Fashion

A-Z of Dressing for Success – Letter ‘C’

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Colour

Cool & Warm Colours 

This is a big one! Colour can make a huge difference to the impression you create. It needs to be appropriate to your environment, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring.
Black and a very light colour including white is a very authoritative combination and can cause others to become defensive if not worn with care. However if you combine black with a more striking colour (if your skin tone allows this – it can overwhelm some people) it becomes interesting, whilst still being powerful.
A more approachable business colour is navy, especially when combined with a medium strength pastel. This encourages good communication.
Red is a great colour to draw attention and can look dynamic worn the the right way. If you have a strong natural personality, wear red in small quantities.
Take care with colours such as lime green, orange or yellow as they can be perceived as frivolous in the workplace. If you love these colours and they express your personality, consider adding them in small doses or in your accessories as you can remove these easily if you need to quickly change your look.

 

 

 

Confidence

ConfidenceKnowing your style and the colours that work for you can add to your personal confidence. If you know you look good you can forget about what you are wearing and concentrate on doing what you do best!

 

 

 

Comfort

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In the context of clothes which compliment who you are, this is important. However, don’t let comfort become sloppy as comfort over style can cause you to fall short when making a strong positive impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you use colour in your wardrobe? How confident are you of your look? Using colour and style to boost your confidence really works!

A-Z of Dressing for Success – Letter B

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Brand

 

Personal Branding on Multicolor Puzzle. In business having a personal brand, which helps you stand out from your competitors, ensures you are remembered. Does what you wear make sense with how you want your business to be seen? Don’t be memorable for looking like you don’t care!
You are your business and people buy from people, remember – make your appearance a key part of your conscious self-marketing.

 

 

 

Body Shape

Do you dress to suit your body shape? Do you know what shape you are?11dressmakers-dummy

It can truly make a difference to how your clothes look for both men and women. Wearing styles which may look great on a friend, but really don’t work for your physical shape can make you look, larger, smaller and often untidy and uncomfortable.
For women, it is about showing off your very best bits and playing down those areas you don’t like so much.

If you would like to understand your body shape, send me an email and I will forward you a FREE body shape analysis hand out.
For men, it helps to wear jackets and trousers that are the right length and cut for you. Whether you wear trousers with one, two or no waist pleats can improve your line.

Develop your own personal brand, using your own unique personality together with styles and colours which really show who you are and how you would like others to see you. I offer a variety of sessions which can help you find out what will be just right for you and help you Dress for Success.

Call now on 07742 445243

 

A – Z of Dressing for Success – Letter A

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Appearance

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It may not be fair, but it is absolutely true, there are no second chances to make a great first impression. The way you look can be the decider when it comes to moving up the career ladder, getting a new job or meeting a new client. It also counts when making a great social impression. What we wear really does matter – make it part of your conscious self-marketing!

 

Adapt

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Know your own style, wear it well and always adapt just enough to meet the expectations of your client, the culture of the company you work for or the social occasion you are attending – be a ‘Chameleon with Style’!

Accessories

For women, you can add jewellery, scarves, belts, bags etc. to really enhance an outfit. Accessories ensure you are able to wear the same outfit to the same place again and again and it will look different every time. They lift a less expensive outfit and add colour to a neutral outfit.
For men it is all about a good watch, a quality belt (belts should always be worn if you have belt loops!) cuff links etc.
For both men and women, always use a good quality pen and use a stylish folder or neat pad for writing notes! Avoid scraps of paper, throw away pens and worst of all – plastic carrier bags or tatty ruck sacks!

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Look out for the letter ‘B’ coming soon!

Style at 40, 50, 60 and beyond in 2014

54488_T1S6305 Another year, sales are on and there appears to be lots of bargains out there, but are they really bargains? If the colours and styles don’t work for you those great buys may stay in your wardrobe for the whole year never worn.

How do you feel about choosing styles that work both for your body shape and your age? You know you still feel 20 inside, but how do you show the world that you are still fabulous?

We can get stuck in a rut with how we dress, becoming used to a certain style, maybe it is very casual, because we spend a lot of time at home, or maybe having worked for a large corporate organisation for so long dark suits and a ‘professional’ image are now the norm.

 

How do you break out of the pattern? You don’t want to look like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ but you do want a change.

Here is a starting point. Think about some of these areas.

  •  Take a little time to think about your true personality – how much does this shine through in what you wear?
  • If you could choose any style (if you were brave enough!) what would it be?
  • Maybe classic or dramatic or creative maybe a little quirky?
  • Who do you know that carries off this style really well, it maybe a celebrity or possibly someone you know. Take a look at what they wear, how could you adapt this look for your own personality and body shape?
  • What colours do you wear? Do you stick to the same set of colours all the time? Do you wear a lot of black – why is that? Is it about confidence or just an easy life?

