Name: Danit A. Levi
Company: Dress Your Way Style Consultancy
Danit A.Levi is a bespoke stylist, educational psychologist and the founder of DressYourWay style consultancy. A public speaker and image coach, Danit has over twenty-five years experience advising companies and individuals around the world on how to wear clothes with confidence. Here she shares her style insights and answers your style questions.
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Dress Your Way for Summer
Style city break – A fresh way to edit your summer wardrobe
A new season is the perfect time for a quick – or thorough – wardrobe edit, but before you replace the old outfits with similar new garments from your familiar outlets, you might want to consider shopping your seasonal collection in a foreign city. Added to the already established reasons for a visit, i.e scenery, food and various cultural attractions, you will find a selection of items to enrich your signature look and enhance your personal style.
The key to a successful style city break is to firstly assess your needs then decide which location will cater for them best. If you discover that you just need a few pieces to help ‘tie’ your look together most places will do. If however you need a complete new collection, consider a bigger city to allow for a wider choice and get a comprehensive capsule to serve you for a few seasons.
Be it in the large fashion centres of New York, Paris and Barcelona or the smaller fashion locals in Copenhagen and Berlin, there are many stylish gems for you to choose from. Over the past years I have been fortunate to work and discover fashions in some of the world’s major and minor hubs. With time, the ‘style souvenirs’ I collected have made more than one appearances in my collection and with each wear I smile fondly at the memory of the shopping experience; also the positive remarks about how unique the piece is, make me feel great.
Q: I find it very hard to keep a ‘business-like’ look on a hot day. Any tips?
Opt for neutral, sophisticated tones such as baby yellow, duck-egg blue, pale gray, stone and white. Avoid vest tops and choose a short sleeve blouse and think ‘layers’ to help with air-con. Replace the woollen cardigan with a lightweight one and the trousers with dresses in wrinkleresistant fabrics such as cotton or silk blends. Add a statement jewel and a sling-back peep toe shoe and forget the pure linen look since it creases and will make you look frumpy and unprofessional.
Q: What is the best way to dress while on a business trip or conference?
Regardless of the destination you are still surrounded by your colleagues and they will expect the person they know. Ask yourself what type of dresser you are then pack garments that will suit your style aesthetics and
the location. Keep your image consistent, even while traveling to the venue and back to the office.
Q: I consult young entrepreneurs and feel overdressed in a suit. How do you suggest I keep a business image but be ‘cool & current’ when in the boardroom with them?
In order for you to perform best at work it is important you feel comfortable in your clothes, especially if a suit is your preferred option. However you can create a more relaxed feel by investing in stylish separates in soft, floaty fabrics. Lose the jacket altogether and replace the structured dress / suit with a printed A-line skirt or capri trousers teamed with a block coloured top. You might also want to rethink your toolkit; replace a large hand/ laptop bag with a smaller iPad one or consider note taking on your phone when applicable.