STYLE LIST LOCKDOWN HERO AWARDS

WHO WERE YOUR STYLE AND BEAUTY HEROES DURING THE PAST VERY DIFFICULT YEAR . NEVER BEEN A HARDER TIME TO BRING OUR STYLE A GAME TO THE FORE AND EVEN LESS PEOPLE TO APPRECIATE IT. SO WHO MADE IT ONTO THE LOCKDOWN HERO AWARDS IN MY OWN ISOLATED WORLD. ………

STYLE SERVICE

There can be no dispute over this one. AMAZON delivered EVERY product I could possibly need and usually in 48 hours. Easy return collection and refund. Always has been a good service but the team and the fantastic delivery couriers rose to the increased demand effortlessly. where would we be without you. Happy for you to pay less tax as you are investing it far more wisely than our Government could to make many peoples lives easier.

STYLE PRODUCT

Okay so I may be a little late to the party but I discovered EVE LOMS RESCUE PEEL PADS. (£60 for 2 months supply) Using the Lockdown to invest and refresh my skin care routine I use these pads every night to resurface the skin with BH,PHA and AHA gentle acids. a non abrasive approach to exfoliation.It really makes a difference I swear I looked 10 years younger after just one day!!

STYLE PLACE

There has been no place like HOME in 2020. My home has become very Hygge (look it up !) We have all been on a home improvement drive in 2020 to make our homes more comforting and stylish and I have to confess I love being at home and have become somewhat institutionalised.

STYLE PEOPLE

This award HAS to go to my NEIGHBOURS, for shopping for me, leaving treats on the doorstep, making me laugh on our Whatsapp group. A whole army of heroes each in their own special way. I feel very privileged to live in such an amazing community. Thank you neighbours for giving me a lockdown to remember… for the right reasons and how we all pulled together in a time of crisis. True style.

STYLE FASHION

Well girls(and boys!) for all of us the winner is…………LOUNGEWEAR ! We all upgraded our PJS and leggings. If you are yet to upgrade yours, as we have a little more lockdown to go. here are some style picks below. what are you waiting for ?

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JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THESE ARE MY PERSONAL STYLE HEROS OF THE LOCKDOWN LET ME KNOW YOURS ? OF COURSE WE MUST NOT FORGET THE REAL FRONTLINE HEROS, NHS, TEACHERS,RETAIL STAFF AND MANY MORE……..OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU XX

MWAH MWAH


JOJO XXXXXXXXXX

STYLE LIST : ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

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HARK THE SOCIAL DISTANC- SING

With the new relaxed rules for Christmas many of you I hope will have an enjoyable Christmas. I have chosen to remain in my Christmas bubble with only one other person to minimise the risk of spreading this terrible infection to members of my family and beyond. So I will be doing lots of self gifting this Christmas and wrapping them all and putting them under the tree and cooking a couple of turkey breast wrapped in bacon and stuffed with sausage meat. It can be done … and still fun.

So heres a few of my Christmas wishes which I know will come true as they are already on order ! HO HO HO !

MUSO DJ2

Firstly a game to play for two on Christmas day. Does not require an app and gives us both a chance to reminisce over songs as well as ignite our competitive spirit with this board game.

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

Developed by Deepak Chopra to elevate mindset and increase happiness. So we may need these over the coming months and on the big day itself. Also if you know of anyone feeling down just hand out cards. Or get them to tune into my Midweek Mantra on this blog every Wednesday.

TATA HARPER SKIN CARE STARTER SET

Make 2021 the year to refresh your skin care routine. Developed by super facialist and skin expert Tata Harper a chance to try the skin care complete routine before you buy the more expensive full sizes of the items you loved. 100% organic , natural and non toxic. But the branding looks super luxurious on the bathroom shelf too. Or book a facial with Tata herself who operates out of The Lanesborough Spa.

