Green seemed like the natural choice to focus on for March. I pointed out last year that even though St. Patrick’s day has been associated with a lot more colours than green, the combo of impending spring and popular holiday means that March means a tide of green! Grabbing samples to look at with you for this post was like bringing warmer weather and hikes in the forest into my cubicle.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define green. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of red, both Wikipedia and the Color Sorting Wiki are kind of amazing resources. I’ve done my best to accurately represent these hues in relation to each other, so you can gather a good idea of what matches and what doesn’t.
I did find, while sorting through all these delicious, verdant hues, that green appears to fall into five different sub-groups, flavour-wise. It’s not a very scientific classification system, but ooh it is delightful!
But more on that later! First, let’s look at how each supplier does the outcome of yellow+blue.
DreaM Stockings & Dreamer Socks
We really run the gamut for this hue, from deep to pastel-bright, with a stop at crayon-colour clarity there in the middle!
Not a lot of greens, but they’re one of the few folks who offer a lime! Which is hilarious next to their otherwise subdued greens.
Another “not a lot, but lime!” selection.
They call their green “Kelly” and that’s what it is! There’s a neon green too, but it’s so neon it can’t really be included here. They use the same green whether it’s in their Striped Tights (on the left) or Striped Thigh Highs (on the right).
SO. MANY. GREENS! Each of their main styles offers at least two greens, it’s a lush landscape over here.
Top row, from left to right: Harajuku Scrunchy Sock (Kelly), Harajuku Scrunchy Sock (Green Tea), Harajuku Leg Warmer (Mint), Harajuku Leg Warmer (Moss Green), Harajuku Arm Warmers (top down: Green Tea, Olive, Emerald Green)
Bottom Row, from left to right: Color Tights in Dark Green, Olive, Pear, Mint
Some brands only have one good representative green, and here they are!
Now let’s look at the quirks and sub-groups of green, after the jump!
Green is a lot less straightforward than other colours. It’s probably because there are so many fun name options. You can pretty much rely on Kelly being pure-hue clear, especially if it’s a nylon like the Leg Avenue styles or the Opaque tights. At most, being next to black will make it seem richer and deeper and being next to white makes it more a candy colour. But it is still kelly. Even in other fibers it will be rich and pure.
This doesn’t hold as true with other shade names, which are far more influenced by their fiber. “Moss” is much richer when EG Smith interprets it in their Solid Over the Knee Stockings than the frosty tint of our O Rayon.
But within these colour name ranges, there is similarity. And that’s what makes green so fun! I’ve got some main examples of each of the six basic colour groupings within green to share. Both the colour name and the picture link to a basic colour search for that specific hue of green.
Like “lime.” If the word “lime” is being bandied about, you can be sure of two things: yellow-green and BRIGHT.
“Mint” is a tricker range, because there is a lot of mint, from wintergreen to spearmint and a million gum flavours in-between. You can be sure of some level of pastel, though, and a tendency to be a bit more blue-toned.
Like I mentioned above when talking about the purity of kelly, it is pretty much the same aggressive crayon colour no matter the fiber. You’ll see some differences, sure, but rarely will something called “kelly” not match another “kelly.” (And Tabbisocks’ “emerald” is a ringer for kelly, I’ll tell you what).
One that almost never matches across the board is “olive.” Unlike lime or mint, it’s hard to pin down how one version of “olive” is different from the other. More brown, red, muted? Somehow yellow AND blue toned at the same time? But still. You know olive when you see it.
Same with both “hunter” and “forest” (and since hunters hunt in the forest, it makes sense they’re about the same colour of green). It’s always going to be the deep bluer-green shadows of a dense temperate rainforest, whatever quirks of colour there are.
Where it gets a bit more interpretive is any other word for green that is plant and food based. Moss, sage, pear, green tea; they’re not quite olive, they’re not lime and definitely not mint. But they all look so good together, like a really weird but delicious banquet!
Matching-wise, if you stay within one of those five “families” of green, you’ll do okay. But if you have a deep need for ultra-coordination, turn to Tabbisocks in your time of green need. They offer a sock AND arm warmer option in Olive, Green Tea and Kelly (with a bonus tights option for Olive)!
So no matter how your green grows, there’s a version for you!