What Color Goes with Lime Green

What Color Goes With Lime Green?

Roslyn Fashion & Jewelry: Your Life in Color green, Lampwork glass beads

If you love to stand out in a crowd, wear lime green. It is a bold, gutsy color when used as a dominant hue and it coordinates beautifully with well chosen accessories. But what color goes with lime green? The color, named after the citrus fruit, looks great when paired with purple, blues, black, gray, peach, pink, white and other shades of green. If you really want to make a splash, wear it with chartreuse yellow, hot pink or vibrant red. Wearing lime green, regardless of what you match it with, has survived fashion trends over the years and always makes a striking statement.

What do we know about the psychology of the color green?

Green is the most common color found in nature where it is artfully displayed with other colors. It is the color of balance, harmony, and growth.  It is an emotionally positive color, a combination of yellow and blue that encompasses the optimism of yellow with the calm and insight of blue. Both relaxing and invigorating, green has been shown to stimulate creativity. Lime green in particular inspires youthfulness and playfulness and helps clear the mind of negativity, paving the way for fruition.

I was happy when my favorite artisan glass blower created this focal bead:

Green and Purple Necklace


I love the floral feel of these lampwork beads. Inspired by their artistry, I decided to complement their beautiful springtime palette of grass and lime green and purples with milky pink Czech glass and blush crystals. Imagine wearing this necklace with a pink ensemble and other lime green accessories; that would make a stunning outfit.

Pastel Shades with Lime Green

Lime green remains the star when it is paired with shy pastels. The delicate hues soften the intensity of vivid lime green, creating a demure and feminine feel. Complementary colors, pink and green, can also infer a retro influence.

Braided Necklace

“Magdelene” has a classic look with a modern and elegant twist. The subtle and sophisticated palette of this braided necklace is punctuated with pops of coral.

Tourmaline Necklace

“Lillibet” is a petite set that creates a beautiful color ombré with mixed tourmaline and garnet gemstones as well as Swarovski crystals.

chiffon dress


Lime Green and Chartreuse

Chartreuse can make as great an impact as lime green. It is a citrus yellow that ranges from an electric neon to a softer earthy neutral with some pizzaz. When coupled with lime, chartreuse adds an exotic or tropical note to an outfit.

Double Strand Necklace in Olive Jade

“Lemongrass” A bold a beautiful double strand of olive jade, recoiled glass, wood and African trade beads.

Lapis and Chartreuse Necklace

“Mali” This vibrant lapis and olive jade necklace with ethnic accents makes you think of far away places.


Lime Green and Navy Blue

This is a classic color combination that typifies the preppy look. Many other shades of blue also pair well with lime green: indigo, peacock, cobalt, teal, turquoise and light blue. Each color combo conveys its own nuance, from sporty to mod to bohemian.

Blue and Green Gemstone Bracelet

“Enchanted” is a sea of alluring blues and green quartz gemstones. Delicate but definitely makes a statement, it will elevate both a work ensemble and a cocktail dress.

Navy Blue Necklace Set

“Bobbi” is composed of sodalite gemstone drops. It looks great with denim, and its graceful silhouette will frame your face and flatter your neckline.


Lime Green and Red

Green and red are both fundamental colors so they’re tricky to pair, but lime green and red can be quite tasteful together. This picnicky palette has a fresh and cheerful appeal in a casual outfit and would take on a sophisticated feel in formal apparel.

Red Flower Necklace

“Lady Bug” Flower Lariat – Alive with color, it combines Lucite flowers, Czech glass and Swarovski crystal in lime green, red and pink.

Large Red Earrings

Turn up the heat with “Caia”. These striking dagger hoop earrings create a dynamic silhouette with subtly striped Czech glass and Swarovski crystals.

maxi skirt

Lime Green and Black

This is a strong coupling and assertive choice for a professional look. Modern black accessories add upscale polish to a lime green blazer. The stark contrast against a vivid background also creates a chic graphic effect.

