This week Moving Free with Mirabai ishosting Fashion Flash and her advice could not come at a better time. Freezing February weather has sent my usual fitness routine into hibernation. Mirabai has literally dozens of exercise programs to deal with every need at every exercise level. And if you have back of knee problems her chair exercise CD’s will take away any excuse to avoid exercise.
I first met Lois Joy Johnson, author of The Wardrobe Wakeup when I was working with branding guru Faith Popcorn and she was the beauty editor at Ladies Home Journal. She often talked about doing a book on style and now its finally here– and it was worth the wait. Even better its about dressing beautifully over forty. I love her approach to fashion that combines clear lines that deliver a big impact.
She helps you shop from your closet to use what you already have and what to look for if you need to update your wardrobe. She has great explanations for terms like “black tie” and “cocktail party” for the 40 plus body, giving real examples that are simple to follow. For example she says that black tie means “you are going to the Oscars as a guest, not a nominee”.
For “business attire” Johnson recommends adding a one or two dressy embellishments like a silky blouse or a wow necklace to your every day work wear. And Johnson finally has given me a real sense of what to wear when the invite says–” casual chic”. Johnson suggests a knit dress with python shoes and a stack of colorful bangles. Now I get it.
The book is packed with new fashion insights– or at least they are new to me. She convinced me that a one shoulder dress is better than strapless when you’re no longer an ingenue.Wardrobe Wakeup uses real life women to model the clothes. They have hips, busts, a few lines, and look absolutely beautiful.
One final thought. Wardrobe Wakeup is also the quintessential book on New York Style. People often ask me how New Yorkers look so chic. This book tells you how its done.