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September means a start to a new academic year, whether the start of a new school, university, evening classes, or back to business for many. It may also mean you have now finished work as you have become a Mum, a housewife or recently retired. So it is a good time to consider your new lifestyle and what clothes you need to suit it. This doesn’t mean you need to buy all new clothes but it may well mean purchasing some new items to help adapt your existing wardrobe to your new way of life.

When you dress the part, you look the part, feel the part and you think the part.

Plan what you need for the various events in your life and look out for bargains where you have gaps and need new items.

7 tips for a great wardrobe to suit your lifestyle and budget:

  1. Take time to sort your wardrobe. Try mixing and matching items, to give your outfits a different look and make a change.
  2. Ensure your clothes are clean, neat and tidy at ALL times.
  3. Mend items when they need it or take them to a tailor or dressmaker. They will last longer and look better. This includes wearing trousers at the correct length so that they do not fray.
  4. Ensure your clothes fit you well, consider alterations where necessary. It will pay dividends when your clothes look like they belong to you and show your figure at its best.
  5. Have layered items for the changeable weather, wear a vest or thick cardigan in the cold, light weight tops work well in the warmer weather or can be worn underneath on cold days.
  6. Colours should mix and match, so choose three or four shades of colours that suit you and that go with one another. Have key items in neutral shades e.g. black, navy, grey or camel.
  7. Add accessories to your clothes to update them, adapt them for various occasions and to change your look.

The cost of living constantly increases so it is a good time to ensure you do not waste money on clothes you do not need or wear.  Sorting, organising and planning is key. A little time spent on your wardrobe will pay dividends and will give you extra money for holidays or for saving. For your key items that need to last and are worn the most try to buy the best quality you can afford so they last longer.

Think organise, plan and then shop.


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


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


Looking Good and Feeling Good

By Angela Marshall, 30th Sep 2009
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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.

Start changing your life, feeling and looking good helps you to be more confident.

“Appearance Managementfocuses on getting you to look, feel and be your very best”

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Networking – The Eyes Have It!

By Angela, 30th Sep 2009
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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.”
 

 


Interviews: Making a Good Impression

By Angela Marshall, 30th Sep 2009
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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:

10 Do’s

  1. Shake hands firmly with the interviewer at the beginning and end of the interview
  2. Good posture, give eye contact, smile and relax in the chair but don’t slouch
  3. Make sure you know where any documents you need are and the order they are in
  4. Adhere to the employer’s dress code, check out the company’s dress code beforehand
  5. Be smart – dress slightly better than you would if you were an employee
  6. Cover up tattoos and remove body jewellery
  7. Listen carefully to the current question and try to give short and concise answers with examples
  8. Speak clearly and loudly (no too loudly) and try not to speak too fast
  9. Know your CV

10 Don’ts

  1. Chew gum or eat garlic beforehand, ensure you have a fresh breath
  2. Turn off your mobile and ensure you do not take any text or phone messages whilst in the interview (it has been known)
  3. Have dirty, scruffy shoes
  4. Look worried, or have a poor posture
  5. Wear creased clothes
  6. Have dirty hair, nails or hands
  7. 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
  8. Mutter, interrupt and not listen to the interviewer
  9. Turn up late and not apologise
  10. Be arrogant

Building a Successful Wardrobe

By Angela Marshall, 30th Sep 2009
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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.

 

 

7 Tips

 

  1. Sort out your wardrobe, get rid of what you don’t wear or at least put it in a  different place.
  2. Organise what you have and check out what you need.
  3. Mend items that need repair.
  4. Send items, which need it, to the cleaners.
  5. Basics – acquire those first.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!


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