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The Wearing of the Green: Stylish St. Paddy’s Day Outfits

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March 05, 2014 · 2.8k Views

You don’t need to rock an ugly lime green sweater to fit in on St. Patrick’s Day. Just because green is the color du jour doesn’t mean it can’t be cute, fun or sexy. Take your style up a few notches this year.

For an understated look with a hint of green, try a dress with some green in the pattern. Many of this spring’s cutest dresses feature fun patterns with a hint of green. Topshop’s Tokyo Flower Print Body-Con dress features a bold floral pattern with traces of green throughout. Available for $72 at Nordstrom, this dress will become a staple of your summer wardrobe. Pair it with a dark denim jacket and a fun, feminine bootie for a casual yet girly look. Finish with a green clover bracelet.

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Topshop ‘Tokyo Flower’ Print Body-Con Dress – $72 Nordstrom
AE Faded Denim Jacket – $49.95, American Eagle
Madden Girl Ginger Bootie – $54.95, DSW
Lucky Brand Gold-Tone Dyed Jade Clover Bracelet – $32 Macy’s

For a sexier look, try a form fitting dress with a cutout in the back. Turn heads for more than just green with the Back Cutout Wave Dress from bebe. This $69 minidress is sexy and stylish – perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day night out on the town. This dress will standout on its own, so there is no need for tons of accessories. However, if you want to doll it up a little, add some gold bangles and drop earrings. If it’s chilly, pair it with a black moto jacket and some black cutout boots.

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Black Cutout Wave Dress – $69 bebe
Buckled Up Heels – $34.95, Love Culture
Street-Chic Moto Jacket – $34.80, Forever 21
Portolo Bracelet – $15, Aldo
Nexte ‘The Temptation’ Graduated Drop Earrings – $25.64, Overstock.com

If the pub crawl is more your thing, then it’s best to go casual. The easiest way to incorporate green into your outfit is with a tee shirt. Get into the St. Paddy’s spirit with a themed-shirt, and pair it with some boyfriend jeans and canvas sneakers. It might be a long night, so you’ll want to make sure your shoes are comfy. Bring a light-weight jacket too in case the temperatures drop after the sun goes down.

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Women’s Drink All Day T Shirt Green On White Ladies Saint Patrick’s Day Tee – $18.99, Amazon
Ankle Rolled Boyfriend Jean – $79, Express
Rock & Candy Boatie Striped Boat Shoe – $34.95, DSW
Cargo Jacket – $39.95, H&M

For those who really want to stand out, try rocking your green on the bottom. Cover up with printed pants or leggings and add a little bold to your evening wear. If you aren’t ready to put a print on your booty, try some colored jeggings. Pair them with a simple white sweater (or black if you’re prone to stains), a statement necklace and some killer hoops for a chic yet casual look.

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Jegging Pant – $59, American Eagle
Turnstone Sweater – $54.50, Roxy
Lace-Up Mesh Platform Wedges – $38.50, Charlotte Russe
Loop De Loop Necklace – $13, Charming Charlie
Hammer Time Hoop Earrings – $6, Charming Charlie

Go casual and comfy without looking sloppy by choosing soft, breathable fabrics. A cotton mini paired with a loose fitting top makes for a soft, cozy outfit that still looks hot. If the weather is nice enough, pull out the wedge sandals and show off your piggies. This look goes well with chunky bracelets and statement rings. It’s also casual enough for those shamrock glasses you’ll end up sporting sooner or later.

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High Waist Scrunch Skirt – $38, Free People
Bianca Nygard Ruched Mitered-Stripe Jacquard Camisole – $39, Dillard’s
Biker Jacket – $49.95, H&M
Steve Madden Ropper – $79.95, Steve Madden
Mudd Two Tone Bangle Bracelet Set – $16, Kohl’s
Bling Jewelry Vintage Style Emerald Color CZ Cocktail Ring – $29.99, Amazon

Green clothing and accessories will always be front and center on St. Patrick’s Day. With some creativity and forward thinking, you can stay true to your style while hanging out with your buds and drinking green beer. Find a green item that speaks to you and build your outfit around that, and you’ll look fabulous while you’re out on the town.

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Alaina Brandenburger is a Freelance Writer and author of the blog, Fashion Girls Unite. A regular contributor to the Shopping and Style section of CBS Denver’s Top Spots, she is known for seeking out the best shopping spots in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. Alaina is also a regular contributor to the Style and Fashion section of Examiner.com. A lifelong shopping enthusiast, she has an eye for spotting amazing deals and looking fashionable on a budget. Alaina also supports local fashion designers and industry professionals, such as makeup artists and hairstylists and is always a fixture at fashion related events.

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