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St. Patrick's Day Green Fashion: Get Lucky Three Ways

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Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. March 17 is a day dedicated to corned beef and cabbage, Guinness and Jameson, and the wearing o' the green. As luck o' the Irish would have it, green is one of the hottest color trends this spring. With hues ranging from pastels to the new neons, you're sure to find a way to wear green. If nothing else, wearing a little green on St. Patrick's Day might spare you from a painful pinching, and that's lucky enough for us.

Mint Green

Soft pastels are perfect for spring, and they transition easily through the summer months. Jeans in every color of the rainbow are popular right now, and we're loving these Free The People cropped skinny jeans in mint ($88). Here in Houston, this is at least a two-season pant, and if next fall is as hot as last fall, you might be wearing these until Christmas.

Maybe a skinny, colored jean is a little too out there for you, or you don't want to spend money on an investment piece (jeans) in a trendy color. If mint green denim is too far outside of your comfort zone, opt for an accent: a scarf, bag, or a necklace. This mint green-and-rhinestone collar on Etsy is just $48.

Low commitment option: Try a mint green nail polish: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mint Sorbet.

For Him: Guys, if you don't think you can pull of a mint green cropped skinny jean, think small and go for a mint green tie, or a pair of green socks. This casual, mint green button-down from Banana Republic is so subtle it's practically a neutral ($59.50).

Grass/Emerald Green

If you like your green with a little more oomph step up from pastels into richer, more robust hues in grass and emerald green. The rainbow denim trend seems to cover every color, in every possible shade, so if mint isn't your thing what about these skinny emerald wash jeans from Joe's Jeans ($158).

Accessories are usually the easiest, least expensive ways to incorporate trends into our wardrobe. At $177 this Diane von Furstenberg silk scarf may seem expensive, but per-wearing it will probably end up being one of the best-priced items in your wardrobe. Still too rich for your blood? Try this screen printed silk wool scarf for $55.

Low-commitment option: Butter London nail polish in 'Thames' ($14).

For Him: Dark wash emerald 'Ricky' jeans from True Religion ($198).


This spring's neon is being called "the new neon," and experts say they avoid the '80s trap by way of slightly darker, richer color choices. Vivienne Westwood recently sent her models down the runway in makeup done in shades of neon green and blue; another great, low-commitment way to wear colors that may not blend seamlessly into your existing wardrobe. Go crazy and sweep a neon green shade all over your lid, or be more subtle and stick with a simple-but-noticeable neon green liner like Covet or Graffiti 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil by Urban Decay ($19 each).

This green-on-aqua pencil skirt from Shabby Apple ($44; regular $55) is soft and feminine, and will be in style long after neon green has faded from our trend watch.

Low-commitment option: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Lickety-Split Lime.

For Him: When in doubt: necktie. Try Necktie.com for lime green ties as far as the eye can see.

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