Nicole Richie at a book signing in a green turtleneck dress. Photo: WireImage

This weekend we'll be attending our annual family pre-St. Patrick's Day party. Attire at these events generally include kilts (my Dad), shamrock glasses (my sisters), and assorted outrageous novelty items (Kelly green faux mustaches anyone?). But while wearing silly holiday get-ups is a blast, this year I find myself wanting something a bit more understated. So for this installment of The Weekender, we've put together a great casual look for your St. Patrick's Day outings.

Style Tips:

•Sweater: One way to tip your cap to ol' Eire is to celebrate its crafts. We love the chunky knit of this fisherman-style sweater and its understated shade of forest green.

•Scarf: This mad-for-plaid scarf will work hard for you through most of the year. It ties this outfit together, but will also go the distance in keeping you warm during chillier months.

•Pants: Green and navy is one of our favorite color combinations. Navy pants are also a great investment as they look sharp when paired with crisp, bright shades like lemon yellow or optical white in the summer.

•Shoes: The '70's trend is everywhere this spring. That's why we love these retro-style camel loafers. The platform bottom elongates the leg and looks great both with both skinny cuts and the increasingly popular flares and bells.

•Bag: This hand-tooled leather bag is another nod to the '70's trend. It looks polished while adding a touch of Boho charm to your ensemble.

•Earrings: Instead of blowing cash on novelties, consider investing in something a bit more subtle that you can wear year-round. We love these two takes on the lucky four-leaf clover, one in lacquered brass by Nicole Romano and the other in 18k gold by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.