Styled in Ireland // What to Wear to the Pub!

September 20, 2012

What to wear to an Irish pub

Tips for Travellers

A few months ago, I wrote a post about how to blend in at the pub if you’re visiting Ireland. It’s one of my most popular posts! I thought it would be fun to illustrate what I might wear to the pub for this Styled in Ireland edition!

Admittedly, there is a whole range of what’s acceptable at the pub. It really depends on the time and day you’re going. If Michael and I were going to walk around to our local on a Wednesday night (very rarely, by the way!), I’d probably wear skinny jeans, flats and a sweater. But if we were heading to the pub on a Saturday night, I’d dress it up a little with heels and a skirt or dress.

My general advice for visitors is to dress in layers, and to dress up more than you might think, especially on weekend nights.  Layers are best because pubs can be very warm in the winter. Our local pub has a fireplace, which I love, but after walking there in the chilly winter air, sometimes I get too hot!

Highlight // Irish Designer

The tunic I’m wearing in this post is designed by the lovely folks at the Fashion Hothouse, a studio and collaborative work space for fashion designers in Dublin. Up and coming designers can avail of pattern cutting, sample making as well as the expertise of seasoned seamstresses. The Fashion Hothouse also produces their own line of clothing like this linen tunic.

When I stopped into Project 51 last week, I got a chance to see the new Fashion Hothouse Autumn/Winter line and they are doing some amazing tweed blazers with peplum. They were so hard to walk away from!

Sponsor // Project 51

Again, I am hugely grateful to Project 51 for sponsoring this instalment of Styled in Ireland. Project 51 is a great Dublin boutique that features the work of over 30 Irish designers, with 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.

And special thanks this week to Mary Mac’s pub in Ballsbridge – that was my first taste of Guinness in years and it was perfectly poured!

You can see the first two Styled in Ireland posts here and here!

Tunic: Fashion Hothouse / Leggings: H&M / Boots: Enzo Anglioni / Clutch: Coach / Belt: Banana Republic / Hair and makeup: Kristin Labanauskas / Photography: Julie Matkin, Half a Dream Away / Styling: Emily Westbrooks


  • Reply kathy daniels September 20, 2012 at 11:56 am

    What a great model you are! And, BTW, I’ll pick some apples for you this weekend! And taste some heirloom apples at the Common Ground Fair, not to make you any more homesick than you already are.

    • Reply emily September 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks, Kathy! I’ve had the Common Ground Fair on my mind this weekend. I hope it was dry and beautiful! I have such fond memories of those trips!

  • Reply Elizabeth holder September 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Hi great post – is there a store in Dublin where their clothes are available for purchase? Love the outfit you have on!

    • Reply emily September 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Elizabeth – you can pick up any of the Fashion Hothouse line in Project 51! Or you can contact them directly through their website.

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  • Reply Margaret Henning September 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Emily,

    Love your blog and will keep in touch from time to time. I learned a bit about what to wear in the winter, i.e., layers, which makes good sense.

  • Reply Caitlin August 16, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I must say you always look smart, lovely, and comfortable in all of your “Styled in Ireland” posts, Miss Emily. I’m headed for a tour of Ireland next month (from Massachusetts, USA) and I’ve been in a dither about what to wear, particularly the footwear. I want to be comfortable and stylin’…and I think your boots would fit the bill perfectly! Please share the brand, comfort level, and website details! I tend to have a lot of trouble with tall boots since I have small (but wide!) feet and disproportionately large calves from all the my years of Irish dancing. Much thanks 🙂

  • Reply Marie September 4, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I just discovered your blog and it’s great! My husband and I are going to Ireland next week, do you have any pub recommendations in Dublin? What are some of your favorites?

    • Reply emily September 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Marie, try the Gingerman Pub in Dublin, or Kavanagh’s (also known as Gravedigger’s) in Glasnevin. They’re both wonderful. Or even L.Mulligan Grocer for great food with your pub atmosphere! Enjoy your stay in Dublin!

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