Matric dance burden

WINNERS: Finalists of the national Career Dress Up Day competition strut their professional outfits. Winners Nonkululeko Majodika and Theo Twala with awards for the Best 150 Word Essay at East Rand School in Putfontein, Benoni.Pic.VELI NHLAPO. 08/10/2009. © Sowetan.
WINNERS: Finalists of the national Career Dress Up Day competition strut their professional outfits. Winners Nonkululeko Majodika and Theo Twala with awards for the Best 150 Word Essay at East Rand School in Putfontein, Benoni.Pic.VELI NHLAPO. 08/10/2009. © Sowetan.

MOST teenagers dream about the night of their matric dance when they start high school.

MOST teenagers dream about the night of their matric dance when they start high school.

But for their parents the matric dance season, which is now in full swing, is a big financial drain.

They dread all the expenses they have to incur.

Teenage girls want to stand out among their peers with over-the-top and revealing outfits.

The guys usually compete for the sexiest date and the most expensive car on loan for the night.

One father Sowetan spoke to said his daughter had pleaded to have a custom-made dress and he reluctantly agreed.

After paying the dress- maker R3000 for the outfit it was too big and too revealing. He had to fork out R1600 to buy another dress. He still has to pay for the hair, nails and accessories.

But the night does not have to cost your parents too much. Below are some useful tips for an affordable matric dance.

Hiring an outfit is the safest and cheapest.

For girls:

Interesting jewellery, handbags and shoes can provide an individual flair to any outfit.

For boys: A plain coloured suit can be made to look different by adding a brightly coloured tie and shirt. These are available at retail chain stores.

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