It's that time of the season ladies where you look for inspiration for your matric outfit.
With Matric Dance Season around the corner, every young girl and their mum are fervently trying to find the best fabric, cut and colour so that their little princess shines on her special day - Don't worry help is on the way! We asked stylist an image consultant, Aseema Kazi, to share her favorite trends and looks inspired by our very own ZAlebs.
Whilst being trendy is important, your body shape and skin tone plays and equal role in determining the most flattering design for you. Equally important is keeping the look age-appropriate - you're still in school ladies so let's keep it classy.
Here are a few looks for inspiration:
1. The High Slit - Minnie Dlamini's figure-hugging wrap dress that has been synched at the waist with a plain fabric/leather belt is simple & elegant whilst remaining cheeky with a single thigh-high slit. The opaque versus sheer shoulder also adds a bit of subtle sexiness.
2. The Mermaid - Bonang's mermaid dress is a classic favourite amongst matric dance themes. My suggestion would be to go a little less sheer in a sparkly printed fabric and lose the keyhole design to prevent any inappropriate under-boob in a fuller figured girl.
3. The Disney Princess –Bontle’s all time classic that suits both a petite as well as fuller figured girl. White or any other shimmery pastels work well in recreating the "Disney Princess" classic ball gown design. For a fuller bosom keep the bust line straight rather than sweetheart to prevent too much cleavage.
4. The Cocktail Dress - Matric dance does not necessarily imply full length evening gowns. Liesl’s "Tea-length" is making a comeback on the red carpet so why not recreate the look for your matric dance. Adding a bit of tule from the waist down elevates the look to evening glamour. This look is very practical and you can dance the night away with no worries of anyone stepping on your dress.
5. The Spanish Belle - Want a little drama with minimal effort and maximum impact? Nomzamo’s single-sleeved full length fitted dress with an angled ruffle from shoulder to ankle is the look for you, you can even go with a double-row of ruffle on the shoulder. My suggestion would be bright bold colours like red, yellow or fuschia or alternately you could go all white.
6. The Hour-Glass - For a taller, slim girl with a flattering bustline, a fitted full-length silk, satin or tafeta dress in a bold pop of colour with a slight flair at the bottom like Tshego is all the glamour you need. You may opt to go backless on this look, ensuring the rest of the dress is completely tailored.
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