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How To Wear Green On St. Patrick's Day

Allison Selick |
March 14, 2014 | 4:08 p.m. PDT

Style Editor

Saint Patrick's day is one of the world's most social holidays. It's a night-long celebration with food, drinks and good company. When everyone you know is going to see you, you are going to want to look your best. We give you the cutest looks to help you make everyone in the room green with envy. 

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Emerald City (Polyvore @Allison61)
Emerald City (Polyvore @Allison61)
Emerald City  

Angelina Jolie stepped onto the red carpet at the 2009 Oscars wearing a now-iconic accessory. No, it wasn't Brad Pitt, but a pair of $2.5 million Lorraine Schwartz emerald teardrops. Angie paired the glamorous earrings with a simple black Elie Saab gown that let her ears do the talking.

Channel Angie's look with an emerald-inspired statement necklace from Etsy. Though your jewels may be fake, bring some glamour back into the outfit with a Lanvin calfskin cross body. Mimco Aladdin platform heels make for long legs under a 3.1 Phillip Lim leather peplum flare skirt. Stick to Angelina Jolie's simplicity in a white button-down by Isabel Marant.   

Stay wild (Polyvore @Allison61)
Stay wild (Polyvore @Allison61)
Wild Child

Don't go out and buy a whole new outfit for St. Patrick's day- everything in this set is likely already in your closet. Wear a basic parka over a chocolate skater skirt and matching top. We like these options from Jack Wills and Amazon, respectively.

Spice up the otherwise-basic attire with leopard-print accessories. A Dolce & Gabbana belt cinches the parka at the waist, whittling your middle down to the tiniest measure. Leopard print pumps tie the outfit together.

Green Knits (Polyvore @Allison61)
Green Knits (Polyvore @Allison61)
Sparkle & Shine 

Depending on where you're spending the holiday, you might be in for some dreary weather. Cozy up in a forest green sweater, accessorized with a necklace from fashion pioneer Not Just A Label. The color flatters almost everyone. If you have blonde hair or green eyes, the hue will look especially lovely so close to the face. Pair the sweater with boyfriend jeans from Old Navy

Add femininity and structure back to this cozy borrowed-from-the-boys look with structured silver accessories. Metallic Gianvito Rossi pumps add a dose of sexiness to your gait. A Michael Kors watch and Stolen Girlfriends Club/Maison Martin Margiela rings dress up the hands while you text on your Giovanna Battaglia IPhone case. Decorate the ears with Kenneth Jay Lane earrings and a pair of Frends headphones. Make your eyes sparkle like the snow with Clinique eyeshadow in "Jammin" and Celine sunglasses. A Mimco wallet stuffed inside of an inexpensive Forever 21 bag brings back the green, styling your look into a cohesive whole. 

Safari (Polyvore @Allison61)
Safari (Polyvore @Allison61)

Hide & Go Seek

The theme may be camouflage, but in this outfit, you'll do anything but blend in. Blogger Blair Eadie at Atlantic-Pacific paired her camo with a chic Chanel pin.

We like to keep our prints on the bottom with Magjay jeans. A sheer Nasty Gal knit with exposed bralette keeps the look from becoming too masculine. Don't forget your nude Christian Louboutin pumps; every hunter on the prowl needs that flash of red sole.

Skirting the issue (Polyvore @Allison61)
Skirting the issue (Polyvore @Allison61)
Skirting The Issue

These skirts were made for twirling. If you are planning to go out dancing this holiday, a green skirt is the way to go. Choose a pleated school girl style for ultimate movement, or a neon tulle to feel young and alive.

For a more sedentary celebration, wear a forest green maxi skirt. Be sure to pair this full-length bottom with a cropped top, a la blogger Alba Zapater. We like this woven Expresso Lopez mini skirt. Paired with a simple but perfectly-tailed nude sweater and pumps, the skirt serves as a centerpiece that works equally well in the office or out on the town. Thrown on a leather jacket (Versace, of course) to make this work look into the night. 

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