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Rent a stunning debs dress

It's Debs season and even the recessionista debutante has to look her best. Forget splashing out on an expensive outfit you'll only wear once -- copy the boys and rent yours.

We found some great bargains online for designer rental gowns which will make you the belle of the ball.

Ivory Closet, Limerick (www.facebook.com/ TheIvoryClosetLimerick) delivers country-wide with prices from €120 for a three-day rental.

Labels include Matthew Williamson, D&G and Lipsy VIP.

They recently dressed Pippa O'Connor. Vogue Williams and Xpose's Lisa Cannon have also worn their outfits.

Covet, in Dublin's Powerscourt Centre, (www.covet.ie) hires designer pieces at 10pc of the retail price. They cater for larger girls, too, and popular brands include Rachel Gilbert and Prada.

As many pieces are one-off, they'll also undertake temporary alterations for your big day. Secretchic.ie rentals start from €80.

Debs can order a quality designer dress online and have it delivered to their home the next day. Just Cavalli and Vivienne Westwood are top brands.

The store also carries a range of accessories from Crystals & Co, along with beautiful bags to match.