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Every so often, a new color trend pops up on the market and makes waves in the industry for the next few seasons. Thanks to the likes of Daniel Lee’s buzzy collections for Bottega Veneta, the latest is a shade just a tinge brighter than what many know as Kelly green. Not quite neon but far from forest or jade, the specific green hue is everywhere right now—including the streets and runways of Copenhagen Fashion Week. From full monochromatic looks to subtle pops of color, guests arrived to the shows (in person) wearing the trend and offering up ample inspiration for us at home in the process.
If you’re ready to make the trend your own, you have options for embracing the color in your wardrobe. Do you consider yourself more of a minimalist with a very set color palette? Take pages from CFW attendees by investing in a luxe accessory, like a handbag, to add to the mix. Or, you can go for a solid green trench that allows you to be in complete control. Translation: You have the ability to remove a layer or add one, depending on how you feel. If you prefer a more posh approach, opting for tailored separates in similar green shades à la Soren le Schmidt’s runway is a great place to start.
This color trend’s rise in popularity isn’t slowing down; the key to pulling it off is finding how it works best for you. Luckily, there are tons of references for inspiration. For those looking to take the Kelly green trend for a spin, just ahead is a curated compilation of street style looks from the Spring/Summer 2022 shows at Copenhagen Fashion Week to choose from—regardless of your personal aesthetic.
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On the Runway
If you’ve been keeping up with the latest from Copenhagen Fashion Week, then you know that the green theme has been just as popular on the catwalk as it has on the guests in attendance. It’s showing up in the form of semi-weighted knits and tailored separates at brands like Soren le Schmidt and Designer Remix, to name a few.
Pleated Flare Trousers
Available on pre-order, Oscar de la Renta’s flared trousers are designed in a similar shade of green with tailored details as seen on the runway.
Like a Minimalist
Color not really your thing? Consider embracing the eye-catching trend by incorporating it into your wardrobe in subtler ways. By investing in a Kelly green handbag or pair of shoes, you’re able to add the accent piece to your preferred neutral shades without completely stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Mini Jacquard Shoulder Bag
The unofficial It-item on the streets of Copenhagen, Bottega Veneta’s mini hobo bag in its signature green shade is the perfect statement piece for more pared-back looks.
Like a Maximalist
Inversely, if you prefer a more in-your-face approach to color trends, opting for a full Kelly green look from head-to-toe is the way to go. Try finding eye-popping prints with multiple shades and accessories in similar hues. To pull off the trend seamlessly every time, be sure to stick with complimentary basics to bring it all together.
Nothing makes a statement quite like a pair of neon-green sunglasses. Take the plunge and invest in this trendy pair from Loewe.
The Two-Step Look
For those worried about clashing colors, going for a two-step look is a foolproof way to embrace the trend. Rather than color-paletting your ensemble, opt for a dress or jumpsuit in Kelly green. With your clothes covered, you’re now able to style around the trend by adding (or taking away) accessories as you see fit. Follow street style fixture Alessa Winter’s lead and streamline the look with all-black accessories.
Vera Tie-Wrap Sleeveless Midi Dress
While the piece is defined by the standout shade of green, the wrap tie-detail at the side is what sets it apart from other fitted midi dresses on the market.
Very few items work for everyday quite like a cardigan. Having a bright green iteration in your arsenal will turn out to be much more beneficial than you may have initially thought. Perfect for throwing over a plain white tee and trouser look, or dressing up with a midi dress and heels for the office, it’s an easy way to embrace the trend in your day-to-day.
Cropped Buttoned Cardigan
Designed in the brand’s signature shade of green, Bottega Veneta’s cropped cardigan is as versatile as it is chic.
As Your Pop of Color
On days when you feel like you may need to add a little something extra to your look, a pop of color is (almost) always guaranteed to do the trick. With designers like Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta churning out handbags, shoes, and other accessories in the trending shade of Kelly green, you have more than a few options to choose from in terms of outfit add-ons. Don’t be afraid to take notes from Maria Bernad and mix them with exotic motifs.
Le Cagole Xs Shoulder Bag
An updated take on the brand’s coveted City bag, it comes in an array of bright colors—including the shade of the season, Kelly green.
If you’re interested in a more casual approach to the trend, start searching for a versatile piece of outerwear that can be dressed down when necessary. A longline trench or raincoat makes a particularly great pairing with sweatsuits and jeans alike, while running errands or grabbing lunch. But a blazer that can be worn with biker shorts works just as well.
Pirene Coat Green
A coat so good, it was seen multiple times on guests attending Copenhagen Fashion Week.
Prim and Polished
Hoping to bring the trend to more elevated occasions? It can be given a polished feel when paired with more whimsical fabrics and complimentary (but not matching) shades. A well-tailored skirt or suit worn with kitten heels and a blouse will give the color a more romantic feel.
Asymmetric Drape Midi Skirt
From the bold green shade to the draped panel, this midi skirt is a prime example of how one can elevate the trend in a way that feels natural.
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