Handmade Black and Silver Necklace

“Twister” A sleek design of onyx, Czech glass and crystal.

black gemstone necklace set

The striking “Audra” necklace will add polish and flair to your look. The varied shapes of the agate, onyx, art glass and crystal in this set make a dynamic statement.


Lime Green and Purple

Lime green really glows against purple and vibrant pinks. Cool purples with lime are refreshing, and warm purples with lime are rich and luxurious. Both add depth to a monochrome purple top and elevate an every-day outfit.

gemstone lariat necklace

“Fiona” is a lariat necklace featuring sumptuous gemstones, Czech glass and crystal. It can be worn at various lengths by sliding the onyx pendant through the garnet loop

crystal dangle earrings

Delicate but dazzling, the “Sabrina” earrings will brighten up your day or night. These Swarovski crystal dangle earrings are a sophisticated take on the rainbow trend.


Did you know about the 2013 controversy when Skittles replaced Lime Green with Green Apple?

There was quite an uproar amongst Skittles fans when the brand chose to add a green apple flavor and eliminated lime green. Consumers thought the lime green tasted better with all the other flavors. Like a good cocktail, the lime flavor added a refreshing twist to the candy mix.

We have to agree with the lime green fans, lime is definitely the color to choose if you want a zesty injection of flavor and style.
Is lime green a color you dare to wear?



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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. WOW! I use lime green A LOT! It’s one of my very favorite accents. We often purchase lime green fuji mums (wholesalers tell us we are one of the few florists in Phoenix who like that color) and green button poms. I am drawn to lime green vases and ribbons, too! I am glad ot know I’m in front of the trend! And yes, I’m going to share this on the blog (about 1,000 florists across the country). Thanks!

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    Yes Tina- We just have to take cues from nature. Of course, you are trending and your arrangements reflect that. Thanks in advance for sharing my blog with other florists. It will make them ‘green with envy’ to see that you are on top of the trends.

  3. Hi Roslyn,

    I love green. It’s very calming and relaxing. Actually, when I was reading your post, I couldn’t help but think about having mint leafs in my ice water on a hot summer day!

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  4. Lime green is such a bright and vibrant color. I like how it can be used with so many other colors and does not get drowned out by the other colors but is actually enhanced. Its a beautiful color!

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      Thank you Heather Cameroon, Pat Moon and Kungphoo for your comments. Green, specifically lime green is not an easy color and I appreciate you seeing it in a new light.

  5. What a great lesson on green! I do not wear green well unless it is teal but that necklace you put together would blend with many colors. It is gorgeous. The purple and green really set it off. Nice blog!

  6. Until reading this and seeing all the graphics, I had no idea lime green and purple made such beautiful music together! That focal bead is stunning and so is the necklace.

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  7. Love the post. And I’m definitely not a fan of lime green. I know it works for lots of people, I’m just not one of them. LOL. Loved how you shared all the great examples of how its being used. Lovely!

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      Thanks, Takara Shelor for your contribution to the conversation. We do love to show a particular color and ways to use it to create new possibilities.

  8. Roslyn, I love the colors lime green and purple as well as lime green and blue together! The combinations are definitely striking and I recently saw the lime green/purple used as the main theme colors at a wedding. Your necklace is beautiful.

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  9. I’m not a big fan of green and I agree with you that the lime green is a bit gutsy, and maybe a bit over the top. My suspicion is only a few people are really raving fans over it. However, I do think if done with the right color combinations it could have a very positive impact and if it’s “your” event and what you like… go for it!!!! It doesn’t really matter what other people think.

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      Don Purdum, I hope we have demonstrated enough color combinations with lime green to alter your view. I love your philosophy to go for it as it doesn’t really matter what others think.

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  10. The combo of purple and lime green is gorgeous – especially in flowers. Beautiful jewelry pics as well. I have grown very fond of peridot. Carrying on my like of flowers in the same combo, peridot and amethyst is so pretty!

