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Wondering what to wear in Ireland? Need inspiration for an Ireland outfit? This packing list will help you plan for your dream trip. With a stylish Ireland capsule wardrobe, you won’t look out of place with these tips!


What to Wear in Ireland



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We want you to have a stress-free travel experience, and the main goal of this article is to help you plan your packing choices in an efficient way so you won’t be unprepared for your trip and know how to dress in Ireland.

You’ll find insight on general Dublin attire, in addition to visual examples of the type of clothing you might want to wear based on the weather and how to build an Ireland wardrobe.

As a bonus, you will also learn some general travel tips including safety precautions such as using anti-theft products like this that can help you feel less stressed during your travels.



Please use the visuals in this post as a guideline to help you create Ireland outfits and choose corresponding items based on your own style and clothing preferences.



What Do People Wear in Ireland?


The most important thing when deciding what to wear in Ireland is to always look presentable and avoid anything too revealing, like crop tops or short shorts. You will be cold and look inappropriate. 

In general, day-to-day Ireland style is casual but always polished. For your Ireland packing list, think nice blouse plus nice jeans (dark colors are always a good go-to choice). When considering what to pack when visiting Dublin, remember that the city is trendy, combining formal and casual wear.



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Like anywhere, pack for the environment. Are you spending your time café crawling in the cities or getting lost in the wilderness?

Jeans are easy to wear and don’t have to be washed frequently so they make the ideal travel pants. For something more versatile and lightweight, take a look at our favorite women’s travel pants.

Also remember that if you forget anything, you’ll be able to pick it up when you get there, so don’t be afraid to pack light. Try to stick to a small selection of colors to make it easier to mix and match your items.




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What Should I Wear in Ireland?


The most important factors in planning and packing for Ireland are the activities you’ll be doing on your trip AND the weather.


Always, always, always check the weather forecast before your trip. What to wear in Ireland now could be different a week later. Nothing will ruin your trip faster than being unprepared with the wrong clothing for the weather. Dublin summer fashion is very different than winter fashion.

Once you’ve researched the weather, you can focus on creating a capsule travel wardrobe, which should easily fit in a carryon suitcase with the help of packing cubes to compress your clothing.

When planning what to wear in Ireland, remember that it is a country known for its four-seasons-in-one-day weather. Unpredictable would be a good word to describe it. Yet regardless of when you travel, you will need an umbrella and waterproof gear like a parka, sensible walking shoes, and waterproof boots.


Take a look at their favorite waterproof raincoats for Ireland!




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What are the best shoes for Ireland?


Generally speaking, you’ll probably need some type of boot year-round. Choose a calf-height for the winter and ankle boots the rest of the time.

If there’s heavy rain in the forecast, a rubber bootie would work well for extensive city exploration on foot. However, regular leather boots (or faux leather boots) will work much better than rain boots on most occasions.


These are the best shoes for Ireland according to our readers! 


When in doubt, a tan chelsea ankle boots is the go-to style of choice and a great addition to your Ireland packing list. These tips on how to wear ankle boots should work in every season except winter, when a tall boot is needed like these waterproof boots are recommended.


Popular shoe options include (click each item below for suggested styles):


Read this post about the how to choose the best walking shoes for Europe.


Below you’ll find helpful seasonal clothing tips and suggested packing lists that you can use as a guideline to prepare for a trip to Dublin:




Shirt | Short Sleeve | Tunic | Sweater | Long Sleeve | Skirt | Pants | Jeans | Dress 1 | Dress 2 | Raincoat | Jacket | Sneakers | Boots | Scarf | Backpack


What to Wear in Ireland in Spring


What is the weather in Dublin in Spring (March, April, May)?


You can expect mild temperatures with occasional rain showers, wind, and spells of sunshine. The days grow longer during the spring months, and further into the country you will see green landscapes, yellow tulips, and countless spring lambs.


Start by reading these general tips on packing for spring travel:


Read these tips on how to pack for transitional weather.


What clothes should I wear in Dublin in Spring?


Spring in Dublin is cool, so your Ireland packing list should include a good pair of jeans in a dark shade–black is always a favorite. You can team your jeans with comfortable and flat walking shoes, like a pair of ballet travel flats or even Converse-style shoes in black or navy.


Find out what’s the most comfortable walking shoes for travel!


However, you should still be prepared for wet weather, so bring a pair of waterproof flat boots or ankle booties. Don’t forget your waterproof gear, whether a jacket or a strong but small fold-up umbrella.


Read these tips on what to wear on a rainy day when traveling!


