Your Matric dance is one of the most significant special nights of your high school life, and whether you’re one of those girls who has been planning your outfit since your first day of high school, or if you are lacking inspiration on what dress to wear to your matric dance, we bring you a few style guidelines and the different kinds of matric dance dress styles they are available to you and your body shape.
Interesting necklines, pleats and angled dresses
These matric dance dress styles are perfect for tall slender girls to create the illusion of curves by drawing attention to your waist. Fuller figure tall girls should opt for longer dresses with a train to gently skim your legs without being too tight. Always remember to draw attention to your favourite part of your body and cover up the areas you are not so comfortable with.
Sweetheart necklines, V necks and halter neck dresses
These dress styles suit girls who have well defined waists ie. hourglass figures. These 3 types of necklines are best suited to this body shape as they make your body appear longer as well as the halter style draws attention to your shoulders. The halter neck matric dance dress style also helps petite framed girls to lengthen their torso.
Empire waistlines, mermaid and asymmetrical
These type of dress styles are best suited to the hourglass figure and girls who are fuller in their abdomens ie. the apple body shape, which allows the dress to just skim off the abdomen without being too body hugging. Diamond shaped figures can use the empire waistline to defer from their wider midsection by creating an illusion of a defined waist, thereby also balancing out your hips and narrow shoulders.
Fitted bodice and fuller skirts
This matric dance dress style is best suited to girls who have a pear (or triangle) shaped body ie. a smaller bust, and slightly wider hips than usual. A fuller skirt for example an A-line or ball gown skirt will help conceal the wider hips and thighs, so the eye is redirected to the waist, bust and shoulders. With regard to bodice you should aim for a Low, Empire, or dropped waist corset style bodice.
A matric dance dress with an asymmetrical hemline is best suited to girls with a tiny petite frame as it gives the illusion of height. Think mullet style dresses or dresses with diagonal hemlines.