The New Spring Green Fashion Color Trend for 2023 is Kellycore

Look out Barbiecore pink, because the color green is now on the scene! One of our favorite color trends for Spring 2023 is bright kelly green. We call it Spring Green and Pantone coined it “Classic Green” on their list of Spring/Summer 2023 NYFW top 10 fashion colors. And it’s both a classic and ideal for spring. Let’s just call it Kellycore because you will be seeing a lot of this bright green fashion color trend in the months ahead.

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Spring green trend at Lela Rose, Akris, Elie Saab SS2023

What is Spring Green

According to Merriam Webster, spring green is a variable color averaging a moderate yellow-green that is greener, lighter, and stronger than average moss green, mosstone, average pea green, or spinach green. And Wikipedia tells us spring greens are the edible young leaves or new plant growth  in the spring. We love that color!

What is Kelly Green?

Kelly green is actually an American term, derived from the last name Kelly, a common Irish last name reminiscent of the Irish green landscape. It was named Kelly green in 1917, when the influx of Irish immigrants came to America were celebrating the St. Patrick’s day parade. Everyone will be right on trend for the parade this year.


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How to Wear the Kelly Green Fashion Trend

Now that we know more about this vibrant green color, what are the best ways to wear it for women over 50? And for the sake of this article, I will mostly call it Kelly green, since I want to fuel the Kellycore trend.

Valentino Pleated wool and silk-blend crepe blazer and wide-leg pants
Leset May cotton-blend wide-leg pants and sweater
Leset May cotton-blend wide-leg pants and sweater

Top To Bottom Spring or Kelly Green

Don’t be shy! Wear a Kelly green skirt suit, pantsuit, tunic and pants, or a maxi or midi dress in bold spring green. The key here when it comes to styling is to go neutral with your shoes and accessories. Stick to black, navy, wine, bone, animal print, tan or nude shoes and bags. You see, I’m not boxing you in here because there are plenty of options. This is a basic fashion tip when it comes to wearing any bright color. But play around a little with your accessories. No one says you can’t try another pop of color such as a (Barbiecore) pink handbag or lavender shoes. Think of green like the leaves of a flower and you can spike it with another bit of color.

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Gucci double breasted drill blazer

Kelly Green Separates: Tops and Bottoms

If you aren’t keen on wearing all green, you can split the difference and wear a green top or bottom. Try a Kelly or spring green jacket, blazer, blouse or sweater with your favorite denim jeans, pants or skirts. Grey, tan or black pants or suits work well with a green top, or try some darker rich hues like deep violet, burgundy, navy or pine green for a tonal look.

Or wear a colorful (or neutral) print blouse with a green blazer or cardigan sweater, or a geometric or floral pattern skirt with a Kelly green blouse. Neutral animal prints such as leopard and python work well with bright green.

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Vince Pleated wool-blend wide-leg pants

Another easy way to wear the green trend is on the bottom. Try a pair of wide leg or straight leg pants, or a pencil, pleated or asymmetrical (another spring trend) skirt in Kelly green and tone it down with a soft pastel or neutral colored top, tee, blouse or jacket.

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Bottega Veneta Cassette intrecciato patent-leather shoulder bag
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Manolo Blahnik Hangisi 90 embellished satin pumps

Kellycore Accessories

Dip your toe into the trend with a pair of shoes (I couldn’t resist the pun), handbag, scarf, earrings, bracelet, sunglasses, necklace, phone case or other accessory for Spring 2023. This way, you don’t have to commit to the green color trend, and it adds a wonderful accent to anything you wear.

The bright green, spring green, Kelly green or PANTONE 16-6340 Classic Green (whatever you choose to call it) is a neutral in my book. Wear a green accessory with literally anything in your closet for a fun pop of color. And even though Kelly green is a spring/summer trend, there’s no reason to not wear the color all year round. Go hardcore Kellycore!

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Will you be wearing the Kellycore trend for spring 2023?

Carol Calacci

Photos:, Netaporter

Sources: Merriam Webster, Wikipedea

You may also like to read The Best Spring Fashion Trends of 2023 to Buy Now and Wear Now and 9 Of The Worst Spring 2023 Fashion Trends For Women Over 50.

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