Lifestyle advisor Juliana Mamoni weighs in on key
worries and concerns.
German-Ghanaian expat Juliana Mamoni wears many hats. A former
menswear designer (she studied in Milan under a former assistant to
Gianni Versace), she is now a lifestyle consultant offering services
including styling and nutritional advice. Here, she shares her responses
to some of the most commonly asked questions that have come up
in her consultations.
I’m overweight, and battling to find
clothing in my size really knocks my
confidence. What styles would you suggest to
make the most of myself?
I’m really struggling with my wardrobe.
How can I find my own sense of style?
Chantal, 35, housewife and mother of two kids
Lisa, 45, entrepreneur and mother of two teenagers
There are a lot of sleeveless shift and sheath dresses and
other linear fashion cuts on the market that can look
fantastic regardless of size. What matters is that the clothes you are
wearing both feel comfortable and make you feel good. Instead of
focusing on your weight, choose clothing that emphasises the parts
of your body you love, such as your shoulders or arms. I believe that,
as a rule of thumb, you’ll always be well dressed as long as you feel
good in your clothes – remember, what ultimately makes you beautiful
is your soul and your personality, and your actions show the world
who you are and what your potential is.
Usually, we get to know what styles suit us best by the
time we’re in our forties, but that certainly isn’t the case
for everyone. The important thing is not to be led by trends. Instead,
try to make purchasing decisions based on what looks best for your
body shape, face shape, colouring and so on. It’s key to invest in
well-cut, higher quality items, instead of cheaper trend-led or seasonal
pieces, which can quickly fall off the fashion radar. Also, when it
comes to your wardrobe, it’s important to be realistic – don’t feel
pressured to look like a superwoman in 12-centimetre heels if your
lifestyle requires flats!