Thursday, 11 February 2016

Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses!

Many of us (myself included) like to have a bit of cover for the tops of our arms and this doesn't change when it comes to The Dress on the big day. We've seen requests for wedding dresses with sleeves grow each year. Thankfully this is one trend that's here to stay.

I think there's something incredibly elegant and alluring about wedding dresses that are less revealing. Gone are the days when we have to have everything on show to up the glamour stakes.
Beautifully tailored wedding dresses mean you can have it all... coverage and hotness (yip we still want to look hot on our wedding day!). 

Vintage wedding dresses often have lace, sheer or detailed sleeves and are the original trend setters. If you'd prefer to bare a little bit of skin then consider having your vintage dress made backless. BOOM... now you have it all!

Images to Inspire You
Image by Clary Pfeiffer via Style Me Pretty

Image by Donja Pitsch for Glamour Espana via Buzzfeed

Image by Phil Chester via Green Wedding Shoes

 Image by David McClelland via One Fab Day

Image via Vogue Espana

 Image by Dan O'Day via Nouba

 Image via Vogue France

 Image via Vogue France

Image via Wedding Party  

Styled Photoshoots Featuring Dirty Fabulous Vintage Wedding Dresses


Vintage Wedding Dresses with Sleeves In Stock




Prices range from €480 to €950

Above is just a little snippet of our vintage wedding dresses with sleeves. We've have an extensive range of wedding dresses so make sure you get in touch to arrange your appointment to see the full collection.
Give us a call on +353 (1) 611842 or email

Monday, 8 February 2016

What To Expect During Your Dirty Fabulous Bridal Appointment

If you are beginning your bridal shopping you might be finding the whole experience a little daunting.
You mightn't be sure what to expect from a private appointment which can leave you apprehensive and reluctant to book in anywhere.

Rest assured Dirty Fabulous is here to make certain you have the most enjoyable time possible! Let us take you step by step through the whole appointment process:

 Audrey Hepburn 

Booking Your Appointment
You can arrange your appointment by phone on  +353 (1) 6111842 or email on You can also message us on our Facebook page. Feel free to ask as many queries as you want before booking. We're here to help you!
Our busiest appointment dates are our late evenings, Fridays and Saturdays which all tend to book up between 3 and 6 weeks in advance.
We're sorry but we don't open on Sundays or Mondays (in order to keep us bright eyed and bushy tailed your Dirty Fabulous team needs some much needed RnR!!!)
Our appointments last an hour and you'll have the place to yourself.
Appointments are totally free and completely enjoyable, we only ask that you let us know in advance if you need to cancel or change as we have lots of lovely brides waiting in the wings on a cancellation list.
If you'd like to see inside our boutique just take a look here. Dirty Fabulous is located in the heart of the Creative Quarter in Dublin (just off Grafton Street).
We're on a first floor so you will need to navigate some steps.

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What Should I Bring With Me?
You can of course arrive as you are but if you'd prefer to be fully prepared then it's useful to bring any or all of the following:

  • A strapless bra and a good supportive bra in ivory/white/nude. But have no fear, if you visit us in your black or polka dot bra that's totally ok too!!!
  • Shoes for trying on if you have a pair in mind. We have nude heels in the shop in all sizes for our brides to use so this only applies if you have a specific heel size in mind or you already have your shoes.
  • If you have any images on your phone of any bridal looks you had in mind we'd be delighted to have a peak.
  • If your appointment is for a headpiece then it's super helpful to have a sample of your dress fabric and an idea (photo is preferable) of your hairstyle on the day. If you can bring your wedding dress with you then that's even better!
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What Should I not Bring?
  • If you could refrain from wearing fake tan for your appointment we'd be really grateful as it does tend to mark our dresses. Our dresses are all one of a kind and not samples so we love keeping them as pristine as possible.
  • Heavy make-up - although this is totally up to yourself. I for one can't go downstairs in the morning without having my face on! We have funny little pop-on make-up protectors for you to wear when pulling the dresses on over your head. So if you are having a lovely day in town and need your full face on then we can work around that!

