How to Wear Chartreuse: Fall Fashion’s Hot Green Shade

How to wear chartreusePantone announced their Fall 2012 colors and while spring/summer’s wildly popular Tangerine Tango is still on the list for fall, chartreuse has been introduced as a color that we’ll be seeing a lot of as we prepare for the cooler season.  If you’re looking for tips on how to wear chartreuse  then you’ve come to the right place!

I love chartreuse.  Not only is the word fun to say…(try it, it’s fun), but the color is this acidic yellowy green that Panton says “creates a bridge into the cooling days of fall. Reminiscent of bright green foliage, it provides a perfect accent to every color in the palette.”

Personally, with my coloring, I can wear head-to-toe chartreuse and not only get away with it but have it look pretty incredible on me.  Yes, my coloring (even if it is partly manufactured through way of my hairstylist), is made for girls like me.  Yet, for others, this color can make them look sick, pallid and like they have a bad case of jaundice.  The nice thing about chartreuse is that you can do a little or you can do a lot.  Chartreuse is not only a great color in large doses but the brightness  of the shade is a great pop or accent with any color you are wearing.

Let’s take a look at some of the outfits I put together that can show you further how to wear chartreuse.

How to Wear Chartreuse as a Dress

Chartreuse Dress


This is a dress that I would own and find plenty of reasons and places to wear it.  The nice thing about chartreuse is that it not only is a pop shade, but it can be complemented with just about any color you choose.  In this case, I chose a bright purple.

 How to Wear Chartreuse as a Scarf

Chartreuse Scarf

If chartreuse is a color that works near your face, but you don’t want to wear it in such large doses.  Simply winding it around a basic fall look can give it a bright update.  In fact, I have a bright chartreuse scarf that I’ve been using for well over five years and it never disappoints when I add it to an outfit.

How to Wear Chartreuse as a Skirt

Chartreuse Skirt

A chartreuse skirt is a great way to embrace the color more fully without it being anywhere near your face.  in this case, I partnered it with navy, which is not as stark as black.  However, black would work perfectly fine in this case too.

How to Wear Chartreuse Jewelry


Chartreuse Bangle

If you’re someone who wants to embrace this color in very small doses, simply adding a chartreuse piece of jewelry, like this bangle, is a great way to add a pop.   People who can wear a dress that is as optic and bold as this would probably look better in a clearer, more vibrant shade of chartreuse, whereas people who prefer more autumnal shades near their face would look better with a more muted and mustardy chartreuse.

How to Wear Chartreuse as a Cardigan or Layering Piece

Chartreuse Cardigan

A chartreuse cardigan is a great, versatile piece that can get you a lot of mileage, regardless of its trendy color.  Here, partnered with rust, another popular fall color, chartreuse is being used exactly as Pantone explained it: “Reminiscent of bright green foliage.”  It’s rich and autumnal, yet still crisp and bright.


  • DocP

    My coloring is similar to yours. For some reason, I just don’t like chartreuse. Maybe I should try again to find something I like.

    • Well, certainly it is important to keep in mind your preference for a color. Just because it is flattering doesn’t mean you have to wear it. People have a real psychological connection to color and if this isn’t a color for you (even though your coloring says it is) there are plenty of wonderful colors to choose from!!

  • TR

    I have a long chartreuse georgette maxi skirt I never got to wear this summer..despite the material could I pair it with lightweight sweater or top in one of
    The colors you suggested for the start of fall?

  • Victory

    Ok, a chartruse suede jacket with a cream pleated dress, navy patent leather shoes and navy and gold patent leather clutch..That’ll work:-)