Lentils & Lace: Matric farewell – tips for boys – WIN!!

Lentils & Lace: Matric farewell – tips for boys – WIN!!

By RoxyK

Email: roxyk@48hours.co.za

The final days of school are here and most schools are having their matric ball in October. This is undoubtedly a fun, exciting time for students, but it can also be a little stressful for boys since choosing a suit for that special occasion can be a daunting undertaking.

There are some basic rules to follow to achieve that perfect look. Firstly, you need to know what the current trends are in terms of colour, fabric and cut. Suits should ideally be fitted and made or altered to suit your body. Secondly, choose a good quality fabric – one that will not crease easily and that is also soft and comfortable. The cut of the suit is also very important. It’s important to bear in mind that not all suits that you find in stores will necessary fit your specific body shape. Try all makes of suits and find one that fits you and remember that baggy pants, long sleeves and dark shirts are not “in” anymore, so it’s good idea to visit a store that manufactures custom made suits.

The most important of all is choosing the correct trousers. It should be sleek and fitted and should be comfortable when walking, sitting or dancing.

The perfect pants should follow your shape – wide at the hips and tapered towards the ankles. The length of the pants should just sit on the shoe which you will be wearing on the day. Just two pockets on either side should be sufficient to carry necessary items such as a wallet and cell phone. NEVER overload pockets, as this will create a bulge and would actually make the back of the pants uncomfortable. If you choose pants with pleats, make sure that they do not balloon when you sit. They should maintain a smooth, “draped” appearance without any visible wrinkling of the fabric.

A trouser with a cuff gives it extra weight, giving the trouser a sleeker look. The hem of the trousers should sit on the shoe and NOT drag or touch the ground.

Choosing a shirt and accessories are much easier after you have chosen a suit. Shirts that are slim fitted are ideal; otherwise opt for a solid colour shirt with two collar buttons that fits around the neck. The sleeves should just sit on the wrists and should not fold or drape onto the hands.

Your personal style is key when choosing a suit, as this reflects the person that you are. For example: if you are a daring person, then choosing a red tie or wearing a tuxedo would be a good move. Shirts, ties, belts and shoes should all compliment the suit that you will be wearing.

It is also a good idea to find out what your partner will be wearing so that you can incorporate or add an item such as a tie or bow tie that would be similar in colour to her ball gown. At the end of the day, you must look your best on the night of your matric dance as it is one of the most significant nights of your high school life.


One lucky reader can win a suit for that special occasion. Send your name and “Matric suit” in the subject line in an e-mail to: win@48hours.co.za before 12pm on Monday, September 7. Good luck!