That summer in Dublin Five fashionistas share their fail- safe seasonal staples
Five Dubs share secrets of their favourite summer staples with Deirdre McQuillan
Dressing for the Irish summer weather and its unpredictable vagaries presents some truly exasperating challenges. When one minute we are languishing in a heatwave and digging out the swimwear, the next we are dealing with humidity, sweat and ruined hair styles – only to be followed by heavy tropical downpours.
Wellies may get you safely through the puddles but are not a good look when the sun shines again and shades are needed instead. Heading away on an Irish holiday means packing for the four seasons that could conceivably come along in one day, and maybe finding all you needed was to prepare for one, because it was so hot and all those raincoats, rubber boots and wetsuits remained unworn.
We’ve all been there. We know that the Wild Atlantic Way and a whole host of favourite Irish summer places pose their own sartorial demands but who can countenance transparent plastic rainwear ponchos and runners pouring out from tourist buses at the Cliffs of Moher on a wet day?
The ideal emergency downpour staple is a light, black hooded packable nylon raincoat that folds flat like those from Hunter – it’s a better and clever option for variable Irish summers.
We asked five cool Dubliners about their favourite summer staples and why the pieces they wear work so well in this variable climate of ours.
Heading away on an Irish holiday means packing for the four seasons that could conceivably come along in one day