What's up with Irish Wearing Green?

Author: Sammie McCarthy

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Though Notre Dame’s official colors are blue and gold, another favorite color for Fighting Irish fans is green. This year, the Irish wore green jerseys for the first time since 2018 in a matchup against Cal. As the Fighting Irish football team stepped out in green, the student body did too, sporting green clothes, green shoes, and, of course, green pom poms. 

“The Shirt” from the 2021 football season made a resurgence at the “Irish Wear Green” game. Students styled this fan-favorite green top reading “Strong and True” across the front in countless ways, from boys wearing the t-shirt in its original form, to girls cutting it into bandeau tops. The 2021 Shirt was perhaps the most-worn article of clothing at the game. Pair it with a white tennis skirt, and you’ve got the unofficial game day uniform of a Notre Dame girl. 

Another favorite outfit among the Irish ladies is a green two-piece set: A green skirt paired with a matching green tank makes for an outfit that’s both spirited and Insta-worthy. Fashion-forward Irish fans were spotted rocking white and green striped overalls. This bold choice was all the more impressive because of the intense heat students had to bear while rocking the thick overalls, though the compliments from alumni made it all worthwhile. 

Perhaps the most popular piece of headwear of the weekend was the green cowboy hat. Accentuated with anything from sequins to LED lights, students could be found rocking this statement piece at tailgates. Cowboy hats give the added benefit of preventing the nasty sunburns that mark the classic look of an Irish fan after a football game. 

No outfit is truly head-to-toe green without a pair of green shoes. Green Converse were a popular choice of footwear at the “Irish Wear Green” game, as were Nike Air Forces with green accents. Some students mixed it up with green cowboy boots as well. 

The student section would not have been complete without a sea of green pom poms waving through the game. This essential accessory tied every game day outfit together and allowed fans to properly “shake down the thunder” at the “Irish Wear Green” game.