How to Wear Green for St. Patrick's Day

Americans often wear green on March 17 in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Don't have any green shirts in your closet? Check out this history of the day and learn some simple ways to incorporate green into your outfit without going all out in a leprechaun costume.

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Why We Wear Green on St. Patrick's Day

Wearing green shirts and leprechaun costumes on St. Patrick's Day are traditions that started in the 17th century, when people wore green ribbons and shamrocks on March 17 to honor Ireland's patron saint. The tradition was popularized by Irish immigrants in the United States, who believed that wearing green made them invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see. Pinching people who didn't wear green reminded them that leprechauns could sneak up on them at any time. Still, today only about half of Americans choose to deck out in green on March 17.

Looking for something a little more subtle than a leprechaun suit to show your St. Patrick's Day spirit? Read on for different green accessories you can wear to upgrade a basic shirt for St. Patricks Day.

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5 Ways for Women to Wear Green on St. Patrick's Day

Women can easily accessorize with green without going over the top. Here are five items women can don on St. Patrick's Day so they won't get pinched:

  1. Green jewelry: necklaces, earrings, rings, and pins
  2. A green scarf (knit your own with our easy knitting pattern)
  3. A green headband
  4. Green nail polish
  5. A green scrunchie or ponytail holder

Free No-Sew Pattern: DIY Green Leprechaun Pin

5 Ways for Men to Wear Green on St. Patrick's Day

Since many men won't wear jewelry, they might have a slightly harder time accessorizing for St. Patrick's Day. Here are five items men can wear on St. Patrick's Day so they don't get pinched:

  1. A green necktie
  2. Green socks (make sure they can be seen!)
  3. A green watch
  4. A green undershirt
  5. Green cuff links
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