Should blue and green be seen together?

We’ve all heard those old wives’ tales about certain fashion habits, but is there any truth to those old sayings?

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INDULGE me somewhat as I continue on the green theme. When I received a comment from Miss Cathy G asking “can you wear blue and green together?” I decided to dedicate this post rather than respond to her.

Yes, Miss Cathy G you can wear blue and green together. Despite the old sayings — “blue and green should never be seen except in the washing machine” and “blue and green should be never seen without a colour in between” — the truth is, these two colours are great together.

Blue and green are the colours of nature. Look at one of the most beautiful animals — the peacock (below). So beautiful and elegant; blue and green in perfect harmony. And don’t forget the blue hydrangea — one of my favourite flowers.

Blue is a primary colour and when mixed with yellow it creates green. This is why you CAN wear the two tones together; one is created from the other.

These luxurious tones look fabulous together. With names such as emerald, sapphire, turquoise, jade, aquamarine and citrine, these jewel-toned hues have the power to make you feel sumptuous and sophisticated.

So, why not team teal blue and emerald green, or try a darker forest green with an aquamarine tone, mint green and sky blue, navy and jade, periwinkle blue with emerald, lime green with navy …

If you want to introduce a third colour, you can’t go past white! However, the secret is getting the tones right. There are blue-based greens and yellow-based greens, the same as there are blue-based reds and yellow-based reds. So mix blue-based greens with like-toned blues.

STYLE TIP

* For maximum impact wear a fabulous statement piece — a great coat, gorgeous dress or if you’re really adventurous a suit in a texture or boucle tweed in blue and green tweed.
* If that’s too much, let your accessories do the sparkling, with statement jewellery, scarves, bags or shoes in matching or complementary jewel tones.

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