Matric farewells are formal occasions and finding the perfect dress is at the top-end of the matric-year priorities list. To help Moms and matrics take the stress out of finding a dress, here are a couple of specialty dress shops from where you can hire, buy or have one made. Happy dress hunting!
Belle of the Ball
Belle of the Ball is an intimate dress shop that offers a wide range of services. If you browse through the catalogue, which covers everything from classic to chic designs, and find a dress you love, it can be ordered in a standard or a custom size. A couple of sample dresses are always available in-store for fittings as well as to purchase, if you’re lucky enough to find your perfect dress that easily. If you prefer not to order from the catalogue and already have a unique design in mind, the ladies at Belle of the Ball are able to guide you through the finer details of your design and hand make your dream dress to those specifications.
Belle of the Ball is an establishment that understands the budget demands that arise with having that dream dress made and accordingly offer custom -made gowns without the substantial price tag. All dresses are available to hire or to purchase. Belle of the Ball also offers an alteration service. This shop operates on a consultation basis only and making an appointment beforehand is a must.
Details: 147 Sandappel Street, Florauna, Pretoria North / 076 913 4441 / http://www.belleoftheball.co.za
House of Superior Clothing
House of Superior Clothing has been in the dress-making industry for almost 30 years and is now one of the destination dress shops for modern gowns and unique evening wear. Once you’ve booked an appointment at House of Superior Clothing, be prepared to experience something new and keep an open mind. The skilled consultants aim to help you broaden your style possibilities while simultaneously ensuring you feel comfortable and confident with your final design choice.
House of Superior Clothing offers on-site alteration services for all their dresses. To help you afford your dream matric farewell dress, there are down payment options available.
Details: Lynnwood Road 203, Brooklyn / 012 362 1968 / http://www.superiorclothing.co.za
Dream Dress Boutique offers you more than 200 designer gowns from which to choose. The team at Dream Dress has a keen sense of style and will help you find the dress that best suits your individual style.
In-store gowns are for hire at reasonable prices and an alteration service is available as well. Custom-made gowns need to be ordered and purchased at least eight weeks in advance.
Details: 909 Dabchick Street, Montana Park / 083 233 2572 / http://www.dreamdress.co.za
Bride & Co
Bride & Co has an extensive range of matric dance dresses and offers a free fitting and consultation. This well-known bridal boutique doesn’t offer a hiring option but currently have a 10% off special if you book your free fitting and consultation online.
Most of Bride & Co’s dresses are available in size 4–16.
Details: Parkview Shopping Centre, Garsfontein Road / 012 998 0252 / www.brideandco.co.za
Divas by Design
Divas by Design is an upmarket dress boutique that operates on appointment basis. With a large collection of imported yet affordable gowns, these ladies make finding that perfect dress pretty simple. Divas by Design dresses are trendy and Hollywood-inspired.
A strict record is kept of who buys which dress to ensure you are the only one rocking a Divas by Design gown at your farewell.
Details: Dwyka Street, Erasmuskloof / 082 443 7350 / https://divasbydesign.co.za
Borrow. Party. Return is this dress boutique’s motto. Just Gowns has a designer collection of evening gowns, including brands such as Faviana and Jovani, available for hire. Dress sizes available are 6 to 18 and fittings are by appointment only.
Just Gowns upholds an exclusivity policy and accordingly do not allow identical dress hire by two ladies attending the same function.
Details: Moreleta Park, Pretoria East / 076 151 8016 / http://www.just-gowns.com
Your Day Bridal
Your Day Bridal has a fitting fee on matric dance dresses but it is likely money well spent as this evening wear boutique is one of the most well-known in the area. With a huge selection of unique designs from which to choose, as well as excellent service, Your Day Bridal is well worth a stop on your dress-finding mission.
Dresses are available for purchase or rent.
Details: 104 Willem Botha Avenue, Eldoraigne / 012 653 0318 / http://www.yourdaybridal.co.za
GlassSlipper.co.za is an online shop specialising in corset-style dresses. Dresses can be made to order within four weeks and you also have the option of booking a measuring appointment to ensure your dress fits perfectly. GlassSlipper.co.za notes each matric girl’s dress choice and school name to avoid any two girls wearing similar dresses on their big night.
Missy.co.za is an online shop specialising in occasion and formal wear for ladies. The matric dance dress catalogue offers an array of styles at affordable prices. Most dresses are available in various colours and sizes. A note box is provided where you can specify any size details or instructions when you order your dress.
By Jana van der Linde
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