Choosing fall Ireland outfits can be difficult as the weather is constantly changing so here are 5 helpful tips on what to wear in Ireland in the fall.
Photos were taken using my phone & Canon EOS 6D & a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens.
Couple shots were taken using the MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod & the Wireless Timer Remote Control Shutter Release Pixel TW-283N3 for Canon.
I can’t believe that just last weekend we were in the beautiful country of Ireland.
Our road trip in Ireland was one of the most magical and breathtaking experiences of my life!
I took more pictures during this trip than I have ever taken in my life.
And while I carefully planned out every outfit for our trip to Ireland, what I did not plan was to run out of space on my memory card… OOPS!!
I will definitely not be making that mistake again…
Luckily, I didn’t run into any outfit problems on our trip as I had researched, shopped, & raided my sister & moms closets with attention to detail in order to ensure that I would stay warm, dry, cozy, & picture ready for every Ireland adventure.
Sherpa Pullover Sweatshirt (XL Kids) | Nine West Back Pack (similar)
And since I planned my fall Ireland outfits very carefully I thought I would share my experience and my favorite 5 tips to help you plan what you are going to wear in Ireland.
- Always Layer
- Choose Sweaters
- Accessorize with Scarves
- Bring a Rain Jacket
- Wear Boots
I’m going to break down each of these tips below & share with you everything that I wore starting with our plane trip over to Ireland all the way to our plane trip back to Atlanta.
First up was the outfit you see above, I wore a green dress, tights, & this kids sweater in XL that I picked up from Walmart.
The sweater was crazy cozy, perfect for an overnight flight in an upright seat. And since we went from 80-degree weather in ATL to 50-degree weather in Dublin this kept me warm from the plane all the way to when we changed in the car (in the parking garage), in Dublin.
Now on to the tips!
Plaid Scarf (similar) | Burgundy Long Sleeve Dress (similar) | Mini Black Umbrella (similar)
1. Always Layer
My first tip is to always layer.
As the weather in Ireland is unpredictable & can change numerous times throughout the day & throughout the country, being able to pull off or add on layers throughout the day will ensure that you are able to stay warm, comfortable, & cute throughout your trip.
On our first day, we drove from Dublin to the Ballyseed Castle (east coast to west coast) & as this was to be one of our longest driving days I wanted to be comfortable, cute, & warm.
We experienced more dreary weather on our first day in Ireland than any of our others, so as you can see I wore a lot of layers.
I wore dresses 3 out of the four days in Ireland & on two of those days, I wore black leggings over my black stockings to keep warm.
On the first day, I wore a cardigan on top of my dress for warmth.
Oh & under all of my tops & sweaters I made sure to also wear tank tops in order to keep my core warm. This worked great!!
2. Choose Sweaters
Ireland is already known for their Aran sweaters, & while I didn’t wear any Aran sweaters on our trip, I did take their love for sweaters to heart & layered a sweater on top of my dress on Friday.
And while sweaters will naturally make you look a bit bigger, staying warm is totally worth it!
The sweaters I chose for this trip were warm & cozy which meant that when it wasn’t raining I didn’t need a jacket.
While I started out with a jacket Friday morning, about 10 minutes after putting it on I took it off & stuffed it in my backpack.
And on Saturday, while hiking the Cliffs of Moher I got so hot in my sweater & scarf I actually started to glisten (as ladies don’t sweat, right?).
Luckily, there was a nice cool breeze coming up over the cliffs, so all we had to do was sit down on a grassy knoll, a few feet away from the drop-off, & we cooled off pretty quickly.
3. Accessorize with Scarves
I love scarves! I would wear them all summer if we didn’t live in southeast Tennessee.
So as you can imagine I couldn’t wait to wear scarves in Ireland.
I chose big & heavy scarves that would both keep my neck warm & could also be used as a wrap if needed.
And while I originally thought that my plaid scarf may look too Scottish in Ireland I was actually surprised to see quite a bit of plaid in several of the hotels that we stayed in throughout our Ireland road trip.
Solid Belted Skirt | White Long Sleeve Dress (similar)
4. Bring Jackets
We were crazy blessed with good weather during our Ireland trip, but the week leading up to our trip the weather forecast made it look like we were in for a whole lot of rain.
So, just to be safe, I brought 2 rain jackets, a black one that I bought from Target for our last European adventure (similar Target one here) & one khaki rain jacket that I borrowed from my sister.
Throughout our trip, I saw a lot of people bundled up in down jackets & rain jackets, but luckily my thick sweaters kept me plenty warm.
On our last full day, I wore a thin white dress below my skirt so I did wear a cream jacket that I had found at TJMaxx last spring since.
But by the midday, I had rid myself of it as I was plenty warm without it.
5. Wear Boots
I only brought boots with me to Ireland & I’m so glad I did!
Since you never know when sunshine is going to turn to clouds, or a light mist into a rainstorm with puddles everywhere, having boots on was a safe way to ensure my feet were always dry & warm.
On our first day, while touring a fort, we passed a couple who were discussing her flats & how it was the wrong day to wear them as there was mud & puddles everywhere.
And honestly, I’m not sure I would have ever wanted to wear any type of flats that would have left my feet exposed in any way.
Flat boots (with minimal to no heel) that are comfortable for hiking the Cliffs of Moher yet cute enough for dinner in a castle.
Boots are definitely the way to go in Ireland!
In all honesty, many of these tips will really be affected by the climate & temperature you are accustomed to on a regular basis.
If you are from a hot state like Florida, Texas, or southern California you may find yourself bundled up most of the time as you are not accustomed to cooler weather.
However, if you are from more northern states like New York, Michigan, or Colorado you may find yourself never wearing a jacket except for a thin rain jacket on occasion.
While we were hiking the Cliffs of Moher I thought those who were bundled up in down jackets were crazy & must be dying of heat.
And then I realized that they probably thought I was freezing, but since I was wearing boots, stockings, leggings, a tank top, sweater, skirt, & scarf I felt just right, & at times a little overly warm.
But no matter where you are from I know that these 5 tips will help you stay warm, dry, comfortable, & cute for your fall Ireland adventure!
I have a lot more blog posts on Ireland to come as well as some that I have already shared. Click here to read all of my tips & advice posts on Ireland.
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With love, Giusti
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:20-21 NIV