 

Now time for a little action!

 

  • Go out shopping, take a friend who will be really honest with you and try on lots of clothes
  • Try things that you have never considered before
  • Remember that some things that don’t look great on the hanger can sometimes surprise you and look fabulous on! (this of course works the other way too!)
  • Try colours you haven’t worn before – look at your face when you try a different colour – does it make you look healthy and your eyes sparkle or does it quite frankly make you look ill??

 

Remember accessories, they can make a huge difference to your look

  • Try jewellery, scarves, belts, hats, with your outfit, have fun experimenting
  • Keep all your accessories in line with your body scale so as not to over whelm
  • Think about how you can express your personality through your accessories

 

It is always good to get professional advice, so if you would like to know more about what colours and styles will make you look fabulous for who you are NOW! Give me a call on 07742 445243 I would love to speak with you.

How do I dress appropriately for my age?

It is always a dilemma – how do you make sure you are dressing in a way that compliments your age? For me it is not a question of what clothes are right for what age group, it is much more about the styles and colours which work with, your body shape, your skin tone, your personality and your environment. It is not about fashion it’s about what works for you and makes you look fabulous!

 

 Here are a few tips which may help:

 

  • Forget about the size label, make sure that your clothes fit well – no gaping buttons, over tight tops, trousers with pockets which poke out as they are too tight on the hips etc.
  • Think about your body shape – does the material work with your shape?  Softer material which flows with your curves.  More structured fabric which compliments your more angular figure
  • Ensure the length of your dress/shirt works for you – hemline finishing at a narrower part of your leg, either just above or just below the knee
  • Choose colours which flatter. Remember that as your hair colour changes, some of the stronger shades could become over powering (This does not mean wearing only pastels as they may well wash you out) just go a shade or two lighter.
  • If you like to be in tune with fashion, add this through your accessories as they are easily changed to keep up with the trends. Accessories are the magic touch which transform an outfit!

 Something to think about – if a person saw you first from behind, would what you are wearing give them a clear impression of what to expect when meeting you face to face? Clothes which compliment your appearance and make an amazing first and lasting impression!

 

 If you would like some help to build a wardrobe full of outfits which boost your confidence and speak of who you are and how you want to be seen take a look at my Colour Analysis, Colour & Style Sessions or Wardrobe & Personal Shopping Sessions. Alternatively give me a call on 07742 445243 to see what might work for you!

How Do I Find My Style?

 

  • Style is not about clothes alone
  • Fashion can be bought – style cannot
  • We are not always born with a sense of style – but it can be learned
  • Style is consistent – but not boring

 

 Style  is such a personal thing, it’s about reflecting the real you at your very best! How do you find that elusive personal style? Here are a few ideas:

 

 Think about your personality, are you:

  • Artistic – love to be creative/different/carefree
  • Dramatic – love statement looks/strong contrasts/chic
  • Feminine – appreciate softer shapes/lady-like/graceful
  • Classic – enjoy a more formal /elegant/composed/timeless look
  • Natural – seek comfort and a more casual/sporty style.

You may be just one of these styles or more often a combination of 2 or more.

Do you lean towards a certain style out of habit 

  • May be because of a very corporate background or a recent need to take a more casual approach?
  • Are you confident that your current look is the real you?
  • Test this out, how do you really feel – how would you love to look given the opportunity and perhaps the courage?

Think about your lifestyle

  • What styles would give you confidence at work?
  • Would a different style work better in your leisure time?
  • How can you tie in the two different styles to support your personality?

Create your own style vision board

  • Take a canvas or a large sheet of paper, then look through magazines and pictures.
  • Think about the above 3 points and select pictures that represent your current and aspirational style.
  • Remember to consider your body shape when choosing

Now you know more about your style personality

  • Pull all you have learned about yourself together
  • Look through your wardrobe and see what works with your style
  • Invest in a few new items to bring your style to life
  • Remember that accessories are the magic which transforms and outfit!

 

 

 ‘Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.’        Rachel Zoe

 

 ‘Style is more character than clothes, more attitude than affluence. It’s you making visible your inner self.  So forget what you learned about appearance not counting; you can no longer afford to be without style.’

 

By Hara Estroff Marano, published on September 01, 2008 – last reviewed on June 06, 2012

 

 

If you would more information or help on how to develop your personal style call me on 07742 445243 or take a look at Colour Analysis, Style Definition and Wardrobe & Personal Shopping. Why not ask a loved one to buy you a voucher for a one to one session for your birthday? 

