That sum­mer in Dublin Five fash­ion­istas share their fail- safe sea­sonal sta­ples

Five Dubs share secrets of their favourite sum­mer sta­ples with Deirdre Mc­Quil­lan

The Irish Times Magazine - - FRONTLINES -

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

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