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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Color Green – Meanings, Effects, Variations, Fashion History

Green is the color of emeralds, jade, and growing grass. In the continuum of colors of visible light it is located between yellow and blue. Green is the color most commonly associated with nature and the environment, spring, hope and envy, St. Patrick, Couture fashion and elegant retro costumes.
The color green is the color of balance and harmony. From a color psychology perspective, it is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart.
Green is an emotionally positive color, giving us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally. It relates to the counsellor, the good listener, the social worker. It is the charity worker, the good parent and the helpful neighbour.
Being a combination of yellow and blue, the color green encompasses the mental clarity and optimism of yellow with the emotional calm and insight of blue, inspiring hope and a generosity of spirit not available from other colors.
Green promotes a love of nature, and a love of family, friends, pets and the home. It is the color of the garden lover, the home lover and the good host.
It is generous and loves to share, but it also looks for recognition. It is friendly and can keep confidences. This color relates to stability and endurance, giving us persistence and the strength to cope with adversity.
Green is the color of prosperity and abundance, of finance and material wealth. It relates to the business world, to real estate and property.
On the negative, the color green can be possessive and materialistic, with a need to own people and things.
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Positive and Negative Traits 
Positive keywords include: growth and vitality, renewal and restoration, self-reliance, reliability and dependability, being tactful, emotionally balanced and calm, nature lover and family oriented, practical and down to earth, sympathetic, compassionate and nurturing, generous, kind and loyal with a high moral sense, adaptable, encourages 'social joining' of clubs and other groups, a need to belong.
Negative keywords include: being possessive and materialistic, indifferent and over-cautious, envious, selfish, greedy and miserly, devious with money, inconsiderate, a hypochondriac and a do-gooder.
Green Represents
Harmony and balance: Green is the great balancer of our mental, emotional and physical energies which is why there is so much green on our planet. Green is the heart centre of the body.
Growth: As in nature, green leaves are an indication the plant is still growing.
Hope: Green is the anticipation of things to come.
(Atica Green Scarf, Triangula Green Earrings)

Effects of Green
Rejuvenating: The color green revitalizes us when we are physically, mentally or emotionally exhausted.
Nurturing: Because of its link with the heart, green urges us to nurture others. Green is also nurturing to us - another reason why it is the most predominant colour on earth.
Dependable, agreeable and diplomatic: The color green helps us to see situations clearly from all sides.
Possessiveness: Green is a color that encourages us to want to own things and people, to collect and possess. Green encourages materialism.
Envy: Green with envy' is a common phrase and a negative reaction to the color green.

Variations of Green
In some languages, including old Chinese, Thai, old Japanese, and Vietnamese, the same word can mean either blue or green.
Pale green: As the color of new growth on plants, it indicates immaturity, youthfulness and inexperience. It allows us to see things from a new perspective, to make a fresh start.
Emerald green: This is an inspiring and uplifting color suggesting abundance and wealth in all its forms, from material wellbeing, to emotional wellbeing to creative ideas.
Jade green: The color of trust and confidentiality, tact and diplomacy, jade green indicates a generosity of spirit, giving without expecting anything in return. It increases worldly wisdom and understanding, assisting in the search for enlightenment.
Lime green: Lime green inspires youthfulness, naivety and playfulness; it is liked the most by younger people. It creates a feeling of anticipation, and helps to clear the mind of negativity.
Dark green: There is a degree of resentment in dark green. Often used by wealthy businessmen, ambitious and always striving for more wealth, dark green signifies greed and selfish desire.
Aqua green: Aqua calms the spirit, offering protection and healing for the emotions.
Olive green: Although the traditional color for peace, 'offering an olive branch', the color olive suggests deceit and treachery, blaming others for its problems. However there is also strength of character with it that can overcome adversity to develop an understanding and caring of the feelings of others.
Yellow green: This color green suggests cowardice, conflict and fear.
Grass green: Grass green is the color of money. It is self-confident and secure, natural and healthy, occurring in abundance in nature.

History of Green in Fashion
In addition, we have such phrases as “green with envy” and “the green-eyed monster” both in reference to people harbouring more than a little bit of jealously. There is also “to be green” and “greenhorn,” meaning inexperience. None of these phrases are particularly flattering. So it comes as no surprise that green is not a common color in the fashion world.In the early 17th century, St. Patrick’s Day celebrants began wearing green ribbons and shamrocks in reference to the three-leaf clover Saint Patrick is said to have used to teach the Holy Trinity to the Irish people. It’s a risky sartorial statement, though. On any other day, wearing green would be considered unlucky by the Irish who link the color to fairies - a mischievous breed with a penchant for child snatching.
(Kaftan Green Beads Necklace, Moonshine Green Bangle)

Which is not to say that green hasn’t had a spin in the fashion limelight. In 1934, public relations tycoon E. Bernays infamously dropped a fair amount of green promoting the color. He hosted a Green Ball and courted magazine editors, interior designers and department stores with press kits extolling the virtues of green - all in the hope that American women would feel compelled to color coordinate with the forest packaging of Lucky Strike cigarettes. Sales figures indicate Bernays’ efforts were a success...
Green became a wildly popular hue in the 1960s styles, as shades of lime, leaf and chartreuse perfectly captured that go-go, psychedelic groove. The colors were so prevalent in fashion that Harper’s Bazaar devoted its May 1961 issue to the color, promoting swimsuits, dresses and other fashions in every spectrum of the shade. At the end of the 1980s, green once again inserted itself into the fashion psyche. American designers such as Calvin Klein and Anne Klein featured a multitude of shades, from apple to lichen, in their collections, prompting some fashion insiders to declare greens the new neutrals.
After the ‘90s green is a well adopted color in the entertainment world. Celebrities are taking green fiercely to the red carpet and are not concerned about setting the "Christmas tree" mood. 
On the runway, fashion designers give it a go with confidence mixing and matching daring textures, prints and patterns.
From a meaning of colors perspective, green is also the color of growth, of renewal and rebirth. It renews and restores depleted energy. It is the sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well being. This is why there is so much of this relaxing color on the earth, and why we need to keep it that way.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Fashion blogger: Elle B.

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