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Are you wondering what to wear in Ireland? Use these packing list ideas for Dublin as a starting point for your trip!
What to Wear in Ireland: Dublin
Written by: Cailyn Cox
For this edition of Locals Approved Packing Lists, I received help from Ashlea, a 22-year-old actress and model who has lived in Dublin for the last two years.
An outgoing and vivacious person, she has a zest for life and Starbucks soy milk hot chocolate.
Dublin Clothing Style
When considering what to pack when visiting Dublin, remember that the city is very trendy, combining formal and casual wear.
The most important thing is to always look presentable and avoid anything too revealing, like crop tops or short shorts. You will be cold and look inappropriate.
Here are a few outfit ideas to help you plan what to pack for Ireland!
Dublin Travel Essentials
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.
You will need a travel umbrella and waterproof gear like a parka, sensible walking shoes, and waterproof boots .
Generally speaking, you’ll probably need some type of boot year round. Choose a calf-tall height for the winter and ankle boots the rest of the time. If there’s heavy rain in the forecast, a rubber bootie might be needed for extensive city exploration on foot. However, regular leather boots (or faux leather boots) will work just fine.
Read this post for the best women’s waterproof leather boots!
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.
What to Wear in Ireland: Dublin in Spring
Ashlea says: 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:
- How to Pack for Trips with Mixed Weather
- How to Layer a Summer Dress for Spring
- How to Pack for Europe in Spring
- Best Shoes for Traveling in Spring and Fall
Dublin Packing List for Spring
Spring in Dublin is cool, so you will need 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 to Wear in Ireland: Dublin in Summer
Ashlea says: 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:
- Capsule Wardrobe for Summer
- Top Summer Dresses Perfect for Europe
- Lightweight Jackets for Easy Layers
- Best Walking Shoes for Europe’s Cobblestone Streets
Dublin Packing List: Summer
Check the weather forecast before you leave home!
Bring your umbrella and hoodies as they are not as heavy duty as winter gear, but 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!
Lastly: shoes. Bring ballet flats 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.
What to Wear in Ireland: Dublin in Autumn
Ashlea says: Autumn has very strong winds and frequent rain, with a visible drop in temperature.
Start by reading these general tips on packing for autumn travel:
- How to Pack for Trips with Mixed Weather
- How to Layer Clothes
- Use a Summer Dress to Pack Light in Fall
- Best Shoes for Traveling in Spring and Fall
Dublin Packing List: Autumn
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!
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.
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.
Find out why leather boots are some of the best travel shoes to Europe!
What to Wear in Ireland: Dublin in Winter
Ashlea says: 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:
- Capsule Wardrobe for Winter
- How to Pack for Cold Weather
- How to Stay Warm in Cold Weather (without the bulk)
- The Best Travel Shoes for Winter
Dublin Packing List: 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.
Don’t forget 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!
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! Lastly, bring a waterproof jacket and a heavy duty umbrella.
Thermal underlayers 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 underlayers year-round, unless the weather forecast states otherwise.
Find out why thermals are a must for traveling light (and staying warm) in winter!
Ireland Travel Tips
Ireland is one of the most beautiful places to visit. When visiting Dublin, you’ll find a vibrant, cultural hub filled with history. You’ll be surrounded by longstanding architecture and museums, which include the Writers Museum and the Viking museum, to name but a few.
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.
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.
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.
For accommodation, we recommend Airbnb in Ireland and Europe.
There is so much cultural diversity within Dublin that it is certain you will find something to suit your taste preferences during your vacation. Regardless of the erratic weather, the general ambiance is grand (a word you will hear often). You will have an amazing time!
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:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a shoestring
- Lonely Planet Italy (Country Guide)
- Travel Shoes for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
Please read our Ultimate Packing List for Europe featuring stylish outfits and travel tips for 9 countries.
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