One of the enduring symbols of spring around the world is the celebration of Irish American Culture that is known as St. Patrick’s Day. Traditionally it’s a cultural and religious holiday that is celebrated on the day that Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died. While it’s a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, in the United States, and elsewhere around the world, it's celebrated for fun and frolic. The celebrations here in the U.S. include a huge parade in New York City, as well as lively parties in cities and towns across the country. But, just where did the tradition of wearing green stem from? Sorry for the pun, but I was curious to know just what that grassy color symbolizes. Who hasn’t seen folks dressed in their finest green attire on the street or at work? While doing some research I found out that the original color that was linked to Saint Patrick and his commemorative day was blue! But, based on Irish folklore, Ireland’s patron saint used a green three-leaved shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity to non-believers, and thus, the color green won out. Nowadays this shade is representative of not only Ireland, but of growth and renewal in many ways. Green simply can’t miss as a major color for spring attire; and it provides a wee dash of lush life to any outfit all year long.
If you’re looking for just the right piece to wear to a Saint Patty’s Day party, you should definitely head to your local Goodwill where our clothing racks are always sorted by color and size. That should make it very simple to find the leafy tone you need to pull together your festive attire!
Green, emerald, loden, jade, olive, lime, Kelly, sea-green, forest and bottle green, are just a few of the hues that you can use to add spring to your step and your wardrobe. Designers have been attracted to green and all its variations for a long time. Greens can range from the yellow-neon side of the spectrum all the way to more of a muddy brown-green. But, staying with the more classic tones like emerald will probably make more sense for the average person. Even if you feel that you cannot wear green, trust me there is a shade that is suited for you and your fashion needs. It’s well worth the time and the minimal effort to consider using green to brighten your outlook as the warmer weather approaches.
Key fashion pieces that you should seek out while shopping our stores include; a blouse, polo shirt or top in a shade like emerald or jade, and if you’re really going for the green - try fitted dress. Other major players in the field of green fashion would be a coat or jacket, a pair of jeans or slacks; or a striking accessory, such as a pair of pumps, statement handbag, or fabulous piece of jewelry.
Going green is also something we do at Goodwill every day, as we tirelessly promote our mantra of, “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” which isn’t necessarily about the color, but definitely about our commitment to the environment, as well as our continuing mission to help those less fortunate. Somehow, I think Saint Patrick would approve!