Jay and I were in Ireland from November 12th through November 19th, and we had really nice fall weather! While we were there, the temperature during the day was 50-55º Fahrenheit and in the 40’s Fahrenheit during the night. We got lucky, and hardly had any rain. The only steady rain we experienced was when we were in Galway. In Dublin, we had some sunshine but it was generally cloudy and misty on occasion. On the coast and in Glendalough, it was always misty. We never did use our umbrella, although I would suggest bringing one just in case.
I typically wore a sweater, denim, scarf, boots and a coat each day. I did bring a puffy vest, but did not end up wearing it.
I brought sweaters that were anywhere from very heavy knit to lighter weight cotton. I also brought two lightweight turtlenecks and a long sleeved shirt.
I brought all of my favorite jeans and a pair of corduroys, as well as scarves varying from cashmere/wool to lighter weight, plus a few hats. I packed a pair of knit gloves, which I did not wear, although I wish I had worn them on the day we went to Belfast because it was much colder there!
I wore my favorite, always reliable, Burberry quilted jacket on a day that was a little warmer with a lightweight turtleneck. (Similar here.)
I packed this Ralph Lauren quilted jacket (thicker than my Burberry one, and with a detachable hood – perfect if you unexpectedly get caught in the rain!)
This L.L.Bean Sweater Fleece 3-in-1 Jacket was a lifesaver on our daytrip to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway. It was very windy at the cliffs, so it kept me warm. When it rained in Galway, it kept me dry.
My favorite new purchase for the trip was this J. Crew Daphne topcoat. I have it in olive green (it looks like they may have sold out of the olive green, but it comes in so many other beautiful colors!) I wore it a lot on this trip. It is oversized, long and perfect for layering. It is not lined, so it won’t get you through the coldest of winter days, but it was perfect for Ireland.
I wore my most comfortable leather boots and booties on our days in Dublin and Belfast.
On our day trips to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway, and to Glendalough and Kilkenny, I would not have been as comfortable without these Hunter Original Refined Short Rain Boots. I LOVE Hunter rain boots. I have a pair of the Tall Gloss ones, and find that they are just too bulky to pack, so I bought these instead. I wore them with these L.L.Bean Camp Socks and was dry and warm all day. Like I mentioned, it never really rained until we were leaving Galway, but on these trips we were walking outside a lot and in castles and parks and on cliffs, so there were plenty of puddles to step in and plenty of ways I could have ruined my leather boots if I had worn those instead. Plus, the rain boots are so easy to clean. I used anti-bacterial wipes to clean them before I put them back in my suitcase and they look brand new!
I brought my favorite Burberry cashmere scarf. (Similar here).
I also packed an assortment of lighter to medium weight scarves.
Finally, I wore this Halogen beret for a little added warmth (but mostly style!)
In general, I found that the Irish don’t dress up too much (at least in the places we went). I did purchase a new skirt and tights in Dublin, which I wore with a lightweight sweater and booties to see Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker at the Gaiety Theatre. (We bought the tickets when we were already in Dublin, and I hadn’t packed anything dressy!) Although I assumed that I should get a little more dressed up for the theater, I saw many people in jeans, so it probably wasn’t necessary. Oh well, I ended up with a great skirt out of it!
Don’t forget to check out my detailed recap of everything we did in Ireland!
Photos taken by Alicia DeAngelis and Jay Brodeur.