Everyone in America knows that when March 17th rolls around on the calendar that everyone should be dressed in his or her green apparel, but do we really know why the color green was chosen. Traditions that started back in Ireland many centuries ago have now evolved into a secular holiday as Irish immigrants began to migrate to the United States in the 1700s. The Irish traditions started with parades throughout their community, which also helped them make political statements due to the unhappiness of their social status.
Many say that St. Patrick’s Day color was originally blue but around the 17th century green became the holiday’s special color. Green was chosen for many reasons. Green is one of the three colors in Irish flag. Green is a spring color. Green is the color of the Shamrock. Green was also chosen because Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle” for its great lush landscape.
In efforts not to get pinched, which is only a United States tradition, green is worn on St. Patrick’s Day because green is suppose to make you invisible to the leprechauns. Leprechauns are fairy creatures that pinch people no matter what color a person is wearing.
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day I wore green and because it was a weekday a regular t-shirt would not suffice. A pair of pointed toe floral flats, which had the colors blue, black, green, and pink in them, inspired the outfit. I figured these should be great to colorblock because of the bold colors. I wore a royal blue cape blazer with a green shell underneath it. Black jeans were added to make the bold colors standout. My silver Tiffany’s inspired set completed the look.
Make sure you eat your corn beef and cabbage today for good luck!