Going Green for St. Patrick's Day

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Worried what on Earth to wear this St. Patrick’s day? Dreading trawling the shops for that perfect shade of green? Fear not, the work has been done for you. Green is an under-used colour, most likely because of the fine line between getting it right and getting it horrifically wrong. But, from mint to olive, apple to forest and back again, here the best selection of St. Patrick’s themed clothes can be accessed right at your fingertips. And no, don’t think leprechauns and rainbows (although some of that gold would be nice), there is a wealth of green fashion just waiting to be discovered.

We all know skinny jeans are an instant fashion fix and coloured denim is this season’s play on the classic trouser. The skinnier the better and what could be more figure hugging than a pair of jeggings? Cue H&M’s jersey leggings in a colour that can only be described as leprechaun green and at the bargain price of £14.99. The built-in crease down the front gives instant length, but keep the rest of the outfit simple as these really are show-stoppingly bright.

For those with a slightly higher budget and an aversion to super bright colours, try these apple green jeans from Miss Selfridge – still hitting the coloured jeans trend, just a tad more toned down. Add an over-sized rocker tee and a leather jacket for ultimate bad-girl cool. Get them quick as they’re in the sale at £28.

These fantastic Topshop hotpants (£22) in mint green are bang on trend, hitting the pastel fad right on the mark. Wear with a crisp white shirt and a baby-pink cardigan for a subtle colour contrast during the day, or make those brights even brighter by night by teaming them with a black blazer and colossal black wedges. Then knock ‘em dead on the dancefloor if you’re planning to hit the Guinness hard this St. Patrick’s day.

Or maybe you’re feeling the Spring vibe? How about this mini skirt by Band of Gypsies? Available through ASOS at £25, it’s an instant wardrobe updater. Again those pastel colours re-emerge and its floaty, pleated fabric will make you feel as if Spring has sprung (even if it hasn’t). ASOS has combined it with a slouchy grey vest, but for a more feminine feel, add a floral blouse for extra pretty points – ideal for picnic in the park or a stroll around town, if by some miracle, it happens to be sunny this Saturday.

Miss Selfridge do it again with this forest green embroidered blouse (£39). Combined with tight, black skinnies and heels, it’s perfect for a meal out with the boyfriend or drinks with the girls to celebrate the day of Ireland’s patron saint. And continuing on the smart but chic theme, nothing says sophisticated like a good blazer. Keep it casual by rolling up the sleeves and wearing it undone, with a blouse rather than a shirt. Get this [olive blazer] (http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/jackets-and-coats/summer-crepe-blazer_237087233) from New Look (£24.99) and couple with nude shades for a muted look, giving just a slight nod to the theme of the day. Then, take it from day to night by teaming it with your favourite LBD and killer heels.

And how about the accessories? This faux snake-skin crossbody bag from Topshop (£25) is lady-like glamour to a ‘T’; matched with gold jewellery and bright red lipstick it transforms any outfit from bland to glam. And let’s not forget the shoes. Olivia Palermo adds a splash of green to her outfit, keeping it quirky yet understated. Follow in her beautifully clad footsteps with these teal court shoes from Miss Selfridge (£42). Like Olivia, go back to basics with the rest of the outfit to make those statement heels really stand out.

Another celebrity fashionista waving the Irish flag (well, in this context anyway) is Emma Watson. Being one of those annoying people that can wear absolutely anything, Emma remains effortlessly stylish in this lime green dress – a colour guaranteed to make to stand out while you’re attempting to sip your Guinness in the most lady-like way possible. Don’t want to clad yourself head to toe in acid green? Fair enough. Opt for this ASOS skinny belt instead, a steal at just £6. Match it with a floaty dress or a tight pencil skirt for some serious waist-clinching action with a neon injected twist.

Or maybe, you could do á la Nicki Minaj. Few people are brave enough to wear green as clothing, let alone as hair, but perhaps this is going a bit too far… After all, there’s a fine line, remember?

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