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Are you planning on looking smarter and feeling better this year? If so then the first thing you need to do is sort and plan your wardrobe. This doesn’t need to cost money but you will feel a lot better when you have the clothes in your wardrobe you are actually wearing.
As an image consultant I help people to have a wardrobe of clothes that they enjoy and suit their colouring, bodyshape and that represent at their lifestyle and wardrobe personality.
Tips on how to give your wardrobe a makeover:
- Take all your clothes out and only put back what you are wearing and enjoy.
- Get rid of clothes you do not like or are worn out.
- Put the clothes you do not wear but do not want to chuck out into another wardrobe, bin liner or somewhere that isn’t in your wardrobe.
- Put your clothes in sections e.g. suits, trousers, shirts, tops, skirts, jumpers etc.
- Look at the clothes you have and see how you can mix and match the items.
- Make a list of what you need
- Don’t forget accessories change your look and an easy way to change or update your clothes
If you need help then contact Appearance Management
By Angela Marshall, 5th Dec 2009
The Tie – a status symbol
The tie is a key part to looking professional as the eye is instantly drawn to it whether it is a well-chosen tie or a poorly chosen tie. It not only represents who you are (it gives out information about your wardrobe personality), but it also demonstrates how professional you are plus it gives you a sharper image.
Five reasons retailers are seeing an increase in the sale of ties:
1. People feeling they need to look professional as they are concerned about losing their job
2. More people are going for interviews for a job
3. Casual is no longer fashionable in the work place
4. Skinny ties the latest fashion- worn by footballers, pop stars and in the Mad Men TV show
5. Tone on tone ties ideal to look professional at work and smart for the evening
What to consider when choosing a tie:
Choose a tie made of good quality silk as it will tie well, avoid polyester as it will not tie well and wrinkle easily.
Generally choose the base colour to match or complement the base colour of the accompanying shirt with accent colours complimenting the colour of the suit or jacket. Choose a solid coloured tie for the most conservative occasions, followed by a striped or dotted pattern tie.
Patterns and Designs
Match patterns and texture of shirts and ties. A plain tie and shirt are the most formal look. A plain shirt and pattern tie give more personality and recently both striped shirts and ties have been fashionable. However they are not so easy to mix and match with other items and it is important to ensure they match in colours, widths and pattern to complement each other.
There are many patterns of ties to choose from (e.g. polka dots, paisleys, stripe, foulard) and it is important to consider the shape of your face as well as the size of pattern as it should relate to your size of body.
A Personal Image Consultation
Why not have a style consultation and colour consultation with Appearance Management who will advise you on what pattern ties and knots to suit your face and will also advice you on the correct shade of colours and how to wear various colours together.
Example of client
A collection of Audrey Hepburn’s gowns are going on auction next week. This was a lady with very gamine physique and wardrobe personality. Her style was simple and elegant, neat and compact who always looked precise. A gamine is good with detail and likes things that interest her to be perfect. She likes her own way, is generally determined and can be obstinate.
To find out about wardrobe personality you or your partner are purchase Being Truly You – Discovering Your Own Unique Wardrobe Personality for men or for women. There are 10 wardrobe personalities with a question and answer section together with a chapter with what brands will suit you, styles and accessories. Angela Marshall of Appearance Management is unique with the 10 wardrobe personalities.
Whatever we do and whoever we see it is important not to let ourselves down and to be professional at all times. Looking good, being polite and having good communicating skills whether in our business or private life can go a long way.
Looking and feeling good affects how you behave. Look like a slob and you are more likely to behave like one. Look the part, think the part and you will be the part. Now, more than ever people need to be professional in their work and in their home life. Lead my example to your children.
Having good manners is about presenting yourself with the kind of style that shows you can be taken seriously. When you are confident you feel comfortable and behave well to people around you and they in turn feel comfortable around you. Good professional Manners pay off.
Appearance Management covers Etiquette and Manners in their consultations and workshops see more detilas on Etiquette Friday
By Angela Marshall, 4th Dec 2009
RBS brand is very much spoken about at present with the debate about bonuses. Unfortunately all the staff of RBS will be tarnished with arrogance, greed, self centred and several other adjectives. Yet it is a small percentage of staff that gets paid the large bonuses. However, as these people are suppose to be the best of the best, to help the company get back into profit, it would greatly benefit their personal image and personal brand if they were to take smaller bonus. This in turn would improve the brand of the bank and the general public would be more willing to support them. This is the very time that people look for strong leadership and good people they can look up to.
There are some leaders that are looking to lead by example, by taking a lesser salary, and it will be interesting to see how well the new Managing Director of Allied Irish Banks does Cohm Doherty who has taken less pay.
A strong personal brand can be tarnished overnight, as Tiger Woods is finding out. It will be interesting to see if his sponsorship will be affected.
Your personal image and brand is extremely important in helping you to achieve your goals but it is also important in helping you to feel good about yourself and with other people. Appearance Management helps people to improve their personal image.
By Angela Marshall, 19th Oct 2009
People who do a great job in the hospitality industry are summed up as ASK. They have a positive Attitude, great Skills and Knowledge. We have just been the beneficiaries of this, at a wonderful week’s break at La Residencia in Majorca.
