Chic Ways to Wear Green for St. Patty's

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Chic Ways to Wear Green for St. Patty's
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Usually, March 17th means cheesy T-shirts, plastic necklaces, green boas and loads of green beer. But if looking like a mismatched leprechaun leaves you feeling decidedly unlucky, it’s time to channel your inner elegant Irish lass. Putting together a festive yet classy look is easy with if you stick with a key chic piece. Bonus? All these ensembles all incorporate green to ensure a pinch-free day, so this year you can ditch the tacky traditions. Except the green beer. The green beer can stay.

Dress: Romantic Lace
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Dress: Romantic Lace

If a dinner date is on your St. Patrick’s Day itinerary, don a feminine dress like Miranda Kerr’s. For this drop-dead gorgeous look, pair a deep, emerald green dress with burgundy or gold heels. Complete the ensemble with a red or berry lip. Opt for a lip stain in place of lipstick, which will last through dinner, dessert and rounds at the pub that will inevitably follow.

Nautical Stripes
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Nautical Stripes

To avoid the feeling of swimming (or drowning!) in a sea of green, go for a striped dress that breaks up the color. Rock a preppy, fun look like Zoe Saldana by choosing a dress with wide stripes in a relaxed material like terrycloth or cotton. Vertical stripes on top and horizontal on the bottom create the illusion of the perfect hourglass figure.

Dress: Bright Texture
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Dress: Bright Texture

Allison Williams demonstrates how to pull off a green-on-green print with this kimono-inspired piece. To imitate her cool vibe, look for a dress with a textured pattern layered over a bright, lime-green base color. Since this hue is attention-grabbing and the pattern is busy, pair with a nude heel and skip the accessories to avoid green overload.

Dress: Bold Color Blocking
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Dress: Bold Color Blocking

Surprise! You are not required to sport the all-green look. Just a touch of green is charming, especially if it’s paired with other bright hues that keep the look party-ready. Sandra Bullock nails the color blocking trend with a fitted dress in a simple cut and strappy heels. Feeling more adventurous? Try a dress with multiple colors or vertical blocking for a bold mod look.

Dress: Sheer Sleeves
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Dress: Sheer Sleeves

Kelly green and sheer sleeves are the ingredients that make a Gaelic princess look. Far from the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” faded t-shirt and jeans combo, a dress in a bright hue with delicate details (like Nina Dobrev’s transparent sleeves complete with crochet details) is true to the holiday but still pretty. Black or nude peep-toe heels complete the sophisticated look.

Bottoms: Get Creative
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Bottoms: Get Creative

Try pieces with funky additions like green buttons or jewels, and don’t shy away from mixing surprising color combos. Orange and green are one unique pairing to play around with, but bright purple and navy are other flattering options. Try them all together to make a statement.

Bottoms: Mint Shorts
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Bottoms: Mint Shorts

If you plan on bar hopping or attending multiple soirees, you’ll need an outfit that’s playful and low-maintenance – this doesn’t mean sacrificing style, though. Take the tank and shorts combination up a notch with classy pieces in luxurious materials. Patterned or solid, high-waisted satin shorts are chic in a mint green tone. Pair with a satin or sheer top and pull hair back to look put-together and ready to celebrate.

Bottoms: Casual Skinny Jeans
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Bottoms: Casual Skinny Jeans

For a casual look that’s fit for the bars but still stylish, opt for green skinny jeans. Pair with a solid-colored tunic blouse to keep the look classic. Refresh the look by adding animal-print heels and a matching clutch. Whether or not you have Irish roots, you'll be ready to celebrate in this laid-back look.

Bottoms: Patterned Skinny Jeans
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Bottoms: Patterned Skinny Jeans

Green just isn’t your color? Try pants in a flower print. They’re St. Patty’s Day friendly but light on the quintessential holiday hue. Tuck in a loose blouse in a solid color and add a vibrant belt and bright pumps for a look that doesn't scream Jolly Green Giant.

Bottoms: Quilted Skirt
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Bottoms: Quilted Skirt

If there was ever a day to rock a kilt-like, high-fashion piece, St. Patty’s Day is it. Leather-banded skirts are on-trend and the fun diagonal zipper adds an edgy vibe. A jeweled collar completes this off-the-runway look, but you can swap the blouse and keep the sparkle in favor of accessorizing with a bold watch or statement necklace.

Tops: Trendy Peplum
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Tops: Trendy Peplum

Flattering and flirty, a peplum top in a dark cyan green is fantastic option for St. Patty’s Day attire. Find a top with black lace for an unexpected twist. Rocker-chic without the grunge, this put-together look is versatile enough to wear to a party or out on the town. Complete the edgy ensemble with leather or dark-washed skinny jeans and stilettos.

Beaded Detail
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Beaded Detail

Special touches of green, like the gems on this top, make for an elegant and modern statement that’s far from tasteless but still party-ready. Pick a top with bright, granny-smith apple green adornments and style with a peplum skirt, heels and a burnt-orange clutch to make the colors pop.

Tops: Silky Blouse
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Tops: Silky Blouse

Mix of both laid-back and posh with a silky velour button-up in a sea green shade. Pair with ripped, light-wash jeans and casual boots or flats to balance the luxurious fabric of the blouse and create a look that’s equal parts chic and relaxed.

Tops: Striking Blazer
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Tops: Striking Blazer

Hitting a high-end bar or swanky restaurant this year? Throw on a cropped, fitted blazer in shamrock or jungle green over a solid back and white ensemble for an uptown look. Emma Stone shows how to take the blazer from the office to happy hour by choosing a blazer with a metallic sheen and a gold chain closure.

Accessories: Chunky Necklaces
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Accessories: Chunky Necklaces

If you don’t have anything for the holiday in your closet, keep calm and stay in the spirit with emerald accessories. Chunky necklaces like Sarah Jessica Parker’s add glam and green to an ensemble. Layer multiple necklaces of varying lengths and styles for a bohemian look, or choose one bold statement necklace for a polished look. Wear with red, black, navy or deep purple to complement your green baubles.

Accessories: Dazzling Earrings
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Accessories: Dazzling Earrings

Gleaming earrings are festive yet refined. Pair sparkling drop earrings with a dark lip or smokey eye to create a show-stopping look. Choose a shimmering pair in a lime, mint or jungle green with a bold design to light up your whole face. Pull hair back or braid to the side like Rihanna to show off your holiday spirit.

Accessories: Funky Headscarf
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Accessories: Funky Headscarf

For a distinct St. Patrick’s Day look, wear your favorite outfit and accessorize with a green headscarf. Fold the a large silk headscarf diagonally so it makes a triangle. Drape the scarf over your hair, with the triangle pointing down the middle of your back and each end resting on shoulders. Pull triangle forward, up over your head, so that it rests in the middle of your face. Bring each end up and tie above triangle on top of your head. Tie three to four knots on top of one another. Finally, bring triangle away from face, rolling it into itself until one inch away from knots. Tuck under knots and you’re set to celebrate.

Accessories: Cinched Belt
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Accessories: Cinched Belt

You don’t need the luck of the Irish to look stunning -- all you need is a green belt. Wear at your waist for an instant, flattering hourglass figure. Belts are so versatile they work with almost any outfit. Pair with an A-line skirt and button-down, cinch over a flowy trapeze dress, or add to a tunic-and-leggings combo.

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