10 Grown-Up Ways to Dress Up for St. Patrick’s Day

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Once upon a time, St. Patrick’s Day meant shamrock stickers, green face glitter, and head-to-toe green clothes.

But now you’re a grown up. An adult. A respectable professional who…still wants to dress all festive to celebrate holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day.

For those who like to celebrate with style (quite literally), here are 10 grown-up ways to dress up for St. Patrick’s Day (without wasting money on a bunch of shamrock-patterned stuff that you’ll only pull out once a year). And lucky for us, “emerald” is the Color of the Year for 2013 — meaning you’ll still look on-trend way after St. Patty’s Day.

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  • Pot of Gold Flower Beaded Statement Necklace 1 of 10
    Pot of Gold Flower Beaded Statement Necklace
    A stylish twist on "the gold pot at the end of the rainbow."
    Buy from Etsy/HappyLittleLovelies, $26
  • The Lilly 2 of 10
    The Lilly
    The Etsy shop Zolie Designs has a variety of stylish handmade jewelry — like this chic bracelet that blends timeless style and festive flair (thanks to the clover bead).
    Buy from Etsy/ZolieDesigns, $35
  • Emerald Green Statement Necklace 3 of 10
    Emerald Green Statement Necklace
    This (shockingly affordable) statement necklace is as perfect for 2013 (emerald!) as it is for St. Patrick's Day (green + gold!).
    Buy from Etsy/SpruceSparrowShop, $15
  • Spring Statement Necklace, Pantone Color of 2013 4 of 10
    Spring Statement Necklace, Pantone Color of 2013
    And here's another stylish and affordable green and gold necklace that you'll wear long after St. Patty's Day comes and goes.
    Buy from Etsy/TheEnchantingOwl, $20
  • Ombré Glow Tiered Necklace 5 of 10
    Ombré Glow Tiered Necklace
    Another green + gold necklace for St. Patrick's Day — and this one is on sale!
    Buy from Coldwater Creek, $29.99
  • You and Me Forever Dress in Green 6 of 10
    You and Me Forever Dress in Green
    You'll glow like a pot of gold in this stunning green dress from Jack by DD Dakota.
    Buy from ModCloth, $59.99
  • Womens The Diva Skinny Ankle Pants 7 of 10
    Womens The Diva Skinny Ankle Pants
    Luckily colored skinnies aren't going anywhere for Spring, so these green pants will get plenty of use.
    Buy from Old Navy, $29.94
  • Womens Striped Infinity Scarves 8 of 10
    Womens Striped Infinity Scarves
    Another timeless pop of green for St. Patty's Day — easy enough to throw on for your child's St. Patrick's Day class party.
    Buy from Old Navy, $14.94
  • Sephora + Pantone Universe Mini Graphic Effect Lacquers 9 of 10
    Sephora + Pantone Universe Mini Graphic Effect Lacquers
    Don't forget the trendiest way to be festive: your nails. Although this collection was inspired by the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, the St. Patrick's Day connection is an added bonus.
    Buy from Sephora, $18
  • TBD Nail Art 10 of 10
    TBD Nail Art
    If you're looking for a St.-Patty-Day-worthy nail art idea, the ladies at The Beauty Department have an easy idea for you to try.
    See the full tutorial at The Beauty Department

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