We’d like to introduce you to another of our sponsors today, the excellent Dirty Fabulous vintage clothing boutique based in Dublin (rather appropriately for a St Patrick’s Day post!) The talented ladies behind this brand are incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about vintage style and we were lucky enough to get to work with them again on our photoshoots in Paris last January. We’ll turn you over to them now for more fabulous vintage fun:

Can you tell us a little about yourself, what you offer and where you are based?

We are a vintage boutique specialising in occasion wear from the 1930s to the 60s. Dirty Fabulous stocks divine bias cut gowns from the 1930s and 40s, gorgeous prom dresses and va va voom wiggle dresses from the 1950s. Silk suits and mod minis from the 60s and flirty and fun party dresses from the1970s and beyond. We carry only the best in American vintage pieces. Our dresses and accessories are perfect for the bride-to-be, mother of the bride, bridesmaid and wedding guests. Dirty Fabulous is based on the first floor of 21 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Dirty Fabulous Vintage

When should brides start looking and shopping for their bridal dress if they are planning on a vintage wedding dress?

There is no set time needed for buying a vintage wedding dress. Unlike bridal boutiques you will not have to order your dress within a specific time. The time-line will be dictated by whatever the bride is comfortable with. She could pop into us a month before the wedding and find her perfect dress or make an appointment a year before and we could source something specific for her if we don’t currently have in what she has in mind.

Can you arrange a private appointment for bridal parties to visit you and try your dresses?

Dirty Fabulous opens by appointment from Tuesday to Saturday with late evenings on Thursdays. Our appointments are fun filled and free of pressure. The Dirty Fabulous team are passionate about vintage clothing so we can give you all the information, advice or history you desire. We can suggest different styles and accessories to try and achieve lots of bridal looks. Our brides can bring friends, bridesmaids or mothers to help with the decision and we even allow photographs! You can make an appointment by calling us on 01 6111842 or emailing info@dirtyfabulous.com.

Dirty Fabulous Vintage

Do you have any advice for brides choosing a bridal dress for a warmer climate?

The dress has to be made of a breathable fabric for warmer climates. You really don’t want perspiration marks on your slinky satin dress on your big day. Make sure your dress isn’t too constricting as you’ll feel too uncomfortable when it’s very hot. The shorter 1950s prom dresses and 1960s tunic style gowns are really ideal for warm weather weddings.

Do you have any advice for brides choosing a bridal dress for a colder climate?

Many vintage wedding dresses from the 1930s and 40s have sleeves, they are quite covered but beautifully tailored, these styles are amazing for colder climate weddings. We also carry many two-piece bridal suits from the 1950s to the 60s. They often have very fitted dresses, swing coats and lots of beading and embellishment. Teamed with a cage veil they make a stunning wedding outfit, without having to freeze on your big day!

Dirty Fabulous Vintage Wear

Can you suggest some nice ideas for brides getting married in a church where they are required to cover their shoulders?

We often have brides who need an elegant piece to cover their shoulders in a church wedding. The vintage options are limitless: ostrich feather shrugs, cream fur caplets, beaded cardigans and silk shawls will all add to a beautiful look on your wedding day.

You also stock accessories- do you have any advice for brides choosing accessories to compliment their vintage wedding dress?

When wearing a vintage dress we find at Dirty Fabulous that the bride can have a lot more fun with her accessories. Every era has such a totally different look and you can either wear something in keeping with the period or you can tie in some modern elements such as a pair of killer patent vibrant heels. We will always offer lots of styling advice to our brides on their options. This could range from where to place the perfect rhinestone brooch, which tone of pearls to wear or whether chandelier earrings would suit the neckline. We also make bespoke headpieces to suit their individual dresses. These can vary from crystal combs and veils to Avant Garde structural headpieces.

Dirty Fabulous Vintage Clothing

Do you also dress the bridal party, bridesmaids, mother of the bride etc?

We’ve often dressed whole bridal parties who love the idea of keeping a vintage look within the wedding group. One of things our customers love is that they can be completely sure that when they are wearing a Dirty Fabulous vintage dress that no one will be wearing the same dress as them. In fact no one will have even seen a dress like it! This is a really important factor for the mother of the bride and bridesmaids. As there are so many endless styles in vintage eras you can really find a dress that reflects your own personality, shape and style without having to follow a particular current fashion trend that may not be flattering to you. The vintage world is your oyster!

Can you tell us a bit more about the people behind the business?

Dirty Fabulous is owned and run by my sister Caroline Quinn and myself, Kathy Sherry. We are absolutely passionate about vintage fashion and we come from a family of tailors, seamstresses and costumers going back generations. We wanted to open a boutique that offered a relaxing shopping experience, personal attention to customers and vintage pieces that were utterly gorgeous for any occasion.

Dirty Fabulous Team

Do you have any exciting plans that you’d like to tell us about?

Here at Dirty Fabulous we love to spoil our customers so we often have lovely customer treats, special offers and evening events. We always send out the details of these events on our newsletter which can be subscribed to from www.dirtyfabulous.com. We will be adding even more pieces to our bridal collection with future plans to carry a 1920s flapper style range. It’s early stages but we’re very excited! 

Thanks so much to Kathy and Caroline, be sure to check out the Dirty Fabulous website and Facebook page for more info. We can’t wait to share images of the beautiful outfits they lent us for the Paris photoshoot.

Oh, and Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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