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6 St. Patrick’s Day Outfits That Won’t Make You Look Like a Leprechaun

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St. Patrick’s Day, one of the craziest holidays of the entire year, is just around the corner. This year, St. Paddy’s Day falls on a Monday, which means you could be in several different places while you’re celebrating. No matter what your St. Paddy’s Day plans are, it is fun to dress up. It may be a little challenging to dress chic without looking too much like a leprechaun, but we’ve got you covered. Here are HC’s ideas for grand St. Patrick’s Day getups!

Going to Class


There’s a pretty good chance you’re going to be dragging yourself to class instead of out partying on March 17 since it falls on a Monday. Just because you’re following your academic pursuits, however, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a little festive fun. Green jeans (Bluefly, $119) with a traditional Irish wool sweater (Topshop, $65) and statement earrings (White House Black Market, $28) will amp up your outfit. If you have a midterm, maybe this look will give you “the luck of the Irish!”

If you go to school where the weather is warm by mid-March, why not bring out a cute sundress (Modcloth, $57.99) to show off your Irish pride? Throw a cozy cardigan (Tory Burch, $225) over the dress and toss on some beige booties (River Island, $100) and you’ve got yourself a cute, celebratory outfit that is totally class-appropriate.

Going Out

If your St. Patrick’s Day plans include a good amount of green beer, make sure your outfit is worthy of your night out. Try an adorable ruched skirt that has a touch of sexy (Nasty Gal, $38) with a basic crop top (Nelly.com, $17.95) and a fabulous necklace (BaubleBar, $46) that you can wear over and over again after the St. Paddy’s Day festivities are over.

If your going-out plans call for more casual attire, pair skinny jeans with an emerald tank (Lord & Taylor, $35.70) and pretty earrings (BaubleBar, $66) to show your Irish pride. For the final touch, tie your look together with a pair of fab green heels (Heels.com, $89.99) and a touch of gold makeup!

Working or Interning

What if you’re heading to work or your internship on St. Patrick’s Day? Even though you’ll be in a professional setting, there’s no reason why you can’t dress up and show your Irish spirit! Opt for a chic yet fun jacket (Topshop, $110) in a vibrant green to keep things professional.

If you prefer to add a pop of color elsewhere, try wearing a pair of patterned flats (Nine West, $79) or a fun watch (Bluefly, $79.99) to your work ensemble. Finally, a pretty pair of green studs (Piperlime, $20) will bring your outfit together and show you can celebrate and get down to business at the same time.

On Spring Break

If you’re lucky enough to be on spring break on March 17, then you don’t have to worry about dressing up for class or work. Whether you’re basking in the sun in a fabulous tropical paradise or you’re getting your swim time in at the campus pool, break out a green bikini (Nelly.com, $57) or green sunnies (Ray-Ban, $190) for St. Patrick’s Day. 

If you’re lounging by a pool or the beach, you can also throw on a cute St.-Paddy’s-Day-inspired cover-up (MayKool.com, $15.99) or sandals (Bloomingdale’s, $56.25). Just make sure you’re wearing sunscreen so your skin doesn’t turn the color of leprechaun hair!

Going out on St. Patrick’s Day when you’re on spring break may be, well, just another day in paradise, but you can make it an extra-special night by donning a pretty green maxi dress (Target, $15). Pair it with simple sandals or flats.


No matter where you are on St. Patrick’s Day, jazz up your outfit with a little green here and there! What are you going to wear?  Let us know in the comments below! 

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