How to Wear Mint, That Tricky Pastel
It's no secret that mint is one of the most popular colors from last year and is looking to continue its reign as the on-trend color. I'm seeing it more than I'm seeing emerald, Pantone's color for 2013. I first saw mint pop up last spring, and ever since then, I'd been looking for a pair of mint skinny jeans. I finally got a pair from Old Navy for Christmas and have been wearing them everywhere. I also bought a mint cardigan because I've been in a mint mood.
Pastels are the hot color for spring (surprise!), meaning you'll be seeing a lot of mint in the coming months. While looking through my closet, I decided mint is somewhat hard to properly accessorize. I first tried accessorizing with dark browns, and I wasn't feeling it. I can't explain how but it just looked "off" to me. Black looked downright horrible. It looked dated, and the only other word I could come up with was "cold." After some more pairing, I've figured out how to best work with mint.
Navy, tan, and gray are the winners for pairing with mint, within reason. I wouldn't go darker than a mid-tone gray (charcoal). Tan to about a medium brown are pretty solid choices. Navy blue looks fantastic but avoid the dark navy blue that borders on black. If you can't tell if a skirt is navy blue or black right away, it's too dark. If you want more color, there are a few colors I've noticed pair well with mint. Plum, burgundy, most yellows, certain shades of orange, and lightly saturated shades of red (commonly called Nantucket Red). Lavender looks incredible with mint, as long as it's not too light. Pinks with mint make you look like an Easter Egg on the loose.
Should you jump on this bandwagon? With caution. Mint is probably the easiest way to be on top of the fashion trends right now, be it something as simple as a tee or piece of jewelry. However, my feeling is that mint will become outdated fairly quickly and then will be relegated back to a spring-only color status. Don't spend a lot of money on mint pieces but do pick one or two things to stay current.