With the holiday party season arriving, we are likely to be dressed up more often. But, no matter what outfit you are wearing, be sure to start with figure-enhancing underwear. If forms the foundation for the garments worn on top, so it is really important to choose the right size and the right style. Instead of bumps and bulges, go for smooth lines. They will automatically make you look slimmer and your torso will look taller. Smooth lines make your clothing hang better and look more expensive. It also helps to keep the eyes away from your liabilities, so they can focus on your assets. There are so many options available these days and the right bra, slip, pantyhose or even a comfortable shaper can make a huge difference.
One of the things that I have learned as certified professional image consultant is that looking successful is not just about the garments that you wear. It is also about how they are coordinated, the garment details and your body language. At first glance these men and women look quite professional (okay, except for the elf shoes). They are all wearing what would be considered business attire. But look again, how many mistakes can you see??
The man on the left:
- Notice the ripples on the jacket. Either he is pulling down too hard on the pockets with his hands or the jacket is too big around.
- His tie is also crooked. (Okay, these things happen)
- Shirt sleeve should extend about ¼ to ½ inch below his jacket sleeve for a classic business look.
The woman to his right:
- The skirt is too short. For business it should never be shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
- A little too much cleavage for work.
- The shoes would do better at a night club than at the office.
- The hemline of her top worn below the jacket might be alright in a casual work environment, but in a formal office it comes across too casual.
The man with the elf shoes:
- Assuming he is wearing a shirt, his shirt cuffs also should be ¼ to ½ inch longer than the jacket sleeves.
- With those shoes, his pants are too long. There should be a slight break at the bottom of the leg, not the rumpled look we see.
The woman on the right
- The sleeves appear too long, although it is hard to know for sure, since they are buried in her pockets.
Advice for all…
- Putting hands in your pockets ruins the line of the garment
- Don’t draw attention to your legs when you want attention on your face
- Shirt cuffs add sophistication to tailored classic attire
- Crossed arms send a negative message – she looks angry
- Make sure the width of your pant legs coordinate with the style of your shoes.
- Elf shoes have no place in the workplace
A workshop attendee recently asked me what the rule is for wearing different metals at the same time.
The rule for wearing gold and silver together used to be very strict – Don’t Do It!
The thought was that jewellery metal should match. Matching jewellery sets were very common because they made coordinating your outfit very easy.
These days many of the rules of dressing have relaxed, and so has the rule about mixing metals. Now, it is more about the overall look and personality of the outfit being coordinated rather than just one element. Although wearing the same metal will appear more classic than mixing metals, a more important question to ask would be, “Does the personality of the jewellery go with the personality of the outfit?” If the answer is, “yes”, then go for it.