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Do you absolutely love the clothes that are in your closet?  “No-o-o,” is usually the resounding response.  In today’s world, people do not plan their wardrobe in any sense of the word.  They run to the store at the last minute and grab what ever suits their fancy for the occasion.  There is virtually no thought given as to how the pieces fit their body, their psyche, or into their existing wardrobe–pieces that were never quite right but we stubbornly try to make work.
The pieces end up at the end of your closet rod, never to be worn again–and yes, they make a lot of people feel guilty about the waste.  With a closet full of odds and ends, people are not prepared for the places they need or want to go.  I hear this lament wherever I go to speak.  Often, as a result, the person just sits at home becoming the common couch potato.  That’s not healthy, not physically nor mentally.  We need to plan for the clothes that give life to our lives.
Plan to take advantage of future opportunities as they pop up.  Put the clothes in your closet that provide you with the looks you like, that reflect or project who you are and what you are all about–clothes that work like tools to succeed in a wide range of situations or occasions.  Whether we pay full price or purchase on sale, people who appreciate and love to wear their clothes shop with a purpose, with intent.  I call this strategic shopping and dressing – in clusters.
Fall Cluster - for virtually any figure type

Cluster Guidelines:

  1. Find a source of inspiration – a pattern of colors in a print, stripe, or plaid – to inspire the color scheme of your cluster.  She used the scarves (above) for inspiration.
  2. Plan for 5 to 8 easy pieces of clothing – top and bottom pieces.
  3. Select pieces that are basic – simple in style lines and shape.
  4. Select pieces that go together – will work with at least three, four, or more other pieces.
  5. Select pieces that are distinctly different from one another – no two pieces alike, not yet.
  6. Select accessories to go with the clothes – essential basic accessories first.
  7. Gradually expand your cluster(s) – to meet all your wardrobe needs.  This expanded cluster of 8 pieces will create weeks of interesting looks!

 

Still not feeling the love from your clothing?  Contact us.  We’ll help you reconnect with the pieces that make you look and feel fabulous!  Call 801-224-1207 or find us HERE.

 

 

A little blush is inexpensive, fast, easy and enlivens your look!

Our personal style is evident in our behaviors – the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, the words we speak, and the way we spend our time.  Next time you overeat or berate your body, drop the endings of your words or swear like a sailor, follow a fashion trend only to realize you’ve become a fashion victim, procrastinate or chicken out on your workout or a meeting, try something new to improve your behavior.  Don’t blame yourself or somebody else.  Blame your environment.  You are a product of your environment, so control it.  Yeah, right!

Decades of research in the behavioral sciences reveals that we have far less control over our behavior than we think.  We generally assume that our behavior is far more conscious or self-directed than it really is.  Truth be known, it’s not.  “No,” that doesn’t let us off the hook in terms of our responsibility for our behavior.  “And yes,” there are many things in life that are beyond our control.  Nonetheless, we are far more affected by small changes in our physical environment than we realize or understand.  This knowledge fits in nicely with the notion that the most effective way to control your life and behavior is to take control of the things that control you.  That said, the easiest thing you can control is your environment and your most immediate environment is your clothing-much like a second skin.  Something we can control is the clothing we buy and choose to wear each day, as well as our grooming habits.

Rarely do people think of changing their physical environment as a way to change their behavior.  We see others misbehave and we expect them to change, not their environment.  We get so caught up in the human side of behaviors we completely miss the impact of subtle yet powerful environmental factors such as our clothes and grooming aids.  It’s a lot easier to change things, like clothes, than it is to change people.  Even when we do recognize the impact our clothing is having on us, most people rarely know what to do about it.  That’s where I come in with accurate image information and relevant wardrobe strategies that are timely, easy to apply, and support your goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lest you doubt that clothes affect you, be aware that our thought processes and related behaviors are based on physical experiences.  Consider, for example, scientific research projects that studied the effects of wearing a white lab coat.  It turns out that if you wear a white lab coat, like one belonging to a dietitian or a doctor, your ability to pay attention increases, you function at a higher level, and others see you as more intelligent or professional.  Wow, no small change there!

 

I continually emphasize that what you wear affects the way you think, the way you feel, the way you act or behave, and only then the way others react or respond to you.

Knowing this, I highly recommend that you dress on purpose, with positive intent.

Choose to wear only the clothes that will best influence or develop your best behavior.   Empower yourself with clothes and grooming aids that work for you.

