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.
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:
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: