What to Wear on St. Patrick’s Day for Men

Dave Bowden

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What to Wear on St. Patrick's Day Men
There’s nothing more embarrassing than when your “outfit” looks more like a Halloween costume…

Ah, St. Patty’s.

That celebratory mid-March day when we gather to fete St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, to thank him for bestowing Liam Neeson upon the world – and forgive him for also saddling us with Colin Farrell.

(Note: I didn’t pay a ton of attention during Irish history class, but I’m pretty sure that’s accurate.)

There are few things more fun than tipping back a pint of Guinness on March 17th, but the day is not without its challenges. Namely: how the hell do you make green look good?

Obviously you want to wear green on St. Patty’s Day, but your goal should be to work one or two stylish green pieces into your wardrobe, not blend in with the hordes of obnoxious partiers dressed head-to-toe in neon green.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to imbue yourself with the luck o’ the Irish without going full leprechaun. Below I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites.

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V-Neck Sweater

In my humble opinion, the v-neck is an absolute staple in any man’s wardrobe. Find one in a dark shade of green (I don’t know what the green equivalent to navy blue is, but that’s what you’re shooting for) and pair it with your favorite pair of dark-wash jeans and brown shoes or boots.

My personal preference is the Uniqlo merino wool v-neck, which perfectly nails all the elements you’d want in a good v-neck. Dress it up by wearing a white dress shirt underneath, or ditch the shirt to keep it casual.

Where to Get It:

$39.90 | Uniqlo – Men’s Extra Fine Merino V-Neck

Knit Tie

What to Wear on St. Patrick's Day MenOne of the best ways to partake in Patty’s without looking like an over-eager freshman getting morning drunk for the first time is to dress in neutral colors, but accessorize in green.

Grab a knit tie from the Tie Bar or off Amazon and pair it with a white or beige oxford cloth button up for a look that’s both sharp and celebratory.

Where to Get It:

$8.99 | Amazon 

Watch Band

What to Wear on St. Patrick's Day MenKeeping with the accessories theme, one subtle way to celebrate is to swap out the band on your Timex Weekender or any other watch that has a replaceable band.

Don’t have a green band? For 12 bucks, Amazon sells a multi-pack that offers four different bands in various colors, including green and a red-white-and-blue option. (Spoiler alert: if this pops up again before Independence Day, don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Where to Get It:

$53 | Amazon – Timex Weekender Chrono
$12 | Amazon – Multi-pack Watch Straps

Polo Shirt

What to Wear on St. Patrick's Day MenThe weather on March 17th can vary wildly from place to place, and even from year to year in the same place.

If you find yourself in a warmer climate this year, you’re in luck: pulling on a green polo is as easy as it is timeless. Pair it with grey pants and brown shoes and you can’t go wrong.

Personally, I’m partial to Banana Republic’s Luxe Touch polos, which fit great and are available in green. But it’s worth noting that BR has multiple styles of polo, which offer various shades of green.

Where to Get It:

$45 | Banana Republic – Slim Fit Luxe Touch Polo 

Field Jacket

What to Wear on St. Patrick's Day MenFor those of us in more northern climes, getting away with just a polo in the middle of March is basically a fantasy.

Fortunately there’s an easy way to look stylish while meeting your green quota: the field jacket. Initially designed for the military, field jackets make the perfect in-between coat for late winter/early spring, and can often be found in a holiday-appropriate shade of army green.

I found the one pictured here on Amazon for just $30, and it certainly looks like it fits the bill.

It’s probably safe to expect that a jacket bought for 30 bucks won’t be of the highest quality, but if you only plan to wear it once or twice a year than it may well be worth the risk. (I certainly had great luck on the $12 dollar Steve McQueen jacket I got off eBay, which is still going strong three years later.)

Where to Get It:

$30 | Amazon – Wantdo Men’s Cotton Stand Collar Windbreaker Jacket

What to Wear on St. Patrick's Day MenPants

There aren’t many lessons that apply equally to dressing well and weightlifting, but one is this: don’t ignore your legs.

If the idea of buying a green shirt or jacket that you only break out once a year doesn’t appeal to you, why not consider going green from the groin down? (That didn’t come out right.)

A dark green pair of chinos like these ones from Dockers can be warn all fall and winter and easily paired with any neutral tone shirt, sweater or jacket. Rather than only wearing them once, St. Patty’s Day could be their swan song after two full seasons of consistent use.

Where to Get Them:

$26-$50 | Amazon – Dockers Men’s Alpha Khaki Stretch Slim Tapered Fit Flat Front Pant

Rugby Shirt

What to Wear on St. Patrick's Day MenSt. Patrick’s Day has a reputation as a… well, a drunken night of debauchery replete with douchebags in every bar and pub, if we’re being honest.

But if you’re looking for something more brogue than bro, there are few better choices than a classic rugby shirt.

The green and gold on this one are both in hues that are classier than the lime green t-shirts most frat-bros will be sporting, and the cream color gives it a classic feel.

Where to Get It:

$45-65 | Amazon – Polo Shirt with Cream & Gold Stripe and Ireland Shamrock Crest

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