GUCCI

Loving this ONE earring especially as one of my ears has split so I only have one ear now pierced. Make a statement with one bold earring with your hair up be loud and proud. I predict one dangly earring for 2021 !! Bring back the earring it has long disappeared since the nineties time to make a return .

SPORTS BRA

Essential for my new years workout routine ( we all have one of those don’t we). We all need support to embark on a heavy fitness schedule not only from friends and family but from a well fitting sports bra. The one on my wish list is the LANSTON SPORTS BRA. I just love the bright rainbow colours which means it goes with any legging depending on the mood !

FUSALP SKI JACKET

My ski jacket of choice for this winter. If of course I ever get a skiing trip in before April. Never mind i will wear it around the streets of London as i have been known to wear my Killy ski suit when it gets really cold ( oh er and my moonboots) well we can pretend its Verbier stylistas………cant we…….please. I do love a ski outfit !

BALMAIN JUMPSUIT

Well i still want to dress up on Christmas day !!! This is a classic and will do the delayed party season thats happening at Easter or even next Christmas (surely we have seen the pandemic off by then). Eternally chic , an investment piece!

A JONATHAN ADLER DESK

Ready for my home office makeover in January as i am spending more time there than anywhere right now. A white desk for my all white colour scheme….. INSIRE DESIRE ACQUIRE remember my mantra girlfriends.

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JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : ACT RESPONSIBLY THIS CHRISTMAS DO WHATEVER SUITS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BUT STAY SAFE WITH LOTS OF VENTILATION ON THE DAY AND SELF ISOLATION IN THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS AND DONT FORGET……A LITTLE SELF GIFTING NEVER DID ANYONE ANY HARM ! REMEMBER TO SANTA-TISER !

MWAH MWAH

CHRISTMAS KISSES

JOJO XXXXXXX

STYLE : HOW TO PUT THE VA VA VOOM INTO ZOOM

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This year has seen the way we work change and this could now be on a permanent basis for many of us as we adapt to working from home and conducting many meetings on Zoom calls. This raises a question of how we dress for maximum impact on the screen from the waist up!. Of course as many of you will know in my professional capacity as a scientific stylist being aware of your palette that makes you pop on screen and your clothing personality can really make a difference, So rather than go through all the rules once again the articles can be found on past blogs on this site. But will endeavour to repeat the blogs in the not too distant future.

Today will select some of my favourite pieces to put the va va voom into zoom. FROM THE WAIST UP !!

But first lets look at a few rules to look zoomtastic !

  1. Do not dress too distracting you want people to focus on what you say not how you look.
  2. Men clean shaven/groomed women hair off face and sorry girls please apply some make up . Both sexes do not look like you would normally look behind closed doors that “just got out of bed “look.
  3. Keep body parts covered. No cleavage or bare arms.
  4. No loud prints.
  5. No blanket bright white or black . Break up with another colour.
  6. Try to face a window and not back to a window to avoid the ‘silhouette’ effect.
  7. Use blank walls behind you where possible. I do not understand this TV trend of being interviewed in front of bookcases…. so distracting so you are not concentrating on what the person is saying………or perhaps that is why MPs favour this method !!
  8. Step back from the camera to avoid ‘wide angle face’. but don’t sit so far away that the mike cannot hear you clearly.
  9. Eye to eye with the web cam comes across best when talking to someone so stack your lap top if required or adjust your chair.
  10. Pretty much wear what your Company dress code is in the office with a little tweaking according to these rules. Although I am sure what you are wearing from the waist down we can leave to your own discretion.
man in black suit jacket holding white paper

MAKE UP

  1. Show you care. No matter how early it is apply a quick light make up.
  2. Use concealer under the eys. Cameras have a tendency to emphasize shadows but pick up on light.
  3. Therefore highlight cheekbones but avoid looking too shiny and highlighting other areas that you may normally highlight in everyday situations.
  4. Brighter blusher.
  5. Natural eyeshadow in the crease of your eye to make eyes pop.
  6. Lashings of mascara.
  7. Nude glossy lips. Bright coloured lipstick can look ‘jammy; on screen and emphasize any bleeding and smudging. Distracting.
  8. Use powder on the central zone even if you do not normally. To prevent shiny face.

