While not an official holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is honored in many work places. It’s a great excuse to hang around the water fontain or coffee room a bit longer than usual. Despite there is not an official party, people acknowledge the occasion by dressing up for it. This post provides some work appropriate Patrick Day outfit ideas that keep your colleagues guessing whether it’s intended or accidental, so you won’t feel out of place.
- Roots of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day
- What are classic Irish pieces
- Mature outfits ideas for St. Patrick’s Day
- Chic looks with analogous colors to emerald
- Top of the World Style linkup party
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Roots of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day
March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. 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.
Even when your ancestors were not Irish, you may want/have to wear emerald that day just because there is a great Irish community in your town; you are invited by your friends who have Irish ancestors / are Irish or celebrate everything; someone at the office is throwing an Irish coffee break – you name it. In this post, I want to show some inspirations how to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day without looking costumey in a posh chic way. In other words, how to wear green, but keep people guessing whether it’s because of the occasion or just because – well green is a great color. I don’t know about you, but after this long winter with so many snow, I am more than ready to see more of this leave color. Well, still at least eight weeks to go before green-up.
When in doubt wear green, but not meadow green on St. Patrick's Day at the office. #StPatricksDay Click To Tweet
The day has become a great commercial thing in recent years starting with meadow green cupcakes to entire clothing collections. Even if you are not so into it, you may want to fit in the spirit of the day as a courtesy to your colleagues, friends or who ever takes the effort of throwing a party and/or decorating for St. Patrick’s Day.
This denim skirt plus plaid shirt with green cashmere sweater combination makes a nice work outfit for a casual office in winter. In a more conservative work environment that allows wearing denim, it makes a nice Casual Friday look. Thus, it’s a great look for this holiday too. It makes use of layering to stay warm in a thin cotton button-down shirt. See the post at the link for more on layering.
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What are classic Irish pieces
This “Irish holiday” is the best time to wear a green sweater or something that is associated with Irish heritage. Here are my tips to look effortlessly chic when dressing for Paddy’s Day.
- Try a (green) Irish sweater with white skirt or pants, or green bottom and white shirt or sweater.
- Add a pop of green to your normal work outfit.
- Wear a gold or silver cloverleaf brooch.
- Try an outfit in various shades of green like a mint green shirt under a hunter-green sheath, and emerald green pumps.
- Solid color work dress with neutral pumps and cloverleaf print scarf
- Style a normal work outfit in the spirit by adding cloverleaf costume earrings or a shamrock scarf.
- A plaid shirt that has green as one of its colors with a green or other color of the plaid skirt/pants and neutral pumps.
- Green solid dress with pearls and neutral pumps.
- Printed dress with green background or a green dominated print, neutral pumps, pearls.
- Green tartan skirt with striped shirt, black pumps and leather jacket.
- Just add green jewelry to your work outfit.
- Wear a shirt or top with a green print with neutral color pants/skirt and blazer.
- Just sport some Irish spirit with an Irish blazer or an Irish cable-knit sweater.
- Wear some variation of green like petrol or teal.
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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-block your shoes or go for nude.
Mature outfits ideas for St. Patrick’s Day
Here some photo outfit inspirations with green pieces to go with the spirit and keep people guessing whether it’s this pop of color is on purpose or accidental.
Karina Dresses Ruby dress with lace trimmed underskirt (DIY), Nine West pumps, Gucci ostrich vintage bag, and GNW cardigan knotted in the front for style (all own)
St. Patrick’s Day work outfit with white pants, belt, Sofi cardigan, Hunter boots (all own), necklace c/o The Pearl Source and moss green T-shirt c/o ONNO
Back view of outfit with G-III skirt, GNW tight, Manolo Blahnik booties, and Brooks Brothers green turtleneck sweater (all own)] Nine West pumps, Gucci bag, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Ecclipse watch bracelet, unbranded pantyhose (all own), silk skirt c/o Lillysilk, scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta, sunglasses c/o Eagle Eyes, and baroque multi-color opera length pearl necklace c/o Pearl Claps Oliveo leather skirt, GNW tights, ducks, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Oliveo plaid shirt (all own) over halftee c/o halftee
Oliveo green-white-blue plaid shirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW tight, Moschino statement belt, blue sequin skirt (all own) for a St. Patrick’s Day party
Going with Irish spirit only: Eli Tahari jumper leather dress with Orvis Irish blazer, Dior over-the-knee boots, and opera length pearl necklace (all own)
Lookbook Store motorcycle jacket, Shein floral print emerald dress, Paloma Picasso belt, Orvis pants, GNW lace socks, double G loafers, and Camel bag (all own)
Loft hounds tooth sheath with Brooks Brothers sweater, Hermes Medor watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW tights, GNW tight, and Sanchez boots (all own)
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Chic looks with analogous colors to emerald
The following photos show some looks that use colors adjacent to green on the color wheel. They carry the spirit, when you don’t have something in glover color.
Snow Touch floral down coat with leafy print, leather beret, LeatherCoatEtc gloves, Antonio Melani booties, and structured bag (all own)
Calvin Klein dress worn as skirt with GNW Luxe teal sweater, GNW burgundy tight, burgundy suede Vince Camuto boots, pearls, and Anne Klein silk scarf (all own)
GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater, H&M sequin midi skirt, GNW tight, Adidas sneakers, dagwood multi-string statement necklace (all own), and swirl painted silk scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta
Great Northwest oversize denim jacket, Oliveo denim skirt, GNW tight, Jimmy Choo turquoise shearling boots, Anne Klein sweater dyed turquoise, statement necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own) and wooden sport watch c/o Jord
Nine West pumps, Hermes collier de chien belt, Gucci bag (all own), shamrock scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta, and dress c/o Covered Perfectly Burberry London motorcycle loden coat, Pavlova wool scarf with floral print and silk fringe, LeatherCoatsEtc cashmere lined leather gloves, structured bag, GNW tight, Manolo Blahnik booties, and leather beret (all own)
Isaac Mizrahi cardigan, graphic T-shirt, Nine West colored jeans, silver metal statement belt (all own), and leather pearl necklace c/o Wendy Mignot
Stylist’s tip: Pin the St. Patrick’s Day outfit inspirations so you never run out of ideas for years to come.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day and celebrate safely.
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