There’s only one hard and fast rule for dressing in green on Saint Patrick’s Day: Do it. You can totally clash your regular outfit with a kooky emerald hat, or shamelessly throw shamrock-covered suspenders over a T-shirt and jeans. Want to show up to a Irish-themed party in a coordinating lime skirt suit, shoes and beret? Hey, more power to you.
Styling the hue any other time of the year, however, is far less laissez-faire. Every one of its many iterations (hunter, mint, jungle, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme…you get the picture) goes well with a completely different set of colors—and once you find a combo that works, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. To wit, we’ve come up with five awesomely unexpected formulas—each centered around a different gradation of green—in the slideshow above. Click through for a fresh take on your shade of choice!