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JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW YOUR REGULAR GROOMING ROUTINE IF YOU ARE WORKING FROM HOME, FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND MENTAL HEALTH. TRY TO MAKE AN EFFORT EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY NOT FEEL LIKE IT FOR YOUR OWN WELLBEING.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

STYLE: 12 TIPS FOR TRUE STYLE !

“FASHION FADES. STYLE IS ETERNAL “

– YVES ST LAURENT

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STYLE IS NOT FASHION. STYLE IS NOT GLAMOROUS. STYLE IS NOT TRYING TOO HARD. EFFORTLESS CHIC. SLEEK. SIMPLE.KNOWING YOURSELF. GETTING IT RIGHT EVERY TIME. LEARN IT AND BUILD IT INTO YOUR LIFE STARTING WITH THESE 12 POINTERS TO RAISING YOUR STYLE QUOTA AND STANDING OUT FOR THE RIGHT REASON

  • 1. DO NOT BE A SLAVE TO FASHION BE A MASTER OF DEVELOPING YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE AND DISCOVERING WHAT REALLY SUITS YOU.
  • 2. INVEST MORE MONEY (ACCORDING TO YOUR BUDGET) ON KEY PIECES FOR LONGER TERM CLASSIC PIECES. E.G COATS,SUITS,TAILORED TROUSERS.BLAZERS. YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE.
  • 3. QUALITY ACCESSORIES CAN LIFT A WHOLE OUTFIT. AIM TO BUY ONE CLASSIC DESIGNER ITEM IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES. SUNGLASSES, JEWELLERY,BELTS,PEN,BRIEFCASE,HANDBAG. THESE ARE YOUR STATEMENT PIECES, YOUR ARMOURY AS YOU HEAD OUT TO FACE THE WORLD.
  • 4. KNOW YOUR BODY SHAPE AND COLOUR PALETTE. ENLIST THE HELP OF A STYLIST/COLOUR THERAPIST. THIS CAN TAKE YEARS OFF YOU AND ONCE YOU KNOW YOUR COLOUR PALETTE EVERYTHING IN YOUR WARDROBE WILL MATCH. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO DRESS ACCORDING TO YOUR BODY SHAPE . THE SECRET OF MANY STYLISH WOMEN IS TO KNOW WHAT TO ACCENTUATE AND KNOW WHAT TO DISTRACT FROM. THE SCIENCE OF STYLISH DRESSING.
  • 5. RSVP WITHIN24 HOURS OF RECEIVING AN INVITATION. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE IF A BETTER INVITE COMES ALONG. DO NOT CANCEL ONCE ACCEPTED UNLESS IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNAVOIDABLE.
  • 6. ALWAYS BE ON TIME. BEING ‘FASHIONABLY’ LATE IS ABOUT FASHION NOT STYLE (SEE POINT 1 !!). BEING LATE IS INCREDIBLY DISRESPECTFUL TO THE OTHER PARTIES AND YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF LESS INVITED IF YOU MAKE A HABIT OF THIS. THERE IS NOTHING LESS STYLISH THAN BAD MANNERS.
  • 7. THERE IS NO NEED TO OFFER TO PAY HALF WHEN ON A DATE WITH A GENTLEMAN. LET THE GENTLEMAN ENJOY LOOKING AFTER YOU . KNOW YOUR WORTH . BUT BE GRACIOUS , THANK THEM AND COMPLIMENT ON THEIR CHOICE OF VENUE. ANY ‘GENTLEMEN’ I KNOW WOULD BE INSULTED IF I INSISTED ON PAYING. ITS TIME TO LET MEN BE MEN AGAIN.
  • 8. READ THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS SECTION OF THE BROADSHEETS OFTEN. STAY INFORMED AND EDUCATED. GOOD CONVERSATION STARTERS.
  • 9. LIVE WELL. LAUGH OFTEN. LOVE ALL. EVEN IF YOU ARE FEELING ANY OF THESE !!!
  • 10. REDISCOVER THE ART OF HANDWRITTEN ‘THANK YOU’ NOTES. THERE IS NOTHING NICER THAN RECEIVING A BEAUTIFUL AUTHENTIC HANDWRITTEN NOTE AS A HOST.
  • 11. AS IN YOUR PERSONAL STYLE THE SAME RULES APPLY TO YOUR HOME. NEUTRAL, BEAUTIFUL,UNCLUTTERED ACCENTUATED WITH KEP PIECES.
  • 12. BE CONFIDENT. QUIETLY CONFIDENT NOT LOUDLY CONFIDENT. ACT AS THOUGH YOU KNOW A SECRET THAT NO ONE ELSE KNOWS………AFTER ALL ITS GOOD TO BE YOU !

