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Durban July : Dressing to the theme

‘ The era is irrelevant, it’s always been the same.
When invited to the Captain’s Table, one has to up one’s game ’


If you haven’t heard by now, the theme for this year’s Durban July is the Captain’s Table. When thinking of this theme, a few key words should come to mind: Black Tie, Formal, Glamorous.

When aboard a cruise, it is indeed an honour to be invited to dine with the Captain himself. This is the ultimate glamorous, black tie themed event and you should make every effort to dress to impress. Here are our top tips to make sure you don’t get caught out being under-dressed at the Durban July.

If this is your first time attending the Durban July or you aren’t really comfortable in an over-the-top gown, a classic long black dress is always a safe choice. When choosing a simple dress, make sure the silhouette is perfect. A dress that accentuates your assets paired with the right accessories, hair and makeup is definitely a timeless fashion winner.

Durban July Style : simple black elegance


Durban July Style : sophisticated black trumpet ballgown


A second option of dressing to the theme is by wearing nautical colours –red, navy and white. Remember, formal doesn’t necessarily mean black. Be bright and beautiful in a royal blue or drop dead gorgeous in a classic red dress. Show off your fashion knowledge by wearing the colour of the year – pantone marsala.

Durban July Style : nautical navy
Durban July Style : ravishing red




If you’re a fashion risk taker and want a bit more edge, try incorporate the hottest trends of 2015. These include: sheer, lace, high necklines, sleeves and cut outs.

Durban July Style : Cut out trend


Durban July Style : Sheer trend


Durban July Style : Embellished bodice with sleeve


Whatever your style or trend you love we have the Durban July dress for you. Showroom open weekdays 9am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 2pm. Call 031 566 3745.