Layering is essential. Sweaters, jackets, and tees are perfect. Try to stick to neutrals or pastel colors.

Your final splash of color can come from a simple crossbody bag and scarves. Cashmere or silk scarves are perfect for the spring weather and look elegant, instantly enhancing a look.

We love these cross body purses for travel, especially when it comes to avoiding theft!


What shoes should I wear in Dublin in spring?


When choosing what to wear in Ireland, plan your shoes based on the weather and your planned activities. Choose no more than two to three pairs of shoe in neutral colors that can mix and match with all your clothing.

Make sure your sightseeing shoes are broken in properly. Opt for a pair that is comfortable and you can wear it for hours without discomfort.

Popular styles include light brogues, sneakers, or waterproof shoes. Note that the best waterproof shoes are not made out of rubber; instead choose leather ankle boots, which are the best shoe option for travel to Europe in spring.

While not recommended for all day sightseeing, ballet flats are also a good option should you want a dressier pair of shoes on your trip for warmer days or evenings. Alternatively, bring closed toe wedges for a dressy alternative.


Dublin Packing List for Spring


  • Two short sleeve tops
  • Two long sleeve tops
  • Two additional tops
  • One pair of blue jeans
  • One pair of black ponte pants
  • One additional bottom
  • One dress
  • One rain or winter jacket
  • One warm layer
  • Thermals (if very cold)
  • Three socks
  • Ten underwear
  • Three bras
  • One versatile sleep set


  • Waterproof ankle boots (sightseeing)
  • Slip on sneakers (sightseeing)
  • Ballet flat (dressing up)
  • Wedges: (optional)




ShirtSweater | Long Sleeve | T-shirt Short Sleeve Jeans | PantsSkirt | Dress 1 | Dress 2 | RaincoatJacket | SandalBoots | Umbrella | Crossbody


What to Wear in Ireland in Summer


What is the weather in Dublin in Summer (June, July, August)


The summer days grow longer and you can expect more daylight and beautiful late crimson sunsets with moderate to warm temperatures. Summer is a much drier season and everyone seems happier; however, you can still expect rain and wind, so be prepared.


Read this post for more tips on packing for Ireland in Summer!


Start by reading these general tips on packing for summer travel:


What clothes should I wear in Dublin in summer?


Check the weather forecast before you leave home!

For your Ireland packing list, bring your umbrella and hoodies. They are not as heavy duty as winter gear, but they will protect you from the chill. Pack a cardigan that you can wear with your summer dress, maxi dress, maxi skirt, and shorts.

Stockings or tights are always a great option to wear underneath dresses or shorts for warm layers. Always pack a pair of jeans; they’re comfortable and durable and will keep you warm.


Find out the easy packing solution to transform summer clothes into an autumn outfit!


Summer is all about the celebration of color, but avoid colors like neon. Opt for pastels or rich, deep shades like burnt orange and burgundy.

A scarf will add warmth and a subtle hint of color to any outfit. You can also bring a blazer on your travels. Opt for black; you can team it with any look, adding a touch of sophistication when worn with jeans.


Read these tips on how to avoid a boring all-black wardrobe when you travel!


What shoes should I wear in Dublin in summer?


Bring slip ons and another pair of closed toe shoes like brogues or ankle booties to protect you from the elements and colder days. A third pair of shoes should be walking shoes of your preference, such as Toms, Converse, or another supportive pair.

These ankle booties are a versatile, stylish option when visiting several countries in Europe.


Dublin Packing List for Summer


  • Three short sleeve and/or sleeveless tops
  • One ¾ sleeve top
  • One additional top
  • Two bottoms
  • One maxi dress
  • Two summer dresses
  • One light rain jacket
  • One light layer
  • Three socks
  • Ten underwear
  • Three bras
  • One versatile sleep set


  • Comfortable sandals (sightseeing)
  • Slip on sneakers (sightseeing)
  • Ballet flat (dressing up)
  • Wedges: (optional)




Shirt | T-shirtLong SleeveSweater 1Sweater 2Skirt | Jeans | Pants | Dress 1 | Dress 2 | Jacket | Raincoat | Boots 1Boots 2 | Scarf | Crossbody


What to Wear in Ireland in Fall


What is the weather in Dublin in Fall (September, October, November)?


Autumn has very strong winds and frequent rain, with a visible drop in temperature.

As the transitional period between summer and winter, things start to get colder and milder in the autumn. When planning what to pack for Dublin this time of year, think about a woolly hat and stylish travel raincoat like these.


Read these tips on what to wear on a rainy day!


