March 15, 2014

Quick Tip: Going Green

March 17th is fast approaching and while you may be preparing to wade through a sea of people obnoxiously dressed head to toe in Kelly green with all sorts of “festive” accoutrements, you don’t have to acquiesce to being an accomplice to it. There are plenty of ways to stay stylish and avoid getting pinched. Here are some things to consider when picking your clothes for St. Patrick’s Day. Please only pick one though, or you run the risk of looking like a well-dressed leprechaun.

One option is to take a page from the prep playbook and go with some bright green pants. Colored chinos are a part of my daily wardrobe so why not for St. Paddy’s? Embrace the color, but keep the rest of the outfit neutral to balance it out.

Chinos by Paige; Jacket by AllSaints; Sweater by Armani Collezioni;
Shirt by Gant by Michael Bastian; Shoes by Paul Smith Jeans;
Scarf by Psycho Bunny

A green shirt is another option, but one that requires more judicious selection. You could go with the more casual option of a plaid, but when everyone else is probably going to be wearing graphic tees with some not-so-clever puns on them, why not set yourself apart with a solid mint oxford?

Shirt by Uniqlo; Tie by Ben Sherman; Jacket by Lanvin

Your tie or pocket square can give you a subtle way to acknowledge the day while still staying business appropriate.

Vintage handkerchief (women's) as pocket square; Jacket by Lanvin

I say tie or pocket square because you should stick to one or the other unless both are very neutral with only hints of green. Remember, you want your accessories to coordinate, not match.

Vintage wool tie (no label); Shirt by Uniqlo

If you want to kick it up a notch without drawing too much attention, colored laces are a good alternative too.

Laces by Allen Edmonds; Shoes by Johnston & Murphy; Socks by Corgi;
Trousers by Nautica

As you can see, there are a plethora of options that allow you to partake in the festivities without resorting to college sports bar attire. Whether you choose to wear green or not, be comfortable and confident in your style. What are you wearing for St. Patrick’s Day? Tweet or email me a picture!

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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