Vodacom Durban July is one of the highlights of the pan-African calendar. The event is always awash with socialites and celebrities in the most fashionable ensembles – dressing up for it, especially with the added strictures of a theme, may seem daunting to some. Never fear BellaStylistas, these simple tips and tricks from our favourite fashion girls and celebrities will help you find the perfect ensemble and nail your Vodacom Durban July look like  a pro!

Start with the Hat

Putting together the perfect Durban July look begins with the right hat, of course. Although many celebrities opt out of the traditional hats or fascinators for race day, we think a topper remains the ultimate statement maker.Besides, the styling opportunities are endless, just ask Kelly Khumalo, Orire Omatsola, Thando Thabethe, Nkiru Anumudu and Ene Maya Lawani.




Play With Length, Shape and Silhouette

To ensure your creativity isn’t stifled by the theme , use interesting shapes and unexpected silhouettes to provide intrigue like Kim Jayde Robinson (pictured below)or make like Dineo Moeketsi in Quiteria & George and use draping to bring an added sense of depth and drama to your look.

Don’t Be Scared to Amp Up The Glamour

The best Vodacom Durban July looks come with an extra helping of glamour. Make an uber chic statement in cocktail or floor length numbers like Ayanda Thabethe in Biji la Maison or Sarah Langa & Bonang Matheba in Gert-Johan Coetzee.

Keep it Simple

Keep your beauty look clean and simple. Daytimes neutrals are best, but if you want to up the ante – ensure you choose eyes or lips, never both. Also keep accessories to the very minimum, especially if you opt for a headpiece – no one wants to look like a Christmas tree!