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Dress Well and Look Stylish for our Age

By Angela Marshall, 11th Dec 2014
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Whether you are 25 or 50 it is important to look stylish and dress well. Every year, at your birthday,  look at your wardrobe and check what needs tweaking to suit your personal style and age. As we get older we also change and develop and what may have suited us a few years ago may not look the same or suit our personality now.

What does dressing well and looking stylish mean?

Wearing clothes that fit well and that are clean, neat and tidy. Ensuring you are always well groomed whether in formal or casual attire. Understanding your own style which reflects your wardrobe personality and age group and dressing appropriately for every occasion.  If in doubt it is better to be overdressed than under dressed. Learn and adapt your style by understanding and knowing what works for you and ensuring you feel as well as look good.

Everything must fit well.
  • Find a good tailor. Most decent dry cleaning places will also do alterations, but preferably get to know one personally so that they can check the fit of your clothes personally.
  •  A jacket fits across the shoulders and the sleeves are the correct length. Your suit sleeves should end just above the hinges of your wrists, so a quarter to half inch of shirt cuff shows.
  • Trousers are fitting correctly at the waist, should not be baggy or so skin tight that they will tear. Ensure the waist is comfortable and not so loose that you need the belt to hold them up and the length is correct with shoes on. Your pants should just clip the tops of your shoes, not bunch up over them.
  • Shirts should be the correct sleeve length and not puff out at the waist.
  • Suits should fit like a glove, a good suit should hug your shoulders, not slouch off them.  A tailor can check for any alterations as most off the peg suits require some alterations.
  • For women ensure the skirt or dress length compliments your legs.
Clean Neat & Tidy

Ensure you are always well groomed by ensuring your clothes, shoes, hair and nails are clean, neat and tidy.

Wardrobe Personality

Understand what styles, fabrics and textures compliment you and reflect your personality. You need to feel comfortable in your clothes to feel and look good which in turn gives you great confidence. Don’t wear what others look good in and yet you do not feel good when you wear them. Add accessories which you enjoy and bring out your own style.

Dress appropriately for the occasion

There are such varieties to chose from whether casual, informal, formal or evening wear. Check out the dress code and don’t be afraid to ask when attending events and ask for an example if they do not make it clear e.g.is informal jeans or no jeans, formal tie or no tie.

Dressing Our Age

As we get older it is wiser to introduce more and more of the classics into an outfit and add some new trends which will still be good to be implemented. Transitional trends become less important and the way to look your best consistently will be through simplicity; consider style rather than fashion. Buy a range of colours to add to your classics but check if your colouring is softer and needs lighter or more muted tones.  Buy better quality and experiment with different neck lines, textures and cuts which will add a touch of youth to your outfit and keep things varied.

Accessories

Accessories add style, are great to update your look and add colour plus they are a great way to express your personality. As we get older they help you to stay fashionable without being too trendy . Chose the best quality you can afford for business. Women always carry a spare pair of hosiery.


Shopping – When is the Best Time to Shop

By Angela Marshall, 17th Oct 2013
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Knowing the Best Time to Shop

Since becoming a trained image consultant and helping people to shop I have recognised the best time to shop isn’t always the same for everyone. Understanding when is the best time to shop can save you time, money and get you a better choice. The time to shop can vary according to your wardrobe personality and lifestyle. A casual personality type does not like spending and will always try to go when they hear there are sales. Fashion fads will go all the time looking for the latest fashion, resulting in too many clothes that they do not wear.

I myself, for example, like to shop in September and April/May. Why? It is easier to find my colours in these seasons, especially Autumn. I have very warm toned skin and my colouring is also soft and light, so bright cool colours plus dark colours are not best for me. I avoid winter and summer when buying key and classic items for my wardrobe.

Fabrics – My favourite fabrics are available in Autumn – jersey, cashmere, wool mix, cotton. They are not too heavy or too light, keep me warm as I feel the cold and do not crease. I can also wear them most of the year. You may prefer linen, light cotton, in which case summer is a better season for you to shop in.

Many people shop when they need something or have an event and often it is the end of season, so they cannot find their size and there is very little choice. It is much better to plan your wardrobe for each season and know what you need. Check out my blogs on How to have a great Wardrobe for Everyday Needs.

Small budget – for business clothes, especially men, you can buy shirts, ties, shoes, accessories (belts, cufflinks, and scarves) and suits in the sale. For women – shoes, tops, extra items to add to your existing wardrobe plus accessories (scarves, jewellery, and lingerie) are good sale items. The ideal time for buying better quality, than you would normally afford.  Do not wait until then if you know you need items during the main season. You will not get the choice you normally can early in the season.

