What to Pack for Ireland, According to a Local

Planning a trip to Ireland? Whether it’s to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or you’re overdue for a vacation, there’s no doubt you’ll want to know just what to pack. While it’s tempting to bring a haul of all your favorite outfits worthy of an Instagram or two, knowing what to expect while you’re there will also ensure you’ll pack light—who wouldn’t want that?

As with any vacation, whether for two weeks or for 36 hours, planning out your outfits can be a daunting task. But Irish fashion and lifestyle blogger Louise Cooney knows exactly what you’ll need when you’re getting ready to hop across the pond, and she's sharing the details below.

According to Cooney, locals love to have fun with their style, playing with textures and colors. “Faux fur-jackets, aviator jackets, and tailored coats have been very popular in Ireland,” she says. “Ankle boots with a small heel or else thigh-high boots are most women's go-to. Investing in a good pair of jeans for a trip to Ireland would be money well spent—you'll be warm and still stylish.” Cooney also mentions Ireland’s signature Aran sweater as a must for your wardrobe.

The fashion blogger encourages tourists to be prepared for any type of weather. “It’s an unwritten rule that in Ireland you can’t leave the house without both an umbrella and a pair of sunglasses. We’re known to get four seasons in one day here,” she explains. With that in mind, shop some of Irish girl–approved pieces that’ll have you ready for anything.

Layer this under a heavier coat.

Available in sizes L to XXXL.

You'll walk everywhere in these.

Available in sizes IT 35 to IT 41.

Dress these up or down.

Available in sizes 24 to 32.

You'll never want to take this off.

Available in sizes S to L.

Patent is definitely a statement this season. 

Available in sizes 5.5 to 10.

This adds the right pop of color.

Available in sizes XS to L.

These jeans are so classic.

Available in sizes 00 to 24.

How cozy does this chunky sweater look?

Available in sizes XS to L.

Who doesn't love a good pair of thigh-high boots?

Available in sizes 5.5 to 9.

Tinted sunglasses channel all the right '70s vibes.

These are perfect for days full of walking.

Available in sizes 4 to 12.

Everyone needs a sassy leopard-print coat.

Available in sizes S to 4X.

Red boots are so unexpected.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.