She's So Fab

Any woman can live the glam life of Kimora Lee Simmons -- or so she claims in her new book

March 16, 2006|By TANIKA WHITE | TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER

Kimora Lee Simmons is calling from her home in Los Angeles, while her 3-year-old daughter Aoki Lee is in the background bellowing something about lemons she's picked from a tree on their West Coast grounds.

"She's making lemonade," Simmons explains, apologizing for the interruption. "It's for her lemonade stand. She's selling it for $5."

Kimora Lee Simmons: Fashion designer, business owner and wife of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons will be in town discussing and signing her new book, Fabulosity: What It Is & How to Get It, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Security Square Mall's Center Court in Woodlawn. Karibu Books is the host

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Four dressing for success rules, from "Fabulosity: What It Is & How to Get It," by Kimora Lee Simmons.

In general, more skin = less power.

Find other ways to say "fabulous" other than exposing lots of body, such as interesting silhouettes, sparkling accessories and shoes that make heads turn.

Get creative with conservative dress codes.

If you've got to wear a suit, don't see it as soul-crushing; see it as a blank canvas on which to express your style. Wear a feminine cami-top underneath in a vibrant color, add a striking pin to the lapel, or cheat the rules with a softer cardigan-type top paired with a pencil skirt (very 1950s chic).

Giant Lettering.

Lettering on your clothes is fine if you're on a football team, but in an office environment, it's just too hectic and distracts from what you're saying. Save the superlogo'd tops and jackets for after-hours.

Scuffed, banged-up shoes are an instant image-buster.

It's kind of like coming in to work with toothpaste on your face -- people notice it right away. Keep those shoes well-maintained and know when to downgrade them to weekend status.

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