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2023 trends to take note of for your matric dance

Trendy red-carpet looks can inspire you to find your own elegant, edgy or dapper outfit for your important day.

WITH some matric learners already planning their big day that’s coming soon, while others are planning ahead of time with matric-dance season falling later in the year, everyone is on the hunt for the perfect outfit – or will be soon enough. It’s the time to shop for a look that’s elegant, edgy or dapper, and while it can be an overwhelming task, it doesn’t have to be. A great place to draw inspiration from is celebrity red-carpet looks; there are tons of trendy red-carpet looks to get style ideas from.

Your matric dance night is a night to remember, and you will also want to look the part from head to toe, whether you opt for ultimate glamour or go for a flexible look that will help you break some moves on the dance floor. Here’s a list of fashion trends that have risen to the top in 2023 which you can draw inspiration from to put together your perfect look.

Shimmery dresses

Celebrities like Sabrina Carpenter have embraced this trend on the red carpet. Photo: Getty Images – Arturo Holmes.

Sparkles, sequins and shimmery fabrics tend to gain popularity during the matric-dance season, and thanks to Taylor Swift’s ‘Bejeweled’ aesthetic, we can expect more of these light-reflecting looks to hit proms around the world. Celebrities like Sabrina Carpenter and Sydney Sweeney have also embraced the trend on red carpets at the MTV VMAs and Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party.


Harry Styles rocks a ruffled look on the red carpet. Photo: Getty Images – Dimitrious Kambouris.

Light, flowy styles are always the move, especially if you’re looking to dance all night. Take Harry Styles, for example — he tore up the stage every night during his Love on Tour performances, thanks to lightweight, eccentric styles that allowed him to be flexible. Ruffled men’s shirts and sheer pants outfits are on the rise in 2023, and fashion will be filled with lace, tulle, ruffles and shimmer this year.

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Whether your clothing is adorned with feathers or you choose to add some accents through jewellery and footwear, feathers are a fun way to make the trend your own. Accessories like feather-lined gloves can take your look to new heights.

Bright and Bold Colours

Zendaya rocks a hot-pink outfit on the red carpet. Photo: Getty Images – Pascal Le Segretain

Bold colours have also taken over runways in the past year, with brands honing in on fluorescent hues like pink, orange, blue and green. You can draw inspiration from Valentino’s hot-pink and purple colourways that celebs like Zendaya and Jenna Ortega rocked on major red carpets.

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There’s no denying that Y2K has made a tremendous comeback thanks to the eclectic style choices of celebrities like Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid. Y2K-inspired looks are larger than life with bling, bright colours and skin showing sneak peeks taking the reigns over more minimal styles.

The trend also isn’t limited to dresses — two-piece sets are also a chic and comfortable option for the big night.


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