Green Bow Ties

Green Bow Ties

Oh, green. What would we do without you? You are a sign of life–your presence tells us that water is near, that we can hunt for fruits and vegetables and seeds where you abound. You pepper the landscape with cacti in the desert. You billow bright green from along a river. You glow luminously in the ocean and can even grow on diverse surfaces, from living creatures to rocks. Okay, I’m getting away with myself here. But hey, green is awesome! A green bow tie is never out of season, especially when you understand the color’s psychological effect. See the style guide below to learn more!

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Wearing green’s different shades indicates different things about your personality, or about your chosen persona for the day. And that’s what fashion is all about: building a well-rounded message about what you bring to social situations. A green bow tie in olive and sage tones will offer up a more subtle message–you appreciate the quiet things in life, like watching the sunset or musing over an editorial from your favorite news source. However, a green bow tie on the lime and emerald end of the color’s individual spectrum boldly suggests that you’re a trendsetter, that you stretch the limits of the rules. Green is traditionally the color of envy, but the only people who will be envious are those in the room who didn’t have the instinct to dress like you!

Because green indicates balance and restoration, you’ll be smart to pair it casually with colors that will cooperate with it instead of competing with it–for example, earth tones like browns, blues, and tans will be happy to settle in the background and allow your green bow tie to be the centerpiece of the outfit. Green is one of the only colors that can pair well with itself, as long as the shades are different enough. Nobody will doubt your sense of style if you wear a dark green bow tie with a more pale green shirt. You’ll usually want to avoid pairing green with warm colors like orange and red, not because they look bad together, but because they’re already so indicative of holiday cheer, whether that’s St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas. But that makes a holiday party the perfect time to break those rules and wear your green bow tie with a flashy red or orange color. Wear a dark green bow tie with a pale yellow top in the spring to celebrate the return of the sun, in the summer to ask it to stay, and in the fall to welcome the changing leaves.