Newsletter: Issue #029 January 2012

Style Snippets

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Jane's Jottings

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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.

Towards 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 photos. 

By 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 Facebook page.

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 style" approach.

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...

  1. Great grooming (personal hygiene, hair, makeup, nails, clothing care)
  2. Wearing your best colors
  3. Dressing to flatter your body shape
  4. Dressing to reflect your personality
  5. Regularly reviewing and planning your wardrobe
  6. Updating your wardrobe by shopping to your plan

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 age here.

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.

  in this issue
Jane's Jottings
Your Questions Answered
New Style Articles
Tell Your Friends

Style Snippets Back Issues
  fundamentals of style
Understand and wear your best colors

Know your body shape and proportions

Dress to flatter your shape
  follow me on...



Your Questions Answered

Each month I pick 1-3 questions I've been asked that I think other readers will be interested in and publish them here. You can ask me questions or share your style story either directly on my website or through my contact me form.

Q: What dresses flatter my pear shape body with love handles? from T

A:  This reader has identified her vertical body shape and a figure challenge. I give her some suggestions for dresses that will flatter her shape.

>> Read my answer...


New Style Articles

Anna's Style Makeover

My Style Makeover brief was to restore Anna's confidence in her appearance. In particular she wanted to know: how to dress to flatter her body shape and how to shop for the clothes that suited her. I showed her how...

>> Read the article

6 Steps to Style

Assess your personal style against 6 simple steps. It's easy to improve your appearance when you know how....

>> Read the article


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