Styled in Ireland / What to Wear in the Rain

April 9, 2013

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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!

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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!

rain 5 {Can you see the snow in this photo? It was blizzarding the day we took these photos!}

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!

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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!

Missed the previous Styled in Ireland posts? Check them out here! Summer / Match Day / Afternoon Tea / Picnic / Chilly Weather / Wedding Guest / Date Night / Festive Paddy’s Day

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


  • Reply MakeUpMonster April 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Great post:)

    • Reply emily April 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Celloluv April 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Last year when we visited Dublin we felt very touristy with our bright purple and bright blue rain jackets. Everyone seemed to be in black or dark colors. Glad to see some colors coming in. One of my favorite memories is having a hearty beef stew and cup of tea in the under croft of Christ Church. They had a tiny little place to eat. We lounged on a comfy sofa among the tombs, dry and toasty on a cold wet rainy day.

    • Reply emily April 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

      I agree – it’s overall much too dreary! I bet the purple was cheery! I’ve never eaten down there in Christ Church but I must try it out – on a wet day!

  • Reply Abigail April 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Your photos always make me so wistful for Ireland! And I love the umbrella!

    • Reply emily April 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Thanks, Abigail! I’m trying to glamorize the wet weather! 😉

  • Reply Gerry Boyle April 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Of all your fashion posts, Emily, this one may be the most useful! (given Irish weather).

  • Reply Nathalie April 10, 2013 at 7:29 am

    These are ridiculously cute!

    • Reply emily April 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Thanks, Nathalie!

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