Where To Shop For Your Daughter’s Matric Dance


Shopping for the perfect Matric Dance dress can try the patience of a saint, mom and (in my case), aunt. Having spent the past few weeks devoted to helping my niece find the perfect dress (that she also never before seen in her life) – I feel I am somewhat qualified to suggest a few places! I also know the perfect spots that serve alcohol. In case you need some. Like I did.

J.J. Schoeman

Ironically, this was both the very first and last shop we tried on our hunt for Matric Dance dresses. J.J Schoeman has some of THE most beautiful dresses we have ever seen. But, don’t be fooled – this small shop houses a treasure-trove of dresses, which can be altered or tailored according to preference. If you give them enough notice, they can also create something specific – so be sure to take your ideas with you in case you’d prefer having something made. Their quality is exceptional, as is the fabric – we have no doubt that the resulting dress will be worn for years to come!

Details: | 082 851 3344 |

Bride & Co

As for Bride & Co – trust us, it’s not just for bridesmaid dresses! If you’re looking for something short, rather than the traditional long dress, then choose from their selection of cute cocktail dresses. Or, if traditional is what you want, then browse through their huge variety of long dresses available in many different styles and colours. Do book a fitting to avoid disappointment.

Details: | 011 807 4000 |

Exodus Original

Located at The Soko District in Rosebank Mall, this beautiful boutique is home to an array of bridesmaids dresses and matric farewell dresses! But that’s not all, they also custom desigg dresses according to your taste and specifications! Contact them directly and they turn your dress ideas into reality! View some of their work here.

Details: | Soko District Rosebank Mall, Rosebank.

Dresses By Roxanne

This Northriding studio will design and make a one-of-a-kind Matric Dance dress from start to finish. We love the fact that they will work and adhere to your specific budget, and aim to make all shapes and sizes look their absolute best. Their website is an excellent starting place to view the types of dresses they have made for previous customers, and they are renowned for quality items and excellent service. Click here for more information.

Details: |
076 641 5748 | 283 Honeydew Road West, Northriding, Johannesburg.

Young Designers Emporium

This budget-friendly option is every mother’s dream with affordable alternatives to high-end price tags. We found a couple of front-runners that were ruled out only because they were too similar to what other girls would be wearing on the night. It’s touch-and-go as to what dresses will be featured each time you visit, but YDE is a highly recommended first port of call!

Details: | YDE Stores.


Misteeq in Alberton is another unsung hero that deserves a spotlight! Operating by appointment only, the team will take their time helping you choose the perfect dress to suit what you have in mind, your colour of choice, and your particular body shape. Appointments are available from Monday to Friday (9:00 to 16:00) and on Saturday (8:00 to 12:00). The store is also one to bookmark for wedding dresses and other evening dresses down the line!

Details: | 083 339 6889 | 290 Delphinium Street, Alberton.

Forever New

Enchant the crowd at your upcoming special event with the latest selection of formal dresses from Forever New. Elevate your look with their collection of women’s dresses that are perfect for various occasions. Whether it’s a cocktail party or a formal event, their range offers a choice of stunning embellished mini dresses that will dazzle, as well as elegant floor-length evening dresses that will leave a lasting impression.

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Know of other great spots to shop for your son or daughter’s Matric Dance not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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