Having A Ball | Debutante Season 2015

I cannot believe it has been 10 years since I dragged my mother in Julien in Stephens Green, tried on the biggest and most embellished dress in the shop and totally fell in love. The was an era before Facebook or Instagram, so the standard of fashion was not actually that high. The only time you would really see people in gowns was on red carpets and the social pics at the back of magazines, so there weren’t any trends I was particularly aware of at the time. Now it is so much more competitive when heading to a debs ball as you can see every single person’s dress instantly through Instagram, snapchat and the rest.


So this is the best picture I can find right now. Left is me at my debs, before I had a digital camera! Right is my sister from two years ago when I made her try on my dress for fun.  So the colour was a champagne gold, it had a fully boned corset and about ten layers of tulle for the skirt. Hand beaded embellishment covered the entire corset and dipped onto the skirt also. So in 2015 it may not be the style of dress many debutantes will be wearing, but for 2005 it was pretty fab, and I really felt like a princess. You can’t see the shoes, but I got a pair of pied a terre shoes for about €200 and I only wore them once, what a waste!



The quality is terrible, and I can just about make out my blurry head on the second row from the back to the right of the middle, in between two girls in pink. I am sure I am not the only person from my year who regretted their style choices, but I really can’t stress enough how limited the availability of fashion was 10 years ago. I doubt many people ordered their dresses online, as at the time it was such a huge risk, and there were only a handful of boutiques around Dublin, and many of them had the same stock. Ok so that’s enough of the ‘back in my day’ rant, this is what I would wear if my debs was today.

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Browse all of these dresses here. 

Ok so back to 2015, if I was to do it all again my choices would be VERY different, and I probably would have saved my mother a fortune! 10 years ago there weren’t any high street options for fabulous full length gowns, but today I have chosen nine absolutely gorgeous dresses I would wear.



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My first selection is from Myleene Klass. I am not usually one that goes for celebrity clothing ranges, but this dress is so fabulous! It really has a 1950s glamour look while being quite modern and clean. I think this silhouette will look fab on just about everyone, the peplum accentuates the waist while also disguising any little tummy. The mermaid skirt is really glamorous and the colour is perfect for showing off a Summer tan *cough spray tan cough*. Throw on a big statement necklace or chandelier earrings and you will look like you are ready for a walk down the red carpet.
You can shop this dress here 


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My next choice is not too distant from the dress I wore in terms of the shape as it has a full skirt, however the skirt is higher on the waist which is really flattering. I love the colours, very Tiffany’s, and the print is very sweet and girly. The great thing about a dress like this, is that you don’t need to overload on accessories, as the print makes such a fabulous statement. Add a couple of gold bangles and metallic clutch and you are good to go.
Shop this dress here. 


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Another showstopper dress, but this time much more sexier. This is a deep V cut metallic dress from House of CB which features side slits down the skirt. So this dress may not scream debutante, but it is pretty fabulous and I have never been opposed to a bit of cleavage. Again, this dress is the statement so accessories can be kept simple.
Shop this dress here. 


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So my love of champagne dresses with embellishment has not gone too far, however this dress is much chicer than my dress from 10 years ago. The beading is beautiful and I love the long sleeves, as my debs was at the end of October and it was bloody freezing that night! Even though it has long sleeves it still flashes a little bit leg with s side split and a vneck top.
Shop this dress here. 


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OK I ACTUALLY NEED THIS DRESS! It looks a little risqué but the cut-out midsection and shoulders are actually sheer mesh! I have an obsession with wearing a red dress, I always feel happy when I wear red. The skirt comes up quite high on the waist which makes it really flattering, and again that fold over will disguise a little tummy if you are like me and you have one. I like to be playful with red and match gold and turquoise accessories, but with such a simple dress you can go as wild as you like. I will say that the way the slit falls, you can treat yourself to a pair of showstopper shoes, as they will be on show all night.
Shop this dress here.



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All hail the illusion dress! I don’t care what your body shape is, this dress will accentuate what you have and make you feel super sexy. The detail on the front is a gorgeous black, grey, silver and gold swirl, very glam! The accessories can be pretty much any metallic, black or grey as there are so many options with this print.
Shop this dress here.

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It shouldn’t be surprising that there is a second red dress in my list, I really do think the colour red is magical and it makes you feel brighter and more confident. This is a really simple and clean dress with a fold over detail on the top. As the dress is so simple and beautiful, you can go totally wild with accessories. I love the statement earrings paired in this picture, but you can play around with the look.
Shop this dress here. 


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If I were ever to elope and get married on a beach in a boho ceremony, this is the dress I want to be wearing! I love the shape and all the different details and textures on this dress. The skirt is really simple with a side slit, while the top has so much detail going on with lace and cut outs. With this colour, you have so much freedom with accessories. You can decide to keep it simple with white or metallic, but you could also add a bright pop of colour.
Shop this dress here. 


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Last but not least, a stunning and simple black dress. The neck detail on this dress is for those who want to be a little edgier on the night. I can imagine myself wearing this dress with one of my leather biker jackets and a pair of black lace up heels, but that is just me. I love a long black dress, very classic and chic.
Shop this dress here. 


If you are heading to your debs this year I would recommend finding a comfortable pair of shoes (as comfortable as possible if your going for a pair of high heels). You will be in the shoes for so long, and I remember hobbling around in mine in the wee hours.
My second recommendation is to enjoy the whole process, if you are getting your hair done, makeup, nails, tan etc, just enjoy each step. I hated my hair, I wanted a curly blow dry and the girl convinced me to go with GHD curls, which is obviously not the same thing. I was so annoyed about my hair but once I got there and saw everyone, I completely forgot about it. Once you’re smiling nobody will know if something didn’t turn out exactly as you planned. It can be really easy to get caught up and turn into a Debzilla, but the night is all about one last time seeing all your friends before you go your separate ways. There was one girl in my year who had a face on her the whole night, and I haven’t seen her since, but my only memory now is that she was miserable. The Debs are about smiling, laughing and dancing.



Who has their debs this year? Let me know in the comments below!

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The last time I went to a ball I wore a red dress (shocker), you can see all my outfit details here. 


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