Start by reading these general tips on packing for autumn travel:


What clothes should I wear in Dublin in fall?


For autumn, you want to ensure you keep warm and dry. Bring a warm jacket to protect you from the wind chill and a trench coat for added warmth.

Layering is once again needed for the colder weather, so add warm wool jerseys, long sleeve tops, and simple plain tees to your look. You can dress these with dark skinny jeans and tailored trousers in darker colors.


Need a waterproof jacket? We love these travel raincoats for women!


What look is complete without accessories? Accessorize with bright scarves in patterns and shades that best suit your personality and make you feel most comfortable.


What shoes should I wear in Dublin in fall?


Ankle booties, or warmer, calf length boots are also a great look for the autumn; opt for boots in leather or a faux leather material to ensure that your feet are kept dry and protected from the elements.

If it will be cold during your trip, opt for one of these chic leather boots – they’re waterproof but look good, too!

While not recommended for all-day sightseeing, ballet flats are also a good option should you want a dressier pair of shoes on your trip for warmer days or evenings. Alternatively, bring closed toe wedges for a dressy alternative.


Dublin Packing List for Fall


  • Two short sleeve tops
  • Two long sleeve tops
  • Two additional tops
  • One pair of blue jeans
  • One pair of black ponte pants
  • Two dresses
  • One rain or winter jacket
  • One warm layer
  • Thermals (if very cold)
  • Three socks
  • Ten underwear
  • Three bras
  • One versatile sleep set


  • Waterproof leather boots (sightseeing)
  • Canvas sneakers (sightseeing)
  • Ballet flat (dressing up)
  • Closed toe wedges: (optional)




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What to Wear in Ireland in Winter


What is the weather in Dublin in winter? (December, January, February)?


You can expect cold temperatures on your winter vacation, with shorter days and heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds and possible snowfall.


Start by reading these general tips on packing for winter travel:


Use these tips to learn how to stay warm in cold weather without looking like a snowman!


What clothes should I wear in Dublin in winter?


Jeans and thick trousers in dark shades will act as your neutral pieces, which you can then wear with long sleeve tops, hoodies, and a warm winter coat. Layering is key for what to wear in Ireland! Lastly, bring a waterproof jacket and a heavy duty umbrella.

Thermal under layers are highly suggested underneath all clothing, like a polyester/merino wool top and bottoms. They don’t get smelly easily or need to be washed often. In fact, if you get cold easily or aren’t used to cold weather, you can pack merino wool or silk under layers year-round, unless the weather forecast states otherwise.


Find out why thermals are a must for traveling light (and staying warm) in winter!


Don’t forget to add to your Ireland packing list a warm hat, like a beanie or ear muffs, and a thick scarf and gloves. All of these items will act as insulators and can correspondingly be used as accessories to your wardrobe. Choose them in shades and styles of your preference.


Find out why thicker clothing isn’t always better for cold weather layering!


What shoes should I wear in Dublin in winter?


Tall or mid-calf boots should be your winter pick; opt for a pair that has a warm inner lining and are water-resistant on the outside to protect you from the cold and wet weather.

I find a comfy pair of waterproof ankle boots to be perfect for an Ireland packing list. Soggy feet aren’t fun; neither are blisters. Be prepared for the wet as well as the cold.


Take a look at the best waterproof boots for travel!


Dublin Packing List for Winter


  • Two long sleeve tops
  • Three long sleeve sweaters
  • One additional top
  • One pair of blue jeans
  • One pair of black ponte pants
  • One additional bottom
  • One long sleeve dress
  • One winter jacket
  • One warm layer
  • Thermals
  • Three socks
  • Ten underwear
  • Three bras
  • One versatile sleep set


  • Waterproof tall or ankle leather boots (sightseeing)
  • Leather sneakers (sightseeing)
  • Ballet flat or heeled ankle boot (dressing up)





What is the Best Luggage for Ireland?


So the hard part’s out of the way; after much turmoil you’ve finally perfected your packing list for Ireland and created a chic capsule collection – now it’s time to get packing! Which luggage will work best for you?

There are various things to consider when choosing the best luggage for Europe including a difference in carry on size, strict weight restrictions, mobility on the cobblestone streets, and long flights of stairs.

The best suitcase to have when traveling Ireland is a rigid trolley case, ideally with four castors. The trolley should be divided into two compartments (not just one big compartment) for easy packing. These are easy to travel with on bumpy terrain.

For a European carry-on size bag, a backpack is always a safe option. It’s also the perfect fit for those of us who prefer to travel hands-free.




