What Do People Wear in Ireland?

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In Ireland, people tend to dress modestly, often wearing wool or tweed garments. Raincoats are necessities, as is clothing for cold weather. In addition, people in Ireland tend to wear boots, walking shoes and other sensible and water-resistant footwear.

Businesspeople in Ireland dress conservatively, with men wearing suits or sports jackets, typically accompanied by a tie. Professional women wear dresses and skirts more often than their American counterparts.

Because cold and rainy weather is common in Ireland, people tend to layer clothing to stay warm and to adjust to frequent changes in the weather, notes Travel Fashion Girl. Most people carry umbrellas and keep parkas or raincoats with them at all times. Pea coats or trench coats are considered essential in Ireland. Wool scarves and soft knit hats are popular and fashionable accessories that combine warmth with style.

Very bright colors are rarely worn in Ireland. Instead, locals favor neutral colors, with women also wearing pastels. Track suits, white trousers and nylon jackets are not considered appropriate for public wear, and clothing that is overly revealing, including very short shorts or cropped tops, is also inappropriate. While running shoes are not considered appropriate for daily wear, young people often wear Converse tennis shoes, according to College Fashion.