One of the most beloved facets of Irish culture is traditional Irish clothing. From plush shawls and cozy woolen knitwear to sharp Irish tweeds and caps, traditional Irish clothing has had a long-enduring appeal. Let’s take look at five staples of traditional women’s clothing and some of our favorites from Gifts of Ireland.
Jimmy Hourihan Shawl in Black/Tan with Celtic MotifShawls have been an essential item of women’s Irish clothing since the early nineteenth century and remain a stylish way to beat the brisk Irish weather. As they grew in popularity, an elegant shawl was considered part of your ‘Sunday best.’ Jimmy Hourihan is an expert of the craft, manufacturing women’s Irish capes and shawls for over 60 years. The earthy tones and Celtic motif of this shawl incorporates effortlessly into any look.
Mucros Weavers Newsboy Hat
The Newsboy hat is an iconic piece of traditional Irish clothing. Originally associated with working class men, the Newsboy hat has steadfastly been a part of Irish culture. Its rounded style has become fashionable for women, making it a go-to accessory. Though Mucros Weavers use looms over 200 years old to weave their premium Irish accessories, this Irish hat brings a contemporary feel to this distinctly traditional piece. The floral detail on the side of the brim gives this Newsboy hat a feminine flair.
Merino Wool Aran Sweater
Aran sweaters have been a must-have winter item since the early twentieth century. Hailing from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland, these luxurious knitted wool sweaters have garnered worldwide attraction. Each weave pattern of an Aran sweater has a different meaning; cable knit representing fishermen’s ropes and symbolizes safety and good luck, while a honeycomb pattern symbolizes hard work and its rewards. This Aran Woolen Mills sweater has a flattering fitted shape and has an intricate cable knit pattern – and comes in seven different colors, making it an easy addition to any wardrobe.
Merino Wool Aran Cardigan
A knitted cardigan is the perfect item to nestle into on a crisp morning. Whether you’re heading out for the day or keeping warm inside, a knitted Aran cardigan will suit everything. This Aran Woolen Mills cardigan is made from thick, lush Merino wool and looks as elegant today as when Aran Woolen Mills began weaving in 1965.
Studio Donegal Ladies Tweed JacketIrish Tweed has been woven in Donegal for centuries and is a timeless clothing staple. Tweed garments have been seen both on the streets and on runways for decades and remain a versatile statement piece. This handwoven Tweed jacket from Studio Donegal has a very retro look to it, but its unstructured design brings a more casual, modern edge to the Tweed jacket look.