Who Can I Bring With Me?
  • For the most part this is up to you. Some people arrive solo so they aren't overwhelmed by a million opinions, whilst others like to bring a gaggle of gals! (guys are welcome too but we don't see many!).
  • In terms of space in little ol' Dirty Fabulous we can hold about a maximum of 6 people and that's quite a squeeze. We'd really recommend no more than 3. 
  • Having too many people who all suggest you try on different things can take away from your valuable YOU time and can make it harder to find the perfect dress. 
  • Bring people who's opinion you trust and who know your style. We've seen it time and time again were a bride falls in love with her dress but then is told by someone in her appointment party that they don't like it because it isn't a big white traditional dress. Que crestfallen bride!!!
  • Sometimes those important people you really want there, can't make your appointment time but don't worry, you can always come back on another appointment to show your best gals any dress you're smitten with.
Coco Chanel fitting one of her designs

What Can I Expect During My Appointment
  • Our undivided attention!
  • When you come in to Dirty Fabulous we'll ask you a few questions about when your wedding is and what style of wedding dress (if any) you had in mind. This will give us an idea of what dresses to suggest for you to try on.
  •  As most of our dresses are one of a kind vintage pieces and aren't measured in standard sizes we'll take your waist measurements. We do have a growing selection of reproduction wedding dresses that are available to order in and your measurements will help us pick the best size for you to try.
  • We'll invite you to have a good look through the rails to show us anything you like the look of. Then we'll pull out some gorgeous frocks which we think will suit your shape and style.
  • During your hour appointment we'll try dresses of different lengths and styles which are from many different eras. We'll also try you in some of our new dresses.
  • For any dress that you really like we'll add lots of finishing touches like veils, cover-ups and jewellery. Those you don't we'll whizz through (no point wasting your precious time!)
  • Here's one that most people find surprising: YOU CAN TAKE AS MANY PHOTOGRAPHS AS YOU LIKE! We'd love for you to take pictures of the dresses you love. It'll help you remember what each outfit looks like and believe me after a few appointments in one day your head will be spinning!
  • For a headpiece or accessory appointment we'll have a quick little consultation to hear any of your ideas then we'll begin trying on lots of options. Again feel free to be snap happy!
So that's it! Dirty Fabulous offers a very relaxed, fun and glamorous time that we're pretty confident you'll enjoy. We really hope you find your dream bridal dress or accessories with us but don't fret it you don't. You can always visit us again when new stock arrives. 
And, even if you had a wonderful experience but think that vintage is not for you we'd love it if you'd spread the Dirty Fabulous word... that's all we ask!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

New Arrivals - Vintage Occasion Dresses in Dirty Fabulous!

We spend quite a bit of time sourcing the finest vintage dresses from America and our latest arrivals are quite divine, even if we do say so ourselves!

I'd like you to say hello to some gorgeous party and occasion dresses from the 1940's to the 1960's.
Many of our new additions have fabulous deep hues and rich fabrics which make them ideal for events in Winter and Spring.

Below is just a tiny example of what we've had time to photograph. There are plenty more in store which are just dying to be tried on by you!!!


 1960s dusky blue and metallic gold party dress €250, 29" waist size 10+

1960's Young Viewpoint green satin dress €290, 34" waist size 14+

Incredible 1950s silk velvet wiggle dress with cutouts... Smokin Hot! €290, 27" waist Size 8-10

1960s chartreuse dress with green velvet bodice €280, waist 26" size 8

1950s pale cream prom with dusky pink waist and flocked floral pattern €310, waist 28" size 10

1950's Chic Mode mint blue satin prom dress €280, waist 26" size 8

1940's Donald Original coffee pleated rayon dress €290, waist 27, size 8

 Vintage Party Dresses... WOOHOO!!!