White gown. Picture: Libella Photography
White gown. Picture: Libella Photography
Lace see through dress. Picture: Marzanne Photography
Lace see through dress. Picture: Marzanne Photography
Navy blue dress with chiffon flowy skirt. Picture: Misty Heart Photography
Navy blue dress with chiffon flowy skirt. Picture: Misty Heart Photography
Crop top also a big trend. Picture: Bianca Smit Photography
Crop top also a big trend. Picture: Bianca Smit Photography

Fashion designer Janu Steyn says there are three things to take into consideration when it comes to choosing a matric ball dress, writes Marchelle Abrahams.

When it comes to choosing a matric ball dress, fashion designer Janu Steyn says there are three things to take into consideration: budget, location of event and silhouettes.

It's very important to know your body type, and he has a few suggestions.

Hourglass

Shoulders, bust and hip line same measurement, small waist

Find a dress that shows of the curves and emphasizes the small waist -  a dress that fits around the bodice and flows from the natural waist.

Pear

Hip line is bigger than bustline

Find a dress that flows from the natural waist - a dress that fits the empire style that flows from the underbust line (below the bust)

Inverted Triangle

You have broad shoulders and a small hipline. 

Find a dress that will break the emphasis on shoulders and flows from the waist to create​ the illusion a bigger hip line.

Asparagus

No curves, straight silhouette. 

A snug fit dress or a dress that flows and can tie around the waist to create the illusion of a waist.

When it comes to choosing off-the-rack of bespoke, Janu say if you're a budget, it allows you to have a bespoke dress or even a custom dress made. "Its an amazing experience for most girls and the next time will only be for a special event or your wedding."

"Off the rack is also amazing, there's amazing dresses available that are budget-friendly but there is a chance that someone will wear the exact same dress that night."

When it comes to trends, it's a throughback to the 80s with choker jewellery, 80's inspired earings and hairstyles.

* Visit Janu Steyn's Facebook page for more info