So, your Matric dance is around the corner and you’re still hunting for a dazzling dress? No worries, Brooklyn Mall’s got you covered! This stylish shopping destination, in Pretoria’s Embassy Suburbs, is the perfect place to find an OTT outfit that will have everyone’s eyes on you when the big night arrives. Here are five stores that we suggest you visit…
Bride & Co
Don’t be fooled by the name! Although Bride & Co is the only bridal department store in SA, they offer an extensive selection of evening gowns, some of which are by international designers, Oleg Cassini and Viola Chan. Dresses not really your thing? Try on one of their sets of separates, consisting of a top paired with a skirt or pants. If you’re into modest fashion, grab one of their boleros for a chic yet demure look.
This popular South African fashion retailer carries its own line of glitzy evening wear, called Truworths GLAMOUR. Made with fabrics like tulle and taffeta, their elegant gowns have various lengths. Because their prices are so affordable, you’ll pay less than what you would at many high-end shops, making them perfect for you if you’re on a tight budget. You’ll steal the show without breaking the bank. What more could you ask for?
Every time we step into Forever New, our minds are blown by their range of special occasion dresses, featuring feminine details such as floral patterns and beaded embellishments. We particularly love their latest collection, Ever After, including full lace gowns that exude a romantic vibe. Innovative fashionistas will be thrilled with Forever New, since their designs are inspired by haute couture seen on the runways of Paris and Milan.
Having been in business for more than 25 years, Bayley Classics is the place to go if you’re after a retro-chic look. Their vintage pieces will transform you into the most sophisticated version of yourself, no matter what your size or body type. When dressed in a gown from Bayley Classics, you’ll feel like a celeb that’s ready to hit the red carpet. Plus, you can count on the top-notch service of their consultants for a blissful shopping experience.
Want to support local talent? Then you must pop in at this shop. A few of the gifted designers whose dresses you can find here are Colleen Eitzen, Leigh Schubert, Amanda Laird Cherry and !nspired. Their creations will add a dose of African flavour to your matric dance outfit with their bright colours and vibrant prints. When rocking a gown from The Space, you’ll no doubt embody a bold and fearless African queen.