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

#over40fashion Irish green sweater with sheath dress for St. Patrick's Day | High Latitude Style |
#over40fashion St. Patricks Day outfit tips: Irish blazer with 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)
#styleover40 jewelry with Irish blazer
Zoom-in on the fabric of the Orvis Irish blazer, Carhartt gingham shirt, GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater and DIY necklace (all own)

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.

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

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Carhartt gingham shirt under GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater worn with I.N.C. leather pants and Clarks booties (all own)

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.

Green outfit inspirations for St. Patrick’s Day

#over40fashion Irish green sweater with sheath dress for St. Patrick's Day | High Latitude Style | 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 | High Latitude Style | 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

#styleover40 layering a green-blue-white-black plaid skirt @ High Latitude Style 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)

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. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and celebrate safely.

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Zoom-in on the Carhartt gingham shirt worn underneath GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater styled with DIY necklace (all own)

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What will you wear on St. Patrick’s Day? Do you celebrate it? Let me know by email, I am curious.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2015)

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