Wearing of the Green


Saint Patrick’s Day. (March 17th) is in a few days and many of you will be wearing some shade of Green.  Do you know how this big celebration came about?  Well. . . . St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century. He was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He spent six bleak years there as a herdsman, before he fled to Britain. There he came near to starvation and suffered a second brief captivity before he was reunited with his family. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. It was emigrants, particularly to the United States, who transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of things Irish.  Here is my version of a St Patty’s outfit with a twist.

The city of Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737, followed by New York City in 1762. Since 1962 Chicago has colored its river green to mark the holiday. (Although blue was the color traditionally associated with St. Patrick, green is now commonly connected with the day.) Irish and non-Irish alike commonly participate in the “wearing of the green” – sporting an item of green clothing or a shamrock, the Irish national plant. Corned beef and cabbage are associated with the holiday, and even beer is sometimes dyed green to celebrate the day. Although some of these practices eventually were adopted by the Irish themselves, they did so largely for the benefit of tourists.

Most of the Green worn for the celebrations are more vivid. Since I’m shopping my closet these days, this Olive green combo is what I plan to wear to my favorite watering hole.


Dress  –  Target
Kimono  –  Indulge 
Handbag  –  Michael Kors 
Shoes  –  Kenneth Cole 

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