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Ask BB: What to Pack for a Summer Vacation in Ireland

I am a 23-year-old girl from New York who will be traveling to Ireland for two and a half weeks at the end of August, and am at a loss as to where to begin packing. … [A]ny advice or suggestions you or your readers might have would be greatly appreciated! —Mairead

I would LOVE to go to Ireland some day, but since I haven't, I asked my good friend Erin to ask her good friend Lisa McInerney, who lives in Dublin, for her fabulous fashion advice. Take it away, Lisa! (and thanks a million for sharing your expertise!)

"[W]eather can be unpredictable in Ireland and most of the time it does the opposite to what is forecasted!! Always have a small umbrella, and, if you can fit it, a rain proof jacket in your handbag! Suncrean, too, is important as when it shines the sun can be strong!

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

Funky accessories and the requisite umbrella
will have you partying in style in Ireland.

Fashion in in Ireland at the moment varies, as probably the same in the U.S., the '80s are creeping back in quickly! Anything goes though and even in the fanciest of clubs you will find girls casually dressed as well as OTT dressed up! What works for me in the summertime is a couple of tank tops layered, skinny jeans, killer heals (always flat shoes or flip flops in my bag though) and some funky accessories! If the weather is really good (as is at the moment) a nice summer dress, either bare legged or with leggins.

If stuck for space in a suitcase some good accessories would help transform ultra casual day wear into something a little fancier for the evening twined with a pair of high heels—you can't lose!

I would advise bringing something warm as it can get chilly in the evenings, long cardigans are fashionable here at the moment 2.

If all fails and you arrive with a suitcase completely full of inappropriate clothing (which often happens me on holidays) we have a shop here called Penneys—cheap and cheerful and stocks all the latest trends—you could kit yourself with a complete outfit for less than €50!

Have fun and I hope the sun keeps shining :-) ".

that was fascinating to read!
#1 Real Style Real People (Homepage) on 2009-08-11 08:05 (Reply)
my family is from Ireland and we travel there all the time. I would advise you to pack something extra warm because what we consider to be cool is very different than what the Irish consider to be cool.
#2 Nicole F. on 2009-08-11 08:59 (Reply)
Ever since I watched the movie PS) I Love You I have been wanting to go to Ireland :-P
I am loving that black rose ring from Forever 21. It's in my shopping cart! Their jewelry has been awesome this season.
#3 Dina (Homepage) on 2009-08-11 11:33 (Reply)
Having been to that part of the world in the "summer," be advised it rarely gets above 65 degrees. Bring a jacket or a sweater.

Good advice on the umbrella. There's a reason why it's so green over there.
#4 StrawberryGirl on 2009-08-11 21:50 (Reply)
I went to Ireland last summer for about a month to visit family. True about the weather being unpredictable...a light rain coat and umbrella are key.
But Penney's is amazing! Lots of cute tops and dresses for super cheap. It isn't bad quality either...all the clothes I bought there have lasted me.
#5 Angie on 2009-08-13 18:06 (Reply)
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