Dress to impress: Ronel shows us how

Dress to impress: Ronel shows us how

An important meeting coming up? Want to impress your in-laws? Keen for an updated look? Our favourite stylist, Ronel le Roux, shares her go-to tips for an outfit that will see those compliments streaming in.

Meet our first model, Elize Davids.

Elize is the Regional Head: Marketing and Communications at Absa.

Ronel says:

“Elize Davids works in a corporate environment with black, white and navy being the norm. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a pop of colour on the daring individual. I felt that Elize could incorporate her creative side into her corporate image and I decided to opt for textures, patterns and a dash of colour suited for her corporate environment. “For this outfit, I styled a textured black pencil skirt and textured top with sleeve detail. I love how this outfit not only complements her triangle body shape but perfectly suits her colouring. It’s feminine but strong. On a chilly day you can grab a coat of which the length is just under the knee or a jacket that falls in the midriff area to complement the high waist of the skirt.

“For the second outfit, I styled a more dressy corporate look by opting for a dash of gold. Gold is the perfect complementing metal for Elize’s skin tone and it brightens her whole look. In a season where metals are such a strong trend, this outfit is totally Boss Lady-worthy and if you work in a corporate environment you shouldn’t be afraid to add some metal to your wardrobe. Whether it’s in the jacket, the top, the trousers, the shoes or the  accessories, metal can be worn by everyone and is not only seasonal. If you love metals, like Elize, create your whole outfit with complementing metals or if you’re less daring, you can opt for a statement piece added to your neutrals.”


Meet our second model, Jaclyn Engelbrecht

Jaclyn is the owner of Nov-U, a salon supplies distribution company.

Ronel says:

“Jaclyn’s job makes her environment less corporate and more fun. She works mostly with women in very creative and feminine surroundings. Jaclyn is young and I loved playing with bolder patterns and colours and some textures for her outfits. For this outfit, I styled her in patterned trousers, a copper T-shirt and a velvet jacket. This is a
luxe look, ideal for dressing up for the executive owner role she fills, but it’s still a relaxed and approachable look suited for business negotiations. It’s very complementing to her skin tone and body shape and by adding red heels we’ve enhanced the red in the patterned trousers, creating harmony in her total image.”

“For the second outfit, I styled Jaclyn in the metals most complementing to her skin tone. I love how the cool muted sequin part enhances her blue eyes and pale skin. Since the dress is sleeveless, we added a mid-length jacket with fur detail to bring in texture and decided to show off her lovely shaped legs with a dress ending just above the knee. When opting for a shorter dress, always cover up the shoulders and should you wish to show your lovely shaped shoulders, rather opt for skirt or dress covering the knees, this takes the outfit to a more work-appropriate level, especially if you’re the one running the business.”


Makeup, hair and styling by Ronel le Roux (Image Innovators SA, 084-778-2222)Photos: Willem Janse van Vuuren.

Clothes from Que’s Boutique (Preller Square, 051- 436-2626)

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