Fabulous Formal Wear: Vintage Store Roundup

It’s ball season at Trinity! If you’re looking for something unique to wear, we’ve got you covered with our guide to the coolest consignment and vintage stores around town. From dresses to jackets and bags to heels, there’s something for everyone in our tried and tested recommendations that cater to every budget.


Lucy’s Lounge | 11 Fownes Street Upper, Dublin 2

A firm favourite here at Tn2 Magazine, Lucy’s Lounge is an eclectic treasure trove bursting with unique and affordable up-cycled pieces. Venture in to browse one of a kind dresses; from the pastel and flouncy to the fitted and lacy. This is also a great place to pick up the most important accessory of all: a warm jacket! Trust me on this one. Lucy’s Lounge has tons of glamorous animal print coats to help create that perfect old school Hollywood vibe.


Nine Crows | 22 Temple Lane South, Dublin 2

Our go-to for bohemian chill, we also recommend heading to Nine Crows if you’re searching for the perfect Little Black Dress. Particular standouts include their black velvet slips and their black silk dress dusted with multi-coloured sequins. Looking for more colour? They also offer exquisitely sequined dresses in baby pink, deep purple and vivid red. Sparkle under the lights as you dance the night away!


Siopaella | Various Locations, City Centre

This luxurious consignment store also stocks striking and affordable accessories. We love their Art-Deco style pink triangle earrings and funky cartoon Moschino pins. Dress-wise, we were particularly taken with a sleeveless blue silk Carven number and a strappy pink velvet Love & Other Things dress with a plunge neckline and bold embroidered roses. If you’re looking to splash out, designer shoes from Chanel to Louboutins are also on offer. Don’t forget though, at Trinity Ball comfort is key!

Illustration by Jerie Macapagal

Dublin Vintage Factory | 57 Smithfield Square, Dublin 7

You’re always on to a winner when you can nab a kilo of clothes for only €20. You can find some fab sequined looks at the Vintage Factory. We loved their black beaded bralet, which would look perfect with a long full skirt. They also have an impressive vintage furs section to help you brave the night’s chill. Their faux fur gilet would be a great snuggly accompaniment to a fitted gown.


Folkster | 9 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

Folkster has an entire room dedicated to beautiful evening wear. Think floor length gowns in soft charcoal grey or curve-hugging magenta lace. A particular stand out is their “Gigi” line: these are shimmering floor length gowns in a simple straight cut, with a cut-out detail on the back. These dresses come in dark silver, forest green, vintage bronze, or black, and are the epitome of understated elegance. Folkster also have a fantastic collection of shoes. We especially love their strappy sandals in burgundy velvet or sequinned gold. And for high heels, they’re actually pretty comfortable! They also offer delicate accessories including pretty hairbands, which would perfectly compliment an intricate up-do.

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