On style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am


I've seen a lot of celebrities wearing shorts suits. I'm not famous and designers don't ask me to wear their clothes (and I don't have a fancy label shopping budget), so where can a normal person pick one up?

The Short End, Hung Hom

The Dictator rules: You might be able to 'pick up' clothes you already own. It's a simple recipe; take one pair of shorts, add matching jacket and serve garnished with heels or flats. With so many great shorts and jacket match-ups in the shops for spring-summer, it's not so much a question of where but when and if. When, as in you should have bought one months ago and must now dig around the sales dregs for your size. If, as in you should only wear shorts if you have the legs for them. Aside from that, we think it's a brilliant contemporary summer style. In contrast to the look-at-me effect of mini skirts, short-shorts are a clever way to show off great legs without looking like you're trying too hard. We love the retro style of COS, especially the green embroidered cotton-linen shorts and short-sleeved jacket (HK$690 and HK$890, respectively; 74 Queen's Road Central, tel: 3580 7938). DKNY has tailored mini shorts and a classic cotton blazer in poppy pink (HK$1,690 and HK$3,790, respectively; Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 2196 8300). Chic brand EQ:IQ offers an interesting alternative: shorts paired with a longer jacket in matching abstract black and white print (HK$1,200 and HK$3,915, respectively; Elements, tel: 2196 8238). Or go preppy with Brooks Brothers' blue and white seersucker in surprisingly teeny shorts with all-over embroidered bee motifs (HK$880; Elements, tel: 2196 8090) and a slim-cut blazer in plain seersucker (HK$1,790).

Emergency! I never quite got my body back after popping out three kiddies, and bikini season is always a nightmare. We're about to head off for a few weeks at the beach. I know you don't have much to work with here, but any tips or tricks when buying swimwear? (Go easy on me, please.)

Tummy Mummy, Mid-Levels

The Dictator: Don't worry. I'm tough, but I don't go for cheap shots. Swimwear has come a long way since you last checked. It might have something to do with the world's shockingly expanding waistlines due to overconsumption, not procreation. To hide a flabby midriff, cover it. No, not with a gigantic muumuu. That will just get you mistaken for a tent. Find swimsuits that cover the stomach area, redirecting the eye towards other parts of the body such as the bust, arms or legs. If you want to hide those, too, then no swimsuit on Earth will solve the problem. Miraclesuit promises to help you lose 10 pounds in 10 seconds. I don't know about that, but they do pull in at the tummy and waist, and come in various colours and prints (HK$980 and up; Ozzie Cozzie, 5/F, Tak Woo House, 1 Wo On Lane, 17 D'Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2810 1356). Similarly, Moontide does the Overlay one-piece (HK$850; Ozzie Cozzie) with a sneaky and stylish crossover detail across the front. Tankinis, meaning swim bottoms with matching longer tops, can also be slimming. Everyone from Arena (HK$370 and up; GigaSports, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 9088) to Seafolly (HK$1,480; Ozzie Cozzie) does them these days. In general, look for swimsuits with ruching around your problem areas, go for dark colours and always try them on. You'll never know until you see it on your unique proportions.