THE day of the enduring Hollywoodbets Durban July is quick approaching, a day popularly identified for bringing fashionistas from across the nation to the town to showcase their takes on the theme for the annual event.

The South African thoroughbred horse racing occasion is held yearly on the primary Saturday of July since 1897 at Greyville Racecourse in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. This 12 months the Hollywoodbets Durban July will happen on July 2, with a theme that’s certain to have the crowds on the Greyville Racecourse popping with color.

This 12 months’s thrilling theme is Present Me The Honey, attendees are inspired to make use of black, white, and yellow as their main color palettes for his or her outfit selections, and with South Africans’ observe report for displaying up with eccentric, eye-catching, and over-the-top fashion ensembles, we’re all in for a deal with!

Native fashion influencer and one of many six winners of the 2022 Gateway Well-known Influencer Search, Muhammed ‘Mo J’ Timol spoke to the Berea Mail and provided his fashion tips for Durban July attendees to stick to this 12 months’s theme.

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Born and raised in Overport, Timol has all the time been keen about fashion and self-presentation, “I’ve all the time appreciated to look good and really feel good, and that’s the superb factor about fashion and clothes, it could actually enhance how you are feeling about your self,” he mentioned.

Timol expects an incredible turn-out and spectacular outfits at this 12 months’s Hollywoodbets Durban July, saying that, particularly this 12 months, individuals want the July to come back collectively, “It’s been a tough two years and I believe individuals are excited.”

Recommendation for first-timers

Timol advises first-time attendees to maintain it elegant, easy, and minimal. Photograph: Nia Louw

For these attending the Hollywoodbets Durban July for the primary time, Timol says to maintain it minimal. “Go for a basic, easy look. The minimalistic look is fashionable in the meanwhile. So hold it elegant, easy, and minimal. Don’t strive too onerous,” he mentioned.

“To remain on par with the theme put on a basic black or white ensemble, a costume or a swimsuit, and add a touch of yellow,” advises Timol.

He says that equipment like watches, rings, chains, or sun shades might present that pop of color that you’ll want.

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Sticking with the theme

To stay with this 12 months’s theme, Timol says to maintain your color combos to a minimal, “You’ll be able to combine impartial colors like white with earthy tones. And yellow and black additionally complement one another.”

“Mess around with colors. You’ll be able to pair a blazer with Chino pants and mix two complimenting colors. Knitwear is on-trend in the meanwhile, you possibly can pair an incredible knitwear outfit with some chunky sneakers and also you take a look!” mentioned Timol.

Formal or Informal

Timol says that between formal and informal put on, one isn’t any higher than the opposite for the Durban July. He advises, nevertheless, that if you’re going with informal put on, hold it sensible informal.


Timol says that even understated equipment can add to an outfit. Photograph: Nia Louw

If you’re going for the formal look there are a number of methods Timol suggests to look dapper or elegant, “Cufflinks, tie equipment, sun shades, hats all of those small equipment can add to the formal look. When carrying sun shades, don’t go overboard and hold it clear. Relating to hats, you possibly can put on a fedora or go together with a wide-brimmed hat with a swimsuit or costume. Even sock play is an possibility, pair of socks can actually add to an outfit.” he mentioned.

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If you’re headed the smart-casual route Timol suggests Chinos paired with an incredible blazer for males and colourful sundresses for girls. He additionally recommends carrying knitwear, “A pleasant knitted sweater can go together with formal pants or denims with an incredible pair of Chelsea boots.”

Timol recommends that Durban July attendees benefit from carrying winter fashion outfits, because of the chilly climate in Durban. His ultimate bit of recommendation for these hoping to attend the July this 12 months, “Put on the look, by no means let the look put on you,” he concluded.

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