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Best part about being in your final year of high school? Matric Farewell of course! A chance to get dressed up, look your best, and leave school days behind once and for all! Of course, the evening itself is just half the fun – the other half is getting ready for the big event. So let’s get the party started!

The outfit: Girls, you know this is going to take the longest, so best you start here first. Hot tip: when you’re dress shopping, it’s always good to know what kind of silhouette works best with your body type. Do you shine in a boatneck? Sizzle in an off-the-shoulder? Slay in a strapless? Knowing what you can and can’t pull off will save you hours – so go in with a few ideas and before long you’ll be walking out with the perfect gown (or two-piece, or jumpsuit). Start your search at Forever New, Foschini or Truworths, and get your glam on!

Guys, we haven’t forgotten about you! Whether you want to go full tux, or dial it back a notch with a suit and tie, The Tux Tailor offers custom alterations, suits, sports coats, shirts and more – everything you need to bring the suave and then some.


The shoes: Why walk when you can strut? And nothing helps you put your best foot forward like the right shoe. Again, it’ll also help to know what type of shoe suits your foot best – whether you need a wider style or a narrower one, a pointed toe or a square one. Take a turn past Shoe City and see if you can find the perfect match for your dress or suit; something that looks killer, but won’t kill your feet after a night of dancing. Then kick your heels up – you’ve got a party to go to!


The accessories: So you’ve got the outfit, now it’s time to dress it up a little! For the girls, we’re talking handbags, clutch purses, jewellery, the works. For the guys, cufflinks, tie clips, or even earrings or chains if that’s your thing. Take a look at Frasers for an exclusive leather bag or wallet, move onto Lovisa for bangles, earrings, necklaces and statement pieces, or go all out at American Swiss with gold, diamonds and gemstones for an evening that truly sparkles. Because an outfit isn’t an outfit without just the right finishing touches.


The fragrance: A spectacular night out deserves a spectacular scent to match and that’s where Fragrance Boutique comes in. Filled with glorious aromas from top to bottom, Fragrance Boutique takes the world’s favourite scents and fits them to your budget. Set aside some time to search for the perfect fragrance that hits the right notes with your own natural scent, and get ready to look, feel, and smell like a million bucks on your big night!


The look: Last but not least, there’s you to think about – and we want you to look and feel your absolute best on your big night. Whether you want to relax with a massage or a facial, or glam it up with new eyelashes and a mani/pedi to die for, Sorbet has all the treatments you could possibly need. And we can’t forget your crowning glory either! Book an appointment at either Partners Hair Design or Carlton Hair, and let the experts cut, colour, wash and blowdry their way to the ultimate red carpet look. Your Matric Farewell is your time to shine, and we can’t wait to see just how brightly you sparkle!


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