As a true fashionista knows, looking the part is about more than the clothes. Channel the Italian spirit with these tips from Italian image consultant, Nicoletta Adda:
"Italians swear by “la bella figura” i.e. looking and acting the part! Always dress for the occasion, whether it is going shopping or toAscot. To add swagger always greet with two kisses and never have cappuccino after a meal!
Grooming and individuality are like oxygen to Italians: clothes and accessories must be in tiptop shape, well co-ordinated and with a personal touch. Know your fabrics too: linen is strictly for summer and woollen coats are only for winter!
Excesses are not elegant: Italians do not eat or drink too much, they enjoy food and wine in moderation. It is their recipe for good health and a youthful look: with a healthy mind and a healthy body, clothes can never look “ill”-fitting.
Nicoletta Adda, an Italian image consultant and personal stylist based in London, is a living example of the principles she believes in. For her, style is much more than being well dressed. It start from the inside with the right nutrition and extend to the environment in which we live. The phrase "healthy mind in healthy body", may have been coined for her:
These days, however, it is not as easy. The amount of times when I have toyed with that “must-have” buy and either regretted the purchase or regretted not purchasing it are endless and the reason for that is simple: I have forgotten just who I am.
Yes I can be guided by what’s in the magazines, on the runways and in the stores but I do believe that all of us as we approach forty, fifty or sixty will need a bit of style injection.
Consequently when asked to work with three amazing women to give Oxfordshire some style tips, hints and individual guidance on how to get the best from themselves using make up, clothes and accessories we jumped at the chance.
Let’s face it, if it is good enough for Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz it is certainly good enough for me...
Editor of OX Magazine