CPW – think cost per wear, if you bought something early in the season at full price but by the sale have worn it loads then cost per wear may well work out cheaper.

New season clothes vary and seem to be arriving earlier and earlier in the shops, but in general the autumn and in between season arrives end of August/early September; winter items arrive October; spring- March/April and summer the end of April/May.

Sales – due to the difficult time for the retail industry there have been mid season sales and all types of offers. The main season usually starts 26th December – mid January and Mid June and July. The very end of sales is always worth looking at for items you cannot afford at full price. You may well get a bargain. I often purchase jackets that I know will go with lots of items and are more expensive than I wish to pay, at the end of sales.

On Line Shopping – this is a quick and easy way to shop and signing up for my newsletter will keep you informed about when they have offers and sales. Often brands will give a discount for 24 hours. It is also a good way to check out items you would like to add to your wardrobe and then be prepared to wait for the offers.

Key Reminders:

  • Know the season for the best colours that suit you.
  • What season of clothes you like the best.
  • What brands and shops you like and sign up for their newsletter.
  • Keep a note or ask the sales people when they generally have sales.

Happy Shopping!


How to Have a Great Wardrobe – Step Three

By Angela Marshall, 26th Sep 2013
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Having an effective wardrobe makes life easy, it helps you keep to a budget as well as easing the decision of what to wear every morning.  The next stage is about planning what you have and what you need to purchase to suit your lifestyle.

Step 3- Planning What You Have and What You Need

Firstly assess your wardrobe.

You now need to ask yourself: “has my lifestyle changed recently?” What percentage of your life is?

  • Working – formal, informal.
  • Personal – casual, smart, sport, gym, relaxed.
  • Special Occasions – formal evening wear, nightclub or party wear.

Your wardrobe should be co-ordinated with versatile separates. Classic items (e.g. Women – suit, jacket, trouser, skirt, jeans. Men – suits, jacket, trousers, jeans, shirts, casual tops)) should be the basics and your wardrobe should be planned around these key pieces and then add fashionable items each season. Learn to mix and match your colours and styles in different ways. Ask yourself what slight adjustments you need to make e.g. buy a new top or shirt in the season’s colours that mix with several items and/or a few new accessories.

Here are some examples of planning lists:

Wardrobe Planning List – Men

Wardrobe Planning List – Women

Creating an up to date look —  you don’t have to be a slave to fashion, but it is important to keep a modern fresh look (an out of date dresser indicates an out of date attitude). Ask yourself what slight adjustments do you need to make e.g. a few new accessories are a quick, easy way to update your outfits, or consider adding a new shirt or top in the season’s colours that mix with several of your existing items. Check out magazines, browse the internet or look at merchandise in shops for ideas.

Accessories are essential — accessories are essential. They can update and change the look of your outfits from day to evening or just a different look. They also add a certain style and quality. Buy the best you can afford, sales are often a good time. A good quality belt makes cheaper quality trousers look more expensive and the same with your shoes. Your accessories say a lot about you and your personality. Choosing the accessories you like help to bring out your wardrobe personality.

You should spend around 30% of your clothes budget on accessories. Most people do not spend sufficient on their accessories or buy enough.

Next week I shall  give you some “shopping tips”.

 


How to Have a Great Wardrobe – Step One

By Angela Marshall, 12th Sep 2013
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Having a great wardrobe makes life easier when getting dressed each morning as well as helping you to keep to a budget. You will also feel a lot happier with your clothes which in turn gives you confidence.

The first stage for achieving this is to sort your wardrobe. By finding out what you have in your wardrobe you will have a better idea of what clothes you already have to wear to suit you and your lifestyle. You can then plan what items you need rather than going out and buying items you don’t need.

Sort Your Wardrobe

Firstly,  get rid of clothes you don’t wear, too old or don’t fit. You need to sort out what items you need to suit you and your present day lifestyle. Often only 20% of your wardrobe is worn 80% of the time. A wardrobe makeover leaves you feeling a lot happier with your wardrobe.