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Depending on how many days or weeks you’re traveling, you may want to use luggage organizers such as packing cubes, which allow optimum use of the space in your luggage, keeping everything organized and in place during your travels, and making the task of unpacking and repacking simple and stress-free.

As you’re headed to fashionable Europe, use an equally stylish carry-on, such as the Osprey Ozone, which is a personal favorite. Keep in mind that most of Europe’s budget airlines have a carry-on bag allowance of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airline’s individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.


Find out the most popular Europe travel bag styles according to our readers along with their tried and tested reviews.





When traveling to Ireland, you’ll need some of the standard, essential toiletries, including:

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Moisturizer (face and body)
  • Sunscreen
  • Razor
  • Makeup (we recommend keeping it simple: mascara, concealer, and a lip tint that doubles as a blush)
  • Hair ties and bobby pins
  • Dry shampoo


Worried that all your toiletries, makeup, skincare, and hair styling tools won’t fit into your suitcase? Read these tips on how to travel size toiletries to learn how to make the most of limited space without sacrificing your routine!

We recommend you take the most important products in travel containers like these and try to either buy basics like shampoo and shower gel in Europe or use the items provided by hotels.

Also, consider your makeup–in many European cities, women opt for natural makeup focusing on a well groomed but not over-the-top appearance.

While a daily salon blow out isn’t necessary, be mindful of your hair and makeup. Find out if it’s necessary to bring a travel blow dryer here.

When choosing your styling tools, choose items that have dual voltage and bring along a travel adapter for all your electronics. Just make sure to add all these items to your backpacking packing list for Europe so you don’t forget them.


Check out our guide to toiletries for more tips!



What Should I NOT Pack for Ireland?


One unexpected issue that many travelers discover once they get to Europe are the cobblestone streets.

While great to look at, stone streets aren’t always the easiest to walk on and can make for sore feet even if you don’t normally have discomfort. Depending on the city, these streets can also be hilly, slippery when wet, and uneven.


Are Jeans Appropriate to Wear in Dublin?


While Europeans tend to dress up more than Americans, you still can wear jeans in Ireland. However, avoid acid wash and extremely distressed denim and opt for medium-dark blues and blacks. Black skinny jeans always look chic in Europe!


Are Leggings Okay to Wear in Dublin?


Some travelers love wearing leggings for comfort, but they’re often too casual looking as pants for Ireland. If you’re a big fan of leggings, consider pairing a black pair with long tunics during the spring, or wearing them under dresses and skirts in fall and winter.



What are the Best Shoes to Wear in Ireland?


Based on reader recommendations, we suggest tall boots for winter and wedges for summer; other styles can be used interchangeably throughout the year.

Depending on the weather, flat ankle boots, boat shoes, or driving mocs are other top recommendations amongst our readers. They’re classic options and make the perfect alternative to ballet flats, especially if you need a little more room for soft insoles.


Here are the best travel shoes for Ireland in warm weather:


Here are the best travel shoes for Ireland in cool weather:



Dublin Travel Tips


Before you head on your tour of Dublin, check out these frequently asked questions on traveling to Dublin.


What’s the best time of year to visit Dublin?


While summer offers perfect temperatures, it’s also the busiest time of year for visiting Dublin and Ireland in general. For this very reason, many experts say spring and fall are the best seasons to visit Ireland because the temperatures are still comfortable but there are fewer tourists.


Weather in Dublin


In spring, you can expect cool, mild weather in the high 40s to mid 50s F, while summer sees temperatures up to high 60s. July and August are the warmest months and see around 18 hours of daylight.

In September, temperatures start to drop, but are still comfortable in the high 50s and low 60s. In winter, temperatures drop to the 40s, with January and February the coldest months of the year. Temperatures can drop below freezing but snow isn’t common.

Never travel without checking the weather forecast as this will be your ultimate Ireland packing list guide. Remember that each city will have its own weather pattern so check the forecast for all the destinations you plan to visit.

Use websites such as Accuweather or Holiday Weather for advanced forecasts and don’t forget to check the weather one week and three days before your trip as mother nature doesn’t run on a tight schedule.


What are the best accommodations in Dublin?


We love Airbnb for accommodation in Dublin. Sign up here for a free $40 credit!

I prefer to book “the entire home” instead of opting for shared accommodation on Airbnb. Aside from safety, I also like to feel like I’m living in the destination. It’s a small taste of local life plus you get more amenities than you would at a hotel such as a kitchen and washing machine.


Read these Airbnb tips for more info!


