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Thinking of getting a New Look?

By Angela Marshall, 5th Feb 2010
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If you want to start the decade with a new wardrobe, hair style or makeup, first ask yourself what you want to change? Do you want to look more professional, smarter, more up to date, thinner or younger? To get things moving choose one or two things that you will undertake immediately.  Just a few steps and you will already start to feel transformed.

7 ideas to Consider:

1. Changing your hairstyle – when did you last change your hairstyle? Is it dated or not working for you? As we get older our hairstyle needs to change in keeping with our face and the texture of our hair. Don’t get in a rut by keeping the same hairstyle, a new look gives us a new lease of life and is well worth investing in.

2. Clothes that flatter with style and fit – Be self aware; there is no substitute for understanding which are your better and which are your weaker areas. Accentuate the good and neutralise the bad e. g. Do you have a short or long body? If short then avoid a thick belt and wear a longer top to lengthen your upper body. Do you have a long or short neck? If short avoid high necklines.

Ask for style advice, if necessary, you’ll save a lot of time shopping and avoid costly mistakes.

3. What shades of colours work for you? Do certain blues make you look pale or yellows make you sallow? If unsure have a colour consultation. It will make shopping easier and you will look more radiant wearing the shades that suit you.

Colour also affects our emotions and influences people; colour can lift our spirits or helps us to look approachable, assertive or happy.

4.   Your clothes should reflect your wardrobe personality. Understanding what styles, fabrics and accessories you feel as well as look good in will ensure you do not waste time or money picking up items on impulse that you won’t wear. Key to this is knowing what styles, fabrics and accessories suit your personality, and these will differ depending on whether you are more creative, conservative, dramatic, fashion fad, or casual.

Read my books Being Truly You – Discovering Your Own Unique Wardrobe Personality” which include a questionnaire to complete to find out which you are.

5.    Know what accessories you enjoy. Whether you like little and simple plain items, lots of fancy details or few bold pieces, accessories are a great way to add style and your own personality to an outfit, as well as updating or changing your look.

6. Ensure you have the suitable undergarments – such as a correctly fitted bra and style of underwear that create smooth lines so that only the outer garments are noticed.

7. Get good advice and follow it. Get another point of view, from someone you trust. We all can get into a rut and stick to what we’re comfortable with, even if it’s not suiting us.  Remember, we change as we get older.

Over the years, many men and women have turned to Appearance Manangment for image consultant advice which has helped them towards changing their lives either in their career or personal life. When you feel good about yourself, things begin to fall into place rapidly and new opportunities present themselves with much more clarity and purpose.


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Do you think you need a change with your looks? Do you want to look younger, more up to date, more professional or just different? 

First of all describe with 3 or 4 adjectives how you would like to come across to people? Then ask yourself what specific things would you like to change about your wardrobe?

  • Do you need a change of hair style or if a woman a change of make up?
  • Are the styles of clothes you wear flattering your figure and up to date?
  • Are the colours of clothes you wear complimenting your skin, making you look radiant?
  • Do you feel good in your clothes?
  • Do they represent who you truly are?

 

We can all get into a rut and buy from the same place or wear the same thing. Why not get another point of view, ask a professional, an image consultant. Appearance Management will help you adjust your wardrobe. It doesn’t need to cost a lot it may only need a few adjustments by changing what you wear with what, or adding some new accessories. Learn to dress well consistently and obtain the respect you deserve.  Have a wardrobe of clothes you enjoy which doesn’t have to be huge; in fact it is better to have a small selection that you can mix and match which suits your lifestyle and personality.

Let me know what you think and what issues you have with your wardrobe?

Information – Apart from her hands-on style consultations, Angela Marshall  presents seminars for corporate customers and is an excellent public speaker. She is also and author and has  published two books on the subject of wardrobe personality. “A little extra time spent on your look makes a big difference and will help you stand out from the crowd “she comments, “it’s easy to gain an understanding of what suits you – and can seriously improve your life!”


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In today’s competitive world doing a good job is what you are paid for, but looking stylish and giving that little bit extra will make the difference and help you to stand out from the crowd in a positive way.

Ask yourself:

  • How well do I represent my business and job with my appearance?
  • How well dressed am I today and how well are you representing your business brand?
  • Do you look good every day, not some days  (you need to show you are consistent in your appearance, as it indicates you are with your work).
  • Who are you and what type of business do you represent – creative, conservative, trendy or more relaxed in style.

I have been an image consultant , running my own business Appearance Management, for 15  years and help people with their personal image. I have written  books, “Being Truly You – Discovering your Own Unique Wardrobe Personality “, one for men and one for women,  which has a questionnaire so that you can work out your wardorbe personalities, often one more in work and one more in your personal life.

For more information check out wardrobe personality or to order a copy of my book Being Truly You.


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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:

  1. Take all your clothes out and only put back what you are wearing and enjoy.
  2. Get rid of clothes you do not like or are worn out.
  3. 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.
  4. Put your clothes in sections e.g. suits, trousers, shirts, tops, skirts, jumpers etc.
  5. Look at the clothes you have and see how you can mix and match the items.
  6. Make a list of what you need
  7. 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


Ties are back in and how to choose one

By Angela Marshall, 5th Dec 2009
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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:

Quality

Choose a tie made of good quality silk as it will tie well, avoid polyester as it will not tie well and wrinkle easily.

Colour

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.

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Audrey Hepburn – A Gamine Personality

By Angela, 4th Dec 2009
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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.


Always Be Professional

By Angela, 4th Dec 2009
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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.

Professional Etiquette

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


RBS – THE CORPORATE AND PERSONAL BRAND

By Angela Marshall, 4th Dec 2009
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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.


Joan Does Glamour

By Angela Marshall, 26th Oct 2009
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The programme ” Joan Does Glamour” recently shown on ITV was refreshing to see. Joan showed how the three generations of a family, by the end of the programme,can look glamorous.  Joan Collins discussed about the importance of looking good and feeling good. How you can be glamorous as well as comfortable. How dressing well, even to go to the supermarket, gives you pride in your appearance, gives you self respect and in return people will give you more respect. Unfortunately generations are missing out on passing on to their children how to be glamorous and confident.

People use the excuse they don’t have time, but it is more about having the right attitude, self discipline and knowing what to wear and having the confidence not to follow the crowd.  By the end of the programme the grandmother, mother and daughter were converted to how great it is to look glamorous.

Appearance Management helps you to look, feel and be your very best”


Having a Passion and Enjoying Your work is Key

By Angela Marshall, 19th Oct 2009
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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


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