Kate and Charlie, Sweetie Pie ‘Yvonne’ Dress, €475

This ballgown-style dress from Offaly-based business Kate and Charlie is the ultimate, ‘dress of dreams’. With an embroidered overlay top, bejeweled belt and floor-length full skirt, the only problem you’ll have is getting her to wear anything else afterwards. Keep accessories to a minimum as this dress speaks for itself.

Hannah Dress €130, Dunnes Stores

DunnesStores, Hannah Dress, €130

The Communion Collection by Paul Costelloe at Dunnes Stores is a great place to look for your daughter’s perfect dress. With five styles to choose from, pearl and beaded embellishments appear on necklines, bodices and sleeves while statement bows, self-covered buttons and functional pockets add to these signature designs. This full-length lone with pretty bejewelled detailing is certainly fit for a princess. The Communion Collection will be available in select Dunnes Stores around the country.

Paula’s Communion Glitter Trainer €69.95,

McElhinneys, Paula’s Communion Glitter Trainer, €69.95

This gorgeous runner brings all the class of a formal shoe with the comfort and ease of a trainer. Crafted with glitter for a touch of sparkle, the stylish ribbon lace fastening is finished off with a dazzling diamante charm so she can celebrate her special day in style.

M&S suit.

M&S, Checked suit pants €23, and jacket €52

Let your little man feel like a boss for the day in this super cool suit from the Mini Me range at M&S. It’s cut to a regular fit but has an adjustable waistband for extra comfort. The Prince of Wales check pattern brings a traditional element to this contemporary look and it can be styled with a shirt and tie or bow tie and belt, if preferred.

Grey Dogtooth Waistcoat, Shirt, Trousers & Bow Tie Set €64, Next.

NEXT, Grey Dogtooth Waistcoat, Shirt, Trousers & Bow Tie Set, €64

Available for children up to nine years of age, this stylish suit is perfect for a communion celebration but can also be worn in other ways. The separate pants, waistcoat, shirt and bow tie can each be paired with different outfits to produce a range of looks —

ensuring your child will be the best-dressed kid at any occasion for the coming year.

Paul Costelloe Suit (Pieces sold separately from €25)

Dunnes Stores, Paul Costelloe Suit, Shirt €20, Blazer €50, Trousers €25, Waistcoat €25, Trainers €25

For a more formal and sophisticated look, this iconic three-piece suit with exclusive print lining is a fabulous option for your son’s communion day. Comfortable, classy and oh-so-stylish, once this is in the bag, all you’ll need to do is choose from the selection of ties and bow ties available to finish off his look for the big day.

Ronnie Grape 3-Piece Boys Suit €199, Tom Murphy’s Formal and Menswear

Tom Murphy’s Formal and Menswear, Ronnie Grape (also in teal blue) three-Piece Boys Suit, €199

If your boy enjoys standing out from the crowd, why not steer clear of navy and blue suits with a subtle but fashionable purple option instead? He’ll definitely make a statement in this crisp ensemble which is tailored to a streamlined fit with signature detail. However, if you like the style but aren’t sure about the shade, the ‘Ronnie’ suit is available in three colours.

White Embroidery Mesh Ruffle Sleeve Communion Dress €109, Leana

Leanaí, White Embroidery Mesh Ruffle SleeveCommunion Dress, €109

If you’re based in the midlands, Leanaí Formal Wear for Children in Athlone is an excellent option to kit out your youngster for communion. This pretty dress has a ruffled mesh sleeve with scalloped embroidery design over a sweetheart-shaped bodice. The ballet-length skirt is full with layers of illusion mesh and soft satin lining. Style with a veil or floral headpiece for maximum fairy-tale effect.

Communion Gloves €12.99

Hopscotch Kids, Communion Gloves, €12.99

This beautiful pair of gloves is white satin with an elegant sheer panel, adorned with faux pearl and diamante, that allows part of the hand to show through. These are perfect for complementing any embellishment in a dress or to add a bit of sparkle to a simpler style.

Henrietta Pearl Belt White Dress €78

Monsoon via next.ie, Henrietta Pearl Belt White Dress, €78

Deceptively simple, this stunning dress has been crafted from structured duchess twill, features a beautiful faux pearl belt and has smart capped sleeves. The full skirt has pleating for a demure silhouette but also a flare, perfect for twirling when it’s time to dance.

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