Styled in Ireland // Summer

August 14, 2012

Tips for Travellers

For this Styled in Ireland post, I wanted to give a few tips for what to wear in Ireland in the summertime. On my first visit to Dublin five years ago, I packed shorts, skirts and sandals. Thankfully, I also packed jeans and a jacket. I was warm-ish a few times, but I was chilly most of the time! You just can’t depend on the Irish summer weather to be warm. Or dry, for that matter.

So whenever I get questions about what to wear on a visit to Dublin in the summer, I always suggest playing it safe with this combination: pants + light top + layers.  And you’ll need to be prepared for the rain as well as the sun; always pack an umbrella and sunglasses. You may even find yourself wearing both at the same time!

And lastly, wedges can be a lifesaver with all the cobblestone streets in Dublin. I’d choose them over regular heels any day! Well, first I’d choose flats for exploring the city, but if you’re trying to get fancy, wedges are your best bet.

Highlight // Irish Designer

Eily O’Connell’s jewellery works perfectly with this ensemble. She makes direct casts from natural objects, giving the pieces this cool, tough edge. At first glance, her work is pretty, but each piece makes you look twice to see what it is. She shares photos from her process on her website. I love that she just goes outside looking for cool things, and then makes beautiful jewellery from them!

Sponsor // Project 51

I was hugely grateful to Project 51 for sponsoring the first instalment of Styled in Ireland. Project 51 is a great Dublin boutique that features the work of over 30 Irish designers, both clothing and accessories. They also have studio space used by several of their designers, and a space they use as a gallery and for occasional classes.

Polka dot top: Zara / Cropped trousers: Zara / Blazer : H&M / Wedges: Penny’s / Sunglasses: H&M / Umbrella: United Colours of Benetton / Hair and makeup: Kristin Labanauskas / Photography: Julie Matkin, Half a Dream Away / Styling: Emily Westbrooks


  • Reply Amanda August 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    You look fantastic! Fun AND put together!

    • Reply emily August 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply Magda (@Magda's Cauldron) August 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    You look beautiful 🙂
    And congratulations for the first sponsor.

    • Reply emily August 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks, Magda!

    • Reply Cheyanne March 9, 2017 at 6:33 am

      Oh the chance of it all…old school and neenw8230;co&v#rsing like this about books in blog world…at least! (Don’t have a clue how to type in a smiley face icon so just assume it is there like this….:) .

  • Reply lois August 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Emily, this layout is great. Everything really pleasing to the eye. Especially the model!

  • Reply Gerry August 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Great idea! Good way to showcase Irish designers and give readers advice they can use. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Reply Teri Tith October 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks so much. My husband and I are planning a trip to Dublin in summer 2013. This will help!

    • Reply emily October 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      I’m so glad, Teri! If you have any questions, feel free to email me! Have fun planning!

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