Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Go for green: Why St Patrick’s Day hues demand attention

This green trench coat by Prettylittlething makes a statement.
This green trench coat by Prettylittlething makes a statement.

Green is associated with nature, freshness and vitality. It has a certain vibrancy about it and, depending on the shade, it’s hard to ignore.

There is however a shade of green that has been specifically designed to be ignored.

Go Away Green was created by Disney to camouflage things they don’t want their theme park visitors to see, such as backstage buildings and construction areas.

Bow clips two-pack, £1.50, Primark.

The greens associated with St Patrick’s Day, meanwhile, demand attention. They are rich and punchy – the colour of shamrocks, apples and verdant hills.

Dinkydorrie green bag, £70, Dune London.

And it’s these greens that can be most flattering, unlike the trickier paler or yellowy greens that can make even the most beautiful complexion look washed out or even weird.

In spring we see a lot of green, partly because it’s the season of new growth and also because of St Patrick’s Day on March 17, marked in more countries than any other national festival.

Green sleeveless plisse jumpsuit, £89, Sonder Studio.

The first St Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland was held in Waterford in 1903 and there are events in Switzerland and South Korea and everywhere in between.

St Patrick’s Day has even been celebrated on the International Space Station.

The Mesh Tiered Ruffle Skirt Grass, £110, HopeFashion.

In 2011 Irish-American Catherine Coleman played a 100-year-old flute and a tin whistle belonging to members of the Irish group The Chieftains while on the ISS, and in 2013 astronaut Chris Hadfield took photographs of Ireland from Earth’s orbit and made a recording of Danny Boy.

Green Ribbed Knit Button Cardigan, £17.99, New Look.

The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade lays claim to being the oldest and largest St Paddy’s gig in the world, dating back to 1762.

It will return this month after two years of covid-related disruptions in a very visible sign that life is gradually returning to normal.

Hat drop earrings, £2, Primark.
St Patrick’s Day hat clip, £2, Primark.
St Patrick’s Day green tee, £5, Primark.
Motivate shoes, £80, Dune London.
Green faux leather belted pocket trench coat, £60, Prettylittlething.

 

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]