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THESE ARE PERFECT POINTERS TO START FILLING YOUR STYLE FILE. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR……..

JOJO STYLELIST TIP: I THINK IT WAS COCO CHANEL WHO SAID”ELEGANCE IS WHEN THE INSIDE IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE OUTSIDE” THIS IS THE EPITOME OF STYLE.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XX

STYLE: AUTUMN FASHION EDIT

woman standing near trees

The nights are drawing in and there is a hint of chilliness in the air. The AW 2020 went ahead last February just before we all went into lockdown but it is only now that your thoughts are turning to your Autumn Winter wardrobe. It is quite eclectic this season where almost anything goes. So please don’t mistake fashion for style especially more important as you get to your fifties and beyond. So my tips for this season are to invest in some hardworking pieces such as Coats and boots. Then choose a couple of statement pieces to build upon and mix up with some cheaper high street basics. Remember as a Colour Expert I must advise you to dress according to your colour palette for maximum style impact.

So if you have yet to check out your colour and image selection on our previous blogs search those first under the STYLE and BEAUTY areas. But put simply Coats are a large colour way across your body so ‘warm’ tones should choose chocolate or camel and cooler tones should choose navy or black. Use these colours as a base for your AW wardrobe. All these colours are classic colours and as investment pieces will have longevity in your wardrobe. With coats a good tip is too try one size SMALLER than you normally are for a more fitted tailored look. Keep to classic long line styles. The trend at the moment is just to throw them over your shoulders. To this end CAPES continue their popularity from AW19 although wise to avoid this if you are smaller and curvier.

A quick word about boots. This season it is your choice ranging from ankle, sock boots, biker boots, knee high , thigh high. Over fifty if you are going to go thigh high stick to flat boots. Heels AND thigh high are just too much for more mature ladies and just over the knee may be a better choice. But take advantage of the very many choices on offer to completely change the look of an outfit. Also a good pair of boots can last a lifetime if you choose according to your correct style palette. PLEASE PLEASE ensure your boots fit correctly around the calves I hate gaping and bagginess in poorly fitting boots.

Colours to look out for this Autumn of course we have the usual cyclical Autumn colours , camel, burgundy, olive greens but shake things up with show stopping red which featured heavily across London, Paris, Italy and New York AW catwalks . Reds to suit every palette glossy orangey reds for warmer palettes and crimson and cooler reds for Summer and Winter palettes.

Brown with black is usually a stylist no no but again was heavily seen in The AW20 collections paired together for a modern take. Put the brown closer to your face if a warmer palette or the Black if you have identified as a cooler palette. One surprising colour for Autumn is MINT GREEN already filtered down to the high street a lovely fresh colour to infuse into your Autumn wardrobe. In fact I think that the fashion pack are labelling it CELERY !!

