What Color Shirt & Jacket Would Match Green Trousers?

What to wear with Green Trousers?

This question originally comes comes from a reader email:

“I  bought sage coloured trousers. What shirt and jacket would match?”

We’ll attempt to concisely answer that question and leave you we some outfit inspiration.

What, Exactly, is Green?

Good question. So, before diving into what to wear with it, let’s consider what color green actually is.

Green is a secondary color created by mixing the two primary colors of blue and yellow in equal proportion.

We actually have a a number of discussions on varieties of this color over on our forums.

Green, like all colors with perhaps the exception of black, comes in many different hues. How light or dark of a shade that is depends on the concentration of either yellow or blue. Light greens are created by more yellow tinting. Conversely, darker tones are created by a preponderance of blue shade.

Sage is interesting because it’s a light green with grayish, silvery undertones.

In order to help the reader (and you) to the maximum extent, though, let’s expand our definition. Instead, let’s ask “what to wear with Green trousers?”

So, what to wear with Green Trousers?

The best way is to refer to the color coordination articles in the Style Tips section of this site. They’ll show you, visually, how best coordinate both color and pattern.

One of the articles has this detailed chart:

COLOR CHART

CORE COLOR

ACCENT COLORS

ComplementaryTriadAnalogousNeutral
WHITE (neutral)All colors(Same for all colors) White, black, gray, tan
BLACK (neutral)All colors
GRAY (neutral)Darker or lighter gray, red, blue, yellow and green
TAN (neutral)Blue, purple, burgundy, cranberry, turquoise, brown, orange, green,
BROWNBlue, green, orange, yellow,
NAVYOrange, gold, rustYellow, red, brown, tanBlue, green, purple
BURGUNDY/REDGreenBlue, yellowPurple, orange
YELLOWPurpleRed, blueOrange, green
PURPLEYellowOrange, greenBlue, red
RUST/ORANGEBlueGreen, purpleYellow, red, brown
GREEN/OLIVERedPurple, orangeBlue, yellow

Your sage trousers can be treated at as “green” so you can see the colors pairing well a broader range. 

The Color Wheel

For outfit pairing ideas, you’ll want to refer to the color wheel and seek out items complementary to, or part of a triad including, green.

Green-Red Complementary Colors
Green and Red are Complementary
Green-Violet-Orange Triad
Green, Violet, and Orange form a triad

The colors of Green and Red are complementary in that they form a strong contrast. Green, Violet, and orange form a triad because they are equidistant on the color wheel.

For a more detailed explanation, you can refer back to the article.

Outfit Pairings

So, what should you wear?

Jacket

For a jacket, we’d suggest a base of brown, tan, grey, or blue. Brown,tan, and grey are fairly neutral colors, meaning they tend to play with well others. Blue is a primary color and one half of green, so that also works very well.

Shirting

For shirt pairings, consider as well a base of a neutral like white or ivory. But, light to medium blue will also work well here.

You could, in more casual settings, introduce the softer triad colors of violet and perhaps a pale orange in your shirt.

Red is possible to pull off. However, we’d suggest going for softer tones here as well to avoid looking like a Christmas tree!

Accents and Accessories

Accents and accessories are where you can have fun with your outfit. Consider the following options:

  • A Grey jacket (Neutral), blue shirt (primary), and a pocket square in green, blue, and burgundy, and oxblood shoes.
  • A medium tan linen jacket, white OCBD shirt, a pocket square in violet and green, and dark brown suede shoes.
  • A Navy jacket (primary), blue and white checked shirt, burgundy tie, and a pocket square of blue, burgundy, and a hint of orange.

In the photo below, you can actually see that last outfit in practice!

Green Trousers and Red Tie
Green and Red- they CAN work together!

The above outfit works because we’ve taken a primary color and paired it with green, but we’ve also added in a complementary accent from the burgundy tie.

And, the pocket square has flavors of blue, red, and yellow-orange, which fit in with our triad principle.

Summing Up

To sum up, you’ve made a great selection in green trousers in any shade. Remember to pair them with either a complementary color or work within the triad on the color wheel.

Following these tips will make you a hit-Good Luck!

Andy