We might have had months to plan for our own debs, but what happens when that male friend, who has no idea of how long it takes to organise a red carpet look, asks you to his own ball with just days to go?
Dress, shoes, makeup, new bag, hair... your list might seem endless but take a step back and calm down.
First things first, your dress.
Why not borrow one from a friend or cousin? It seems a little unnecessary to invest in a gown when it’s not your own special night.
Think of how you can re-work a look with hair and makeup and consider any options you’re offered. Even if the dress isn’t immediately to your taste, a little bit of creativity can make it more contemporary.
Another option is to look at dress rental. If you’re in the south-west of the country, Limerick has a fantastic store called The Ivory Closet where you can rent a red carpet look for one night only.
Next up, your hair and makeup.
Again, a little help from a friend goes a long way when it comes to a last-minute invitation.
Don’t be afraid to put the call out – which friend has that curling tongs you’d like to use? Which one of the girls is an expert at the eyeliner flick? Enlist their help, they know you’ll return the favour.
On the other hand, if you have a little cash to spare, Dylan Bradshaw’s on Dublin’s South William St have a fantastic all-in-one package for the debs.
It includes everything from bouncy blow-dry to sleek and chic ponies, gloss and go nails and finally a full make up application tailored to suit your dress or even inspired by your favorite look from this season.
Dylan Bradshaw will also treat all Debutantes to a glass of champagne while they relax and enjoy the transformation to a beautiful debutante. Sounds good...
The options include:
For €100 you can relax and enjoy a blow-dry, makeup application and ‘gloss and go’ on your hands and toes.
For €130 you can treat yourself to a blow-dry, makeup application and Shellac/Gelish on hands and toes.
Think smart when it comes to your accessories.
You might be able to use a bag you already have, or equally, your own debs clutch again. A bag isn't the sort of stand-out accessory that people will notice you've used only weeks before.
The same applies when it comes to your shoes; you may very well have a pair you'll be able to wear. Don't head to the shops immediately with a list the length of your arm, recycle what you have and use a little bit of creativity.
You'll look a million dollars.