The Psychology of Olive Green
Olive green is a medium to dark shade of yellow-green.
Named from the hue of green olives it first appeared in the English language around 1150 BC.
Olive has been favored by armed forces around the world because its muted tone helps soldiers blend into their background. Khaki aka Drab Olive was the color of the standard uniform for U.S. soldiers during World War II and the Vietnam War, where it also used on weapons and tanks. It was later replaced in 1981 by a camouflage pattern called “woodland” that features flecks of sand, brown, green and black. Today, the armies of Israel, Cuba, India, Venezuela, and Austria still wear olive drab uniforms.
Who Wears It Best
Olive green is a warm and muted color that best suited to individuals who likewise have warm, muted coloring. Color season names include Autumn and WARM muted.
How to Wear It
Olive green is a versatile color that best suits women with a natural, no-nonsense style personality and it works best for in casual wear.
It looks sophisticated alongside neutrals like beige, tan and maroon—a color palette famously used by rapper and designer Kanye West in his Yeezy clothing and shoe lines.
To highlight the hue, pair it with complementary reds and violets.
For a natural look, combine it alongside navy and light grays.
The colors that pair well with olive green include: Beige, Tan, Burnt Orange, Maroon, Navy blue, Gray, White, Black, Pewter, Purple, Red
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