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I have wondered that myself. But I think what is going on is that not only each caste, but also each sub-caste has its own distinctive color. Also, please note that Gammas do not wear mulberry.
In Chapter 4, Lenina is with Bernard and they are watching the shift change at a factory. They are seeing all the people coming out. The people she sees who are wearing mulberry are all Beta Minuses.
So, what I have concluded is that Lenina is simply a Beta without a "Minus."
As to the Gammas and green and Lenina's clothes, I have two guesses. Either A) Huxley just lost track of his colors and no one noticed or B) her green clothes are a different shade than those worn by Gammas.
Lenina is a Beta plus. She is a foil for Linda, also a Beta (minus).
During the tour of the hatcheries we hear her voice in the background:
"… all wear green," said a soft but very distinct voice, beginning in the middle of a sentence, "and Delta Children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I'm so glad I'm a Beta."
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