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  11. As a teenager, I decorated my bedroom in strong lime green, deep purple and deep turquoise. I have no idea where that came from but, as we were in the 60s, anything’s possible. (My mother was horrified.) Can we be 50 years ahead of a trend? 😉

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      Sharon O’Day, you set the trend and that color combo had to be fabulous. Bet all your friends wanted sleepovers. You created a bold and happy room.

  12. I am definitely a fan of the lime green Roz. Love that it makes a statement, whether bold or understated. Thanks for this post – reminder to stand out a little and make a statement – and beautiful examples of accessorizing.

  13. I have a few lime green outfits which I wear when I am in the mood to show defiance, Roslyn. I loved Muscari – that’s a heavy duty compliment considering I’m a maroon and purple fan. 😉

  14. I’ve always loved the symbolism of green. For me it stands for growth and abundance. I can remember when I was growing up, green was not a popular color, unless it was a dark green. Lime green was definitely a no-no. I’m so happy for changing styles, standards and perspectives! You give such a beautiful presentation here, Roz. I tend to favor the lime green and blue for myself.

    1. Appreciate your contribution to the conversation. I remember when neon green was popular amongst my friends & I was not a fan of it. Some trendy colors come & go. I see you wearing a lot of blue with some green.

  15. Personally, I’m not a big lime green person. I love the colour in nature as spring returns, however, I have never been able to wear lime green. I love how you paired it with other richer colours and as green and red are complimentary colours, I know lime green with pink (as pink derives from red), looks wonderful. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve warmed to green, although forest or hunter green, the colour blue-greens, are more to my taste. Lime green and black look wonderful, although when wearing black, I think I would choose a richer red, purple or turquoise to compliment it. I admire the people who can wear lime green and you’ve offered some fabulous tips on how to wear it with a variety of other colours and to carry it off in style!

    1. Thanks so much Beverley Golden for your contribution to the conversation. If you looked inside my closet or drawers you would not see much green in any shade and yet I love it in nature. I think we get into familiar color combinations . I don’t wear florals either. But I do love what I see in our blogs, so I promised myself to be more expansive next time I shop.

  16. The colors here just burst into my soul, Roz! Love, love them. I just adore that Muscari necklace.
    Laughing too. When we were young, we made potholders and sold them around the neighborhood. We made one that was hot pink and lime green, and we thought it was the ugliest thing ever. It was the first one purchased, and we made more. That combination ended up being the most-popular one ever! Maybe a lot of housewives needed balance and harmony then?

    1. My, Susan Mary Malone, I know you are a writer and your opening words are golden, “The colors here just burst into my soul.” Lime Green will do that to you. It is such a bold color and I can see the impact of these combinations are having on readers. I was never a fan of the color & would have been as surprised as your young friends. Maybe the color grows on you.
      Muscari is a stand alone, one of-a-kind artisan blown glass. You have good taste.

  17. I don’t often wear lime green, but your beautiful colorful post made me want to! Love the pink and green and multi colored double strand piece – just beautiful!

    1. Thanks Kim for your compliment. That is what sometimes happens. We see something, not in our usual selection and are smitten. Tha Agate gemstone necklace is very rich and can be worn twisted or loosely nested. One of my favorite designs.

  18. As you know, Roz, green is my favorite color and my wardrobe has every variation except pale, pastel green. (My coloring is too strong for that.) I love lime green. In fact, I just bought a watch with a lime green band. My green necklaces are equal in number to my orange ones. Love, love, love lime green!

    1. Carol Rundle, I can see you in lime green and anything you choose to pair it with. I bet you wear lime with orange and other shades of green. Start posting more photos of yourself in all your color.

  19. Roz – Some time back, I read that people associate green with “natural honesty” and that one should wear some shade of green during job interviews for that reason. I don’t know if there was any data-driven evidence to back up the theory, but I’ve certainly never forgotten it. The “Mascari” necklace, above, certainly would look good with pink – or just about any other color. It’s stunning.

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      Joan Poter, given I was in the world of work for 30 years, I never came across that but it does make sense. I’m sure there is the psychology of color to back it up. Have to agree with you about the ‘Mascari’ necklace.

