Sage green, a soft greyish-green colour that derives its name from the herb of the same name, is very popular in the realm of home design but is also a great choice when it comes to fashion and clothing. Since sage is essentially a neutral, it can be paired with a variety of other colours for looks that vary from the sophisticated to the whimsical.
The easiest way to match items with sage is to use similar colours. Analogous colours are those that appear next to each other on a colour wheel. A quick look at a classic colour wheel shows that a light yellowish-green (the basis for sage) sits between darker, more bluish-green and yellow. This means that a sage scarf would work well with a yellow jacket, provided that they shared a similar tone (that is, if they contained a similar amount of grey). A sage top could also be worn with a pair of muted bluish-green trousers. This is a safe way to match colours to sage and will result in a slightly monochromatic, cohesive look.
Sage doesn't have to be matched with analogous colours. As a neutral, it will work with almost any colour, but a complementary colour will really make the sage pop for a more interesting and eclectic outfit. A complementary colour is one that sits on the opposite side of the colour wheel. In the case of light yellowish-green, the contrasting colour would be in the purple family. Add in the grey of sage and you've got lavender. Thus, a sage skirt would make a pretty match with a light purple blouse. Contrasting colours are especially great for adding in as accents. For example, a lavender flower pin would look fantastic on a sage blazer.
Matches Found in Nature
Since the colour sage derives its name from a plant, it makes sense to think about the way in which that plant appears in nature. Sage grows amongst other plants, in the dirt, with the wood appearing on brown twigs. As a result, the colour sage, as it would appear on an article of clothing, could be paired with a light brown that mimics those twigs. Take a look in your garden and see if you can find sage-coloured leaves. If there are other colours naturally appearing next to those leaves, those colours could successfully be translated into your wardrobe.