Dress for the red carpet

IN previous decades a red carpet was used to mark the route used by heads of state on ceremonial and formal occasions. In recent years, it has been extended to be used by VIPs and celebrities for formal events like awards ceremonies.

The most recent red carpet event in Zimbabwe which had everyone talking was the Star FM awards. The Internet was abuzz about what local celebrities were wearing. 

The most talked about being Madam Boss who wore a shimmery jumpsuit with cut out detail and black sandals with fur detail. 

I must say she has the perfect body for that jumpsuit, but she received backlash as jumpsuits are not the norm on the red carpet. 

However, to stand out, sometimes one has to be brave enough to go against the grain.

Most red carpet events, especially awards ceremonies are black tie events, meaning the men are expected to wear a tuxedo and the women are expected to wear long gowns.

Red Carpet Tips For Ladies

A cocktail dress is a safe choice. One could choose a safe black dress then accessorise it with statement jewellery. 

If you want to step outside your comfort zone, look for a memorable outfit. Floor length dress with a Train and shimmery detail could do the trick.

It is important to go for a design that flatters your body shape, and hides your flaws. Wear appropriate underwear or shape wear underneath your dress and avoid VPL (visible panty line) on tight outfits.

Local designers like Tapfumanei Munenge, Ngoni Motsi, Thembani Mubothswa and Jaspizy make amazing red carpet outfits so when 

in search of something unique, look for a local designer and have a dress made from scratch.

When it comes to shoes, metallic, black or nude strappy sandals are always safe with any dress especially the long ones. 

It is always hard to wear the closed or pointy high heeled pumps with a very long dress so it is better to opt for the strappy heels.

Your red carpet look is incomplete without the right hairstyle and professionally done flawless make up as you want to look as polished and as sophisticated as possible. 

The rule of thumb is that when a dress has a high neckline, the hair goes up. 

If shoulders are bare, the hair comes down, if the statement jewellery is chunky, the hair goes up. Do put all these factors into consideration when putting together your red carpet look.

Red Carpet Looks For Men

Men’s fashion on the red carpet is not as complicated as they are expected to show up in a tuxedo and bow tie or tie. A black tuxedo is safe in that one can go crazy on the accessories that include bow ties, pocket squares, shoes, belts and la pearle. 

Men have been known to fuse African prints, sequined fabrics velvet and satin in their quest to conquer the red carpet. One rule that must be observed is for one to always match the belt and the shoes. 

A neat hairstyle and shave, clipped nails as well as good watch and cologne will definitely give a polished finish. 

Going forward I am hoping to see Zimbabweans becoming more adventurous on the red carpet and using the local designers to make our fashion scene more vibrant and home grown.

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