Kelly green is the bright new color trend for summer

Viola Davis
As I mentioned in my bio when I first started writing here — I LOVE the color green. It’s kind of my thing and it has been since I was 15 and got the green iPod mini when everyone else was getting pink or blue. That shimmery apple color is probably my favorite shade of green to this day. Green has been having a glow up lately — in the winter a lot of celebrities were stepping out in a shade that LaineyGossip was calling “Grinch green” and now People is reporting the Kelly green is the bright new color trend for summer. It’s about time.

But there’s one color that a slew of stars can’t seem to get enough of right now: Kelly green.

The list of A-listers who have stepped out in the striking shade so far this spring runs deep: Kate Middleton wore an elegant Kelly green midi dress in March, Rebel Wilson just graced the cover of PEOPLE in a pleated balloon-sleeved pick, and Mindy Kaling turned heads in a pair of Kelly green trousers on Wednesday.

For her Met Gala afterparty look earlier this month, Kacey Musgraves opted for a three-piece checkered set, platform pumps, and a snakeskin shoulder bag, all in Kelly green. And the queen of cohesive workout sets, aka Kendall Jenner, was spotted in Kelly green leggings and a sports bra just last week (she also wore a pair of trousers in the bold hue back in March.)

But if you still need further convincing to join the stars who are already on board with one of summer’s hottest colors, the abundance of cute Kelly green dresses, shirts, and pants out there will likely seal the deal. You’d be hard-pressed to peruse the racks of any clothing store or surf any retailer’s site without spotting at least one Kelly green item right now.

No matter which Kelly green item you choose — dress, button-down shirt, or joggers — you’re sure to turn heads in the eye-catching color this summer.

[From People]

So Kelly green is actually not at the top of my shade list, but I still like it more than other colors and it will do. People only namechecked white women and Mindy Kaling (she does wear a LOT of green, for years now), but I’ve noticed that a lot of Black celebrities (and people IRL) wear green because as a bright color it looks great on deeper skin tones. Like when I used to go out in NYC, if someone aside from me was wearing bright green it was usually another Black woman. It’s easier than ever to find cute green stuff, which is nice. I felt for years like it really wasn’t a popular color and it was only available in certain shades. For example, it was very hard to find more than a couple of options for a green duvet color. So I’m very glad that with its newfound popularity it’s more available now. However, I do have a hipster “I liked it before it was popular” vibe about it, especially when I peeped my friend who used to say I wore “crazy colors” rocking a bright green dress. But more green for everyone is a good thing and I’m glad it will be easier to find.

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

photos credit:, Backgrid and Getty

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

16 Responses to “Kelly green is the bright new color trend for summer”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. MsIam says:

    I’ve never been a fan of green but this year I bought a bright green purse. I saw it and was instantly drawn to it. I guess because it is such a happy color, kind of like yellow. And in these times, lord knows we need it. So yay for green!

    • Eurydice says:

      My skin tone is already green – a bright green just makes me look diseased. But a green accessory is fun.

    • Danbury says:

      I did the same with a green sweater. I never wear green, but I was drawn to it when I saw it in the shop. Now I can’t get enough of it! Double yay for green!

    • SomeChick says:

      I found a tiny green coach bag at goodwill and had to have it because it was just so green!
      it’s totally a happy color.

  2. Rosa says:

    Green is my favourite colour. These women look beautiful.

    • fritanga says:

      Interesting that they’re all women of color, though. I think the only white women who are flattered by strong shades of green are pale/rosy redheads (Nicole Kidman back in the day, Keira Knightley in that incredible dress in Atonement, Emma Stone, Sophie Turner, Saorise Ronan, etc).

  3. FHMom says:

    Green is a difficult color to wear. I am pale and avoid it at all cost. I’m not a fan

    • kgeo says:

      Yeah, it’s funny the cited article only mentions a lot of white women. It is not an easy color for most white women. Some can pull it off, but very few look as stunning as the women in the top photos. I will be staying far far away. I can do hunter greens or even emerald greens though, but that requires a good blush, for sure.

    • Suze says:

      Yeah, I can’t pull off that bright green color, I’m too pale and it makes me look washed out. Olive and hunter work on me, and that’s about it.

      That said, I’m loving it on the women pictured above! Danai Gurira looks incredible in that deep V suit!

    • Mia1066 says:

      I’m very fair and true Kelly Green (debatable which is Kelly from the above description) is my absolute best color. I own a lot of bright greens but for a confidence boost it’s Kelly Green all the way.

  4. Gizmo’sMa says:

    I love green. All shades of it. Except puce. As a middle aged WOC I wear what makes me happy. I stopped caring about color trends long ago. Kelly Green has been in my closet for years. I love bright contrasting colors. Similar to the ladies in the above pics.

  5. Becks1 says:

    I love green. Darker green is one of my favorites to wear, but I have one or two bright kelly green tops that I’m looking forward to wearing this summer.

  6. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    Green is also my favourite colour. I’m part Irish with freckles, reddish hair and green eyes and green just really brings my eye colour out. I love this shade and I love what Mindy is wearing.

  7. msmontclair says:

    It’s the Bottega Veneta effect. It and Valentino neon pink are going to be ubiquitous once they trickle down. I’m here for the green; it’s my favorite color! As someone who mainly wears all black, I think I need to give this bright shade a go.

  8. WithLove says:

    I can’t pull off bright colors sadly.
    I’m a true summer.

  9. CheChe says:

    Green just says new and bright beginnings. When Meghan stepped out with the green cape dress she really elevated the color as a dress for success look. It was a coming out of the royal bog statement dress in green for the Duchess.