The Feast of St. Patrick, when the city is flashing in emerald and everyone is donning their best Irish green, can be a tricky day to dress for. You want to avoid looking like you’re wearing a costume, but at the same time, you don’t want to be the only person not in green. It can be a delicate balance, but we’re here to help you find the perfect St. Patrick’s Day outfit that will have you feeling confident and stylish.
So enjoy the day sipping green whiskey brimming with Celtic folklore. And clad yourself in one of these ensembles, you’ll be sure to turn some heads, but not for the wrong reasons. Here are some of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day outfit ideas:
Dress for the Parade: A Charming Celtic-inspired Dress
Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is among the biggest and most popular in the world. The streets are packed with people eager to catch a glimpse of the vibrant floats and performers. If you’re lucky enough to be in attendance, you’ll want to dress the part. We suggest a Celtic-inspired maxi dress in shades of green and gold. The flowy silhouette of the dress will keep you comfortable as you stand for hours, and the intricate Celtic design will make you feel like part of the parade. If you really want to connect to the city’s heritage, you can find some authentic handmade Irish jewelry in Dublin bazaars to complete the look.
A Casual City Stroll: Toned Down Greens
You don’t really have to look like a leprechaun to be festive. If you’re not attending the parade and are just looking to enjoy a casual day out in the city, dress like you usually would. A black turtleneck and green jacket combo is always a good idea. Add a touch of green to your shoes or handbag to not feel like you are abandoning the holiday. Maybe a tote bag with a four-leaf clover print or some green Converse sneakers. If that’s too much green for you, how about a wristwatch with green dial detailing? That way, you can still feel like you’re part of the festivities without looking like a walking shamrock.
A Night on the Town: A Sparkling Green Dress
The fun and celebration don’t stop unless the sun comes up the following day! If you’re heading to the town for some fun and ‘high’ buzz, you’ll need a party-ready outfit. We love the idea of a short green dress with sequin detailing. The sparkles will help you stand out in the crowd, and the short hemline will let you dance the night away. Your heart might be set on putting on the highest heels you own, but for a night of bar-hopping and dancing, we recommend comfortable flats or booties. No one wants to end the night with blisters!
A Day Out with Friends: A Playful Green Romper
St. Patrick’s Day is perfect to finally execute your long-due meet-up with friends and enjoy all that spring has to offer. If you’re meeting up for a leisurely lunch or spending the day exploring, a romper is a perfect choice. An olive-green body-hugging romper with ruffle detailing will radiate your fun vibe. You can effortlessly turn things up or down a notch with the right accessories. Statement earrings and a pair of nude heels will take you from lunch to drinks, whereas sneakers and a denim jacket will keep you comfortable for a day of walking around. Blowdry your hair outwards or put them up in a messy bun; either way, you’ll look effortlessly chic.
Staying In: A Relaxed and Festive Look
Not everyone is up for a parade walk or a night in town guzzling beer. And that’s ok! St. Patrick’s Day can be spent in the comfort of your own home with a good movie and some tasty Irish food. Hey, but do keep the Irish fashion going even when you’re relaxing at home. You could pick an oversized mint green sweater and wear it with a pair of leggings. If you’re feeling festive, how about some deep green shamrock-shaped earrings? And don’t forget the green beer! That’s going to be your best friend for the day.
Flaunt the Flair: A Plaid Skirt with a Pop of Green
Are you looking for a subtly fun and flirty way to make a statement on St. Patrick’s Day? How about a playful and fresh take pairing a mini tartan skirt with a simple white tee? The skirt is the only green you need in this outfit, so we suggest accessorizing it with some dainty gold hoop earrings to add a touch of the holiday spirit. Then top off the look with a pair of nude heels, and you’re good to go! This look is perfect for bar-hopping or a day spent outdoors. Put on a green scarf embellished with shamrocks if you start to feel a little chilly.
Rockin’ the Shamrock: A Graphic Tee with Distressed Jeans
Casual is the name of the game on St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t want to fidget with your clothes all day long. That’s why we love a laid-back and comfortable look. And when ‘casual’ pops up, a distressed pair of jeans is always our go-to. They’re comfortable, fashionable, and easy to style. To make this outfit a little more festive, we suggest finding a cute graphic tee with a pop of green. It could be a funny saying or a shamrock print. Then just add a pair of white sneakers, and you’re all set!
Lucky in Love: A Green Dress with a Statement Necklace
For the ladies who want to show their Irish pride loud and proud, we suggest going all out in head-to-toe green. But if you’re going to do that, you might as well do it in style. That’s why we love a playful and flirty green dress. The key to working this outfit is to keep the rest of your accessories simple. So, ditch the clunky jewelry and instead opt for an ethereal necklace with hints of green. You could pair the look with neutral heels or strappy sandals to keep the focus on the dress.
And voila! You’re ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style.
We hope you enjoyed our roundup of St. Patrick’s Day looks. Whether you’re looking to show your Irish pride or just have a little fun with your outfit, we hope these looks give you some inspiration. Remember, the key is to find something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. So, dress up in your best green outfit and stuff the four-leaf clover in your pocket. It’s time to celebrate! Sláinte.