Hi Everyone , I hope i find you all well this week. As St. Patrick’s Day draws closer, it’s time to think about those all important outfits for the big day. Nothing says “Irish” quite like a beautifully crafted Aran sweater and here at The Irish Store, we have a wonderful collection of stunning pieces in many shades of festive green! But before I give you my top picks…….
The color first associated with St. Patrick’s Day was actually blue but that changed in the 17th century. The green of the Irish flag became the color of patriotism and as Irish nationalism grew, so did the wearing of the green. There were also the associations with the Emerald Isle, so called because of the color of our rich green landscape as well as the green of Ireland’s favorite symbol of good fortune, the Shamrock.
There’s also the danger of being pinched by a leprechaun! The tale goes that wearing green makes you invisible to these mischievous creatures and keeps you safe from their pinching. The tradition of pinching people who are not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day originated in the U.S. It still continues this day!
Lulus Top 5 St. Patrick’s Day Sweaters
1.Traditional Ladies Aran Sweater
First up we have number one bestselling Aran sweater. Purely traditional in its style, it features lucky honeycomb stitch in the main body. Ever since it was catapulted to worldwide fame in the 1950s and 60s by movie stars like Grace Kelly and Steve Mc Queen, this humble Irish fisherman’s sweater has become a must-have wardrobe staple. In 2017 it took its rightful place in a major fashion exhibition at MoMA in New York appearing alongside iconic garments such as the Little Black Dress and Levi jeans. Timeless style for St. Patrick’s Day in versions for both him and her.
2. Hooded Aran Zipper Coat
Our top selling ladies Aran cardigan continues to get rave reviews season after season for many reasons. First, there’s the stunning Aran craftsmanship with beautifully detailed Aran stitching. Next, there’s the modern design with a cozy hood, 2 snug side pockets and zipper fastening. Finally, there’s the soft to the touch and gorgeous to wear merino wool.
3. The Ardara Cable Sweater
The Ardara Aran sweater takes its name from one of Donegal‘s most beautiful beaches on the Wild Atlantic Way. The cable stitch is the signature stitch here. This stitch was believed to be a representation of the Aran Islander fisherman’s ropes. The bold oversized cable in the main body is beautifully trimmed with finer cable stitch patterns at the sides and neck. The design is gently flared at the bottom, creating a flattering line at the hips. It comes in 4 gorgeous colors and the soft meadow green is the perfect color for St. Patrick’s Day.
4. Glenveagh Aran Zip Cardigan
Prepare to turn heads this St. Patrick’s Day! Taking its name from the stunning Glenveagh national park in County Donegal, this beautiful Aran cardigan showcases the best of traditional Irish craftsmanship with it’s stunning Aran stitch patterns. The side fastening gives an unmistakably modern look and it’s beautifully finished with a Trinity knot zipper to give a touch of Celtic flair.
5. Donegal Blasket Aran Sweater
My final pick is another classic for both him and her. The Aran stitch patterns are exquisitely crafted and it comes in this super stylish muted green for St. Patrick’s Day.
Well, I hope that’s given you a little inspiration for your St. Patrick’s Day look. Get shopping now to get your favorite sweater in time for the big day! Check out our full St. Patrick’s Day gift guide and find the perfect “little piece of Ireland” for friends and loved ones.
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Slán go fóill!