Refresh your style

October 20, 2012 

  • More information Written and styled by Sheon Wilson, Photos by staff photographer Juli Leonard Hair styling by Yazmeen “Zora” Irving, La Co’Cocoa Natural Hair Salon,, 16 Rock Quarry Road, Suite 115, Raleigh. Clothing from Bano Boutique, 2699 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, Makeup Justin Pittman, Lancome makeup artist at Belk in Crabtree Valley Mall. Tell Sheon about your style dilemma:

Jovonna Wilder, 28, of Raleigh finds being tall a blessing and a curse. Almost anything she wears flatters her 5-foot-11-inch frame, but getting clothes that are long enough for her arms and legs gets frustrating. She’s an event planner ( who hosts parties and charity events, so projecting a fun, creative image is important to her. Rich colors, lush fabrics and unexpected details will set the right tone.

Before: A black jacket and pants is many women’s go-to professional look, and for that reason it tends to blend into the background. The sheer blouse looks a bit exposed for work, even with the tank underneath, and the accessories and canvas flats look too casual for a suit.

After hair: Jovonna has been wearing braid extensions and wigs, but both weigh on her hair. The result: dryness and breakage. A “twist-out” style brings out her natural texture. Her hair was washed, conditioned, blow-dried and styled into flat twists, remniscent of cornrows. After a few minutes under a hood dryer, her hair was unfurled and styled into a modern ’fro with shine and movement.

After makeup: Lancome foundation evens out her complexion and sets a base for blush and luminizing highlighter that bring out her cheekbones. Her eyes are accentuated with eyeliner, shadows in purples and taupes, and mascara. Her brows were filled in to better frame her eyes. A sheer lip color finishes the look.

After coat and boots: The Marimekko wool coat is in teal, which complements many hues. A matching 5-foot scarf that buttons to the collar stretches its use and stylishness. The Renuar sueded polyester shirtdress accents her slim waistline. The (stylist’s) knee-high boots showcase her long legs. The Olbrish leather handbag has an interesting shape, and can hold work files.

After leopard coat and black outfit: To wear black and not look like everyone else, go for special details. The Le Phafe boatneck top is embellished with black beads that make it a standout. The La Manufacture pencil skirt has a quilted inset that looks like leather, and the Edi Noa stretch belt with woven buckle adds shape and style. The Cassandra clutch has a plastic-studded finish and animal-print lining. The Luii day coat with elbow-length sleeves and oversize buttons adds instant chic. Jovonna’s own patent leather pumps continue her leg line.

The reaction: Jovonna loved her twist-out and subtle makeup. And though she’s done some modeling, she hadn’t worn designer clothes like these. “These things are so beautiful, and they feel so good on,” she marveled during the photo shoot.

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