REMEMBER do not substitute style for fashion. STAY AWAY FROM THESE TRENDS IF YOU ARE 50+ ………..puffball hems ( we have just got over the embarrassment the first time around ), belting tailored Jackets (does not suit anyone , any age), animal prints ( personally hate them, they look tired and dated, regurgitated every season), knitted dresses (unflattering unless you are aged 20 and 8 stone).

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JOJO STYLELIST TIP: SHOP RESPONSIBLY AND RESPECT SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION BY INVESTMENT LONGER TERM PURCHASING. PLANNING YOUR WARDROBE IS ESSENTIAL TO AVOID WEEKLY THROWAWAY FASHION PURCHASES. KNOWING YOUR OWN STYLE OR ENLISTING THE HELP OF A STYLIST CAN GO A LONG WAY TO REDUCING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXXXXXX

THE STYLE LIST : AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

As we are restricted in our social activities currently our monthly STYLE LIST has been reduced to bi monthly. As all that feature on a STYLE LIST have been tried and tested. So lets see who made the August/ September STYLE LIST.

MOST STYLISH HOTEL

Well for regular followers you would have read my travel blog on Lake Como this month and one of the most stylish Hotels I have ever stayed in. The newly opened MANDARIN HOTEL in Blevio, Lake Como takes style to a whole new level. Unpretentious yet exuding quality in both service and decor. Exceptionally peaceful and restful , although Covid restrictions and guest levels (staff ratio of about 10:1) may have had something to do with this. If you are visiting Como there is only one place to stay, the new girl on the block this truly wonderful Hotel.

The Mandarin Hotel Lake Como

MOST STYLISH RESTAURANT

From dining out five times a week to almost zero has severely restricted my pool to choose from. Also hard to guage how stylish a restaurant is under present conditions so almost no restaurant living up to our high standards of the STYLE LIST. So back to Como for this one. Although still difficult to find a really super stylish restaurant in Como I managed to locate one that is well worth a visit. Set in the small village of TORNO the family owned restaurant VAPORE excelled on all levels. Situated on the edge of the lake this was picture postcard perfect, like the movies you have played over in your head. Fresh fish from the lake and cooked to perfection and the best Tiramisu. Dreamy views just add to the attraction. I am pleased to share this little gem I have discovered off the main road into this fabulous little village.

VAPORE and the gorgeous village of TORNO

MOST STYLISH FASHION

The most talked about fashion accessory of the moment HAS to be the face mask. Going to be with us for longer than we thought has now become a fashion staple. So it is time for some style injection. Burberry are launching their own face mask ( reusable ….phew ), also providing particle filtration efficiency (PFE) and treated with anti bacterial technology. 20 % of each sale goes to the Covid 19 community fund. The mask yet to launch at time of writing is rumoured to be retailing for £90. There are cheaper more exciting designs than plain black or NHS off white so make yours personal.Even transparent ones so people can see your smile and also your latest lipgloss ! Elevate YOUR face mask game today with a whole collection and make sure you change them everyday for health AND fashion reasons.

MOST STYLISH BEAUTY PRODUCT

Its all about the lip ! With all this extra time on your hands we can pay attention to parts we never would have considered before. Lip Masks have launched onto the beauty market with a flourish, yes you never knew you needed them until now ! But they really do make a difference in softening and plumping, widely used in the Far East markets for years they have migrated to the West. KNC beauty founder Kristen Noel Crawley has now launched a natural LIP MASK in the form of stickers £4 and now on sale in Harrods. Especially useful in the ensuing Autumn and Winter months and the forth coming cold weather. The irony is not lost on me that you are covering up your lips with face masks when you leave the home but think of it as added protection for your lips as well as protecting your health.

