Kelly green is the colour of the moment: here’s how to wear it for AW21

People often say that yellow is the happiest colour to wear if you want to inject some joy into your day, but we say there’s a new hue in town that’s just as uplifting, joy-inducing – and a bit cooler, too.

Kelly green is an intense, pure green that is often also referred to as apple green. It gets its name from the common Irish family name, Kelly, as it’s ‘reminiscent of the lush green Irish landscape,’ according to Canva. It’s a totally joyful, yet grown-up, hue that trended this summer and looks set to be just as big this autumn and winter, too. YOU editor Jo Elvin recently professed her love of the zingy colour and the Duchess of Cambridge was even spotted in a Kelly green ensemble just last week.

Kate Middleton
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We’ve picked out 18 pieces from the high street that use the bright kelly green to maximum effect, with prices starting from just £27.99, so there’s something for all budgets and tastes.

18 kelly green picks to wear for AW21

cashmere jumper

Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper, £115, Boden

Luxe cashmere in bright kelly green.

topshop blouse

Topshop textured frill collar shirt in green, £30, ASOS

Oversized frilly collars is still on trend.

satin midi skirt

Shiny Satin Bias Cut Skirt, £150, ME + EM

Cut on the bias for that beautiful drape.

corset detail dress

Corset design dress, £59.99, Mango

The corseting detail elevates this dress.

crossbody bag
& Other Stories

Short Leather Crossbody Bag, £165, & Other Stories

YOU editor Jo Elvin recently spoke about how much she loves the ‘pop of my favourite kelly green’ on this bag.

roll neck jumper

Knit sweater with high neck, £27.99, ZARA

Keep cosy in a roll neck.

slingback heels

Squared Toe Slingback Heels, £32.95, NA-KD

Try a subtle pop by way of your footwear.


Long coat, £129, ZARA

Boucle-style textures are right on trend.

turtleneck top
United Colors of Benetton

Green turtleneck sweater in pure virgin wool, £45.95, United Colors of Benetton

Layer up with a turtle neck.


Wool scarf, £49.99, ZARA

Kelly green goes surprisingly well with tan.

& Other Stories

Ribbed Cashmere Knit Beanie, £45, & Other Stories

It’s nearly beanie weather!

knitted dress

Abercorn Knitted Dress, £120, Boden

Kate Middleton has worn the cardigan version of this dress.

cable knit jumper
John Lewis

Cashmere Cable Funnel Neck Jumper, £120, John Lewis

Cable knit is a tried and tested failsafe.

satin shirt

Satin shirt, £29.99, ZARA

A satin shirt instantly elevates any look.

jigsaw trainers
John Lewis

Jigsaw Riva Leather Platform Trainers, £120, John Lewis

Dip a toe in the trend with a splash of kelly green on your trainers.

side stripe trousers

Satin Wide-Leg Track Pant, £185, ME + EM

Smart/casual track pants are where it’s at these days.

dolphin button jumper
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Dolphin Button Cardigan, £75, & Other Stories

Adorable dolphin buttons provide a quirky touch.

knitted vest
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Polo Knit Vest, £65, & Other Stories

Sleeveless knits are everywhere this season.