Well they’re at it again. Mass media is telling us what the must-haves are for Fall. Us magazine’s September issue lists 10 items on their “It List” that are either over the top expensive, fit very few figure types, are just plain silly….or all three. I mean seriously, a silk paisley “pajama blouse” for $298? Or a fitted leather dress for $1,095? Not only do most people have better things to spend a thousand dollars on, but how many could actually fit into the dress. How about a gold and bronze sequin jacket? I’m pretty sure most of us will survive the winter without one of those. Instead of calling the next set of trends the “must-haves” or “it list”, let’s call it what it is. Crazy trends that some may try, but most will pass on.
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Posted in Body Image, Clothing, Dress, LIfestyle, people watch, Personal Style, Trends, Uncategorized, what not to wear, Women, tagged aici cim, Anna Wintour, Dani Slaugh, fall trends, judith rasband, September, September Issue, Shopping, Us Magazine, Vogue on September 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Clothing, Dress, Events, Personal Style, Trends, Uncategorized, what not to wear, Women, tagged Back to the Future, business, Casual, Clothing, Consumer Goods and Services, Denim, jeans, Michael J. Fox on September 13, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Michael J. Fox rocked the denim look in Back to the Future. Not only is Fox back on the screen but so is the denim look he made so popular in the film. And just in time too. Is anyone else tired of looking at motley, ripped up jeans fresh from a knife fight or vampire brawl?
Take it from the Fox, and try this alternative to the vampire slayer trend. Look for decorative stitching at the knee, reminiscent of jodhpurs (pronounced \ˈjäd-(ˌ)pər\), riding pants, or moto jeans. Keep in mind that the eye is drawn to contrast. While this style is generally fitted, the stitching at the knee draws attention to the narrow part of the legs. If you find that the hip area pops or looks unbalanced, try wearing a tunic that flows smoothly over the hips.
A word of caution. This trend is youthful, fun, and playful. Everything Michael J. Fox represented in his classic film. Before you wear these jeans out in public, make sure the relaxed style fits the occasion.
It is refreshing to see wide leg pants coming back to the stores. The triangular shape of the garment is wonderful on most figure types, adding balance to wider hips and shoulders, whereas super skinny jeans tend to be limited to fewer body configurations. The statement is true, “they may be called skinny jeans, but that doesn’t mean you look skinny in them.”
Are you ready to give the skinny jeans a rest for a day or two? Great! Try wide leg trousers, but watch the hem length. Why? Because when the hem hits the floor…
- You look like you’re stuck in hole.
- The hem gets rough, raw and ragged making you look generally sloppy.
- It’s hard to walk without tripping and looking like an idiot!
To get the right length, you may need to hem the pants. Tailors are a good option, your local dry cleaners may a tailor on staff that would help you. Another option is to, yes, hem the pants yourself, which isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Wide leg trousers are a classic, as shown here by Katherine Hepburn, (right). Notice where the hem of her trouser hits on her foot…. it’s right across the middle, there is one break point, and she looks confident and lovely. She’s not worried about the hem of her pants catching on the bottom of her shoe, she doesn’t look sloppy, and certainly doesn’t look like she’s stuck in a hole. She is poised and powerful, that’s why she and the trousers are a classic.
- What design traits do my favorite clothes possess?
- What do my clothing traits communicate to me and to others?
- Are there any personality traits I’d like to develop, that my clothing might enhance or encourage?
- Am I missing out on a part of myself that might be nice to experience?
- Do I use my clothing as a resource or tool to present, express, or reflect the real me?
Posted in Body Image, Body Language, Closet, Clothing, color, Dress, Events, Gifts, Grooming, health and wellness, LIfestyle, Make-Up, Personal Style, School, Uncategorized, what not to wear, Women, tagged Arts, Clothing, Design, Excuse (legal), fashion, Fear, God, Magazines and E-zines on June 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Why is it that so few people know how to dress well? Why doesn’t everyone look terrific? Excuses. Endless excuses are given to justify or unload responsibility for a poor appearance. To begin, we have to overcome the Puritan holdover that say looking great is vain and somehow a sin.
Typical Excuse / Attitude
- “I don’t want to look fake.” Too vain.
- “I could be more attractive if I had the money.” Too expensive.