KNC Lip Mask Harrods.com

MOST STYLISH PERSON

JAY SHETTY has kept me sane and chilled over the last 6 months. Discovered him on youtube with more time on my hands. We share the same philosophy and outlook and our teachings are almost identical. A former monk he now is a motivational speaker on how to think like a monk …. without joining a monastery ! Like myself he believes in discovering daily rituals to bring you peace and resisting temptation on activities that add nothing to your life. Find your truest most authentic self by spending time on getting to know YOU. This is what I have been preaching for many years before Jay had started kindergarten but happy to have him on my bandwagon. Welcome Jay to the team, happy to have you on board ! Handsome ,stylish and young oooh er maybe I should not talk about a former monk like this !

Jay Shetty

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : As we approach our second lockdown this week it is important to maintain your health but just as important to surround yourself with style and live a beautiful life to maintain your wellbeing and uplift your mood. Stay strong and stay safe stylistas we are in it together !

Mwah mwah

JOJO XXXXXXXX

STYLE : FRONT ROW INVITATION TO NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

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Front Row Invitation

Hi Stylistas ! So have you ever wanted to sit Front Row at your favourite designer Fashion Show but never been invited or unable to afford the very expensive tickets for the public shows. Well good news you can now attend ALL the shows at this years NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SEPTEMBER 13-SEPTEMBER 19.
THE Council For Designers of America (CFDA) have announced they will be launching RUNWAY 360 a digital platform for Consumers, press trade and retailers “to explore and engage”. The launch is timed to coincide with the start of NYFW on 13th September 2020 so watch this space.

This intends to be a permanent platform although has been devised as a result of the Covid 19 Pandemic and the obstacles this has provided for showing catwalk collections and the devastating impact on the Fashion Industry as a whole. Expect London/Milan/Paris Fashion weeks to follow suit. This platform will be available for you to check out collections at your leisure and hopefully drive sales forward.

We anticipate the launch of Runway 360 with great excitement although at the time of writing this it is still very much under wraps. However please find the timetable of shows below as provided by the official CFDA site. So if you want to be part of this groundbreaking new initiative log in and sign up. Remember to check the time differences if you are watching from anywhere else other than New York if you want to view the shows in real time and be the first to see the new collections. If you have never attended a top catwalk show here is your chance so grab a glass of champagne and your dark glasses and get ready to take notes.

JOJO STYLELIST TIP: CHECKOUT THE JONATHON SIMKAI SHOW 14TH SEPTEMBER 12.30PM LOVED HIS LAST COLLECTION OFTEN FEATURED ON MY ‘JOJOS STYLE PICKSIN THE SIDEBAR OF THIS BLOG.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

STYLE: 7 SUMMER DRESSES

Now lockdown is finally easing we can start to make the most of what is left of Summer. Sitting outside at pubs, garden barbecues and walks in the park all demand a beautifully simple Summer dress. One item clothing makes it easier to get right. No matching seperates and choosing colours compatible with each other. Easy to roll up and travel with. the only thing you need to complete your look are the right accessories. Ensure you choose the right jewellery, handbags and shoes to complement your outfit according to your correct colour and clothing personality (see previous articles). Many of my favourite dresses of the season featured are now in the sales so be quick to snap up a bargain, we still have all the Autumn. balmy days and evenings so maximum price per wear guarenteed.

Let us have a look at seven of my favourite day dresses out there right now. You can buy them today right here by clicking on the images its very simple to buy simplicity. If you cannot see the images because you received this by e mail click on the URL link at the base of the page.

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JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:Remember to follow my style guidelines in choosing the right dress for your shape, colouring and personality for maximum style impact.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXX

STYLE : MANS GUIDE TO WEARING SHORTS

Many of you have requested some style articles for men. Many of my clients are men so let’s start with shorts. One of the most difficult things to get right……. men in shorts. Indeed Tom Ford himself said”shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach” BUT that was in 2011 and today they are at the forefront of mens fashion. Many men carry off the ‘shorts style’ with great aplomb but there are still many disasters out there in the city sidewalks. So lets keep it hot in the city !!