Colour is Powerful!

Colour can help you look healthier, younger, more approachable, more assertive, creative or professional; it can make your skin glow and your eyes sparkle, if you know how!

Colour can also make you look drained, showing up the lines and shadows on your face. It can give out the wrong messages psychologically – disguising your creative personality or portraying a strong authoritative impression (when you don’t intend it to) triggering a defensive response from those you wish to influence.

So how can you ensure colour works positively for you? Two ways:

  1.  Know what colours work with your skin tone, so that you can look and feel great.
  2. Understand just a little about the psychological impact colours have on those you wish to communicate with.

Colours & Skin Tone

Wearing colours that work well with your skin tone can make a significant difference to your appearance; building your confidence and making you feel great! So finding out what works best for you is a fun and very useful thing to invest in.  You can then choose clothes and accessories that really work for you!

Determining Skin Tone

 This can be quite tricky and professional help is a good way to ensure you have got it right; however here are a few general tips:

 

Cool Skin Tone

If you have a cool skin tone you will see:

  •  Pinkish or rosy undertones to the skin
  • Olive or black skin with a blue undertone
  • Brown/hazel/blue or green eyes
  • Softer greys or softer less determined eye colour
  • Black, dark brown, platinum blonde, light or mid brown, blue grey natural hair colour
  • Yellow based colours will give a sallow appearance to the face
  • The colour silver will brighten the face

Notable examples are: Sarah Jessica Parker, Sandra Bullock, Courtney Cox, and Jennifer Aniston.

So we know that the above cool colours work for our cool skin tone and that when combined in our accessories and jewellery with clear or antique silver, they will look amazing.

    

Warm Skin Tone

If you have a warm skin tone you will see:

  • Yellow based ivory, peach or golden undertones to the skin
  • Black skin with yellow undertones
  • Bright green, turquoise blue or golden brown eyes
  • Red, strawberry blonde, brown with reddish tint, chestnut, golden brown, natural hair colour
  • Blue based colours will drain the face
  • The colour gold will brighten the face

Notable examples are: Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Ferguson, and Nicole Kidman

The great warm colours above will work for those with a yellow undertone to your skin and your accessories will include jewellery with clear or antique gold.

 

Colour Psychology

 The final piece to the puzzle is the possible psychological impact the colours we are wearing are having on those we wish to communicate with.

Here is a little taster of the messages colour can give:

Approachable – soft or warm colours like pastel pinks, pastel blue, coral, tan or terracotta

Assertive – Strong contrasts – black or navy with bright reds or purples – Take care here!

Authoritative – Dark tones with very light tones (uniforms)

Creative – Warm/bright colours worn in unusual or unexpected colour combinations

Sensitive – Purple/violet/lavender –can be used to soften a hard look

So if you know what colour works for you and the impact it has on others, how confident will that make you feel and how successful could that make you both in business and in your social interaction?

 

If you want to know more about how to discover what colours can really work for you, give me or call on 07742 445243 or email me at Totallyyou@live.co.uk for a free no obligations initial consultation.

Is going to an Image Consultant a bit daunting?

Sometimes the thought of going to a professional to have your colours or style done can be a bit daunting. Firstly, how much will it cost and I afford to it? Secondly, will they judge me and leave me feeling I have to change lots of things about the way I dress,  which I really don’t think I am ready to do at the moment?

 

OK,  well lets take a look at cost. It is thought that most women have close to £300 worth of clothes in their wardrobe, which they rarely if ever wear. It maybe because they no longer fit, maybe it was an impulse buy – perhaps a ‘bargain’ in the sale and somehow it has never looked quite right. Sometimes it is because a person’s life style has changed – they now work more from home or they are returning to work after a break. Whatever the reason we all waste huge amounts of money each year buying clothes which do not work for us. So the cost of gaining some knowledge and guidance on what does work can amount to a saving over time. Knowing what clothes to buy can mean that you buy less and use them more and can avoid costly mistakes!

So what about that feeling of being judged? Well, I can only speak for myself and what my clients tell me:

‘I thoroughly enjoyed working with Sandra, she understood my boundaries instinctively and worked within these. The results have been brilliant.’
Katie – Financial Director

My approach is based on understanding who my clients are, what they want from any consultation, the changes they may want to make and how quickly they want to put any new knowledge into action. Some clients want to make a big change straight away, others don’t actually need to change much anyway – just add a few great colours and tweak they style, and some feel that they would rather just add a few changes to start with and build their confidence in a new look gradually.

