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25 Irish Dance Dresses That Will Wow You

Back in the day not too many people were familiar with Irish dance. Now with Riverdance, the recent movie Jig, and a rumors of an Irish dance TV show it has become more popular than ever. The dancing is of course amazing to watch, but have you checked out those dresses? The traditional ones are beautifully hand embroidered with celtic knots while the solo costumes (custom made to each dancer) are totally blinged out and full of bright colors, some even have animal print. There is no better way to get prepped for St. Patrick’s Day than getting to know the ins and outs of Ireland’s most traditional dancing, starting with 25 Irish Dance Dresses That Will Wow You…


  • Dresses of Champions 1 of 25
    Dresses of Champions
    Strays away from the traditional green and Irish knotwork we associate with Ireland .
    Find out more at Irish Central.
  • Sweet Velvet Dress 2 of 25
    Sweet Velvet Dress
    The velvet gives this dress a very classic look.
    Find out more at Dance Again.
  • School Dress 3 of 25
    School Dress
    School dresses are very much like a uniform and are made to look identical.
    Spotted at Tumblr.
  • Champion and Star 4 of 25
    Champion and Star
    You may notice this dress from the Irish dance documentary, Jig.
    Check it out at The Dominion Post.
  • Miss Neon 5 of 25
    Miss Neon
    Neon colors have become a major trend with Irish dance dresses.
    Spotted at Tumblr.
  • Shimmery Steps 6 of 25
    Shimmery Steps
    I keep going back and forth between the shimmery dress, huge leap and huge hair.
    Find out more at Flickr.
  • Knotwork Galore 7 of 25
    Knotwork Galore
    What a beautiful knotwork filled skirt.
    Spotted at Flickriver.
  • Rainbow Peacocks 8 of 25
    Rainbow Peacocks
    Solo dresses like these are custom made with one of a kind designs.
    Spotted at Tumblr.
  • Ready for Competition 9 of 25
    Ready for Competition
    I think I would be nervous if I had to compete against a girl in this two tone dress.
    Spotted at Dance Again.
  • Raaawr 10 of 25
    Raaawr
    I would have never expected to see animal prints.
    Check it out at Dance Again.
  • Half and Half 11 of 25
    Half and Half
    Not quite traditional but cute and simple.
    Check it out at Dance Again.
  • Two Piece Appliqué Dress 12 of 25
    Two Piece Appliqué Dress
    Could you tell this dress is actually two separate pieces?
    Find out more at Dance Again.
  • Floral Sleeves 13 of 25
    Floral Sleeves
    There are so many details in this dress. Just check out those sleeves.
    Spotted at Dance Again.
  • Something Old, Something New 14 of 25
    Something Old, Something New
    The bling and big flowers are new while the faux black corset is an older style.
    Find out more at Dance Again.
  • Ruffles and Lattice 15 of 25
    Ruffles and Lattice
    Check out the detail around the neck.
    Spotted at Dance Again.
  • Floral and Lace 16 of 25
    Floral and Lace
    This dress has a unique skirt made of a floral lace overlay.
    Spotted at Dance Again.
  • Tuxedo Top 17 of 25
    Tuxedo Top
    Did you also notice the polka dot peeking out?
    Check it out at Dance Again.
  • Sweet and Girly 18 of 25
    Sweet and Girly
    I can picture a little girl bouncing around the stage in this dress.
    Find out more atDance Again.
  • Bring on Tradition 19 of 25
    Bring on Tradition
    Here is a more traditional dress with a coat of arms on the back.
    See the back of this dress at Gumtree.
  • School Dress Gone Simple 20 of 25
    School Dress Gone Simple
    Not all school dresses are embellished with bold colors and intricate designs.
    Find out more at Asheville Arts Center.
  • Over the Rainbow 21 of 25
    Over the Rainbow
    And over a tight budget at $1,500.
    Check it out at Dance Again.
  • Hot Pink Pizzazz 22 of 25
    Hot Pink Pizzazz
    This dress still manages to pop even with only two colors.
    Spotted at Dance Again.
  • Team Spirit 23 of 25
    Team Spirit
    I'm a sucker for those lace collars. They just look so cute.
    Spotted at Kinsella Academy.
  • World Champion Dress 24 of 25
    World Champion Dress
    Hot pink, black and those electric sleeves definitely make this world champion stand out.
    Find out more at Toronto Sun.
  • Hello Tie-Dye 25 of 25
    Hello Tie-Dye
    Of all the dresses I've seen this is surely one of a kind.
    Check it out at Dance Again.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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