  20. I love all shades of green but had never thought to buy lime green to wear. Then my mother bought me a top and every time I wear it people comment on how much it suits me and how it brightens my face and makes me look younger. Needless to say, I wear it a lot. I love the focal beads in Muscari and it’s great to see how well lime green goes with all the colours you paired it with. This post has given me some great ideas about what to wear with that lime green top.

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      So glad Tamuria, you got some new ideas to wear different colors or accessories with your lime green top. Might be, next you will choose a new clothing item in lime green knowing its versatility.

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  21. I love greens – always have – and my favorite color combo as a child was green and purple. One important note about the color green: it is the color of the heart chakra (more a true emerald green). Culturally, we tend to express love as shades of pink and red, yet green is also a color of love!

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      Thanks, Reba Linker for including the chakra information in your comments. Last Spring we wrote a blog about Green and included that info. I like green with purple but purple is my basic go-to color choice.

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  22. I absolutely love that dress! I didn’t realise lime green could look so gorgeous. I guess it all depends on the colour combo and the design. Fantastic post!

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      So glad Mui Tsun you enjoyed the post. I loved that dress too & I’m not a green or lime fan. Just goes to prove we need to stay open & be adventurous.

  23. Navy and green look absolutely fantastic together, hadn’t thought of it until reading this and seeing your images.

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    Sonya, that is exactly what I love about doing fashion blogs. We get to combine our creations with other designs and colors and our readers get new ideas.

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      Thanks, Joyce Hansen for focusing on what appeals to your eyes. Who could resist the beauty of artisan blown glass as in Muscari or the gentle combination of colors using Czech glass in Sweet Pea?

  25. I’m sitting here enjoying your blog post in my lime green top. 🙂 I love what you have done with your post and how you have integrated Pinterest. Great color, topic, jewelry, and page.

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      Thanks for your expression of appreciation, Brenda Niemeyer. Imagine if the blog turned into Facetime or Skype & we could see you in your lime green top.

  26. I love like green (maybe that’s the Savannah St Patty girl
    Coming out ) I like he idea of mixing colors. You give some great ideas I hadn’t even thought about. And no, I didn’t know about the skittles controversy!

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  27. I’ve never used lime green much, and my birthstone is peridot – is that considered lime green? Anyway, for some reason in the past week or so I’ve found myself drawn to the color, in fact, I’m working on a new series of designs for my motivational gift shop and just yesterday added lime green to the black and white design and I love the result. Thanks for the background on this color!

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      Marquita Herald, Lime green must be in the air. You might want to look at the properties of Peridot to see why it is showing up for you now in related color.

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      With your coloring Julie Gorges, you will look great in a lime green dress. And once you have purchased it, you can return to the blog to see about the right accessory.

  28. I Loooove lime green color – it vibrant and juicy and lively! And love your pictures and colors and suggestions – so feminine and uplifting. Thank you for sharing your passion, Roslyn!

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      Thanks, Millen. Our passion, (my daughter’s and mine) grows with the enthusiasm of our audience. Now, why didn’t we think of using the descriptive word ‘juicy’?

  29. Awesome post! And those necklaces!! I see you still have my favorite. As far as green, it is one of my favorite colors, I tend to use it more as an accent color, it is very positive and springy…I tend to go for a little different shade of green, the shade of green you would find in Jadeite vintage dinnerware. Great post!

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    Lisa, I can understand your connection to green coming from out west. Green is a most popular color and those fond of it, have a favorite shade. I’m that way about purple. Too much red and it does not please my eyes. Beth loves blues with teal as her favorite.

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      Rachel Lavern, Sorry you don’t enjoy the gemstone Peridot or the jewelry with the stone that you have. Did you know that August has two birthstones, Peridot and Sardonyx? What are your favorite gemstones or semi-precious beads?

  31. I love lime green! Especially wearing lime green with black. It pops. It’s different.
    Thanks for sharing all of the different variations. What a great post and a great blog! <3

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