It is my belief that we are all unique individuals and showing our true personality through our clothes and personal presentation is the best way to build our own confidence and make the impression we are seeking on others.

Knowing what colours and styles work well for us are simply tools we can use to express ourselves and help us communicate who we are.

The way we dress and present ourselves is a very personal thing and it can be a challenge to step outside of what we are used to and try a new look or some new colours, however my clients tell me that even if they were a little nervous of the change to being with, they have been delighted with the results of applying their new knowledge.

Why not try it yourself?

Give me a call for a free 30 minute initial consultation 07742 445243

 

A New Chapter as a Working Mum – How is your wardrobe?

Fantastic, you have landed yourself a great job hurray!

Now the fun starts! Getting the children and yourself ready in time to get out the door in the morning can be a nightmare, so what can you do to make life a little easier?

I know many working mums who tell me how they prepare lunch boxes the night before, get the school kit laid out for the next morning, make sure that the reading book is back in the school bag and that they have that thing they need for the nature table or whatever special extra is needed for the next day. Great! So organised everything is all set up for a speedy exit to school and work isn’t it?

Well may be for the children, but what about you? In all the busy organisation, the mums I speak to often forget about themselves and throw on the first things that come out of their wardrobe – no time for make up or making sure the shoes match the outfit. Does this sound familiar?

How about taking some time at the weekend or in an evening when someone else can look after the children to really organise your wardrobe?

Here’s how:

  1.  Firstly have a think about you life style as it is now? How much time do you spend on each area of your life? Does your wardrobe reflect this? For example, if you now spend 25% of your time at work, does your wardrobe contain 25% work clothes?
  2.  Now take everything out and look at every garment. Ask yourself is this really something I still want in my wardrobe? Does it fit? When did I last wear it? If it shouldn’t be there bin it!
  3.  Then when you start to put things back in divide them up to reflect the areas of your life – work clothes, at home comfortable, occasional night out, social with friends etc. Some will over lap, but if you struggle make sure the one area you do segment is your work clothes –it will save you so much time.
  4.  With your work clothes put outfits together, so you can quickly select what you need each morning, making sure that work shoes are accessible and any jewellery you like to wear with an outfit is easily found. Jewellery hooks inside the wardrobe door work well.
  5.  When your wardrobe is organised the final thing to do to make life easier is to ensure you decide the night before what you want to wear and hang it on the outside of your wardrobe.

If you have done all this you may even find time to put some make up on and calmly walk out of the door to school – well maybe!

If you could still do with a little more guidance, why not come along to our Mum 2 Me Workshop where you will get some great ideas and my wardrobe de-cluttering tool.  Book Today! Only £25!

 Alternatively if you would like a one to one session give me a call on 07742 445243

Are you a mum? Time to return to the World of Work?

Are you thinking about returning to work after sometime at home looking after your children?

Whether it has only been a few months or 10 years, there is always that slight anxiety about returning to the work place. Going back to your old job may sound easy enough, but change seems to happen so fast! I can remember working term time only when my children were little and going back after just a six week break in the summer its was quite daunting – something had always changed – not least being the place where I sat, it was a question of hunt your desk each time! It’s also amazing how quickly systems and ways of working can change.

Re-building your confidence to venture back into the world of work, for some, is a bit of a challenge and how your feel about yourself and how you look can have a big impact. Confidence levels can drop even in a short time.

Being at home with children can also radically change your wardrobe! Jeans and T-shirts often become the order of the day and re-discovering your style for who you are now can seem a bit of a struggle.

Maybe you have only been off during your pregnancy and for six to twelve months maternity leave, but that means you have not used a normal ‘work’ wardrobe for up to 18 months and possibly longer.

Do your old work clothes still fit?

Do they still represent who you are?

If you are not going back to the same job, are they still appropriate?

Are they practical – you are still a mum and may have the school run to do before and after work?

If you feel great about yourself you are much more likely to secure a new job or cope well with your return and any changes in your old role, so why not spend a little time thinking about what you need to do to re-discover your style for the person you are now?

Try these few tips:

  •  Find time to sort out your wardrobe – try things on and throw out anything that no longer fits or works for you.
  • Think about the work environment you are going into and see what you have that will fit in with the dress code/culture
  • Take time to think about your personality, what style you love and the practicalities of life.
  • What is your body shape? How will you idea of style work well with your shape. Believe me it can work, you just need to   find the right places to shop and know a little about how best to dress your shape!

If you feel you could use a little help take a look at this workshop http://totally-you-consulting.co.uk/workshops-events/ alternatively give me a call on 07742 445243 for information about individual or group sessions

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