Posts tagged “Wardrobe”

She’s in her 50’s, an intelligent, well-educated professional woman who is really good at what she does. She’s competent, self-assured and is comfortable complaining if the food is not up to scratch when she goes out for lunch with friends. 
She’s strong, resilient and has the wisdom that you get from reaching her age. Life is short, she gets that and wants to have a bit more fun. She wants to enjoy being who she is and rediscover her identity… 
 
Her kids are older now, at university; so, she has more time on her hands but still not masses of disposable income as they’re topping up student finance loans.  
 
She’s been with her husband a long time, they’re at the ‘comfy slippers’ stage. She knows he loves her, but she sometimes feels a bit invisible to him. He doesn’t pay that much attention to how she looks so isn’t too handy with the compliments…she could quite easily change her hair and it would be a few days before he’d notice. 
 
They’re happy in each other’s company but don’t have to be in each other’s pockets so have developed separate hobbies and interests over time. She likes book club (with wine) and enjoys reading the books on her kindle while on the bus to work – Martin takes the old Volvo. Rock choir and yoga are her weekly nights out, she’s made friends by going to them but doesn’t see them out of those environments. 
I was asked recently if I'd thought of chatting with people in a networking meeting situation, being a bit more pro-active in my approach, and asking if they'd be open to a bit of feedback regarding their image/style/personal brand. I recoiled in horror! This is just not my way at all...I'm more about getting to know my client first, their likes, dislikes etc so that any advice I give is more likely to be taken. it reminded me of this story... 
I met a lady one time called Kate who was presenting at a conference I was at. She’s a very successful businesswoman in her field and is an inspirational author and speaker. She refers to herself as a fat lass with a laptop and a pack of tarot cards – it’s tongue in cheek, I don’t sense any confidence issues. (But who knows?) 
 
Anyway, she told me that one time when she was presenting somewhere an image consultant had approached her at the end of her talk and said something like ‘You know what would suit you better? A wrap dress.’ I would call this uninvited ‘style advice’ downright rude! She knows how to ingratiate herself with people – not. This is the type of person that gives colour and image consultants a bad reputation as being judgemental fashion police types. 
 
Being kind, I would like to think that this woman thought she was being helpful by sharing some of her styling knowledge and passing on free advice. She was giving away something that she would normally charge for and I expect she was keen to demonstrate and share her expertise with a view to gaining a new client. In truth I think this was quite presumptuous. 
Here's the fabulous Pam Burrows - People Booster answering questions submitted by the members of my Style Sisterhood group... 
1. What type of thing(s) have you done with Lisa? 
 
I’ve had my colours done, a wardrobe weed and various ad hoc advice about particular outfits or events. 
 
2. What actually happens? 
 
Lisa adapts her whole approach to the person she’s working with, she makes you feel at ease. She asks questions to help her help you but that also help you realise lots of things about how and why you buy/choose/wear/or don’t. It’s like a gentle sort of therapy that helps you let o of some of the fears about how you show up in the world. 
 
3. What made you think about working with Lisa? 
 
She offered ;) And because I trusted her to help me in ways I could never have helped myself 
 
4. How did you feel before? 
 
A bit stupid and lost on the occasions when it really mattered how I looked. I felt lost when choosing, buying, and hugely lost when putting different items together to form an outfit. 
It's free, fun, empowering, confidence boosting and best of all beats the January blues, come and join in.  
 
When it's hot we just aren’t used to it here in Blighty. The heat and sun is all well and good if you are lazing around in the garden or on holiday. Then a vest top and shorts or a sundress are fine. 
But what do you wear to work? 
What is acceptable to wear to the office or to meet clients? 
 
Here are my tips for dressing professionally even when it is scorchio… 
 
1) wear lighter neutrals – white, tan, taupe, grey or a crisp white and navy combo 
 
2) wear nude underwear if you are wearing light colours – it does not show through clothes as much as white 
 
3) keep your fabrics light weight but not too lightweight or floaty 
 
4) cotton, linen and silk are good, linen blended with something will crease less 
 
5) the more skin you show, the more casual you will look 
 
6) think light layers if you are going from heat outside to cool air con (nippy is not good) 
 
7) only go without hosiery if it’s appropriate 
Accessories are to punctuate an outfit they should finish off your look making you look well put togther. One of the greatest challenges when selecting accessories is to know how many to apply. When you apply too many, your overall look can appear tacky. 
When you fail to apply enough, your outfit can look a little boring and Ordinary Olive - let's have a look at how to create the perfect combination. 
 
When it comes to choosing accessories, it isn’t simply about numbers; it has a lot to do with creating an overall look that is well balanced. To achieve this, it is a good idea to take a leaf out of the interior design book. 
 
In the world of interior design, designers are advised to choose one focal point in the room. Other aspects of the room are supposed to support the focal point, rather than compete for attention. These rules also apply to any outfit. 
 
If your outfit already has a focal point, for example a dress with a sequined bodice, the rest of your accessories should tie in with your bodice in a low key way.  
 
For example, a pair of diamond studs and simple nude court shoes would most likely be complimentary. In contrast, a chunky necklace, three bangles up the arm, and contrasting coloured shoes, would most likely be overpowering. 
I speak a lot, in my role as a colour and image consultant, about style personality and levels of dressing. 
Knowing your style personality is the key to understanding why you have all those unworn clothes languishing in the wardrobe. Some of them even with tags on. They looked great in the shop, you really like that shirt but every time you’ve tried it on to actually wear there’s something about it that is not quite right – and you can’t put your finger on what it is. I’ll put money on the fact that it is not aligned with your innate style personality. 
 
There are 6 main style personality types: classic, urbanista, dramatic, natural, romantic and creative. We usually fall into one category, perhaps with a secondary influence. The categories determine your tastes, whether you like fuss and frills or plain and simple, the types of fabrics you prefer, the styles and shapes, sometimes colours, types of patterns and designs etc. 
 
I have a free quiz that you can take which helps you get an idea of which style personality you might fall under. – Sign up for it here...style-personality-quiz 
Do you ever look in your wardrobe, that is stuffed full of clothes, and think that you have nothing to wear? Why is that? 
 
As it's full on sale season I'm introducing you to my mate Bargain Bev...she’s a bugger for a ‘good deal’. She loves to shop in the sales and TK Maxx is one of her favourite shops. She has wardrobes stuffed full of clothes many of which still have the tags on, dresses, tops, trousers, jeans, t-shirts, jackets, coats... – you name it. 
She’s got all kinds of boots and shoes too and more handbags than you can shake a stick at. She absolutely CANNOT resist a bargain. 
 
The Lure of the ‘WAS’ Tag... 
She can’t leave it there for the price and because it’s in the sale or TK Maxx she feels that it’s a bargain. She is lured by the ‘WAS’ numbers on the price tag i.e. was £113 now £27. She impulse buys and because she can’t resist a bargain it’s compounded by the ‘it might not be here next time I come’ mentally. Her shopping focus is on how much she’s saved not how much she’s spent on stuff she didn’t need. Ring any bells??? 
 
She LUUURVES a Bargain... 
This means that she might buy things that don’t even fit - unless she loses half a stone or has the leg length shortened. (But she never gets around to doing either of these things.) So the bargain price isn’t so much of a bargain anymore because it’s £113 worth of a pair of trousers that Bev only paid £27 for to just gather dust in the wardrobe. 
Confession time...My name is Lisa and I love colour. Like, properly love it.  
Here's me on the sofa - fast forward to around 18 minutes in to here me chatting about my 21 Day Style Challenge 
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