I don’t consider myself a rebel by any means, but I kind of am on St. Patrick’s Day. I have always had an aversion to holidays that demand I wear a specific color. I usually wear blue on Valentine’s Day and orange on the 4th of July (Christmas gets a pass, because it’s Christmas).
But try being a nanny or a high school teacher on St. Patrick’s Day (I’ve been both) and not wear anything green. Homegirl’s gonna hear about it all, day, long.
So I finally figured out the key to being festive without wearing shamrocks around my neck and not looking like a complete idiot. Here’s my tips! You can shop my look at the bottom of this post.
Tip #1: Wear a neutral, basic outfit.
A gray t-shirt dress is the perfect neutral to build on, but I’m sure you could think of a million other gray, black, or white neutral pieces in your closet. Choose one and build from there! Keep your shoes nude or neutral as well. It’s quite warm in my hometown by mid-March, so a pair of nude wedges will be perfect.
Tip #2: Keep the green in your accessories.
This is the real key to keeping yourself from looking a lil’ leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day. Relegate any of your green to your accessories: bag, jewelry, or jacket/sweater.
Tip #3: Stay away from emerald tones.
This is what everyone thinks of when they think of St. Patrick’s Day, which makes it overdone. Instead, opt for olive and mint greens. You’re still following along, but in a much trendier way.
Tip #4: Get a Shamrock Shake
I don’t know how it helps, but it does. Just do it.
What’s your outfit gonna look like this year? Do you go all in, or completely ignore good ol’ Patrick? I’d love to hear in the comments!