Clóda Scanlon, 22, Irish Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger, UCC Student, Rome.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

How to find the Debs Dress of your Dreams

It's that time of year again.
The Leaving Cert is long gone and Debs season has begun!

Some people will have planned their dress for months or even years(in their head), but if you leave everything to last minute like me, you might want to read on..

I have everything in here from not spending a cent, to completely splashing the cash.

 Here are my 3 best tips for finding the debs dress of your dreams 

1. Know your priorities - Is it your own debs or are you going to someone else's??
I think you always want your own debs dress to be your most special - so if you're going to a few debs' or you're in TY or 5th year attending as someone's debs partner, then you probably don't need to spend a leg and an arm for just one night.

However if it is your own big day, you might want to put in a lot more effort. I was only ever at my own debs but personally it was a big deal for me to have a WOW dress that I could always look back on and love!

2. PlanEven if you are very last minute with buying a dress, at least have an idea of what you would like. Start Pinteresting and googling and checking out what style, shape and colours you want. It makes narrowing down the perfect dress a lot easier.

Shopping online is often an option, but always have a backup dress in case things go belly up with delivery or the dress isn't what you expected.

A really good tip I would have is to go to dress shops and try on lots of different styles, cuts and colours. What something looks like on the hanger or on a photoshopped model may not be the case when you actually try it on. So if you love something that you've tried on, don't jump right in. Have a look through online websites. 7 times out of 10 you will probably find the exact same dress for a much cheaper price online.

3. Suit Yourself - In my opinion the biggest mistake that people make every year is following the crowd when it comes to debs dress shopping.
Know your figure. Know your sizing. Know your skin tone. Know what suits YOU!
So many girls give in and buy the tightest fitting dress or sparkliest dress they can find 'cos that's the trend or because all of their friends are wearing them.
If it doesn't suit your figure or you know you will be uncomfortable for the night, don't buy it!
By all means follow trends, but it's more important to flatter your figure first and feel comfortable in what you're wearing than trying to keep up with your friends!

Cheap & Cheerful

It's such an expensive time. You had all of your nights out after the LC, possibly a holiday, you're buying all the ice creams around you, you're going to festivals. It seems like you're burning a never-ending hole in your pocket.
You also may not have a job. How are you going to afford your debs dress??

Well here's some ideas..
You could borrow one! Remember the fab one that your older cousin, or neighbour or friend wore before? If you know them well enough you should definitely ask if you can borrow their dress. More times than most they'll be happy to see the dress that just sits in their wardrobe being put to use!
No money? No problem!! (But obviously get them a little gift or voucher or something to say thanks)
If that's not the case for you, and you can't borrow, weigh up your other options.
Go check out a few different charity stores. You could find some really cool vintage pieces or you could find a cool top and skirt to put together as a two-piece!
Buy second-hand. There are groups on Facebook called "Dresses, Debs Dresses for sale" and you could get a gorgeous dress for half the price it was bought for - which could also be in perfect condition. Definitely worth taking a look at!
Another fantastic forum for purchasing debs dresses second hand is on Depop. It's an app where you can buy and sell clothes. It's completely legit once you pay through the app :)
Hit up the sales! There's sales everywhere right now. Debenhams always have beautiful brands on sale during the summer. Also River Island can have some hidden gems in their sales - well worth keeping an eye on!

My Top Picks


This red beauty is so on-trend right now with the bardot bow detailing. 
Can you believe it's only €48 right now and there's also 20% off?? Go go go!
Buy the dress here

If your tummy is a problem area for you, but you still want to wear a fitted dress and feel sexy AF, then this dress is literally made for you! It would be amazing with dramatic eye makeup or a bold red lip!!
Buy it here

I just think that the shade of blue of this dress is so stunning and different to the typical debs dresses! It's simple but super trendy too!
Buy it here


So just before I show dresses from this site, know that it is a discount fashion store. Delivery can definitely take 4-6 weeks (or more) to get to Ireland and sizing can be funny. (I promise I have heard success stories about them though)

If  you want to be the ultimate senorita or love to make a statement, this beaut is right up your street and only $37! It also comes in purple and a forest green colour but I personally loved the navy!
You can find it here

I adore this little number. I feel like it's a colour and a shape that would suit a lot of people! Talk about princess vibes!!
Shop it here

I'm obsessed with the colour of this dress, obviously!! It's so chill and boho but soooo pretty!
It's only $22! Shop it here

Virgos Lounge

This online store is amazing for finding one-off pieces that are just magical!!

Arizona Dress
It's certainly a bold dress to wear! But with the right sass and slicked back hair you'll be looking a million dollars! Shop here

Julia Dress
I just think this dress is incredible! I've noticed they always re-stock it because it's just such a show stopper and it's timeless!! Buy it here.

Selena Dress Red
What I love about Virgos Lounge, is that you can tell when dresses are from their brand. They use a signature leaf jewelled pattern in a lot of their styles and it is just beautiful!
You can shop this beauty here.

Rosie's Closet

Rosie's Closet is an Irish boutique I stumbled across when looking for my own debs dress. It's a bit on the pricier side, but their speciality is debs dresses so you can be assured they are spectacular pieces!
Now I'm not sure if you can buy their dresses online but you can make appointments with their store in Newry to try on and purchase dresses.

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They have gorgeous two pieces for something a bit different!

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They have dresses to suit everyone and have a good size range too!

Chi Chi London

This is the ultimate girly girly store to buy your debs dress. If you want to look pretty and feel like an absolute princess, this is the place to go!!

1. How beautiful is this dress?? It would suit everyone!
2. It's only £73!!!
Find it here

Like I mean.... Where was this beauty when I was looking for a debs dress :(
Very much fairytale vibes!! I'm OBSESSSSSED! It's also suuuch a steal at £100!!
Shop the dress here

I'm LOVING this number!! It's just so glam, so elegant!
And how incredible is it with sallow skin and dark hair? WOW!
You can buy it here

What I also love about Chi Chi is their range of shorter debs dresses! Dare to be different!
Shop the look here

Curvy Style

Sometimes it can be hard to shop when you don't know of some places with your size available. I'm listing some shops online which do curvy ranges and you might just find your dream dress!
Ones to check out: Debenhams, Asos, Missguided, Rosie's Closet, Chi Chi Clothing, River Island & Lipsy to name a few!

I'm just sooo obsessed with this dress from Chi Chi Clothing! It is so elegant and expensive looking! If you want to get your legs out, but still look classy, this style is beaut!!
Shop the dress here

In case you haven't already noticed I'm a huge fan of blush and rosy pinks this season! It's just such a flattering, girly colour!
This dress is from Littlewoods this time under the Little Mistress collection, which I love!!
I love the chest detail and the wrap to sinch you in at the waist!! Fab!
Shop the look here

Love love love this one from River Island!! The embellishment is beautiful!! And it's black too so very easy to pull off with a good tan and the right accessories!
You can buy it here
(This same dress is also available in smaller sizes but be quick 'cos it's limited edition)!


It's one that perhaps not everyone would have thought of, but has some absolute gems nonetheless!

I just adore this peach dress! Everything about it!!
I love the embellishment, the netting. So classy and so trendy too!
Buy it here

This gorgeous gúna is from Littlewoods Petite collection. I love it! That lilac shade is so pretty with soft blonde curls!! You can shop it here

I hope you can take something from this blog post whether it's tips, advise or inspiration on brands and styles!
I know I would've loved to have read an article or blog post on picking the perfect Debs dress 2 years ago! So I just hope this has been helpful!

I hope you all have wonderful debs, and enjoy every minute of picking your dress and accessories!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below,
Clóda x

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