You know the rule for St. Patrick’s Day: wear green, or you’ll get pinched. But that doesn’t mean you have to look gaudy, dress like a leprechaun, or wear a green t-shirt that says “Kiss Me, I’m Irish.” Follow these tips from fashion school experts, and you can actually look stylish as you’re sporting the green.
Choose the right shade of green. Most people do not look good wearing bright kelly green. Fortunately, there are an infinite number of variations on the color that are more flattering. For example, olive and khaki greens are much more subdued hues that the majority of people can pull off. And chartreuse, teal, turquoise, and apple green are hot shades that will spice up your wardrobe beyond just St. Patrick’s Day.
Work the green into prints. Another way fashion college experts recommend incorporating green into your wardrobe is with prints like florals, stripes and plaids. After all, nobody said you had to wear solid green. When green’s a part of the entire pattern, you can get into the St. Patty’s spirit without broadcasting to the world that you’re dressed for a theme party.
Layer with green. Instead of thinking in terms of an entire green wardrobe, make green one of the layers, e.g., a t-shirt, a pair of socks peeking under your slacks, or a necktie or scarf. This strategy is particularly helpful if you work in a conservative environment or wear a uniform and don’t want to call attention to the green.
Accessorize with green. Even if none of your clothes is green, you can still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green jewelry. A jade bracelet, a green turquoise stone necklace, or an emerald ring (particularly if it’s a claddagh ring) will all bring you the luck of the Irish.
Go green as in eco-friendly. Green fashion design is the hottest trend, so you can stay ahead of the fashion curve on St. Patrick’s Day by wearing clothing that’s good for the environment. While garments made with organic fabrics or manufactured locally with fair trade practices are considered eco-friendly, so are thrift shop finds or old clothes you’ve repurposed or updated with ribbons, beads and embellishments.
And what happens if someone doesn’t notice your fashionable green attire and pinches you anyway? Well, that’s the fun part. You get to pinch them back.