Here are some suggestions on how to clear out all the items in your wardrobe/s. Do this by taking all your clothes out of your wardrobe, cupboards or drawers and then divide them into five piles:

Five piles:

  1. Clothes that are too worn and old – go to the clothes bin or give to charity.
  2. Clothes you know you will definitely not wear – sell on eBay or give to charity.
  3. Clothes you definitely wear and look and feel good in; put back in the wardrobe.
  4. Clothes that need minor repairs – get them repaired or put in pile 1.
  5. The hardest! Items you do not wear because :
    • They don’t fit – wrong size
    • When you try them on you are not sure you like them.
    •  You don’t have anything to go with them.
    •  You just don’t want to part with them

Do not put them back into your wardrobe; put them in another wardrobe or a bin liner, if you have not worn them after 6-12 months then ask yourself  “why are you keeping them?” If you think it is because you have gone up or down a size ask yourself if you go back to that size will you wear the item? If you try the clothes on and you not sure you like them then wear them for a day or a few hours and ask yourself, when you take them off, did you feel good in them? If you didn’t then definitely get rid of the item. (Either wrong style or wrong personality type for you and learn from your mistake).

You will find you have a lot less in your wardrobe but you will have items you like and wear. Sort the items into categories and then colour e.g. skirts (women), tops, trousers, jackets. Then within those categories – black, grey, navy, blue etc.

This is the first step to ensuring your wardrobe works for you everyday, every occasion.  Step 2 to follow next week. Why not sign up to receive my blogs.


How to Have a Great Wardrobe for Everyday Needs

By Angela Marshall, 5th Sep 2013
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With the weather starting to get colder in the morning and evening it will not be long before the autumn/winter clothes will need to be used. Now is a good time to check out the season’s clothes and get your wardrobe ready.  Some time spent on your wardrobe now will help you to have a “Wardrobe for your Everyday Needs”. If your life has changed then so does your wardrobe need to change!  Not only will it ensure you always “look the part” but your clothes also help you to “think the part!”

Having a Great Wardrobe

A great wardrobe is one that gives you a selection of clothes that mix and match, to suit your everyday needs, so that when you get up in the morning or go out in the evening you can quickly choose what to wear. A great wardrobe doesn’t happen overnight but takes some time. It is an ongoing project that needs to be adapted as your life changes. It needs to be checked out at least twice a year, preferably autumn and spring.

Taking some time to plan and organise your wardrobe is well worthwhile and it has long-term benefits and brings great results. It will also save you time and money.  Most people wear 20 per cent of their wardrobe 80 percent of the time, but it needs to be the other way around; the 20 per cent being the special occasional wear. Your wardrobe needs to suit your lifestyle and budget, but most importantly, the clothes need to make you feel good as well as look good. You don’t need to have lots of clothes to achieve this.

Your clothes need to reflect your wardrobe personality, body shape, lifestyle  and budget. It needs colours that compliment your natural colouring and make you look and feel good all the time not some of the time.

Over the next few weeks I shall give you guidance on the various stages to achieve a great wardrobe. This information, will help you achieve goals as well as give you great confidence and will help you throughout the rest of your life.


Personal Grooming – Keeping Shoes Clean

By Angela Marshall, 28th Nov 2012
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Keeping Shoes Clean

Over the last month we have had lots of rain in the UK and from seeing on the news the United States have also suffered with horrendous storms.  It means that we often need to change our shoes for walking outside particularly when walking through muddy areas.

Clean Shoes

During wet weather or during snowy winter weather it is important to take extra care that our shoes are kept in good condition.

Reminders:

  1. Good repair – ensure you shoes are in good repair, this includes wellies. Worn rubber soles can cause you to slip in wet or icy weather.
  2. Polishing shoes not only keeps them clean but provides a protective layer that repels water and dirt, keeping your leather shoes impeccably clean and presentable.
  3. Suede shoes – waterproof when new to prevent suede and nubuck from becoming damaged. Use a soft bristled brush or a suede bar to lightly lift away dirt. However, avoid wearing them in very wet weather.
  4. Casual, Sport or Walking shoes – these days often they are suitable to be cleaned in the washing machine. Check label when you purchase them.
  5. Shoe trees – to keep shoes in shape use shoe trees and when damp use newspaper.
  6. Spare kit – keep a shoe cleaning kit in the office to ensure your shoes are kept in supreme condition.
  7. Salt Stains – during the snow you may find your shoes have salt stains. Use equal parts white vinegar and water and dampening a small cloth.  Then use the cloth  to scrub the stained area.

Smelly or Stinky shoes

To avoid bad odour put baking soda into your shoes every night when you take them off. In the morning, take the shoes outside and clap the soles together to get rid of excess powder. Alternatively, use odour-controlling insoles or put your shoes in a sealable plastic bag and put them in the freezer overnight. The cold should kill any fungus or bacteria causing the odour. Always avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row.

Looking after shoes enables them to last longer and shoes clean and in good condition form part of your personal grooming routine. People notice your shoes!

Picture Credits: http://www.clarks.co.uk/


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


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