, the sun is beaming, and colors are popping. Prime your closet for more color with this series of guides for bold shades. Each week SG HQ is going to break down how to wear a stylish hue with easy color combinations and outfit ideas.

Catch up on bluebird blueamber orangelavenderarmy green, salmon, slateblood orangesharkskingoldtealkhaki, merlotred, white, cobalt blue, mint green, orange sorbetyellow and navy.

The darker, rich shade that’s a subset of forest green

You might be thinking more along the wardrobe lines of palm tree green than colder weather varieties of the color. But the truth is that evergreen, a subset of forest green, knows no season when it comes to ensembles—particularly when it’s paired with a more obviously summertime shade.

Green—which, by the way, comes from a combination of root words that mean ‘grass’ and ‘grow’—is closely associated with nature and the great outdoors, but that doesn’t mean that’s where you’ve got to wear it. Darker, rich shades of evergreen are ideal for everything from jogger pants (sweatpants’ dressier cousin) and dress shirts to accessories and outerwear. So how can you work it into your closet? Don’t worry, we’ve got the answers.


First off, you’ve got to wrap your mind around what evergreen actually is. Named for the trees that keep their color through the winter, this hue is cool and a little demure, but not at all muted. Keep an eye out for pieces that mirror the color of freshly steamed kale (another kind of green you should consider working into everyday life).

Next comes the part where you have to figure out if this shade is really right for you: Guys with more olive tones are golden in evergreen. But if you have more pinky-red and blue in your skin, it might make you look a little washed out so consider a slightly brighter green that has less of a yellow base.

Once you’ve nailed the shade, you’ll start to recognize it everywhere, from sunglass frames to socks. Our rec? Look for one staple wardrobe item in evergreen—like a rain jacket, shorts, or chinos—and then keep it minimal everywhere else.

At the office

Pants: Taylor Stitch, $98 | Shoes: Kenneth Cole, $99 | Shirt: Club Monaco, $99 

Tie: The Tie Bar, $25 | Jacket: Suit Supply, $399 | Socks: Happy Socks, $8 

Lapel Flower: Hook & Albert, $30 | Watch: MVMT, $135 | Gap: Belt, $30 

On the weekend

Body Wash: Juniper Ridge, $22 | Sunglasses: YMC, $165 | Bag: Apolis, $58 

Deodorant: Baxter of California, $19 | Shirt: H&M, $6  | Trunks: Faherty, $125 

Shoes: Soludos, $68 | Watch: Nixon, $275 


There’s an easy way out when it comes to pairing this particular color—throw it on with some amazing denim, whether that means perfectly broken in jeans and a tee or a jean button up (extra points for sporting desert boots).

But don’t stop there! A pop of something brighter and lighter is going to take things up a notch and pull it all together. We love evergreen paired with summery orange, mint, pink, and bright blue because they balance the color’s ‘off the mountain’ feel with preppier vibe.

Great news: This is a new go-anywhere color. While we’re not recommending you get a custom evergreen suit made to measure anytime soon, we are saying that if you want to work an evergreen tie with a touch of sheen into your wedding dance card, do it.

And if you want to pick up a pair of evergreen shorts to knock around town in, feel free to do that too—this color is your oyster. Take it to picnics in the park, to the office, to meet the parents…and to the mountains for some late in the season skiing, too. Evergreen will be right at home there.



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