With St Patrick’s Day on the horizon (it’s celebrated annually on the 17th), you may be thinking about what to wear for the festivities. But like most holiday fashion, you don’t want your look to go from chic to cliché. Yes, you want to make the effort, but that doesn’t mean you should have to step out in something that’s neither stylish nor comfortable. This year, forego shamrock prints and novelty headwear in favour of some gorgeous green threads that you’ll wear time and again. Here’s your guide to dressing fashionably this St. Paddy’s Day.

Keep it Simple

For a fuss-free approach, opt for an easy, breezy jumpsuit that you can just throw on. Deeper shades like forest green have the kind of versatility that suits most events, so you’re not going to look out of place wearing this at any other point throughout the year. Elasticated waistbands are especially useful to have at your disposal if you’re planning on drinking too; you can basically slip in and out of this jumpsuit which, as we all know, is a godsend whenever nature calls! If you want to break the outfit up a bit, just add a waist belt. Before you step out, throw on your loyal black leather jacket and a pair of understated heels to complete your look.

Subtly Does It

If you’re hoping to wear something more subtle this St. Patrick’s Day, choose pieces in olive or khaki green. Since these shades are a little bit more low key, you can afford to go head to toe whilst keeping your look fairly laid-back. Dress up a simple olive green shift dress by accessorising with a statement necklace. Come summer, these neutral greens work really well when offset with gold or tan gladiator sandals too.

Pair with Neutrals

One of the ways that you can still bring shamrock shades into your St. Patrick’s Day wardrobe (without looking like a traffic light) is by balancing them out with neutrals. This is the best way to showcase such a beautifully bold colour, whilst keeping your holiday look understated enough so that it’s still chic. Be sure to keep your bottom half neutral (there’s something a little Kermit the Frog about bright green bottoms); a pencil skirt or wide leg trousers in ivory, sand or even black is your best bet. And when the celebrations are over, this is the perfect desk to dance floor outfit for the working week too.

How to Do Head to Toe

If you fancy going green from head to toe, it’s important that you choose your shade wisely, so as to prevent your look from becoming cartoonish. Emerald or blue-tinted greens are elegant and not too OTT; they’re statement-making in the right way. And since you’re going by way of elegance, you may as well choose a ladylike dress to really showcase your St. Paddy’s Day style. Whether you’re planning to have a few quiet drinks at the pub or go all-out (starting with a few cosmopolitans, naturally), a skater dress will bridge the gap between cocktail hour and casual. Slip on a pair of classic court heels for a dressy finish.

Mix & Match

Sometimes, flashes of colour are enough to show off your celebratory spirit. A green belted trench will add that final flourish, whilst freeing you up to experiment with an outfit underneath. We recommend clashing your colourful coat with a monochrome print; striped or polka dot trousers in black and white are perfect for pairing with jewel tones. Complete your look with a basic top, blouse or jumper (if it’s chilly) in a neutral shade like black, white or stone; let your trench do the talking instead.

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