8 Fresh Ways to Wear Olive Green

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How To Wear Olive Green

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Olive green is one of the most timeless and versatile colors in our wardrobes. From its roots in military history through years of interpretation in the fashion industry, it has endured as a lasting and iconic shade to wear when you want to feel grounded, cool and casual.

But don't get stuck! That military-inspired field jacket you so often think of when you consider rocking olive green actually isn't your only option. From silk dresses to shearling-lined coats, fur trim and satin bomber jackets—olive green can be feminine, sophisticated and dressy.

Ahead, check out eight fresh ways to wear olive green. 

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Give It a Feminine Twist

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Olive green may have a military connotation to it, but that doesn't mean all the silhouettes have to be masculine. In fact, nothing looks prettier than a feminine shape—especially one with a deep neck and/or a slit—rendered in low-key olive.

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Trim with Fur

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Nothing takes olive green to new luxe heights like adding a bit of real (or faux) fur trim. This look works when the trim serves to dress up olive/army green anoraks, jackets and blazers.

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Try a New Shape

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Put a shiny spin on olive green and rock a slightly oversized bomber jacket. We love how this shape looks when paired with high waisted jeans and a shirt tucked in. This way, you can still show off your figure if you want, and you won't be lost in the fabric.

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Make It Military

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Whether you go full-on military with an army jacket or just go for a military feeling with details —cargo pockets, epaulets, etc.—the effect is crisp and clean. You can even strike a modern military vibe with layered pleats in olive—the tall boots help, too.

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Show Off In Shearling

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Talk about a unique take on this shade of green! We love the way this oversized coat mixes olive and grey in seriously trend-forward way. This just goes to show you that color combinations and texture layering can work out in unexpectedly stylish looks.

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Try A Bag

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Olive green is one of the coolest neutrals you can mix into your wardrobe—so why not rock an olive bag? This tiny Celine bag is just one example of how well this kind of accessory will pair with your favorite jeans and a sweater—plus you can wear it all year long.

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Add Brights

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Another way to treat olive as a neutral is to pair it with vivid brights like cherry red, robin's egg blue and even purple. If the idea of mixing colors that way feels a bit overwhelming, try just a splash of each—like this colorful crochet scarf.

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Wear It Like You'd Wear Blck

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It may surprise you, but you can work olive green into your wardrobe the same way you'd layer up black! With a longline wool coat and bag, you can easily make olive the low-key central color of an outfit that mixes in denim, grey, white and even brights like yellow or pink.