Did you know that when people meet you, they make an assessment of you in about 7 seconds?
That’s why your style can be such a valuable tool, it can communicate a lot of what you want these people to know about you right off the bat. Together, you and I can create a strategy for your style that is based on your goals and what you want to portray to people.
Whether your goal is to make mom friends on the playground, get a promotion, or rule the board room - there's a balance to creating an appropriate style. You don’t want to show up to the playground wearing four-inch heels, but you probably don't want to just show up in PJs. Similarly, you don’t want to show up to a boardroom in ill-fitting clothes, but you also don’t want to be wearing a full suit when everyone else in business casual.
Regardless of your goals, I want you to wear clothes that you like and feel comfortable in. Comfort and confidence will help you (and your style) go further in any situation.
So how do you determine that? What is it you should wear? Here are a few tips to get you started:
Pick one thing that stands out.
Wearing something unique is a conversation starter, and if you know when and how to wear a conversation starter, it can be a fantastic tool in creating connections with people. This can be your shoes, a statement necklace, or a unique piece of clothing. I’ve been known to say that a coat is a new yorkers car. They are walking to and from meetings and walking into those meetings wearing their coat. Most people in that situational feel much more comfortable when they love their coat and the vibe it gives off. If everyone else is wearing a black coat and you can find an eggplant color coat you love, that’s going to get you noticed.
Knowing which colors look good on you is an essential part of creating a style that works for you. Colors can highlight a part of your body, and some colors can help hide elements you want to subdue. Colors that look good on you make you look well-rested, brighter faced, you have a natural glow and contrarily wearing some colors can make you looked drained and tired.
75% of people look bad in black. There are also universal colors that look good on everyone but if you want to know for sure about works for you, hire someone, like me, to help!
Dress for your body type.
When we start working together, we’ll have a real conversation about what you like and what you don't like it about your body. I can help you accentuate positives and balance your style to counteract the things you don't like, trust me, I know how to cover up a big tush. ;-)
You’ve heard me say to ignore the dressing rules you’ve heard your whole life. In this process, we throw out those rules and instead create your own fashion formula that works for your body, your style, and your goals.
Wear clothes that speak to you.
You want your style to feel true to who you are. It’s not all about how you look and feel but also what is practical. I look great in A-Line dresses, but I'm not going to wear those every day. It helps to identify what else gives you confidence it could be a manicure, a blowout, a watch, or accessories. Anything that adds to your style and helps you feel great should be a staple in your self-care/personal style routines.
When we combine all of these aspects of a personal style, we create a strategy for you. This helps so many of my clients. I have many linear minded clients - professional doctors, lawyers, computer scientists, etc. who are looking for a cut and dry answer. They are not creative, and they’re not going to experiment. So this strategy can provide the rules they crave. On the flipside, y clients in the creative fields often need their formula from this strategy keeps them from going all willy nilly with no real rhyme or reason.
So next time you make a plan to go shopping, take a minute to go through these tips and to really create a strategy first. I promise it will be a much more enjoyable and productive shopping experience. Or, as always, you can just give me a call and we’ll conquer it together!