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Reader Question: Going to Republic of Ireland this fall. What kind of rain coat should I bring?What do the Irish wear?
What a fabulous question! As I mention in my packing tips post, Ireland’s weather can be a bit tricky – and that is definitely the case in fall! The months of September and October can vary from incredibly warm to cold and wet.
My personal choice of coat for Ireland is the Molly Jacket by ScotteVest. Mine has been to Ireland 3 times, and will be making its 4th trip this fall.
When it comes to Irish weather, I’m a firm believer in layers, no matter the season and while the Molly Jacket isn’t specifically a raincoat, it is made with a water resistant poly material with a Teflon treatment, so it sheds water well. It’s not a thick jacket, so it is versatile for any season and you can layer under it easily without feeling extra bulky. For warmth I add a Merino Blend Long Sleeve shirt as a base or mid-layer as it is so thin and very warm.
If you’re looking for a more traditional raincoat for Ireland vacation, ScotteVest also has a beautiful trench coat which is 100% water resistant and a bit heavier.
As for the second part of the question – ‘what do the Irish wear’? I was looking through my Instagram feed not long after this question came in and saw the image below, which I think answers your question perfectly!
You’ll find a bit of everything, especially when in the countryside. In Dublin you might opt for something a bit more fashionable, as Emily at From China Village recommends here.
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