You don't have to dress in a leprechaun costume to wear green for St. Patrick's Day. These are some of our favorite grown-up ways to incorporate the color into your wardrobe.

By Emily VanSchmus
Updated February 01, 2021
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Americans often wear green on March 17 in honor of St. Patrick's Day, but have you ever wondered why? The St. Patrick's Day tradition started back in the 17th century when people would wear green ribbons and shamrocks on March 17 to honor Ireland's patron saint. The St. Patrick’s Day tradition was popularized by Irish immigrants in the United States, who believed that wearing green made them invisible to leprechauns—the classic fairy creatures who pinch anyone they can see. Pinching people who didn't wear green reminded them that leprechauns could sneak up on them at any time, which is how the wear-green-or-be-pinched tradition began.

And even though we'll be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at home this year, we still plan to don a green outfit to avoid being virtually pinched on our Zoom calls. These are some of our favorite grown-up ways to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day.

green and white shamrock socks
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Wear Festive Socks

If you’re looking for just the right amount of green to avoid being pinched, opt for a pair of socks that can be worn discreetly under a pair of slacks. They’re subtle enough to wear anywhere, so whether you're going to the office or working from home, you'll feel just festive enough.

Buy It: Striped Shamrock Socks ($4, Target)

green shirt with a shamrock on it
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Shamrock Shirt

If you're looking for a basic St. Patrick's Day shirt you can wear year after year, opt for a green and white shamrock design. This comfy tee is appropriately adorned with a shamrock, and at just under $12, it's a great price for something you likely won't wear year-round.

Buy It: St. Patrick's Day Shirt ($12, Etsy)

green silk scrunchie on a marble surface
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Add Accessories

Dress up a sophisticated ponytail with a gorgeous green silk scrunchie. This one is stitched by hand, and the silk material slides easily over your hair to avoid breakage. And while it's perfect for a pop of green on St. Patrick's Day, it can be worn year-round.

Buy It: Green Silk Scrunchie ($4, Etsy)

person wearing a black shirt that says love with a shamrock
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Get Graphic

If you're in search of a casual look, Old Navy has several printed tees in their St. Patrick's Day line. This 'love' themed shirt will give you a festive look for the holiday, but isn't so specific that you can only wear it one day a year.

Buy It: Women's Graphic Tee ($10, Old Navy)

woman wearing green and white tie dye pajamas
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Lucky Loungewear

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. This loungewear set from Target is appropriately adorned with a shamrock and the word 'lucky,' and the breathable long-sleeve tee will keep you comfy all spring long.

Buy It: Tie Dye Sweatshirt ($20, Target)

Comments (2)

Anonymous
March 7, 2020
Not to be negative....no self-respective Irishman or woman would drink green beer. If they do imbibe, it would be black beer...Guinness. Secondly, a shamrock has three leaves, unlike the four leaves on the item advertised. Get your facts straight please.
Anonymous
March 7, 2020
Not to be negative....no self-respective Irishman or woman would drink green beer. If they do imbibe, it would be black beer...Guinness. Secondly, a shamrock has three leaves, unlike the four leaves on the item advertised. Get your facts straight please.