If you prefer the convenience and comfort of a hotel room, I like using both and Tip: gives you a free night for every ten nights you book!

For hostels, we recommend Hostelworld and Hostelbookers. Always read the reviews before booking to get the best idea if the hostel is right for you. Some are quiet and family friendly while others are known for their party atmosphere.


Not sure about staying at a hostel? Read this.



Transportation in Ireland


For flights, I like booking through Travelocity or Cheapoair (whichever one’s cheapest). Although I prefer Travelocity because they have a 24 hour money back guarantee.

To maximize your vacation time, fly into the city where you’re starting your trip and out of the city where your trip ends. Many times it’s the same price and saves you from having to spend extra time and money to go back to where you started your trip.


How do I get around Dublin?


Like London, Dublin is easy to travel around. The city offers a coastal train, the DART, you can jump on to visit towns and villages along the coast. The public bus has an extensive network so you can travel throughout the city and suburbs. There’s also the Luas tram system and bicycle hires throughout the city.

The Irish people, regardless of the weather, are perhaps some of the friendliest and most genuine you will ever meet. They will be more than happy to help should you need directions or anything else.



Things to Do in Dublin


Dublin is one of the most amazing cities to visit because there are so many beautiful sites to take in. Follow our recommendations before you travel to Dublin.


What are the best sites in Dublin to see?

  • Dublin Castle
  • St. Stephen’s Green
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College
  • Abbey Theatre


Looking for authenticity? There are countless historic pubs in the city such as Temple Bar and Johnnie Foxes; both are worth a visit. Don’t forget the famous Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Brewery.


What are the best tours in Dublin?

Some travelers prefer the guidance of professionals for planning their trip. If you’re a fan of tours, check out these top tours for Dublin.


The hop-on-and-off bus is a great way to explore the city; the driver’s commentary is amusing and animated. The tour is in English, but there is the option to listen on headphones in a variety of other languages, if you prefer.


Where’s the best shopping in Dublin?


When visiting Dublin, don’t forget about its many shopping malls and popular shopping areas, including Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green.

If you are looking for a shop that will meet all your clothing needs at a reasonable price, then head to Penney’s. They tend to keep up with the latest trends and stock just about everything.

Another fantastic and affordable shop is Bershka, which tends to be stylish for young adults.




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Safety is a big concern whenever you travel, and in busy, touristy areas like Dublin, pickpocketing can be a common occurrence. Taking a few safety precautions can help you feel less stressed during your travels.


How can I stay safe while traveling in Dublin?


Be cautious about where you stash your cash so you don’t fall prey to muggings and pickpocketing. Make your clothing theft-proof and choose items with strong zippers.

Jeans are handy for this reason: you can put important items, like your wallet and phone, in your front pockets, where it’s very difficult for a wandering hand to snatch it. Add items like the Secret Bra Pocket and Underwear with Pockets to your packing list.

And be mindful of purse snatchers! They either slash the bottom of your bag so the content fall out or slash the strap. Wear your purse strap across your body and the zipper towards the front. For extra security, check out the “theft-proof” bags featured in this post about crossbody purses.


These are articles with other suggested anti-theft products:


Remember, the safest place for your passport is locked in your accommodation. Carry a photocopy or other ID when you’re sightseeing or are out at night.


Read these tips on how to keep your passport safe when you travel!



Suggested Anti-Theft Accessories for Dublin



Key Takeaways:


  • In general, day-to-day European style is more dressy than American style, but this does not mean business clothing. A nice blouse and well-tailored denim is a timeless uniform that can work in Dublin just as well as any other part of Europe.


  • Ultimately, choose comfortable, classic clothing that will transcend trends so you can look back at the pictures from your trip with fond memories.


  • With shoes, always choose comfort over fashion as you’ll spend long hours on your feet – don’t forget to break them in!


  • Elevators are not prevalent in local accommodation; be prepared to lift your own luggage up many flights of stairs and steep cobblestone hills.


  • Avoid oversized, heavy luggage if you plan to use trains, buses, or budget flights as storage space is limited. You should be able to maneuver through train stations (and trains) with ease.


  • Pickpockets are prevalent in all tourist cities, be aware of your surroundings and be practical about your belongings.


  • ALWAYS check the weather before you travel.





What are your tips on what to wear in Ireland?


Please note: Most of Europe’s budget airlines have this carryon bag allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airlines individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.



For more tips, please read these Europe packing lists:


Suggested travel resources:


Please read our Ultimate Packing List for Europe featuring stylish outfits and travel tips for 9 countries.






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