Stuck for ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day costume? It’s not that difficult, especially if you think outfit instead of costume. A few specialty items plus regular clothing can make anyone look Irish on March 17th.
You could dress like Patrick, the evangelizer of Ireland during the 4th century, complete with bishop’s miter and ornate robes. But to be more economical, men, wear a white dress shirt and black pants and accessorize with a shamrock tie and bright green cardigan. Any reputable menswear shop carries seasonal ties. In Western New York, long-standing Riverside Men’s Shop offers high quality season ties for $20 and under. For silly, inexpensive accessories visit a costume store or website such as Party City for fedoras, derbies, and newsboys caps that can be donned after work for that St. Patty’s get together.
Go the high road, ladies, and skip the skimpy pub girl outfits. A classier way to go is to approximate the high-stepping costumes worn by the young dancers at McCarthy School of Irish Dance.These ladies grace many stages in Western New York and compete nationally as well. White knee socks, black ballet-style flats and a full skirt with a green scarf will give you a look similar to their outfits. Get out that curling iron to complete the effect. The costume store has other accessories for you, too: shamrock eyeglasses and green feather boas that say Emerald Isle without spending a pot ‘o gold.
The adult ideas work great for kids, too. But face painting is a popular, cheap and creative way to be about “wearing of the green.” Always check with parents and teachers first, however, before going for this “costume.” Face painting ideas abound on the internet, but a comprehensive one is Snazaroo. It gives practical how-to tips (have a towel nearby) and awesome illustrations for St. Patty’s shamrocks and pots ‘o gold. For babies, Irish t-shirts, bibs, hats and socks abound; so check your local outlets. The imprinted “Kiss me. I’m Irish.” is a natural for a baby or toddler’s outfit.
Whichever outfit you choose, be creative and aim to enjoy the elements of St. Patrick’s Day throughout the rest of the year. Erin go bragh!