Inspirationail’s Colour School – What to Wear with Greenish-Blue

By Inspirationail

Inspirationail's Colour SchoolWelcome to the greenish-blue week of Team Inspirationail’s Colour School, if you haven’t already be sure to check out lessons on the basics & colour combos as well as red, pink, yellow, green, grey, black, white, brown, beige, blue, orange, purple, rust, mango & lime and this week we are looking at the best colours to match with tranquil greenish-blue.

An Educated Guess

Greenish-blue isn’t for everyone – it’s a lovely colour but one that can be difficult to wear. This is also a cool colour which makes it perfect for accent pieces, however we recommend avoiding it in most cosmetics.

Here are a few tips you can utilize to help you decide what to wear with your favourite greenish-blue.

Glorious Greenish-Blue

While Team Inspirationail adores this colour we don’t often wear it, it’s often bright and tends to be overly shiny. In muted, more opaque tones it can be quite wearable and makes a great contrast when wearing white or light grey.

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Skin Tone Matters

As mentioned, this one is difficult to wear – perhaps one of the more difficult of the spectrum. Lighter skinned divas should opt for creamy & shimmering pastel shades unless it’s summertime – this colour looks great against golden skin. Darker skinned lovelies can wear most of the spectrum where this colour is concerned (it’s a lovely contrast against darker skin) but should avoid overly sheer pastels.

Tertiary Greenish-Blue

This is a hue best left to bold accessories and subtle accents – too much and you risk a spandex 80’s feel. Greenish-blue is perhaps the brightest of the tertiary colours which generally tend to be more muted than primary & secondary colours. Our advice is to opt for crisp, cotton fabrics, wooly scarves & crisp accessories. To learn more about tertiary colours be sure to check out our colour basics lesson. There are several ways you can use the colour wheel to help you decide what to wear with your greenish-blue.

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Complimentary Colours

Complimentary colours are opposite to each other on the colour wheel and offer a high degree of contrast. The compliment to greenish-blue is warm reddish-orange which can actually look nice against a field of blue-green. Try matte tangerines, bold fiery reds or deep apple reds.

Analogous Colours

Analogous colours are directly next to each other on the colour wheel, this makes them monochrome & many times easier to match. Greenish-blue’s nearest neighbors are green and blue, both of which aren’t as easy to pair with this shade. If you are feeling the cool tones try bright bold greens, crisp navy blues or sweet barely there greens.

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Triad Colours

Triad colours are equally spaced out along the colour wheel & similar to compliments they offer high contrast matches. In greenish-blue’s case it’s yellowish-orange & reddish-purple (both also tertiary colours). These two options offer some great matching ideas. Try pearly mangoes, jewell tone purples or vivid corals.


Split-complimentary colours start with one base colour and then takes the two colours next to it’s compliment. Sounds confusing, but the concept is simple. When we use greenish-blue as our base, it’s split-compliments are red and orange. Only one of these colours do we really like with greenish-blue (orange). Try dusky pinky oranges, hot lava oranges or true strawberry scarlets.

Greenish-Blue Parrot

Inspirationail’s Picks

We like using our colour wheel to help find combinations we’d never have come up with. Although, we also tend to work on our fashion sense daily by working up our own matches (helps to keep senses keen). For green-blues we like sheer apricots, almost-black charcoals or sweet baby pinks.

Your Two Cents

In the end, you have to make the decision…you are the one wearing the greenish-blue. We’ve given you a few new ideas (and a few tried & true ones). Please leave us your blue green-matching ideas in the comments below, we’d love to hear your ideas! Be sure to also check out the Inspirationail Colour School lesson round-up.


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