Wednesday 21 February 2018

Braids and black dresses for this year's crop of low-key debutantes

Marian Gale with a selection of Debs dresses at her boutique in Donnybrook
Marian Gale with a selection of Debs dresses at her boutique in Donnybrook
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Rejoice! Tightly wound ringlets, 20,000 Kirby grips and lashings of industrial strength hair spray are a thing of the past.

These days, debutantes are opting for a more subdued and boho look.

"Lacquered ringlets and complicated up dos are no longer popular," Hairdresser Amanda Darcy Solan, from Dublin's Sugar Cubed salon said.

"Girls are going for softer looks with waves and braiding. Nothing is scraped back. It's a more romantic look."

When it comes to the all important dress, debutantes are going for a pared back and refined look.

"No one wants a fishtail with nine million sparkles anymore," boutique owner Marian Gale says.

"Ten years ago it was all bouffant hair, and diamante everything. Girls these days want to look sophisticated not blinging."

Rebecca Hughes of Cari's Closet agrees. "There is definitely less embellishment, girls want pieces that they will be able to wear to college balls and other black tie events. They don't want to end up with something they can only wear once," she said.

But some things never change and lashings of fake tan remain popular with debutantes.

Irish Independent

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