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10 Tips for Buying a Wedding Dress

By Angela Marshall, 5th Nov 2013


Buying a Wedding Dress

Buying a wedding dress can be an exciting experience, but choosing the right dress can also be a stressful and overwhelming time. Think about the type of dress you want, have some idea, check out magazines.

Here are 10 tips for buying a dress:

  1. Set the Budget –  start a budget plan for the wedding and allow for what you think is the price for your dress, then avoid looking at dresses that are well out of your price range.
  2. Be open minded –  try dresses on that you may not like on the hanger or other people.
  3. Shop early –  plan ahead, 6-9 months if possible; allow time so that the other items will blend in e.g. accessories, bridesmaids, flowers, shoes.
  4. Theme – Do you want to be romantic, classic, elegant, funky or glamorous?
  5. Dress code – time of day, classic in church or on a beach?
  6. Shopping Time – make an appointment and avoid weekends.
  7. Style and shape – buy a dress to suit your shape and one that compliments your best points e.g. waist, legs (long with a slit), chest, shoulders.
  8. Lingerie – wear good underwear and correct height shoes when trying on to get an accurate idea.
  9. Shopping friends – have friends or family with you who you trust and understand your taste and personality.
  10. Feel good – ensure you feel comfortable in the dress and that you can imagine feeling good all day in it.

Ideas for what to wear for a second wedding:

A second wedding is just as important to you; after all it is a celebration of two people committing themselves to each other. You may have the money for a big wedding that you didn’t have before or you may just want a  ‘low key’ wedding. This is your wedding and you can decide. You may well feel you want a big traditional wedding dress which you didn’t have the first time or a contemporary look  such as a coloured dress or a flamboyant suit. Perhaps a perfect wedding for you is  on the beach if you want to escape to a sunnier climate. It’s a great opportunity to wear something that really suits your style and personality.

It’s also wise to avoid anything similar to your first wedding – whether it’s the hair, accessories, flowers or cake decoration . You don’t want guests comparing the two weddings, so make it a very different day for them and you.

Who to invite? Do you want a quiet or big wedding? The guest list requires a lot of consideration. You may well choose close friends and family or want to add your new friends and relatives.

Over 40

These days there are no rules whatever your age and circumstances. Although pure white can be harder on your face and most women do not have quite the figure or youth of a young bride, but that doesn’t mean you cannot and should not look absolutely fabulous. Choose a style and shade of colour that compliments your shape and skin tone and most importantly that makes you feel as well as look a million dollars! Also, ensure your make-up compliments your outfit and skintone.

Wedding Accessories

Whatever the accessory, whether it’s a tiara, veil, necklace, brooch, bracelet, earrings or hair pieces ensure you match or tone in colours, style, length and shape. Jewellery – diamonds and pearls are always classy and timeless for a wedding.

Ensure you wear the appropriate undergarments. Wearing tights? Then ensure you have extra, at least three pairs as accidents can happen on the day. To avoid the inevitable panty line, consider wearing pantyhose with sewn-in cotton crotch or thong underwear. Again, if you’ve never worn a thong, try it first – this barely-there item is not for everyone, and some women find the experience most uncomfortable.

Whatever your choice of day, your style of dress or the colour of your accessories, be true to yourself and your wardrobe personality and you are sure to look and feel fabulous.

Next week   – Tips on what to wear to a wedding

Having a Great Wardrobe – Step Five

By Angela Marshall, 10th Oct 2013


A Great Wardrobe – Step Five

Over the last five weeks I have covered how to have a great wardrobe.  When you have completed the stages you should find you have clothes to suit your lifestyle and budget. Most of you should also have less clothes. However, some of you who have been rather poor in the past at keeping a wardrobe of clothes, may well find you have some more clothes but newer and better.  Remember! Having a great wardrobe is an ongoing project and it should always be looked at each season and very importantly whenever you change your lifestyle.

Here are some key reminders:

1.    Sort your wardrobe at least twice a year and get rid of old and unworn items.

2.    Check what you have in the wardrobe before you start shopping for the season.

3.    Go shopping with a plan or at least an idea of what you have and need.

4.    Love it madly, need it badly or don’t buy it.

5.    Cost per wear – the more you wear it the cheaper it becomes. So an expensive item can turn out a lot cheaper than a cheap item worn once.

Finally ensure you understand your wardrobe personality so that you feel good in your clothes as well as look good. Often people have items in their wardrobe they don’t wear and wonder why. Most of the time it is due to the style and fabric not suiting their personality.

For example, a casual personality is happy in linen even though it creases, whilst a classic would feel uncomfortable and prefer jersey or cotton that does not crease.

Romantics love colour, fancy detail and accessories, whilst classics look for simple timeless styles that are of good quality.

For more read my books:

Being Truly You – Discovering Your Own Unique Personality for Men

Being Truly You – Discovering Your Own Unique Personality for Women

I leave you with an added thought – “You are never fully dressed until your wear a smile”, so remember to smile. Why? It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business, is the sign of friendship and sunshine to the sad.

Next week I will cover “When is the Best Time to Shop”.

How to Have a Great Wardrobe – Step 2

By Angela Marshall, 19th Sep 2013

IMG_9504How to Have a Great Wardrobe – Step 2 Organise Your Clothes

Having a great wardrobe makes life so much easier, both for getting dressed as well as looking good for whatever you do in your lifestyle.

Last session was about sorting your wardrobe. Step Two – the next step – is about “Organising Your Wardrobe”, putting the clothes you want to wear back in your wardrobe but organising them into some order so you can easily decide what to wear and quickly choose different items to wear on different occasions.

Here are 7 tips on how to organise the clothes you wear in the Wardrobe:

  1. Hang or fold in drawers your clothes in groups e.g. women – jackets, suits, skirts, trousers, jeans, blouses, dresses. Men – shirts (casual/formal), trousers, suits, jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. Hang outfits separately unless only worn together e.g. suit.
  2. Store similar shades of colours together (put a different colour between black and navy).
  3. Shoes should be in shoe-trees and either in boxes or on a rack.
  4. Hang belts on a belt hanger, in order to prevent cracking.
  5. Keep jewellery and cufflinks in a box neatly. Stones and pearls should be kept separately in order not to scratch.
  6. Fold scarves in a drawer or hang over a hanger.
  7. Remember to sort underwear, swimwear and nightwear.

Next week I shall discuss Step 3- Planning What You Have and What You Need in your wardrobe.


Looking Good and Feeling Good

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.

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

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It is known that companies prefer to promote candidates that are attractive, but attractiveness covers many things. Looking and feeling good, having good manners, being well groomed as well as being well presented and conducting yourself with good communication skills, confidence and style. We are all judged on the way we look, sound and behave. The better we are at these the more chance we will be seen as an attractive candidate when looking for a job.

With so many people applying for the same job it is important to make yourself as attractive as possible.

At Appearance Management we help people to look, feel and be their very best.

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