Black trousers or a pair of jeans are easy to match with blouses. A pair of light mint-green pants, on the other hand, is less of a sure thing. Surprisingly, mint bottoms can be worn with a wide range of shirts, provided the look is tied together with strategic footwear and accessories. Throw open your closet door and take a second look – mint’s perfect pairing is closer than you think.
Nice in Neutrals
The most understated way to rock your light mint-green pants is with a neutral top. Keep the ensemble light and airy with basic white, ivory or beige, or infuse a little edge with a gray or black shirt. For a casual, urban look, pair mint skinny jeans with a black tank, a long gold medallion necklace and moto-style black leather boots. Or go professional with mint-green pants and a white sheer blouse over a matching camisole. Add metallic hoop earrings, and finish the look with a neutral belt and tan pumps.
Any number of printed tops look stylish with light mint-green pants. Pick a flowing, patterned blouse that weaves colors like tangerine, yellow and mint in a pretty print, or try a basic navy-and-white-striped tee to offset mint skinnies. For a more daring approach, pair an animal-print cap-sleeve blouse – think cognac-and-black leopard – with light mint jeans, black ballet flats and mixed-metal bangles.
Color on Color
Don’t shy away from donning a colored top just because your bottoms are a pastel hue. To keep the look soft, wear light mint-green pants with a baby-pink boyfriend T-shirt; tie the ensemble together with a multicolored gauzy scarf and neutral canvas slip-on shoes. Or make a statement with a cobalt-blue tie-front blouse, cognac leather wedges and colorful, chunky jewelry in complementary tones.
Denim and chambray shirts in a variety of washes are offset beautifully by colored pants. Wear your light mint skinnies with a white tank or tee, topped with a dark-rinse denim button-down. Leave the shirt open and roll up the sleeves for a jacket feel, and add a statement necklace to tie the look together. You can also tuck a faded chambray shirt into mint-green bottoms, adding a distressed leather belt and brown or black boots for a more rugged feel. Complete the look with an oversized ring and western-inspired brushed-metal jewelry.
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Stacey Kole was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy where she penned stories on all things beauty and style, while writing cover stories on such celebrities as Victoria Hudgens and Julianne Hough. She continues to write for a variety of online fashion, beauty and health publications.
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