Dos and don’ts at weddings Can you spot the bride . . . that is the reason why guests should not wear white

Tafadzwa Zimoyo 263 Fashion
Good to be back after a long weekend — “holiday”.

I love Saturdays because they are far from the usual days of the week bringing happiness, relaxation, freedom from work and deadlines, and loads of pleasure.

By the way, weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely useful.

So the awards season somehow is over and Zimbabweans still needs to learn and understand the concept of red carpet — fashion statements.

Checking on Nama red carpet in retrospect, a lot happened and obviously we have the best and worst dressed personalities.

The theme for this year’s edition was “African Royalty”, and we had a lot of misses than hits.

A chat with the organisers about the theme revealed that they were expecting some African wear, be it prints or accessories to weirdos if you were bold enough.

But somehow it turned out to be a sea where glamour met print, while buffalo horns were order of the day fighting the cheetah’s skin.

I won’t dwell much on that but Best Dressed went to Bulawayo-born “Queen” Sandra Ndebele.

Well, “Mama Sandy” pulled the looks with her black dress accessorised with some African animal print.

This complemented her figure perfectly, depicting the queen of Africa.

The wow factor was her escorts who doubled as bodyguards clad in African head gears.

I am still to come to terms with who was the Best Dressed Male of the night.

Does it mean, men still find it hard to work on fashion themes?

There was musician Musa Effect who wore a white garment and had a matching eye-make-up whitewash.

Umm, is Zimbabwe ready for that set up, gothic look but believe you me on the other side of the coin, that is, fashion.

You need to be outstanding and give them something to talk about.

Another outstanding outfit was of bubbly songstress Cindy Munyavi who wore a PVC dress which had an Ankara design at the bottom.

Well, should we say the musician is fast forward because Zimbabwe is still to adapt to that trend.

She was mocked by many on social media that she wore a “raincoat”, but with fashion — the good part is you wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable.

Cindy wasn’t shy with her PVC look and she described it as “extra-ordinary”.

Enough of the red carpet moment and welcome to the wedding season. Already some wedding hinted that guest need to be told with what to wear.

I agree with fashion wedding planner Edith Head that, “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it and clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.”

Is our culture ready to accept that we should tell guest what to wear at weddings?

Another factor that people should take note when attending weddings is — please do NOT wear clothes aligning with wedding colours on the invitation cards.

The wedding theme is for the bridal team. First golden rule — don’t wear white at a wedding unless the bride requests all of her guests to wear the same colour.

However, the rule has somehow flipped upside down in recent years with more and more couples requesting their guests to dress in all-white attire.

Local fashion blogger Hollywood Lee said no guest should ever feel embarrassed if they happen to wear the same colour as the bridesmaids, but they can ask in advance what the colours will be if they’re concerned about it.

“I think it’s really nice when the couple chooses to announce the bridal party colours on the wedding invite so guests can be aware of what colours to avoid,” she said.

Imagine with your designer garment bought from Dubai saving to wear it at your sister’s wedding and boom you become the centre of attraction, stealing the show.

What of wedding pictures imagine everyone asking who that could be.

This is not your wedding by the way.

Another question which was asked by my colleagues — “Is it okay to wear a bridesmaids’ dress from a different wedding?”

Well, it’s totally acceptable to reuse a dress as long as it fits the formality of the wedding.

If you had a beautiful, flowing silky gown that you wore to another wedding as a bridesmaid and you’re heading to a backyard barbecue wedding, I really don’t think that’s the choice you want to make.

But as long as the dress fits the formality of the wedding, I think you’re going to feel comfortable in it.

Again Pauline Mapisa of Wedding Gallery, recommends steering away from accessorising the dress in a way that feels too neutral.

“Maybe wear a chunky necklace or a funky pair of shoes or a leather bomber jacket, or whatever it is that makes it feel like your own, as long as it’s within the dress code of the wedding, you should be able to pull it off.

On gents, I don’t have complaints to date. Stay off wearing soccer jerseys and shorts to weddings unless you are pitching the marquee.

Remember, “fashion is like eating, you shouldn’t stick to the same menu.”

What you wear can inform passers-by of your type of employment, as well as your ambitions, emotions and spending habits.

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