What to wear on St. Patrick’s Day to avoid costumery

#advancedStyle woman in St. Patricks Day ready work outfit

Roots of wearing green

It doesn’t matter that St. Patrick was born in Britain, that the traditions of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day came back to Ireland over the pond as a great spring tourism marketing opportunity. On St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish-American community celebrates with parades and parties and it is advisable for kids to wear something green to school to avoid being pinched. Not always does mama have green duct tape handy – Alaska’s solution to fixing whatever is fixable – to savor the kid who refused to wear green.

#over50fashion St. Patricks Day outfit inspriration with Irish blazer and leather pants
Orvis Irish blazer with I.N.C. leather pants, Clarks booties, GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater, Carhartt gingham button-down shirt and DIY necklace (all own)
#styleover50 jewelry with Irish blazer styled for Patrick's Day
Zoom-in on the fabric of the Orvis Irish blazer, Carhartt gingham shirt, GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater and DIY necklace (all own)

When in doubt opt for green clothes, but not meadow green

Unless you go to a parade, party or just want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day there is no need to wear green on March 17 except for kids. However, if you want to fit in the spirit of the day, don’t overdo it. A head-to-toe meadow-green monochromatic outfit never looks great, not even on St. Patrick’s day! It is just plain ridiculous at any age, unless it’s a sport uniform. Unless you want to wear a costume, go with one green item. A green dress is great, but either color-blog your shoes or go for nude.

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#advancedfashion woman in gingham shirt and wool cashmere sweater to wear a hint of green
Carhartt gingham shirt under GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater worn with I.N.C. leather pants, Hermes collier de chien bangle,  and Clarks booties (all own)

Green outfit inspirations for St. Patrick’s Day

Here some posh chic outfit inspirations what to wear to not look like wearing a costume, but going with the spirit.

#over40fashion Irish green sweater with sheath dress for St. Patrick's Day Hound-tooth sheath dress with Irish green turtleneck sweater to go with the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, but still look office appropriate
#fashionover40 Irish green sweater with white leather pants for the office on St. Patrick's Day An Irish green turtleneck sweater with white leather pants makes an office appropriate outfit for St. Patrick’s Day that also dons some spring spirit
#styleover50 layering a green-blue-white-black plaid skirt Keep people guessing whether your pop of green is because of St. Patrick’s Day or not with a plaid shirt, worn as a jacket under a cardigan with Ann Taylor leather pencil skirt, a sequin layering top, and Harley Davidson booties (all own)
#maturefashion lime green sweater with sheath dress Just going with the spirit of green for St. Patrick’s Day in a lime green cashmere sweater Paloma Picasso sunglasses, with Ruby Belle plaid sheath dress, and Double-H lace-up booties (all own)
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If you don’t want to wear green or anything close to green, but want to sport some Irish spirit go for an Irish blazer like in today’s OOTD or an Irish cable-knit sweater.

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#over40fashion gingham in winter
Zoom-in on the Carhartt gingham shirt worn underneath GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater styled with DIY necklace and Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)

When you want more tips what to wear when and what not to wear, you may want to buy my style recipe book How to Dress for Success in Midlife.

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