So lets take a closer look how and when we should wear these bad boys……

OCCASION

Firstly let us consider where we are going to wear them, yes Mr Ford we are kind of listening. Of course shorts are acceptable in a sports environment and on the beach (the current trend is shorter the better) but we are talking about updating your everyday wardrobe. In a formal office situation then shorts are still unacceptable. Also not good at an evening event. Unless of course you are Pharell Williams. But during the day , for days out, at lunch, at the pub, shopping meeting your blood brothers all good. so to sum uo when temperature, environment and location call for it.

CUT

The trend is for tailored slim shorts that follow the line of the leg and are flat fronted.. But you have to take into consideration your body type. If you are a muscular mesomorph than obviously you don’t want it too tight around bulky thighs so you may want a little bit more room here. Also endomorphs with a more rounded tummy may opt for a single or double pleated front to flatter the area. No baggy/excess fabric and no cargo pockets they will add bulk—– this applies to every body shape when it comes to shorts. Just not a good look. So try to stay with a tailored straight short .

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LENGTH

The length should fall 1 or 2 inches above the knee. If you have skinny legs a turn up can add a bit of bulk . Men under 25 can wear the fashionable trend for even shorter shorts. But mature adult males please stick to the just above the knee rule !

COLOUR

Stick to the muted/classic colours. The same colouring rules applies to men as well as women (please see my earlier blog on assessing your colour season).So tan/cream for Autumns/Spring, Navy for winters/Summers and even pastels can look great on Summers. But stick to one basic anchor colour. Save the florals and bright prints for the beach. Checks and stripes can look good on dramatic personality types but can be trickier to match so unless you are shopping with your stylist lets keep it foolproof. Solid colours are traditional and therefore more stylish.

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MATERIALS

Keep it breathable in cotton or linen……natural fabrics. Linen has a tendency to crease and normally I hate that crumpled look but it works in a short.

WHAT TO WEAR IT WITH

No baggy t shirts try to keep the top as neat as slim as the bottoms. Polo shirts are a good look if you are going somewhere more casual. The best look is a fitted button through shirt with a collar. if long sleeved roll the sleeves up or a fitted short sleeve can look good too. The big question to tuck or to untuck ? Keep it untucked. . But bear in mind your height if you are taller you will want a longer fitting shirt and certainly if you are short ensure your shirt length is shorter in the body.

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FOOTWEAR

NO SOCKS. Loafers or deck shoes worn with invisible/ballet socks so your feet do not sweat and smell. Save the flip flops and sliders for the beach and NO sandals whatever age you are. Yes I am talking to you !!!

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So there you have it the foolproof guide to keeping the men stylish in shorts so you can dare to bare without putting a step wrong.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:AS WITH ALL THINGS STYLE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FULL TRYING ON SESSION IN FRONT OF A FULL LENGTH MIRROR . IF YOU ARE A GUY READING THIS I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS USEFUL. IF YOU ARE A GIRL THEN ITS OVER TO YOU TO ENSURE THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE GET IT RIGHT !!! GOOD LUCK GIRLS.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

STYLE: HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT FITTING JACKET

OKAY STYLE BUNNIES AS YOU KNOW I AM ALL ABOUT INVESTMENT PIECES FOR THE SAKE OF THE PLANET AND THE SAKE OF YOUR CLOSET. ONE KEY INVESTMENT PIECE MUST BE A WELL FITTING TAILORED JACKET. BUT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THOUSANDS TO SPEND ON HAUTE COUTURE OR A BESPOKE TAILOR THEN LET ME GUIDE YOU THROUGH GETTING THE SAME LOOK BUT (A LITTLE) CHEAPER. CERTAINLY WE WOULD BE LOOKING TO SPEND AT LEAST £300 ON A GOOD JACKET. BUT YOU WILL ONLY NEED ONE FOR A STAPLE IN YOUR BASIC WARDROBE.

