Wearing the Green and Gold: A St. Patrick’s Day Style Guide

Dressing for a holiday that comes with its own color scheme can be a fashion accident waiting to happen. In the case of St. Patrick’s Day, with too much green and gold, well, you may end up looking like a leprechaun. Of course, if you don’t wear some variation of green, you could be subjected to pinching all day long.

Thankfully, it is a holiday, giving you license to have some fun and throw certain conventional dressing rules out the window. The easiest way to hit all the right notes is to pick one shade as your main St. Paddy’s color and use the other as an accent to your look. We’ve selected several standout pieces to get you inspired on how to wear green and gold on March 17.

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To make them green with envy

Main pieces

A gingham springy, minty-fresh dress from the Gap (pictured) makes for a casual St. Patrick’s Day look. For the daring who are work-bound, there are the sateen pencil pants in green from The Limited. Or, in venetian green, the J. Crew Factory has a marvelous mini skirt that is currently on sale! Also on sale is a bright green cardigan from The Limited. For an edgier look, Zara has an Imitation Leather Skirt with gold zipper accents (pictured).

Even Scarlett O’Hara would be jealous of anyone wearing Modcloth’s Summer Night Stroll dress or in this ASTR scalloped tank top. Ralph Lauren has a green cotton crew neck, embellished at the shoulders with gold buttons. It can be worn with jeans or dressed up with a skirt for a day at the office.

Accents and accessories

In the makeup department, you can do an eye-catching liner in forest green with NARS (pictured). Deep greens, blues, and browns are less harsh than black eyeliner — ideal for a daytime look. At Nordstrom, there is a green scarf made of a linen blend: Buy it now for St. Patrick’s Day, and it can carry you into spring with its bright color and fabric.

Kiel James Patrick has given the girls a chance to wear bow ties with its Vicker’s Bow Line. For St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll have disarming holiday charm with the Sandy Anchor bracelet (pictured), but Bershon and Berkshire is an equally excellent selection. Or, you can carry your essentials in a Lulu Townsend clutch (pictured) that combines green and gold, a one stop-accessory for holiday dressing.

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Gold’s gold medals

Main pieces

Gold does not have to reserved for jewelry or nighttime events. Topshop’s textured tee in rose gold is a fantastically festive daytime look when paired with either skinny dress pants or jeans. The Cremieux Brielle Metallic Skirt can be worn during the day or at night depending on how it is styled. To pull it off during the day, pick a tailored top in a neutral color like white, black, or gray, and skip wearing any sparkly jewelry.

Forever 21 has a longline metallic thread sweater in gold (pictured) for a cozy, comfortable, and chic St. Patrick’s Day. There is just a hint of golden stitching in Topshop’s jacquard shorts, but the floral design screams springtime, ensuring you’ll be able to wear them long past the holiday.

Another way to invoke a pot of gold is to choose an item that is a brilliant pop of yellow. The Tahari by ASL Winnie K Metallic Jacquard Dress layers levels of yellow and metallics to achieve this. It isn’t the same 14-karat feel of the earlier pieces, but you’ll still be a golden girl. The same is true of the Vince Camuto blouse (pictured), which is in “marigold” and has a three-quarter length sleeve.

Accents and accessories

For a pre-St. Patrick’s Day crafting project, follow this tutorial from Brit + Co on adding gold tips to a pair of ballet flats. A non-DIY option are these glittery, golden flats by Steve Madden (pictured). If your heart is set on DIY but not on spraying your shoes, you can give the gold treatment to your fingernails with Essie’s Good as Gold nail polish.

A gold belt can be worn any time of the year, not just at St. Patrick’s Day. The Gold Specchio Belt and Exotic Metallic Skinny Belt, both at Banana Republic, are golden without being sparkly — appropriate for day or night. Your head will be in the right place with the Rare Blooms headband from Anthropologie, which blends green and gold together for a seriously covetable piece of headwear (closeup shown).

Gold jewelry is a mainstay anytime of the year, but if there is a day during which wearing golden shamrocks is more appropriate than March 17, we can’t think of it. Etsy has a whole range of shamrock earrings (pictured) in any style imaginable — dangling, studs, gold, and sparkly are all available. 

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