23 Ways To Wear Olive Green, Summer's Warmest Colour

Esther Newman

This season, fashion is going back to basics: natural fabrics and homespun textures reign supreme, the utility trend is all about clothes that you can do things in, and designers are serving a warm palette of earthy neutrals. Our favourite shade in that palette? Olive green.

Some call it sage, some moss, and others khaki; whatever it is, off-green is back. This isn’t the vibrant green of freshly mown grass or the acidic neon shade that fashion flirted with last year. This is a dusty, sun-warmed kind of green. It looks amazing with a tan, offsets your summer wardrobe of crisp whites, rusty oranges and beige perfectly, and can easily transition for the colder months (just add berry tones).

For SS19, designers played with a rich spectrum of olive tones. At the lighter end, Jil Sander offered tonal looks including matching micro keyring wallets, while Palmer//Harding went for a punchy mix of dark olive, cornflower blue and red. Rejina Pyo teamed olive green trousers with crisp white shirts, and German/American brand Talbot Runhof sent models out in olive green utility jumpsuits with '80s power shoulders and voluminous shirt dresses with matching bucket hats.

Olive green's versatility means it will slot easily into your existing wardrobe. Lighter pieces will refresh your office wear and pair seamlessly with your tired white shirts; they're also a great way to pull spring's pastels into summer. Treat darker, richer olives like you would any other neutral, and add olive green utility jumpsuits, wide-leg trousers and Bermuda shorts to your holiday rotation (wear with gold jewellery and raffia accessories). Feeling brave? Go for a full-on tonal look for major impact.

Read on for our favourite olive pieces and styling advice.

Update your rotation of black, navy blue and grey suits with this olive two-piece. For maximum impact, style with a contrasting coral shirt (green and pink is our favourite colour combination right now).

Topshop Smart Jacket, $49, available at Topshop

Topshop Smart Trousers, $30, available at Topshop

Nothing is easier than a maxi skirt and T-shirt on a hot day in the city. Opt for a white graphic tee to brighten the olive and pair with your comfiest trainers.

ASOS DESIGN Curve Button Front Floaty Midi Skirt, $25, available at ASOS

For date night, we'd style this seaweed-inspired piece from Miista (one of fashion's favourite bag brands) with off-white denim and strappy, '90s-style sandals.

Miista Theodore Seaweed Satin Mini Tote Bag, $185, available at Miista

We love everything about this jumpsuit: the subtle, '70s -esque flared legs, the gathered sleeves and the deep-V open back. Pack this in your suitcase for sultry nights out and wear with chunky gold jewellery.

& Other Stories Flared Belted Jumpsuit, $79, available at & Other Stories

Simple but effective, this boxy mini dress is made from crepe, meaning that it's super lightweight and perfect for stuffy offices. Watch out for the fabric's naturally wrinkly nature.

Mango Short Buttoned Dress, $35.99, available at Mango

Just the ticket for keeping sweaty, salty holiday hair out of your face and making you look more put together than you really are.

Cult Gaia Turband - Leaf, $47.42, available at Cult Gaia

You can button this loose-fitting shirt over everything: your favourite jeans, a slip dress or a bikini.

Violeta By Mango Soft Fabric Shirt, $35.99, available at Mango

Yes, we know this is technically a swimsuit, but we're loving its dramatic silhouette. We would pair this with super wide-legged, white linen trousers, chunky sport sandals and a cocktail at the poolside bar.

Jade Swim Halo Bandeau Swimsuit, $168, available at MatchesFashion.com

The versatility of this dress is brilliant. Pair with comfortable sandals (we're thinking natural fabrics like raffia and rope) for daytime sightseeing, then swap to strappy heels and statement earrings in the evening.

Violeta By Mango Seam Long Dress, $59.99, available at Mango

This is a great example of the modernised toe-loop trend.

Topshop Noel Khaki Toe Loop Mules, $59, available at Topshop

Topshop has a huge range of gorgeous olive-toned pieces this season, such as this versatile sleeveless dress. It's made of mesh so is super breathable.

Topshop Khaki Sleeveless Mesh Midi Dress, $29, available at Topshop

Shorts that you can easily dress up or down. Wear with other neutrals such as beige and caramel for a contemporary safari look.

Mango Pleated Shorts, $25.99, available at Mango

Linen is a great choice for holiday wear: it's naturally breathable and light. Check your hotel has an iron before you travel.

Lisa Marie Fernandez Pouf Linen Crop Top, $360, available at MatchesFashion.com

Sandals that can take you from the office to after-work drinks, a summer wedding and Sunday brunch.

Miista Ivon Creme Sage Green Leather Sandals, $175, available at Miista

Our love affair with satin midi skirts continues, especially when they come in this rich, mossy colour.

Topshop Split Satin Bias Midi Skirt, $29, available at Topshop

Cage shoes are great for work dress codes that don't allow for open-toe sandals.

Zara Flat Cage Slingbacks, $19.99, available at Zara

Thanks to this mini wrap dress, your summer wedding guest outfit is sorted.

& Other Stories Cupro Blend Mini Wrap Dress, $69, available at & Other Stories

This slightly more acidic shade is great for pairing with golden tones and warm yellows. If the colour scares you, opt instead for black or nude accessories.

ASOS DESIGN Curve Midi Dress With Batwing Sleeve And Wrap Waist In Satin, $45, available at ASOS

Struggling to pick out an office- and weather-appropriate outfit? Pair this skirt with that old cream blouse you have in the back of your wardrobe, a neutral blazer (nude or pale pink) and a pair of light-coloured mules.

& Other Stories Side Slit Midi Skirt, $55, available at & Other Stories

This Charles & Keith structured messenger bag is the perfect day-trip size.

Charles & Keith Structured Top Handle Bag, $59, available at Charles & Keith

Accessorise this button-up dress with minimalist brown leather slides, a simple bucket hat and a 99 flake ice cream.

Simply Be Khaki Button Through Sun Dress, $29, available at Simply Be

No one loves hobbling home after a night out. These sandals add a little bit of height and you won't end up nursing your blisters the next day.

Dorothy Perkins Sprite - Sandals, $17.84, available at Zalando

Olive green and animal print make a great combination, whatever the weather.

New Look Plus Paper Bag Trousers In Green, $19.99, available at ASOS

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