  • You don’t want to overeat?  Wear a somewhat tight belt reminding you to eat smaller portions. And, while you’re at it, get empty-calorie snack foods out of the house or apartment.  Use smaller plates, forks, and spoons.  It works.
  • Don’t want to berate your body?  Do “Dress Slim” with enough ease in the fit of your clothes and you’ll like the way you look.
  • Don’t’ want to slur your speech or swear like a sailor?  Do dress up a little more formally.  You’ll stand taller and speak more clearly, purposefully, and politely.
  • Don’t want to become a fashion victim?  Do become more knowledgeable, discover and define more about yourself, then develop a style that reflects YOU.
  • Don’t want to miss an upcoming networking event?  Start early and dress up enough to look and feel sharp, ready to go.
  • Do want to work out more often, not give in or give up?  Do outfit yourself in bold active wear.  Dressed ready to exercise, you’ll feel more like getting into it.
  • Do want to accomplish more at work?  Do dress like you mean business and you will.

 

 
My daughter, granddaughters, and daughter-in-law all “dress the part” to motivate and facilitate their 50K workout.

The best way to control your behavior – and your life – is to take control of the things that control you-starting with your immediate environment.  Even a small improvement in your dress and grooming can affect a large improvement in your behavior.  Make your clothes part of your positive personal style, propelling you toward success in all you do.

Want to know more about Personal Style?  Order Personal Style: What is it? Who Has It? How You Can Have It, Too. Wardrobe Strategy #8 .  Visit our website www.conselle.com or contact us at Conselle, 801-224-1207 or judith@conselle.com.

 

By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

If what’s on the runways during the New York Fashion week is any indication, patterned pants are going to continue to be a top fashion trend.  We saw pants in leopard prints, houndstooth checks botanical florals, stripes, plaids, and abstract designs.

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When it comes to patterned pants, make sure your bottom can carry them without looking like you were poured in!  Patterns in pants need to be smaller or an all-over mix of relatively larger, medium, and smaller motifs closely spaced.  Legs simply aren’t large enough to carry off a totally large scale pattern.  And if legs are large, they don’t belong in patterned pants at all.  Stick to solid colors.

An entire plaid suit for men works when the plaid is subtle and the colors are muted.  If the pattern draws tons of attention or makes too strong a statement, break it up.  Wear a single patterned piece paired with solid colored separates.

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Wear this                              Not this

 

For women, a larger plaid skirt can stand alone when paired with a solid colored top and jacket or sweater in colors picked up from the plaid. Turn a plaid on its side so the lines lie in the diagonal direction on women.  The effect is surprisingly slimming.  On men or women, don’t let patterned clothes be too big or baggy.  The effect is bulky and frumpy at any age.

 

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Paisley prints work well in a tie for men or women.  Yes a woman can wear a tie as well as a man.  I generally wear mine with a button-front blouse open at the neck, the tie knot lying just below the collar.

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Paisleys can be exceptionally beautiful when designed as a border print in women’s dresses, skirts, or blouses.  They carry the eye rhythmically throughout the garments.

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Floral prints are generally seen in light colors in Spring and Summer, but don’t limit yourself to light color schemes.  Some favorites for myself and clients feature lighter colored flowers on a darker background such as navy, black, brown, forest, teal or burgundy – all wardrobe neutral colors easy to accessorize.  The darker background adds a romantic or dramatic touch to the finished outfit.

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Fashion and image is always about options, choosing what works for you.  Because we each evolve throughout our lives, what works now may change to some degree at any given period of life.  The day may come when we no longer want to be defined or recognized by the pattern of our past, but rather for who we currently are…and  it’s never too late to become the person you want to be.

Looking for a pattern that matches who you are?  Call Kathy at 801.224.1207 to schedule a free discovery call.

By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

People have asked me, “How do you dare to tell other people what to wear?”  An easy answer, I dare because I care.  And it’s OK for you to care too.  I know first-hand the positive difference discovering your personal style in dress can make in your everyday life.  As I tell my clients, the clothing you wear affects the way you think, the way you feel, the way you act, and then the way others react or respond to you.  Nothing vain or superficial about that!

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With the start of a new school year and the change in seasons coming up, it’s a fine time to take time to care for yourself.  You’ve likely been giving a lot of time and attention to others all summer, perhaps even so much of yourself there’s hardly anything left for you.  It’s time to get in touch with yourself and your spirit, to renew how you think of yourself–your values, personality, and goals for the next few months.  Then give some thought to how you might reflect those aspects of yourself through your clothes and accessories.

 

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Start simple.  Go to a paint store.  Look at the wide range of color chips and identify colors that make your heart sing or make you want to get moving.  Pull your favorite paint chips for future reference and pick just one to work with now.  With this color in mind, shop for a top in that color and wear it with clothes you already own.  Shop for an accessory in that this color. Give yourself a chance to make friends with a new color.  When you feel more adventurous, pair this color with one of your personal body colors–your hair, eyes, skin, or blush color–and shop for a patterned piece of clothing containing both colors, making you part of the color scheme with your clothes.

 

Making little changes in what you wear can add up to a big transformation in how you see yourself and how others see and respond to you.  Yes, you can do this yourself, or you could join us for our 5 day Style For Life Retreat and speed up the process.

