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The Guy's Guide to Wearing Mint Green

Having a mint moment

By Style Girlfriend | Aug 10 2016

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, merlotredevergreenwhitecobaltyelloworange sorbet and navy.

The pale green that signals warmer days

We can’t think of a color that says warmer days are on the way more clearly than mint—and while that may have a lot to do with our ice cream preferences, pale green also happens to be the harbinger of summertime in all the best ways.

Mint can take on a couple different shades, ranging from hospital scrubs to a lighter Shamrock Shake version. We’re pretty major fans of all the variations, from a soft pale icy mint to a more vibrant, nearly neon vibe—either way, this color is a gateway to great fashion choices.

See how to wear mint green in two sleek looks:

How To Wear

Because it’s such a vibrant color, you’re going to have a lot of options when it comes to wearing mint. This color looks best on fair, cooler skin—and if you’re more in the olive camp, a slightly brighter hue of this green is a good bet.

Think about snagging some bright swim trunks for beach days to come or investing in a checked or plaid button-up that incorporates a little bit of this special shade. We also love the idea of a soft, thin, big-checked button up over a cotton tee with jeans and boat shoes. And keep an eye out for a mint skinny tie, too—it’s a fun way to freshen up a grey or khaki suit!

At the office

Suit: Topman, $520 | Shirt: Brooks Brothers, $92 | Shoes: Cole Haan, $200

Tie: The Tie Bar, $25 | Pocket Square:, $12 | Watch: Triwa, $219

Socks: Happy Socks, $12 | Cologne: Hermès, $137  | PomadeHanz de Fuko, $19

What To Pair

Our rule of thumb? The brighter and bolder the color, the less square footage it should take up on your bod. While we love the hue, we wouldn’t recommend making mint the mainstay of an entire outfit—it’s better employed as an accent.

Try a mint tee underneath a lightweight evergreen sweater, or wear a navy skinny tie (or even printed bowtie!) with a navy suit. One other combo that’s calling our name? Mint and lavender—we love them mixed together in a summer-y plaid. If you’re feeling extra confident, throw on a pair of pale green shorts with a slightly darker lilac shirt on top.

On the weekend

Shirt: Urban Outfitters, $34 | Swim Trunks: Bonobos, $68 | Shoes: Vince, $275

Towel: Society6, $38 | Tote: Herschel Supply Co., $90 | Sunglasses: Raen, $170

Pin: Pintrill, $12 | Sunscreen: Sun Bum, $16 | Bracelet: Miansai, $50

When To Wear

Mint can make its way to the beach, a springtime barbecue, and even more formal affairs if you’re sporting it the right way (e.g. as an accessory and not a full-on mint tuxedo, which we’re sad to say we’ve seen a time or two in our day).

And if you happen to be Hamptons or shoreside bound this summer, you can bet the color will make an appearance there. So why not on you? Go for mint!



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