Lulu’s Top 5 Aran Sweater Picks for The Big Day.
Hi everyone. I hope you all had a great week. Welcome back to my countdown to St. Patrick’s Day. With only 4 weeks to go, this is probably a good time to think about the all important outfit for the big day. Here in Ireland, an extra layer is essential on March 17 as there can still be a definite nip in the air. I ll be spending the St.Patrick’s weekend in Yeats country in Sligo, one of my favorite parts of Ireland. Needless to say a waterproof layer will probably be needed too! I know lots of us like to keep it casual with Ireland sweatshirts and hoodies and they re fun and comfortable but for me there is nothing like a soft merino wool Aran sweater or cardigan to ward off that chill with classic Irish style. You can always wear your favorite Ireland t-shirt underneath. It was really tough to choose but here’s my top 5 Aran picks for all the family. I’ve chosen traditional creams and quintessential greens for the day that’s in it.
1. Traditional Unisex Aran Sweater
This is a timeless classic and is perfect for him or her. Originally worn by Aran Islander fishermen, the classic crew neck never dates. When Hollywood royalty such as Grace Kelly and Steve Mc Queen appeared in Aran sweaters in the 50s and 60s, this humble Irish garment became an iconic style classic.
Complete your St Patricks Day look with our pure silk shamrock scarf by Patrick Francis. The perfect accessory for your green Aran sweater. You’ll be wearing your shamrock with real panache!
As an accessory for the guys I’ve chosen an Irish tweed patchwork cap. The perfect accompaniment to his Aran sweater, giving a classic Irish look.
The boyfriend cardigan is a perennial favorite. With it’s oversized relaxed fit, it teams perfectly with jeans and your favorite Ireland t-shirt for a casual yet stylish St. Patrick’s Day look.
What’s really special about any piece of Aran knitwear is that every stitch tells a story. According to Aran folklore, the zig-zag stitch which features in this super soft merino wool cardigan, symbolizes the winding cliff paths of the Islands, leading down to the Atlantic Ocean. It combines beautifully with traditional cable and lucky honeycomb stitches. 2 snug side pockets and a zipper fastening making it the perfect cozy layer for those St. Patrick’s Day parades.
Lets not forget about the little ones! This hooded Aran cardigan is simply adorable and the perfect sweater jacket for both boys and girls. Here it’s in traditional cream but it’s also available in rich moss green so they can wear their Irish colors with pride!
Finally, it’s my own personal favorite. I just love the snug turtle neck and the stunning detail of the Aran stitching. I’ll be cozy and warm on the Sligo parade, whatever the weather!
Well thanks so much for stopping by and I hope I’ve been able to help you in some small way to choose your St.Patrick’s day look. In the meantime, I have a special offer just for you; free shipping for one day only when you spend $49 or more!
See you next week….
Slán go fóill!
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