Two of my current favourite Jackets Alexandre Vauthier and Moschino

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

FIT

When trying a Jacket on check for the following:

  • Shoulders of the Jacket should sit no more than one half an inch over your natural shoulder
  • Rotate arms over your head you should be able to do this comfortably
  • Collar form neck to bust line should sit smooth and flat
  • The Jacket should button easily but not too loose. Place one hand between the Jacket and your body it should sit comfortably between the two
  • Ensure the sleeves are the correct length. they should fall at the base of the hand. A good test is hold both arms out in front of you if the sleeves pull up above the wrists they are too short

LENGTH

  • The golden stylist rule here is your Jacket should cut off at the part of your body you wish to highlight. If you want to disguise large hips your Jacket should fall below the hips.
  • If you wish to emphasize a small waist then choose a jJacket that sits on the hips and is fitted at the waist.
  • Consider your body shape. try different style Jackets to see what flatters you.
  • If you are tall and want to appear shorter the general rule is a longer Jacket to balance the body. But if you have great legs shorter Jackets can emphasize longer legs.
  • Certainly though if you are short you will not want a longer line in your Jacket.
  • An ellipse shape (apple) may decide to go for a less nipped in at the waist style.
  • Employ a stylist for a couple of hours if you are unsure. Most large stores now offer this for free especially if you are going to be investment spending and you may get a glass of bubbly too while they do all the work. Would definately recommend.

LAPELS

  • Smaller lapels for larger bust
  • Wider lapels for small breasts or to balance body shape if you are a pear. to give you that sought after hourglass figure.
  • Large busts need a low button beneath the lapel to prevent gaping and pulling across a bust where the Jacket may fit perfectly.
  • Remember if you have read my earlier blog on body types you are angular or curved. Your lapels should reflect the line of your body. Curved lapels for curved body lines. Sharp lapels for more angular athletic body types.

POCKETS

  • Try to avoid flap pockets or overly decorative pockets on the hips if you don’t want to add weight to them.
  • I prefer a slit pocket on Jackets for overall fit and sleekness
  • Tailored jackets will sometimes have stitched the pockets shut. There is much discussion whether to cut these stitches or not . Personally I like to leave the pockets stitched to keep the line of the Jacket and to prevent it from becoming crumpled. Tailored Jacket pockets should never be used.

COLOUR

  • Once again if you read the article on discovering your colour type. You will already know what colours suit you. Choose a staple colour that will suit most things in your wardrobe. Some suggestions would be WINTER colouring BLACK, SUMMER colouring NAVY , AUTUMN colouring TAUPE SPRING colouring CREAM.
  • Or you may want a statement piece to wear with other neutral tones or jeans. Remember to stick to your correct palette to enhance your complexion and overall look.
  • I would stick to a basic colour for an investment piece as it should not be dictated by fashion however if you are attracted to a more dramatic Jacket be careful with the pattern or print. Basic rule large patterns make you look larger. Vertical stripes make you look taller. Small checks look better on a small frame. Larger checks look better on a larger frame. Personality also plays a part in bolder more dramatic prints. I often think a dramatic print on a timid shy person loses the person completely.
  • If you don’t know your colour palette enlist a colour therapist to ascertain yours. One hour is all it takes from £100. This is an investment as you will get a wallet of swatches of all the colours that suit you and go together in your complete colour palette. So every item of clothing in your closet will blend seamlessly. As far as I am aware no large stores yet offer this service.

FABRICS

This depends on the climate that you live in. But strictly NO polyester,viscose or acetate. It is like wearing plastic and will have you perspiring . Sweat patched under the arms is not a good look !! Other than that if you find a great Jacket and it fits perfectly dont sweat (see what I did there) the small stuff.

So there you go Stylistas my GO TO Guide to finding the perfect Jacket. So once lockdown is over schedule a day – time to Shop once more ! This is one time when mail order WILL NOT WORK for you.

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