Move over, Rose Quartz and Serenity. 2016 is over (finally) and the new Color of The Year has been named. Pantone, the world’s authority in color and the global standard of color communication, has named a Color of The Year annually since 2000. The Color of The Year is, as they describe it, “a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”
Of course, as part of encapsulating and directing the spirit of the times, Pantone’s color selection often affects trends in design, pop culture, and fashion as well. Consider the Rose Quartz and Serenity, the dual Colors of The Year for 2016, and think of how we’ve leaned towards pastel colors recently, and how often pink has recurred as a theme in menswear throughout the past year. The adidas Gazelles released in baby blue and soft pink; Vans did the same for the Old Skool; and Drake, Tyler The Creator, and a host of other hip-hop personalities embraced shades of pink in their outfits. So what color will set the next trend?
Greenery, it was announced, will be the 2017 Pantone Color of The Year.
It’s a lush, leafy shade of green that, Pantone suggests, offers repose to a weary and turbulent world. With everything that 2016 left in its wake, we all need it. Like previous Colors of The Year, Greenery should go on to set the mark for various things 2017, including men’s style.
Fortunately, green is not a difficult color to wear for guys. Now that you’ve been thoroughly apprised of what’s to come, consider staying ahead of the curve by infusing a little more green into your wardrobe. Here are a few great ways to do it.
Keeping up with the color trend doesn’t mean having to drift too far from the clothes you already own. Army threads, like bomber jackets, M-65 jackets, and anything in olive drab or camouflage print, are common elements in every guy’s wardrobe. Now that green is in fashion, these pieces will be especially cool, without looking like you’re trying too hard to keep up with the color trend.
Pair It With Orange and Earth Tones
Aside from pairing your green articles of clothing with the traditional white shirt and indigo denim, try mixing in complimentary colors like orange and shades of brown.
Accessorize and Accentuate
Green jackets? Easy. Olive pants? No sweat. But green bags, hats, and other accessories? These are a little trickier. But if you can find the right pieces, the payoff is considerable, as this is an easy way to sneak the trendy color into any outfit.
Layer Up With Different Tones
Don’t be afraid to go all-out green, so as long as you can change up the tones. Oscar the Grouch is not a good style icon.
Mix Prints, Patterns, and Texture
But green doesn’t have to be all solids and camo. Other patterns can help you build a sartorial range that’s both more daring and more subtle.