How I looked the part at the dance for just €20
Aoibheann O'Hare from Dundalk says she's proved that you don't have to break the bank to have a brilliant Debs night.
The 19-year-old from Dundalk spent just €20 and still managed to look the part.
Borrowing the dress from one friend and shoes and a bag from another was the key to her cheap chic look.
She also did her own makeup so her only expense was €20 to get her hair done.
Aoibheann said the Debs she attended as the guest of a friend was a brilliant night and she was delighted to wear what was a lovely new outfit for her.
She also managed not to go overboard for her own debs night from her old school St Louis in Dundalk earlier in the year.
For that night, she got a lovely dress from TK Maxx which cost just €55.
"I wasn't even looking for a dress when I got it. I was just there with my Mam and I spotted it and thought that's me sorted so," she says.
"You can also relax more if you haven't spent a fortune on a dress because you're not worrying about it getting ruined on the night," she says.
There was a big focus among girls looking for special dresses with many shopping online and looking far afield for the right one.
"The big thing people worry about is someone else having the same one, they'd die if that happened," she says.
Aoibheann, who's going to study primary teaching, said she'd been to four debs dances in total, so there was no way she could have spent a fortune on each because you could have a great time without huge expense.