Today’s post is to be read in conjunction with yesterday’s ‘what can you expect from an image consultation?‘ Today I am going to focus on the specifics and I will answer the questions raised on yesterday’s comment thread.
Style and Proportion
However fashionable something is, if it just isn’t you, you probably won’t wear it very much. Working with an image consultant on style and proportion will provide you with an understanding of what suits you, making for much easier clothes shopping and a wardrobe full of clothes that all make you look fantastic!
An image consultant will also be able to help you get the finishing touches right for your outfit. When adding accessories, they can advise on the right ones for your colour pattern and those appropriate for your stature. For example, it is important to match your bag to suit your body proportions. If you are petite and your bag or briefcase is too big, it will make you look smaller. Similarly, a small bag on a large frame could make you appear larger than you actually are.
Colour contributes strongly to the impression you form of an individual, or that others form of you. The colours you, and others, choose to wear will speak volumes about you – your ability to decide what’s appropriate; your creativity; your sense of style and ability to co-ordinate; your sense of what’s right for each situation.
A trained image consultant will recognise the characteristics that make up your own colour pattern and help you apply them to your clothing choices. By being aware of this you can achieve the right balance with your colouring so that attention is drawn to you and not your clothes. Whilst some colours will overwhelm you, you’ll overpower others, and the key is to find colours that work with your colouring to flatter and enhance – ensuring you look your healthiest best.
Make-Up and Grooming
Colours that aren’t flattering, styles that don’t suit or clothes that don’t fit will all get you noticed for the wrong reasons as will poor grooming and ill-judged make-up. People often apply too much or too little so it’s well worth learning how to use make-up effectively to achieve a polished professional look. Many women have given up wearing make-up simply because they don’t know how to get it to look both natural and professional. You’ll find that most image consultants have been professionally trained in make-up application, so they will be able to create a natural look for you that complements your natural colouring and individual personality and style.
Advice for life
The ability to manage our image is a positive communication skill and something we can easily learn, for both personal and career success. You’ll receive sound practical advice with an achievable action plan that will give you tangible results and life long skills. You’ll benefit visually and emotionally through increased confidence, improved communication skills and greater personal effectiveness. Your Total Image Profile is a comprehensive record of your consultation and provides a permanent source of reference, as does your colour swatch. You’ll have a reference point for effective wardrobe planning and for choosing clothes that flatter you and fit your lifestyle. A consultant can then offer on-going advice to help you cope with career or lifestyle changes or interpret current fashion trends by selecting those that will work best for you. By learning what works and why, you will save money on expensive clothing mistakes that might otherwise have hung unworn in the wardrobe. A sound investment!
Your appearance and behaviour speak volumes about who you are. Knowing how to convey the right image can make all the difference to your personal and career success. Whether you want to fit in or stand out from the crowd, boost your confidence or maximise your career prospects, professional objective advice really helps.
In terms of specific questions that were raised, I hope this goes some way to answering them. In truth, I can’t give specific advice without doing an analysis. We don’t just guess, we do a detailed diagnostic process based on you as an individual. We take into account your objectives, your personality, your colouring, your face shape, body shape, scale, proportions, attitude to fashion and required dress codes. We then use the skills we have been trained in to give you the best possible advice as an individual.
Lyn Bromley MFIPI, ACMA – Managing Director, First Impressions
Lyn Bromley is Managing Director of First Impressions Training Ltd and a Master of The Federation of Image Professionals International. (FIPI) She is also Membership Director of FIPI and a leader of Achiever’s Academy for Women.
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