How to work the J&B Met theme

2011-01-24 07:53

This year’s J&B Met theme is Larger than Life, which leaves plenty of room for fashion disasters.

Here are some valuable tips from fashion stylists and image consultants to help you become a fashion knockout come January 29 in Kenilworth.

Durban-based fashion stylist and personal shopper Pippa Lynch says: “The J&B Met is quite a fashionable affair so right off the bat it requires planning and thought when it comes to choosing an outfit. Throw a theme like Larger than Life into the mix, and you have a veritable fashion feast on your hands.”

Her main piece of advice is to keep it classy.

“Dressing to a theme is fun, but if you get too carried away you are walking a fine line between fashionable and kitsch.”

» Playing with colour is the easiest way to create a larger-than-life persona at the event.

» Mix and match patterns and prints: use prints in the same colour palette and play polka off against stripes or checks. Adding in a bit of floral will also ensure that you’re on point with the current trends we’re seeing in the market.

» Use out-of-proportion accessories: a large brooch, an enormous flower in your hair – play with proportion and see how it transforms your outfit.

» When it comes to make-up, think of your face as a canvas and experiment. Liquid eyeliner is a great way to draw attention to your eyes. Red and red/orange lips are a fabulous accessory this season – so play with colours and incorporate the colours from your outfit into your make-up.

“This theme doesn’t call for wallflowers, so embrace your extroverted side and think of this as the only time that you can throw caution to the wind without people looking at you strangely!” she adds.

Professional image consultants at the South African Image Company, Minnette Luus and Diana Leyden have these tips:

There isn’t a right or wrong way to dress for The J&B Met. This is one of the year’s events where you can wear just about anything – as much or as little as you like. Whether you’re going for a show-stopping outfit that turns heads or for a sophisticated and elegant look, wear anything as long as it says “wow”.

A good indication of where to start getting your ensemble inspiration from is the theme of the day.

Remember that the theme is just a guideline as people will interpret it in their own way.

Look for inspiration: this year extravagance is the rule and there is no better event to go all out than the J&B Met.

» Do wear sturdy wedges – you’ll be walking around, so you need to be realistic about the height and style of the shoes you wear. Don’t wear sky-high stilettos – you’ll spend your entire day sinking into the grass.

» Do wear a fabulous pair of sunglasses.

» Do wear huge floral prints or abstract patterns.

» Do wear a fabulous hat or a “fascination” – a great piece of sculpture that sits on the top of your head.

» Do let your outfit be an expression of your imagination

» Don’t use your Little Black Dress as the outfit to fall back on – enjoy this opportunity to dress up for a day at the races.

» Do wear vintage-inspired pieces.

» Do wear stacks of bracelets – the number of bangles you wear is limited to the length of your arms.

» Don’t make an accent of every item in your outfit. Only have one or two over the top focal points.

» Do have a hairstyle that is large and in charge. Big hair looks great with a dramatic outfit.

» Don’t go for a “Christmas tree meets Beehive” hairdo.

» Do create an outfit that has more glitz and glamour than usual and have fun with your look.

» Don’t leave choosing your outfit to the last minute or put mediocre thought into it – this will lead to a larger-than-life panic attack. Start planning your outfit as soon as you can, at least this way you will get to enjoy choosing your ensemble.

» Do create an outfit that suits your personal style and one that is practical for the occasion.

» Don’t forget to balance your look – the entire outfit, even if is larger than life, should still look co-ordinated.

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