What you wear says so much about who you are and where your interests lie. More importantly, it has the power to affect the way you think and the way you subsequently present yourself to the world.
Communicating Through Style
The power of the first impression is no secret. Image really is everything… at least from a distance. How else can you seem capable, qualified and professional from afar without the assistance of great clothes, handsome grooming and confident body language? It’s your first chance to communicate- the moment you send a message before you’ve had the chance to prove you truly know your stuff. What message do you want to relate before you’ve even had the chance to speak? What does your style represent?
At the end of the day, style is really an extension of your personal branding – just as much as the ideas you offer, the activities you pursue and your website and business cards. That’s why celebrities, politicians, top executives and others in the public eye are dressed and groomed so strategically. However, you don’t need to be famous to make a statement with style and you can send as bold or as subtle of a message as you’d like.
Dressing for Your Dreams
Have you developed a set of goals for 2017? Take a look in your closet. Is your wardrobe in line with your goals? Don’t wait until you’ve achieved them to upgrade your look. The trick is to dress for what you want today to accelerate the process of achieving your goals. Dressing for what you want arms you with the mindset, confidence and manner of your dreams and it makes your goals feel even closer at hand. It’s a success tip that makes a lot of sense. And while it will give you the boost of courage you need, it will also shift the way in which others perceive you – including colleagues, clients, business partners and potential investors.
If your professional goals and accompanying style are already aligned, don’t forget to consider your off-duty fashion. It’s equally important to sync style goals with personal aspirations because lifestyle changes call for shifts in dressing. If you plan to be more active this year, you’ll certainly need the clothes for those pursuits. Good-looking, well-fitting, function-focused clothes hold the power to transform your workouts and to motivate you to train… well made pieces hold that much power. You could need clothes to accommodate lifestyle changes as diverse as spending more time in nature, starting a yoga practice and volunteering your time on the weekends. Whatever the occasion, work on making your clothes work for you. In addition to looking great, they should offer ease, comfort and practicality so they won’t steal the show. It’s like the timeless quote from Coco Chanel… “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman” (or man).
The Power of Clothes
What you wear affects your mood, confidence, energy and outlook so your style should accurately reflect who you are and what it is you desire. Your wardrobe should add to your life while speaking to your individual tastes, interests and lifestyle needs. It represents who you are- so wear your best!
If styling yourself for your dreams seems a daunting task, you’re not alone. Our image consultants can work with you to discuss your needs, lifestyle and future aspirations to find the style that suits you to a tee. Contact us if you’re ready for a style switch. We’ll help you design your life with a fresh new style to get that promotion you’ve been working towards, to give you a boost in your new business or simply to add a sense of energy and renewal to your life.