St. Patrick’s Day may be a religious and cultural holiday in some countries, but it has turned into another excuse to dress in costume and party for many. Years ago, people simply added green to their attire that day (Green Bay Packers and Boston Celtics fans donned a team jersey) and maybe a St. Patrick’s themed hat or other decorative item while enjoying green bagels, beer, refreshments. Now, when people want to dress up in more than a token bit of Kelly on their attire, there are numerous options at all price ranges from emerald T-shirts to Diane von Furstenberg’s Jaelyn knit dress. If you want to go all with in costume garb, here are some ideas for the wearing of the green:
There is every imaginable type of Leprechaun costume. The more common ones are for men, but they make leprechaun garb in for women, children and dogs too. The complexity, fabric and quality differs from disposable kits with a top hat, vest, shamrock-covered bowtie and beard for about $20 to expensive ones ($160) with a tailored jacket and knickers (white hose and old fashioned buckle shoes can be purchased for an extra charge).
Beer Can, Keg or Mug or Bar Maid
Anyone can don a costume as a beer keg, mug, or can – costumes one can easily picture at a frat house. The beer costumes for women are typically barmaids or sexy beer girls that can be worn again in October!
If you want to dress in emerald, avocado or Kelly, but step away from tradition, there are numerous costumes of green characters and items out there. Party shops have costumes for these green characters: Kermit the frog (It is easy being green!), a Heinz relish bottle, Super Mario Bros Luigi, Gumby, Yoda, the Green Goblin, green M&Ms (sexy or zaftig), the Jolly Green Giant, Shrek and Fiona, the Incredible Hulk, Oscar the Grouch, the Green Lantern, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other characters in verdant shades. Disney stores have Tinkerbell and Mike Wazowski from Monsters University items and/or outfits.
4. More Creative Character Costumes
Fans of Wicked or Idina Menzel may dress as add a green face to a witch costume to portray Elphaba, or the Wicked Witch of the West for the Wizard of Oz fans. Fans of Riverdance can dress up as Irish dancers.
5. Pot of Gold
If you want to be creative, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow I a great theme. You can buy a rainbow costume and carry a bucket or buy an actual pot of gold costume that features a body suit in the shape of a black pot with gold spilling out.
When St. Patrick’s Day is a workday, something that can be added to business attire allows you to go from Wall Street to watering hole. Hats are a great option. Stores are selling all kinds of head coverings. These include top hats, hair clips, plaid Gatsby-style tams, berets that read Erin go Bragh, and giant stovepipe hats. There are also frosted beer mug hats, Viking hats (with braids), Irish flag colored stovepipe hats, headbands with light-up elements, velour Tyrolean hats (is that Irish?), and green cowgirl hats (definitely not Irish!)
Regardless of what you chose to wear March 17, have a shamrockin’ great day!