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Quick, what do you associate with green? Spring? Environmental awareness? Money? St. Patrick’s Day?

Think style.

In fashion, home decor and even food and drinks, shades of green will be popping up throughout this year.

It started last October when houses including Tory Burch, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Valentino embraced green in their spring collections.
 

Gucci // Photo by Yannis Vlamos

Then color czar Pantone named “greenery” – a refreshing, leafy green – as the official color of the year for 2017.

The tangy hue conveys hope, vitality and a feeling of buoyancy in a complex world, says Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman.

It’s a lively player in spring and fall fashions, but it’s not the only green that’s been embraced by designers. Look for olive, moss, verdigris, sea green and emerald as well.

Naturally, trendsetter Rihanna is on top of this. The pop superstar shined bright in a chartreuse coat at the fall runway show of Fenty Puma by Rihanna on March 6 in Paris. And, her spring Fenty Puma line was rife with olive green togs and shoes, including a platform sneaker due to arrive at Nordstrom.

What makes green so intriguing is that it’s probably not all over your closet. 
 

Burberry // Photo by Yannis Vlamos

If that is by design, a fun, fresh way to pop green is with a handbag or shoe. Burberry stitched some luscious leather bags in moss and emerald greens and as well as an alluring combo of moss, gold and red.

Don’t care for green? Deep down, your brain loves it, according to British color psychologist Angela Wright. Green is widely associated with harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love and peace, she says. We are reassured by it on a primitive level because we associate a green environment with the vital presence of water and food.

Not bad reasons to cultivate some green in your wardrobe.

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