Wearing green for the holiday kept simple


Add a splash of green for St. Patrick’s Day, like this emerald statement necklace.

Mariah Wellman

St. Patrick’s Day tradition says if you are not wearing green on March 17, you will get pinched — with emerald being the former Pantone Color of the Year, green apparel can still be found in stores. Follow these simple tips to avoid a pinch while still looking fashionable.

Green Jewelry You don’t need to go over the top and find leprechaun earrings and a matching bracelet. Look through your jewelry collection for a necklace with subtle hints of green or a ring with an emerald stone. Leave your outfit simple and use the green necklace or ring as a staple piece.

Green Footwear Karl Lagerfeld recently sent Chanel models down the runway in Converse Chuck Taylor tennis shoes. Don’t be afraid to do the same on St. Patrick’s Day. Green Chuck Taylor’s, flats or heels are all options that can be paired with outfits on this holiday — depending on where you decide to celebrate. Heels can be a great option if you are celebrating at a nice restaurant or bar, but stick to flats or sneakers if you are going to a St. Patrick’s Day parade or a casual outdoor celebration.

Green Makeup Line your eyes in a shade of green as a subtle way to add green to your St. Patrick’s Day look or use bold green eyeshadow. If you decide to line your eyes with green, choose a color that works best with your skin tone whether that is fair, medium or dark. If your skin is lighter, choose a bright green shadow or liner. If you have dark or olive skin, line your eyes with an emerald or darker green that will not overpower your eyes. Adding a metallic shimmer to your shadow can also upgrade your look regardless of skin tone. If you decide to use eyeshadow, complete your eye makeup first as you may realize you don’t need more than a subtle tinted moisturizer on the rest of your face.