- “I don’t have time to shop, I’m just too busy.” Too time consuming.
- “I would look better if I weren’t so heavy. When I lose…” Too much weight.
- “My mother never taught me about fashion. I would look better if I knew how.” Too much to learn.
- “I’ve been dressing myself every day since kindergarten. What’s there to know about clothes?” Too much for granted.
- “I couldn’t care less. Clothes really don’t matter.” Too little value.
- “It’s the designers and fashion of today that make me look so bad.” Too ridiculous.
- “It’s all a matter of opinion. Anything goes.” Or, “It’s so confusing, I don’t know what to believe anymore.” Too many opinions.
- “I’m overwhelmed by so much to choose from” Too many options.
- “I don’t want to even look at myself.” Too personal.
- “It’s so much work, I give up before I begin.” Too hard.
- “If I look good, people notice me, then they expect too much from me.” Too much attention.
Forget the excuses. There are no valid excuses. Conselle has the solution to every excuse. We will take out the fear, the frustration, and put back in the fun and logic of fashion. Yes, fun and logic can intertwine to create a harmonious, confident, fabulous you. Are you or someone you know living in fear? We can help. Book an appointment for a Discovery Call and receive a free snag repair tool from our Fashion Emergency Tool Kit.
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Posted in Body Image, Body Language, Clothing, Dress, Dress Code, Events, Gifts, Grooming, LIfestyle, Men, Trends, tagged Academic Departments, Arts, Classical Studies, Classics, leather, Leather jacket, Safari jacket, United States on June 14, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
What are the characteristics that define your dad? Rugged? This jacket will work for him. Refined? It will work for him too. Articulate? Check. Adventurous? Yep. You name the guy, this jacket will work for him. Why? Because it’s a classic. Let’s take a look at what makes a classic piece.
- Classics satisfy many clothing needs for many people.
- Classics are attractive on most figures.
- Most people have places to wear classics.
- Most people can afford to buy classics.
- Classics are core pieces, retaining their appeal and ability to be worn for seven to ten years or more, without looking dated.
Posted in become an image consultant, Body Image, Body Language, Clothing, color, Dress, Grooming, health and wellness, LIfestyle, Make-Up, Personal Style, Women, tagged image experts, judith rasband, lip gloss, product of our environment, success concepts, versatile pieces on May 10, 2013 | 4 Comments »
“You are what you eat.” ”Sit like a lady.” “Walk tall, remember who you are.” Do any of these comments sound familiar? How about the one that says, “sooner or later we all quote our mothers”? Each of us are a product of our environment, and we soak up more wisdom from our mothers than we realize. Some of this was spoken, but much of what we learned is unspoken. As our tribute to all of the beautiful mothers out there, we decided to ask the fashion and image experts from Conselle what their mothers or grandmothers taught them about beauty. We’d love to hear your comments as well!
“My mom loved to dress me up when I was a little girl, and I still love to dress up! She taught me to take care of yourself, have fun doing it, and enjoy looking your best.” Ann Johnson
“Lucky for me, I’ve had an wonderful mother as a teacher. When I was 12, my mother took me to the Clinique Counter to have my make-up done and learn about skin care. Although I wore little more than mascara and lip gloss, I gained an understanding of how to take care of myself as a young woman. Later on, when I had the opportunity to travel, my mother taught me the “Dress for Success” concepts of having basic, versatile pieces, enabling me to pack light, but efficient, and effective, prepared for a great trip. ” Dani Slaugh
“Always be true to yourself, carry yourself with confidence, and wear the right clothes to the right place.” Cristina Johnson
“My mom never dyes her hair and rarely wears makeup. My sisters and I tease her that she didn’t give us girl lessons, but she taught us that if your appearance is neat and coordinated, you don’t need a lot of makeup. (She also taught us how to sew and mend, which is very important when it comes to looking neat and coordinated…)” Heidi Lynn Chochran
“From my grandmother about the importance of a slip, ‘Because ladies wear underwear, that’s why!’” Cheryl Obermiller
“NEVER chew gum in public! She was right–statistically, people who chew gum in front of others are perceived as less intelligent and less economically stable.” Beth Yvette Strange
“‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes,’ is what my mother taught me regarding clothing fit, feel, and hem length. Touch your head, shoulders, knees, and bend over and touch your toes. If you can’t reach comfortably or bend modestly, you need a better fit.” Judi Rasband
How about you? What did your mother teach you about fashion and beauty?
