Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely
break. I certainly did and am now rareing to go!
Did you make any New Year resolutions? Was
one of them to smarten your appearance? If it was and you need help
with identifying where and how to start I suggest you evaluate yourself
on the 6 style steps.
Reviewing your work
wardrobe is also a good area to focus on.
the end of last year I had the pleasure of working with Anna on her
style makeover. She's
kindly agreed to appear in my style makeover
gallery, where you
can read about her makeover and see her before and after
making just a few adjustments to her color and styling choices you'll
see Anna has really smartened up her look. And with her new image
knowledge she's well placed to maintain and continue improving her look.
I'd love you to share how you'd like to
change your look this year on my
Enjoy this month's Style
Snippets. Until next month, all the best
PS I always welcome your feedback, so please
contact me with anything you'd like to see either on the website or in
this newsletter (reply to this email or use the Contact Me link below).
6 style steps
As an Image Consultant my job is to help you
improve your appearance. I am asked similar questions over and
over again, which got me wondering how I could present my knowledge
better to help you understand and remember the steps involved.
To this end I've come up with a "6 steps to
If you periodically assess yourself on the 6
style steps you should be able to identify what you need to change to
smarten your appearance.
The 6 style steps are...
- Great grooming (personal hygiene, hair,
makeup, nails, clothing care)
- Wearing your best colors
- Dressing to flatter your body shape
- Dressing to reflect your personality
- Regularly reviewing and planning your
- Updating your wardrobe by shopping to
These steps apply no matter what your age.
Although your choices should change as you get older and as your
lifestyle needs change. Read more about how to dress to suit your
I've now added a 6 Steps to Style
article to give more details for each of the steps.
Most times you'll be able to identify what
and how to make changes yourself. However, to get started and to make
major changes it makes sense to invest in some professional image help.
Appropriate business wear
When you look the part you also feel and
act more professional (there have been a number of studies
done that have shown this to be true). You'll also find it easier to be
taken seriously, to get a new job and to gain promotion. In fact, to
achieve any goal you set yourself.
In the days when most jobs required formal
business wear (suit and shirt -- with a tie for men -- and enclosed
dress shoes) it was easy knowing what was appropriate. With casual
Fridays and generally more casual attitudes towards clothing it's easy
to get the dress code very wrong!
The secret to getting it right is to
understand what makes clothing and accessories more formal or casual
and how to match the level of clothing to your work situation. And the
great thing is that you can apply this same knowledge to any
social situation too.
There's an ebook I recommend, Business Wear
Magic, that teaches you this knowledge. Read my review of that ebook here.