Want a pop of colour for Spring? Try Wordle green!

How to dress like a grown up with Shane Watson: Want a pop of colour for spring? Try Wordle green!

  • Shane Watson shares advice for embracing this season’s vibrant green trend 
  • Recommends opting for a bright shade of green teamed with black or turquoise
  • UK-based fashion expert takes inspiration from Lady Kitty Spencer 

When it comes to ‘in fashion’ colours, I’m in the ‘not that concerned’ category.

It’s good to know that pink is the hot colour of the season, but if you don’t like pink (or mustard, or the worst offender in my book, cobalt blue), then them being top of the colour pops isn’t going to make any difference to you. However — you can probably guess what’s coming — this new green feels a bit different.

Green is in the air and in the shops. A lot of it. People are calling it Wordle green (after the correct letters in Wordle) and Kelly green (as in shamrock), and there’s jade and emerald and one that I call Berocca but others are calling vibrant green.

The point is, green is striking a chord. I keep noticing women wearing bright green sweaters, or carrying bright green bags, and wanting to join in.

Chic: Lady Kitty Spencer

I don’t know exactly why this is, but I’ll hazard a guess. For us women who were born before 1966, bold green triggers a lot of good associations.

Green was big in the 1970s (if your jeans weren’t bright green they were candy-striped or red) and 1980s (bright green crop tops and matching stretchy skirts).

Green is a colour that we know we can do business with, but we haven’t really gone there in a while — I don’t have anything green in my wardrobe — so it looks new and interesting.

Also, green is relatively easy. With candy pink or canary yellow you can be forgiven for wondering what happens if it rains, but green doesn’t feel too out-there, or ill-suited to the British climate.

Would I wear orange? Maybe. But green plus a flash of orange? That’s something I can imagine.

If you’re going to do green I would go for one item in a block bright shade and keep it fresh — avoid harsh lime hues and darker greens.

Coloured trousers take a leap of faith, but in green they look smart and doable in a way that, for me, yellow or pink don’t. They’re great for those times when you think, ‘I don’t want to wear a skirt, I don’t want to wear jeans, black is too smart…’


  • Make it bright, not bottle green.
  • Wear it in blocks.
  • Team it with black, pink and turquoise.
  • Try vibrant green trousers.

On the rails in Zara there are green cropped, tailored trousers (£49.99, zara.com) alongside the same style in black and white — a clear signal that green is a go-to basic for spring and summer. Zara also has a wider-leg style in apple green (£49.99).

On top you can wear black, pale pink or a warm beige. Jade green goes with orange; emerald green with turquoise or navy, or all three together, especially with a flash of white.

I predicted the demise of elevated track pants with a stripe down the leg, but they’re still — in their new swooshier, wider incarnation — going strong, and the ones I fancy, all over again, are vibrant green with a navy stripe and waistband (£185, meandem.com).

Otherwise, a colour block A-line green skirt and a neutral top are the grown-up’s version of Dior’s little green skirt suit for spring.

Arket does a raw-edged wrap skirt (£175, arket.com) and Me+Em has a satin bias cut skirt (now £105), which would work now with one of the brands’ high-necked green sweaters.

If you prefer to hedge your bets, a jolt of plain bright green under a jacket is the way to go: try Cos’s cotton knitted tee with a white trim (£35, cosstores.com).

If you want to make life really simple, there’s always the one-hit block colour dress.

Me+Em has two great styles — a V-neck fit and flare, stretch jersey midi (£175) and a crepe, extra long, tiered dress (£250), both in this season’s vibrant green. If you’re looking for an all-rounder that looks newer than 2020’s floral print, either one will hit the spot.

Maybe you’re still not sure, in which case accessories are always a good place to start. A bag in Juicy Fruit green from Essentiel Antwerp (£160, essentiel-antwerp.com) or LK Bennett (£179, lkbennett.com) is just the colour pop needed to get you thinking spring.

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