How to Dress for St. Patrick's Day: Lucky Colors & Outfits
Whether you are honoring your Irish roots, or celebrating because St. Patrick’s Day gives you a reason to wear your favorite shamrock earrings, we’ve got your leprechaun look covered! Throw on a stylish green tee if you are going for something subtle, or tights covered in shamrocks if your ready to embrace the luck of the Irish. Either way, we will make sure you are ready for March 17th!
I feel like we’re leaving something out already here… Oh! Let’s not forget the age old St. Patrick’s Day prank. No doubt, your little one should make sure to wear some green to avoid getting pinched — though we can’t promise their little cheeks won’t get pinched anyway.
And let us mention that you don’t need to be Irish to celebrate this fun holiday. While the holiday is held to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, the spirit is all about learning a little something about Irish culture and/or wearing something green on March 17. There is rarely a shortage of green clothing, but we wanted to help you navigate this sometimes chaotic holiday and find the perfect green accessory for your little leprechaun this St. Patty’s Day.
Speaking of Leprechauns, there’s a few charming stories about the little guys in early pop culture. Here’s one of them that you probably haven’t heard:
Some historians say that the word leprechaun may be derived from the Irish leath bhrogan, meaning shoemaker. Indeed, though leprechauns are often associated with riches and gold, in folklore their main vocation is anything but glamorous: they are humble cobblers, or shoemakers. Shoemaking is apparently a lucrative business in the fairy world, since each leprechaun is said to have his own pot of gold, which can often be found at the end of a rainbow. It seems that all leprechauns are not only shoemakers but also old male loners, which makes sense from a cultural standpoint, since that type of fairy is so closely associated with shoemaking, a traditionally male vocation. Though there is something curious about all leprechauns being cobblers (what if they want to be writers, farmers, or doctors?), this designation also fits in well with the traditional folkloric division of labor among fairies.
Another fun leprechaun story involves a journalist and the smallest park ever. After noticing a small circular hole in concrete where a light pole was meant to be, a journalist named Dick Fagan took it upon himself to make use of it. After adding flowers and a tiny sign that proclaimed it the “world’s smallest park,” Fagan began to write stories about the spot in a newspaper column. He detailed the adventures of a small leprechaun colony, led by a leader that only the journalist could see. The modest garden, called Mill Ends Park, became an official city park on St. Patrick’s Day in 1976.
Early depictions of St. Patrick show him wearing blue, and the official color of the Order of St. Patrick, part of Ireland’s chivalry, was a sky blue known as “St. Patrick’s Blue.” The blue symbolism dates back to early Irish mythology as Flaitheas Éireann, the symbol of Irish sovereignty (think Uncle Sam), was depicted with a woman in a blue dress, but the first official association with the color blue was when Henry VIII took the throne. He declared himself King of Ireland, making it part of England. As time went on, the people of Ireland weren’t fans of this arrangement and rebelled using St. Patrick’s shamrock as a symbol of their identity, making green the symbol of Irish culture. This may be good background information to know while you tune in to some Irish movies.
They say that the whole world is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Or at least, the whole world adopts a certain version of Irish culture. Every March 17, we break out our green clothing and jewelry, wear four-leaf clover-shaped pins and glasses, and dye our rivers, bagels, and beverages (particularly alcoholic ones) green. Although these St. Patrick’s Day traditions seem timeless, it’s not the way the day has always been celebrated. Fortunately, the luck of the Irish applies all year round, and March 17 is a good time to reflect on the luck you’ve had (or draw some more in) with some St. Patrick’s Day quotes. But once you’ve dunked your shamrock and donned your green top hat, you may be left wondering why exactly we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.
Why the color green is lucky for the Irish and how to wear it on St. Patrick's Day
St. Patricks Day is a day to celebrate Irish heritage and culture around the world, as well as commemorate Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. People often associate St. Patricks Day with wearing green, Irish dance, drinking Guinness, and celebrating with delicious food. While there are many different traditions associated with St. Patricks Day, it has become clear that this holiday has come to represent more than just one day out of the year for those who celebrate it.
When did it start?
The day we now know as St. Patricks Day began as a celebration of Ireland's patron saint, Saint Patrick. His day is celebrated on March 17th and people wear green, eat Irish food, and drink Guinness to celebrate the occasion. The history of this celebration goes back to the fifth century when an Irish missionary named Patrick was sent by Roman emperor Constantine to convert the pagan Celtic people in what is now Ireland, Britain, and northern France to Christianity.
How St. Patricks Day became a national holiday?
Saint Patrick’s Day is not a national holiday. It is a religious observance, and not an official public holiday in the United States. The day is also celebrated in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and numerous other countries. Americans are more likely to celebrate with parades and festivities on their own than they are to take time off of work.
All you need to know about the luckiest color of all time. Green is St. Patrick’s Day’s favorite color, and not just because it symbolizes Ireland's flag. Irish people see green as the color of luck and good fortune because it means growth, prosperity and new beginnings. It also symbolizes youth, life and vitality for many cultures around the world. So, what does this have to do with wearing green? Plenty! Here are some ways to wear green this St. Patrick’s Day so that you can be lucky too!
What is green, anyway and why is it lucky?
Green is a color that symbolizes nature and fertility. It's seen as the color of rebirth, purity, youth and life because plants are always green. Green is also associated with wealth because it's often used in luxury products, like cars and clothes.
How to wear green this St. Patrick’s day?
Green isn’t just a color; it’s a statement. And this St. Patrick’s Day, you can make the statement that luck is on your side with some green. There are many ways to wear green for St. Patrick's Day, and all of them will make you lucky!
Wear green clothing - If you're looking for a fun way to show off your Irish pride, add a little green to your wardrobe. You could go for an emerald or teal shade or stick to the classic Irish favorite: kelly green. One way to get some instant luck is by wearing something in Ireland's national colors: Green and Orange!
Wear green accessories - Whether it be sunglasses, shoes, jewelry or even a watch, there are lots of ways to incorporate green into your style this St. Patrick's Day with accessories.
Wear lucky jewelry - Lucky charms and pendants are one of the most popular ways people wear their luck this time of year. They're easy to find and they're usually not too expensive either!
Eat lucky food - Lucky charms don't only come in jewelry form! You can add some good luck during your meal by eating foods that have been deemed lucky around the world like apples, bananas, blackberries and mangos!
It’s hard to believe that it’s St. Patrick’s Day. But if you haven’t gotten into the festive spirit, don’t worry. We have the best ways to celebrate, no matter your plans (or lack thereof). Bring a little luck this year with green, whether it’s your dress, your makeup or even your nails. With these simple steps, you’re sure to get your day off to a great start.
If your St. Patrick's Day plans involve staying in or lounging on the couch (mine do!), you can still use the holiday as an excuse to treat yourself. Loungewear sets from that is appropriately adorned with a shamrock and the word 'lucky,' and the breathable long-sleeve tee will keep you comfy all day! Just don’t get pinched whatever you do!