This made me think how much better life would be and how a company’s bottom line would improve if we all had the same attitude to our work. Companies need to think about the training of their staff and how to improve what image they portray. Management need to ask – Do their employees represent the corporate brand? Our personal image i.e. the way we look, sound and behave, has a significant impact on how our company is perceived. Looking good gives people confidence, good body language helps to portray a positive message and good manners, whilst not being commented upon, will, like bad manners, never be forgotten.
If you believe that how your people engage with your clients matters then we can help, so please contact, image consultants Appearance Management
By Angela Marshall, 30th Sep 2009
People often complain about how they look and feel and yet are not prepared to do anything about it, particularly women. They will often buy the same things that are already sitting in the back of their wardrobe or purchase items that make them feel worse about themselves. Men will avoid shopping and purchasing clothes as they don’t feel good in and pretend they don’t care about their appearance. Understanding your wardrobe personality is the first step to feeling good. The second is understanding what styles suit your body shape and compliment you. It is not about being fat or too thin. More about wearing the right clothes to suit your shape and proportion, wearing the wrong styles will not compliment you whatever your shape and size. Thirdly wearing the correct shades of colours will help you look bright and healthy. Finally sort, organise and plan your wardrobe before you shop. You will save so much more money and be happer with a well planned wardrobe.
Since becoming an image consultant, 14 years ago, I am much happier with my wardrobe and feel and look who I truly am – “Being Truly You”. The title of my book for men and women on wardrobe personality.
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Lots of people are networking these days and looking for new business. Some people are new at it and some, like me, have been networking for many years. It can be very daunting, walking into a room full of strangers, but our body language can give out very positive messages as well as helping us feel good about ourselves. For example our eyes are normally the first thing people notice and they can be made to look bright and breezy, and can unconsciously communicate interest or boredom. As part of Appearance Management image workshops we discuss body language. They are an essential element in our body language and together with a smile can convey a warm welcome or, alternatively, the opposite.
“A smile costs nothing but gives much and fosters goodwill in business and is the sign of friendship”.“Eyes reveal joy and elation as much as they uncover sadness, melancholy and distress.”
By Angela Marshall, 30th Sep 2009
I have recevied feedback from several employers about obvious mistakes people are making when attending interviews. Some of theses mistakes, it seems, people just don’t think what image they are portraying to the interviewer, particularly students out of university. As an image consultant I am quite shocked, or should I be, what bad manners people have? Here are some tips:
- Shake hands firmly with the interviewer at the beginning and end of the interview
- Good posture, give eye contact, smile and relax in the chair but don’t slouch
- Make sure you know where any documents you need are and the order they are in
- Adhere to the employer’s dress code, check out the company’s dress code beforehand
- Be smart – dress slightly better than you would if you were an employee
- Cover up tattoos and remove body jewellery
- Listen carefully to the current question and try to give short and concise answers with examples
- Speak clearly and loudly (no too loudly) and try not to speak too fast
- Know your CV
- Chew gum or eat garlic beforehand, ensure you have a fresh breath
- Turn off your mobile and ensure you do not take any text or phone messages whilst in the interview (it has been known)
- Have dirty, scruffy shoes
- Look worried, or have a poor posture
- Wear creased clothes
- Have dirty hair, nails or hands
- Ask for the toilet the minute you arrive for the interview, ensure you go before you announce your arrival or ask the receptionist to give you a minute to go
- Mutter, interrupt and not listen to the interviewer
- Turn up late and not apologise
- Be arrogant
By Angela Marshall, 30th Sep 2009
Stylist Gok Wan says “Shop less, wear more”. How true.
I watch so many women shopping that haven’t given any thought to what they are buying, what it will go with or when they will wear it. Often people panic buy or don’t recognise what suits their colouring, body shape or wardrobe personality and therefore are ultimately not happy with the item when they get it home.
As an image consultant I have noticed:
Women – Too many women say they have ‘nothing to wear’ whether it’s for work, a special occasion or going out for the evening. Yet they have lots of clothes in their wardrobes. This is where the 80:20 theory comes in. Often 80% are clothes that don’t fit, suit their personality or are inappropriate for their lifestyle; there may also be too much black. The result is they only wear 20% of the clothes in their wardrobe.Men – generally don’t sort out their wardrobes. They hoard things so their wardrobe is full of old clothes and often ‘make do’ on weekends. They need to build a wardrobe to suit the activities they have in their lives e.g. business meetings, sporting events, dinner with friends, going out to eat, school events, entertaining at work or at home. The need to ensure they dress for their business and social life, you never know who you may meet and first impressions count for ALL occasions.
- Sort out your wardrobe, get rid of what you don’t wear or at least put it in a different place.
- Organise what you have and check out what you need.
- Mend items that need repair.
- Send items, which need it, to the cleaners.
- Basics – acquire those first.
- Mix and match – gone are the ‘wear-once fast fashion days’, choose items with quality that have longevity and can be teamed with other items.It is one of the best ways to save money on your wardrobe wants.
- Shoes and accessories – all you actually need are a few basic designs and colours; these you can use for most events!
Need help with your wardrobe? After seeing Appearance Management, clients find they have a smaller wardrobe yet feel they have more to wear and are surprised how little they need to purchase. Appearance Management will save you money and you will have the 3 Ws – a workable, wearable wardrobe!
Welcome to Angela Marshall's Blog.
"I am in the third phase of my life and having been a successful image consultant for 18 years, I now enjoy the freedom of blogging about life in general, especially fashion, grooming, etiquette and manners."