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Watch out for the pastels on St Patrick’s Day

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On Monday, the streets of Dublin, Ireland will be lined with thousands of people wearing oversized Leprechaun hats and shamrock T-shirts in hues of green.

But on this side of the Atlantic, people are taking a much more muted approach to their St Patrick's Day fashion.

For this week's Fashion On The Street column, we asked a handful of stylish women if they would be wearing anything special in honour of the Irish holiday.

The answers seemed to be split 50/50. And while two ladies admitted they wouldn't be dressing any differently for the occasion, two others said they might try to incorporate something green into their outfit for the day.

Amanda Main, from Ottawa, Canada, said she packed a green sweater specifically for the occasion and plans to enjoy a festive drink at Flanagan's with some friends on Monday evening.

The 30-year-old described her style as “casual chic” and told The Royal Gazette: “My style is more laid back, but still put together I would say.

“I'm also wearing a lot of pastels right now because it's spring time. There's probably a foot of snow at the moment where I'm from, so I brought my whole spring/ summer wardrobe with me.”

Accountant Jessica Botelho said she hadn't put any thought into what green ensemble she could wear for St Patrick's Day.

However, she said she might sport her green earrings by popular jewellery designer David Yurman.

“They are green square earrings so that will probably be a good fit for St Patrick's Day,” she said.

“I don't get to wear much green. I'm really into dark colours, but think I need to get more colour into my wardrobe.

“I really like hippie, colourful patterns, but my work wardrobe is pretty neutral and has a lot of darker pieces in it.”

The 24-year-old said she typically tries to infuse hippy-chic elements into her outfit, while making it as business appropriate as possible.

She said: “I tend to find fashion inspiration on social media sites like Instagram. They have a lot of fashion lines and stores like Atelerie that you can follow and they give you a lot of basic ideas that are pretty useful.”

Courtney Outerbridge and Ariana Francis didn't plan to wear anything special for the March 17 festivities.

Ms Francis, a freelance photographer and writer, said she didn't own very much green fashion pieces, but said the colour was “comforting” and enjoyed shades like hunter green and deep green, which are easy on the eyes. When asked to describe her style, the 26-year-old said she was mostly inspired by menswear items.

“I gravitate towards menswear more because it's clean and easy when I can't find anything else to wear,” she said. “I would say my style is quite versatile though. Sometimes I like to dress grungy, while other days it might be more preppy or girlie. It changes daily.”

Ms Outerbridge, 21, admitted she likes to keep her fashion choices “simple and chic”, especially when it comes to dressing for work as a law firm intern. “Looking polished is essential,” she said.

She gets style inspiration from fashion websites and said her absolute favourite blog is www.intothegloss.com.

“It covers any and everything women love from fashion to beauty, and with so much humour, it's my go-to,” she explained. “I know other women will love it as much as I do.”

Fashion on the Street: Amanda Main. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Fashion on the Street: Ariana Francis. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Fashion on the Street: Courtney Outerbridge. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Fashion on the Street: Amanda Main. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Fashion on the Street: Jessica Bothelo. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Fashion on the Street: Courtney Outerbridge. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Fashion on the Street: Jessica Bothelo. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Fashion on the Street: Ariana Francis. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published March 14, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated March 14, 2014 at 9:47 am)

Watch out for the pastels on St Patrick’s Day

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