wear it well
May 2005 - Discovery Magazine
From tight jeans to high heels to harsh synthetic
fabrics, fashion can be harmful to your health.
But the easiest way to avoid being a fashion
victim... is simply to be yourself.
"Let's face it," sighs Olivia Davidson,
"we all sometimes suffer to look the part."
The point is, we don't have to.
Wearing a simply designed black-and-white floral
v-neck top, offset by a pair of classic blue
jeans and some eye-catching black-and-white
animal-print mules, Paris-born Davidson is a
model of confident, understated chic as she
orders her favourite diet drink at a Cape Town
And so she should be, as a stylist and consultant
whose mission in life is to turn fashion victims
into vashion victors. So what's the secret?
She thinks about it for a moment, and then whispers
a word that can make a material difference to
the way you feel about the things you wear.
"Lycra. It's a brilliant fabric that's
been used for years in almost everything. If
you try on a pair of jeans with Lycra and a
pair without, you'll notice the difference immediately
because jeans aren't naturally comfortable.
Tops are the same. If you look for a t-shirt
and see one without Lycra, it's more liekly
to lose its shape within a few washes, whereas
anything with even three percent Lycra will
keep its shape and be much more flattering to
But the real secret of looking at ease and
in style, says Davidson, is resisting the temptation
to flatter yourself.
"A sense of style is quite difficult to
achieve, and not everyone gets it right. Really,
it's to do with confidence. It's not a question
of how much you can spend on yourself. Money
doesn't buy taste. You just have to find the
clothes that suit your personality. Don't buy
trendy pieces for the sake of it. Rather identify
key pieces in your wardrobe - classic items
that don't date and which you can wear all the
time. Just top up your wardrobe as you go along,
and you won't end up looking like a fashion