I’m back this morning with a new Styled in Ireland post and we’re going to take a stab at how to prepare for Ireland’s rainy weather. First, a little disclaimer. I’m only going to attempt to help you out when it comes to regular rain. In Ireland, we also have what I like to call sideways rain, when the rain combines with wind to sneak under your umbrella and soak you from head to toe. For that kind of rain, all bets are off. Wrap yourself in a few ponchos and hope for the best!
Tips for Travellers
When it’s just normal rain, you can usually stay relatively dry with a few (still stylish!) tricks. First, a cute, waterproof rain jacket. I don’t think there’s any reason rainy days should be made more depressing with dreary black rain coats. This bright patterned one from Avoca’s Anthology line has a nice cut and a cute hood.
Second, boots, not wellies. If you are on a farm, mucking around in the mud, wear wellies. I just don’t believe wellies are city wear. In fact, I don’t even own a pair!
The final element, a sturdy umbrella. You don’t want one that’ll flip inside out with the slightest breeze. I’ve had my orange United Colors of Benetton umbrella for four years and it’s still going strong, but I do like the ruffle on this creamy umbrella. I might need an upgrade!
Highlight // Irish Designer
Some of the clothing you’ll see in Avoca is sourced from around Europe, but their Anthology line of women’s clothing is designed at the Avoca headquarters south of Dublin in Kilmacanogue. You can visit the headquarters to shop and enjoy their cafe, but can you imagine working there as a designer every day? How fun!
The Avoca Anthology line is very sweet and feminine, and usually follows Avoca’s traditional colors – lilacs, Irish greens, dusty pinks – but they throw in a few modern patterns which are surprisingly fun to mix with stripes and black and white!
And when all else fails, find a pub, order a pot of tea or a pint of Guinness, and wait out the rain. It’s bound to end eventually!
Rain Jacket: Avoca Anthology / Striped dress: Avoca / Boots: Etienne Aigner / Tights: Penney’s / Umbrella: Avoca / Hair and makeup: Kristin Labanauskas / Photography: Julie Matkin, Half a Dream Away / Styling: Emily Westbrooks