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Color Combo to Try: Olive + Coral



If you ever find yourself stuck in a style rut, playing with fun new color combinations is a great way to liven up your wardrobe. In this series, we feature unique and unexpected color combinations, then give you stylish outfit ideas so you can try out these color combos yourself. For more color-centric outfit ideas, be sure to check out our previous posts on combining Red + PinkMint + MustardPeach + GrayOrange + Blue and Fuchsia + Teal.

Green and pink are two of the season’s hottest colors and for this post, we decided to combine them to create a unique color combination that’s perfect for fall. Olive green is popular right now thanks in part to the military-inspired trend and it looks spectacular when paired with a soft coral pink. Coral really helps to make an otherwise drab olive pop for a modern, fashion-forward look.

Need some outfit ideas before you rock this color combo? Simply scroll on down to check out four fall-appropriate outfits featuring coral and olive:

Outfit #1: Campus Casual

This first outfit is a great way to try this color combo with your favorite pair of jeans and a comfy t-shirt. Start by pairing black skinny jeans with a gray graphic tee, then add an olive green utility jacket. Next, add some color with a gorgeous coral scarf and a matching pair of comfortable flats. For the finishing touch, mix-and-match several stacked rings for a stylish and low-key outfit to wear on campus this semester.

olive and coral outfit 1
Product Info: Scarf- ModCloth, Jacket- Forever 21, Rings- Topshop, Jeans- Charlotte Russe, Shoes- Lulu’s, Tee- Topshop

Outfit #2: Laid-Back Glam

If you have a more girly sense of style, this next outfit is for you! Try pairing a printed coral dress with some olive green tights for a cute and colorful look. Next, add a cozy cream-colored sweater and a pair of knee-high brown boots, which help make this outfit perfect for autumn. Accessorize with a cool gold headband and a pair of olive-colored drop earrings for a fashion-forward outfit that works on or off campus.

olive and coral outfit 2
Product Info: Dress- People Tree, Headband- Nasty Gal, Cardigan- Miss Selfridge, Earrings- Fantasy Jewelry Box, Tights- ModCloth, Shoes-

Outfit #3: Comfy & Chic

For the next look, pair a striped coral-and-white sweater with a pair of slouchy olive green cropped trousers. Add tan lace-up oxfords and a braided belt for a practical, yet stylish look. Finally, accessorize with a pair of classic rose gold aviators and some gorgeous feathered earrings for a menswear-inspired look with a boho touch.

olive and coral outfit 3
Product Info: Top- Wet Seal, Sunglasses- Topshop, Earrings- Miss Selfridge, Shoes-, Pants- Forever 21, Belt- Madewell

Outfit #4: Classic with a Twist

The last outfit is the dressiest of the bunch, but could easily work for day or night depending on the occasion. Pair some coral-colored floral print shorts with a silky white button-up blouse for a classic, yet modern look. A dark olive blazer and sheer tights create polish, while taupe ankle booties add a chic touch. Add a long gold necklace for a fashion-forward look that incorporates olive and coral.

olive and coral outfit 4
Product Info: Blazer-, Blouse- H&M, Necklace- Kohl’s, Shoes- Wallis, Shorts- Threadscence, Tights- John Lewis

What do you think?

Would you wear olive and coral together? What do you think of these outfits? Which one is your favorite? How would you wear these colors together? What other color combos would you like to see featured here? Remember to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

Posted on on September 16, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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32 Responses to “Color Combo to Try: Olive + Coral”

  1. 1
    September 16th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I wore an outfit almost exactly like the third one yesterday! Yay, trendcasting!

  2. 2
    September 16th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I love the second and last outfit! I got to try this combo :)

  3. 3
    September 16th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I love this combo it looks so good together!!!!!

  4. 4
    September 16th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Whoa, this combo is amazing! I need an olive army jacket, ASAP…

  5. 5
    September 16th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    That second outfit is gorgeous!

  6. 6
    September 16th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for this post, Ashely! I have lots of olive and coral pieces but never thought of pairing them together!

  7. 7
    September 16th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I love these outfits! The first and second are my favorites but all of them are really cute!

  8. 8
    September 16th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I love colour combo articles <3

  9. 9
    September 16th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I would have never thought to try to pair these colors together! All these outfits are adorable

  10. 10
    September 16th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    This is such an unexpected but lovely color combo, great article!

  11. 11
    September 16th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Absolutly love the second look!! Great post!

  12. 12
    September 16th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    The jacket in the first outfit is no longer available.

  13. 13
    September 16th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I like the first outfit the best. It’s adorable!

  14. 14
    September 16th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I have discovered this combo recently. Military jacket plus coral shirt= amazingly simple outfit.

  15. 15
    September 16th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I LOVE this combo! I’ll have to try it.

  16. 16
    September 16th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Glad everyone is liking this color combo– Let me know if you try it out!

    @Samantha- Sorry about that! We write these posts several days in advance and unfortunately items sometimes sell out before they’re published. I’ve found some similar jackets to the one from F21: here, here, here and here. :)

  17. 17
    September 16th, 2012 at 6:44 pm


  18. 18
    September 16th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Outfit #2 is adorable! love this color scheme.

  19. 19
    September 16th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I’d never thought about pairing olive with coral but I love the olive blazer and trousers. I’d probably wear the laid back glam look; it’s too cute.

  20. 20
    September 16th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Love the colors. Question: What’s the handwriting font that olive and coral is written in in the first image?

  21. 21
    September 16th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    @Julie- The font is called “La Belle Aurore”

  22. 22
    September 16th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    i love the first and second look(minus the earnings)
    the 3rd look is nice too

  23. 23
    September 17th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I’m in love with this color combo!! I wish I could get a similar jacket from look #1 for a similar price. Lol. Overall I’m loving all the outfits that have been put together. :)

  24. 24
    September 17th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    beautiful one, superb collection

  25. 25
    September 18th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    i love it my favorite look this fall

  26. 26
    January 13th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I really like coral but I’m not sure with what to pair it. I recently bought coral, neon clutch. Can you give me some advice how to rock it? I’m more girly girl – dresses and skirt are my thing but I’, not afraid of rock some all black outfit too. I would really aprecciate if you give me some advice. Thank you :)

  27. 27
    July 30th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Wow, I love the first outfit! I have some pieces similar to the ones shown, and I am going to try that out!

  28. 28
    November 20th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I love love love the coral and olive combo, especially outfit #2: Laid Back-Glam.
    I know that the dress is from People Tree, but what is the brand name or who is the designer?I wasn’t able to find it anywhere on People Tree’s website.

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