The 2019 Future Awards Africa is here. An event where hundreds of creatives and celebrities show up to see the young Africans who have made outstanding achievement this year get awarded.
If you manage to score an invite to the Future awards, you want to be sure that you can hold your own among all of those public figures. You might not have the pricey stylist, but you can still look classy and fashionable with less expensive offerings.
In addition to that, the OB Fashion team has taken it upon themselves to compile a few tips for ladies who are looking to slay at the highly-anticipated event. Check them out below.
Don’t Be Strict With Your Black Tie Ensembles
Black tie can also be creative even without breaking the bank. You can opt for a cocktail or a formal dress. Because the Future Awards Africa typically has a creative vibe than other lifestyle awards, you can choose a shorter length dress as long as it has special details like a luxe fabric or an interesting cut.
Think of all the items you could add to an otherwise simple outfit that may be appropriate for other events. Consider this: Add options like sparkles, rhinestones, sequins, ruffles, colors, shiny textures, bold necklaces, pattern shoes, and more.
Be Aware of How Much Skin You Show
This is an event where networking is paramount and running into a colleague is inevitable, hence it’s crucial to establish and maintain a strong reputation through your personal style. As much as you’d love to wear racy ensembles, those outfits usually aren’t the best fit for an award night due to how much skin they show. Be cognizant of shoulders and cleavage, how tight the dress is, or how much leg there is with high heels.
It’s okay to show some skin, but it should be balanced. If you choose to wear a strapless dress with a lower neckline, then ensure it covers a bit more leg. The reverse is also true.
Flatter Your Figure
If you’re looking to wear an outfit that accentuates your favourite features in the best way and camouflages “trouble areas” consider A-line dresses, certain jumpsuits, sweetheart necklines and jewel tones work for all skin tones
We come in all colours, shapes, and sizes, and this is something to be celebrated. Everyone deserves to feel and look amazing in what they decide to wear. Finding the right fit will help you feel confident, strong, and attractive at the event.
Wear a Fun Shoe
You can be an adult and still play around with fun shoes and we all know a good shoe can make (or break) an outfit.
Make sure you know how to walk in heels if you choose to wear them. Flats are a very “in” option today too. Ankle straps are fire. A muted outfit can be elevated with a sparkly, patterned, or brightly coloured shoe. Shoes add dimension and can also balance an outstanding dress so the focus is on the right item of clothing.
Have Fun with Trends
Gone are the days where the only option is a floor-length dress for a regal event. Have fun with it! Long dresses, short dresses, tea-length dresses, matching two pieces, tuxedos, and jumpsuits are all great choices.
2019 is a playful and experimental time for fashion, and trends from the past century – even the 90’s – are in today. Wear pieces that reflect your personality and shine. Nothing is more attractive than inner confidence that exudes from an outfit that mirrors you.
Don’t dull your look by wearing just anything. Try large cocktail rings, droplet earrings or large hoops that will play up your neck. You don’t need to drop millions on diamonds; crystals and gemstones just to look luxe when done in the right way.
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