  • Take charge of the way you see yourself and others see you
  • Discover, define, and develop your own personal style
  • Zero in on strategies for dressing slim and a fabulous fit
  • Improve your self-presentation
  • Enhance self-image
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Never be a fashion victim again!

Join us at the legendary and luxurious Little America hotel in Salt Lake City, November 17-22, 2014, and discover a New You!  GET MORE INFORMATION HERE or call Kathy at 801-224-1207.

 

 

The summer months are often packed with weddings.  You can guess that I love to

see the beautiful bride in her wedding gown surrounded by her bridesmaids.  Yes,

it usually happens that I end up analyzing the design and cut of the dresses, the

color scheme of the flowers, the flavors of the refreshments–I just enjoy every

element that goes into such a special occasion.  Recently, however, my gaze was

cut short, stopped still.  My attention was grabbed, hijacked by a tattoo on the leg

of a bridesmaid. Viewer attention always goes to contrast, and the lines, shapes,

colors and pattern of the tattoo contrasted greatly with the color and pattern of the

bridesmaid’s dress.  There was no way the eye could travel back up to her face. 

I’ve noticed time and time again that tattoos on the neck, arms, chest, back, and

legs draw a lot of attention to themselves. Now that’s likely the intent, but at the

same time I’ll wager that most people do not think of a tattoo as a pattern that

conflicts with other patterns in their clothes.       

Be it the bride or the bridesmaid, the tattoo wins out!

 

By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

 

Color Grouped Closet

Color Grouped Closet

I’ll never forget the woman who called me from California asking me if I’d come there to make sense of her closet.  “You buy the plane ticket and I’d be delighted to come,” I told her.  She did and I went.  She had told me she had a lot of clothes. Well, that was an understatement.  I teach about a closet being a “small room.”  Well this closet was a big, big room!  There was some sense to the way her clothes were neatly hung according to color on racks all around the room, just not good sense.  The variety of reds didn’t go with one another.  The blues, greens, and purple fought a battle royal, and so on around the room.

 

In this arrangement, my client couldn’t figure out which clothes went with which, and no wonder.  All the reds together combined winter-weight wool gabardine with summer-weight eyelet.  Among the blues there was casual cotton corduroy mixed in with dressy silk satin.  Throughout the color groups there was assertive, weighty wool serge mixed in with approachable, lightweight cotton knits, romantic velvet, and sporty seersucker.  There were sexy sheers hung next to fleece, flannel, tapestry, and tweed.  Linen looked totally out of place next to dotted Swiss and suedecloth, not to mention hopsacking next to chiffon and crepe de chine.

 

It took me two full days to sort and coordinate the clothes into meaningful clusters and single outfits, all the while teaching my client that within any one cluster or outfit, the textures must work together. But what does that mean?  Most people don’t really know.  To work together means that to appear in harmony with one another, one texture must be dominant and all other textures must be subordinate. It means that the winter-weight wool gabardine overpowered and clashed with the summer-weight eyelet.  The two communicate opposite moods and feelings.  Corduroy and satin together communicate mixed messages.  Satin and seersucker together make absolutely no sense.

 

My client had been totally overwhelmed by the visual noise screaming loud and clear from all around the room, and no wonder.  Making sense of her closet meant sorting the style lines and shapes, colors, textures, and patterns into outfits that communicated one mood and message; into clusters that communicated one personal style type according to at-home, business, or evening occasions. To un-mix the fabric textures was the key to the initial sort.  This my client learned to see for herself, and what an experience in fashion styling it was!

 

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This cluster of clothes has a fascinating mix of all-season and summer-weight textures.

 

 

Read further for more points about personal clothing fabric selection and if you’d like the whole discussion of Fabric and Texture in Clothing Selection and Coordination strategies, order Conselle’s Wardrobe Strategy Book #6 Fabric and Texture at $27.97. 

 

By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

taupe

Taupe is a very hard color to wear.  Not sure what color taupe is?  Well if you can’t decide if the color is gray or brown, it’s probably taupe, a soft grayed brown.  It’s a common personal body color, a muted wardrobe neutral, and tricky to work with.  But for clothes to harmonize with light, medium, or dark taupe-colored hair, the degree of cool grayness in the taupe clothes must be the same as in the hair or they will fight or clash with one another. Taupe colored clothes and hair must repeat or match perfectly.  This concept also applies to eye and skin coloration.  Beyond direct repetition of a personal body color, you can wear warmer or cooler versions of nearly all other hues.

  

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For personal color evaluation, Conselle works with a set of 300 personal colors in fabric tags for matching your clients’ personal body colors. To produce a full color fan, Conselle has a 1300 fabric tag set available. Call 801-224-1207 or email judith@conselle.com for more information.

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