Posted in Body Image, color, Dress, Dress Code, Grooming, health and wellness, LIfestyle, people watch, Personal Style, Trends, Uncategorized, what not to wear, Women on May 4, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Spring is a great time to update your wardrobe. Adding whites and bright colors is a great way to create the look and feel of Spring. Choose pieces that match your lifestyle, personal style, coloring and figure. Beware of articles and advertisements that list those things you “must have” this season. No matter how trendy the style may be, there are no “must haves.” Why? Because we each have our own, unique lifestyle, personal style, coloring, and figure. What may be a harmonious look for one person, can be completely awful for another. Here are a few examples of “must haves” that relatively few can wear well, and many can just plain do without. The photo above shows a popular trend right now, short shorts, pastels and polka-dots. All of these characteristic reflect a personal style that is very Yin oriented. If your coloring is fair, your figure is just right, and your personal style is playful and whimsical, then this look may work for you. If not, you may end up looking like you’re trying to be someone else. More trend tips:
Next time you see a list of “must haves”, ask yourself, “Does this print / color enhance my own coloring, or does it fight with it? What is the first thing others see when they look at me? Is their attention going where I want it to go?” Remember that you can pick and choose the trends you want to adopt this season. Choose those that will enhance your wonderful features, if the “must have” look doesn’t do that, then let someone else have it.
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Posted in Accessories, Clothing, Dress, health and wellness, LIfestyle, Personal Style, Trends, Uncategorized, what not to wear, Women, tagged American Eagle Outfitters, Anthropologie, Charlotte Russe, Cheetos, Clothing, Dorothy Perkins, Earth Day, fashion, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Levi Strauss & Co, Nicole Farhi, polyvore, Recycling, style on April 25, 2013 | 3 Comments »
What’s your contribution to earth day? Do you feel like you are doing your best to
recycle? Many of us have gotten the hang of recycling our food containers and
newspapers. But what about clothing? Here are 3 very different ways you can
focus on earth friendly attire for Earth Day.
Option 1. Wear clothing made entirely of recycled materials. (Not gonna
happen.) Although dresses made from laundry bags, food wrappers and cardboard
have made the news, I doubt you will see your neighbors wearing them in the
grocery store any time soon. Aside from being itchy and smelling like Cheetos, this
type of clothing is just plain uncomfortable.
Option 2. Wear clothing made of fabric containing some recycled material.
(Now this is possible.) Some clothing manufacturers, such as Levi Strauss, have
found a way to incorporate plastic bottles into their denim. On October 31, 2012,
Levi Strauss & Co. “announced a new collection of denim apparel, including jeans,
that will be comprised of a minimum 20 percent of plastics recycled from drinks
bottles and food trays.” (gizmag.com)
Option 3. Wear good quality classic clothing that will outwear and out
trend fast fashion. (This one is doable!)
Fast fashion clutters your closet, your mind and your land fill.
What is fast fashion? These are stores that introduce new styles every month, every
week, and two or three times per week for some. That’s why it’s called fast fashion.
The low prices are largely due to low quality-cheap chic. Forever 21, Charlotte Russe,
Buckle, H&M, Zara, and American Eagle Outfitters are applying fast fashion’s
here-today-gone-tomorrow mindset with prices consumers can’t resist. For real-life
wardrobe needs, fast fashion is not something to indulge in or depend on. Disposable
is part of the fast fashion process. With low prices and low quality, fast fashions
have to be tossed after a few wearings or washings because they are either worn out
or out of style. To avoid getting sucked in, make classic pieces the bulk of your
wardrobe, with a few trendy items to update and add some fun.
Posted in Accessories, Body Image, Body Language, Closet, Clothing, color, Dress, Dress Code, Etiquette, Events, Gifts, Grooming, health and wellness, LIfestyle, Make-Up, Men, people watch, Personal Style, School, Trends, what not to wear, Women, tagged aici cim, business, Canada, Dani Slaugh, dress for success, fashion, judith rasband, Salt Lake City, United States on April 9, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
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