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What NOT to wear to the 2019 Sun Met

25 January 2019 - 13:01 By Keneilwe Pule
The dated silhouette of Minnie Dlamini-Jones' 2018 Sun Met gown made her look more like a 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant than the fashion icon we'd love her to be.
The dated silhouette of Minnie Dlamini-Jones' 2018 Sun Met gown made her look more like a 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant than the fashion icon we'd love her to be.
Image: Esa Alexander

It's time for a day at the races! The Sun Met is taking place at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on Saturday.

Local equestrian events are not so much a celebration of horses as they are of fashion, so you can expect to see racegoers dressed to the nines in outfits inspired by 2019's theme: African Luxury: Precious Metals.

Unfortunately, we’re also bound to see the same old fashion faux pas we do year after year. Frankly, it's time to put a stop to them, or at least attempt to, with these tips:

THE SUN MET IS NOT A DRESS-UP PARTY

"This year’s theme is a celebration of Africa’s most luxurious gems, with racing enthusiasts and fashionistas expected to don their most opulent outfits ...

"Go bold in gold, rock the red carpet in copper or parade in platinum," suggests the Sun Met website.

Remember, opulent doesn’t have to mean over-the-top. Being on the nose and interpreting this theme too literally may mean running the risk of looking like you’re off to a fancy dress party.

So no gangster-style gold chains or metallic matador outfits (we’re looking at you Somizi).

Somizi at the 2017 Vodacom Durban July.
Somizi at the 2017 Vodacom Durban July.
Image: Jackie Clausen

If you’ve got your heart set on a bling-encrusted dress, opt for a simple silhouette. The same applies to your hair, makeup and accessories.

IT’S NOT DANCING WITH THE STARS EITHER

Sequins, metallics and gems, oh my! These can be the ingredients for a super-glam outfit, but if the silhouette of your dress is dated, you’ll likely end up looking like a Dancing with the Stars contestant. Keep it contemporary!

DON’T BE BORING

Gents, the time for pairing a pinstripe suit with a fedora hat is, sadly, over. So if you are gunning for best dressed, avoid this look at all costs.

Another thing to let go of is African-print trousers paired with a blazer in a solid colour. It’s so last year!

This article is adapted from one that appeared on the SMag section of SowetanLIVE. Read the original article.

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