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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.

  1. Roots of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day
  2. What are classic Irish pieces
  3. Mature outfits ideas for St. Patrick’s Day
    • Chic looks with analogous colors to emerald
  4. 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.

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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.


blogger in meadow and white outfit for a holiday family breakfast

stylist in St. Patricks Day ready work outfit
Brooks Brothers green cashmere sweater, Paloma Picasso sunglasses Newsport News white leather pants, Christian Louboutin white pumps


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.

style blogger over 50 in green turtleneck with plaid skirt look for Patrick's Day

Alaskan woman drawing in the snow in plaid skirt meadow color sweater

older woman in St. Patrick's Day work outfit

woman in maxi leather coat and grassy bag

Alaskan stylist looking fresh with long maxi coat outfit
Outfit details: Brooks Brothers emerald turtleneck cashmere sweater, LeatherCoatsEtc winter white maxi leather coat with black faux fur, Banana Republic wool skirt, O&G down vest, Kieselstein Cord myrtle color belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Gucci buckle, GNW tight, and Salamander shearling boots (all own)


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.

over 50 years old stylist in plaid shirt with denim skirt tights and sweater

style book author in green-blueplaid shirt, matching sweater and denim skirt
Oliveo plaid shirt, Brooks Brothers green cashmere sweater, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Oliveo denim skirt, GNW blue tights, white layering top and L.K. Bennett pumps (all own)


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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.


style book author in teal top, plaid skirt, black tall boots, tights, beret

over 50 years old fashion blogger in petrol sweater houndstooth straight above the knee skirt, tights flatt boots
Sanchez riding boots, GNW tight, Banana Republic skirt, LeatherCoatsEtc beret, belfort sweater, Rebecca Collins necklace, Hermes Collier de chien bangle (all own), Pearl studs c/o Wendy Mignot and layering top c/o Cami Confidential


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over 50 fashion blogger in a St. Patricks Day outfit inspiration with Irish blazer and leather pants

jewelry with Irish blazer

fashion blogger in gingham shirt and wool cashmere sweater with 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)


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.

50 year old woman in denim on denim Great Northwest denim jacket, silver belt, silk printed neckerchief, Dooney and Bourke (all own), boyfriend jeans with landscape print on the cuffs c/o Soft Surroundings, wood watch c/o Jord, and Tee c/o Onno
over 50 year old in green dress and pumps 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)
ONNO mossgreen T-shirt styled for St. Patrick's Day 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
women's St. Patrick's Day outfit ideas with green turtleneck sweater Back view of outfit with G-III skirt, GNW tight, Manolo Blahnik booties, and Brooks Brothers green turtleneck sweater (all own)]mature woman in A-line skirt, polka dot sweater, green heels 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 Clapshalftee used to ground mixing pattern with green Oliveo leather skirt, GNW tights, ducks, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Oliveo plaid shirt (all own) over halftee c/o halftee

midlife woman looking posh chic in an St. Patrick's Day outfit 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

fashion blogger over 50 in St. Patrick's Day outfit 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)

midlife woman in floral dress with black pants 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)

style blogger in hounds tooth sheath with green turtleneck, black tights and tall boots 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)

Nicole of High Latitude Style in a green black purple fall outfit GNW cardigan worn as top, Anne Klein oblong silk scarf, GAP leather trench coat, Miu Miu pumps, Gucci bag, wide statement belt (all own) and skirt c/o Lilysilkmidlife in spruce colored dirndl Tyrolean (north Italy) spruce with polka dot dirndl with coin bracelet, coin apron chain called charivari, lace knee socks, Mary-Jane shoes (all own). I would only wear this to an Irish party when the crowd of guests  is international

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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.

fashion blogger in floral down coat with leather beret Snow Touch floral down coat with leafy print, leather beret, LeatherCoatEtc gloves, Antonio Melani booties, and structured bag (all own)

fashion blogger sitting on stairs in an outfit with teal sweater, burgundy sheath dress, tight and boots 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)
midlife woman in Alaska street style with pink sequin skirt and teal sweater 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
stylist in double denim with turquoise sweater and boots 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

over 40 years old in work outfit with cloverleaves scarf Anne Klein sweater, Oliveo lime striped leather skirt, GNW tight (all own), Musse & Cloud booties c/o Coolway, necklace c/o Pearl Claps, and Shamrock scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta
fashion blogger over 50 in LBD with shamrock scarf Nine West pumps, Hermes collier de chien belt, Gucci bag (all own), shamrock scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta, and dress c/o Covered Perfectlystylist in olive coat with Russian scarf, red booties and tights 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)
Alaskan in green jeans with graphic T-shirt and cardigan Isaac Mizrahi cardigan, graphic T-shirt, Nine West colored jeans, silver metal statement belt (all own), and leather pearl necklace c/o Wendy Mignot
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Stylist’s tip: Pin the St. Patrick’s Day outfit inspirations so you never run out of ideas for years to come.

style blogger in plaid sheath with leaf color sweater

fashion blogger in sheath, boxy leather coat
Outfit details: Boxy leather coat, unbranded structured bag, Ruby Belle plaid dress with turtleneck sweater, DIY brooch, and Steve Madden lace-up plateau sandals (all own)


stylist in outfit for March 17

over 50 years old woman in LBD, clover turtleneck
Outfit details: Gap wool sheath, GNW tight, Sanchez riding boots, Hermes collier de chien bangle, G&DM sunglasses (all own)


Happy St. Patrick’s Day and celebrate safely.

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Top of the World Style linkup No. 297

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