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

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Recently I received another Spring fashion update put out by an image consultant which included photos of some of the outfits put together for a variety of clients. I was surprised — and disappointed. The clothes were classic, but the outfits were so plain and boring–solid color shirt and pants, solid color cardigan sweater and skirt, but that was it. There was no creativity, no finesse or pizzazz, nothing finished about the outfits. Anyone could have put these outfits together — no need to pay a professional for these ultra basic looks.
As image professionals, we need to offer something a bit out of the ordinary — something perfect for the client but something the client wouldn’t likely think of. When we hear the client say, “Oh-h-h, I’d never have thought of that,” we know we just earned our money.

Classics don’t need to look so conservative that they become boring. Include a perfect pattern in some of the outfits. Layer lightweight fabrics in an unusual way. Finish the outfits with unique or updated accessories, always with one dominant focal point in the outfit — remember Conselle’s Fashion Rule of ONE. Make sure your work delivers something out of the ordinary, an investment in perfect harmony with your client.

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

 

 

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Dress from White Azalea

 

When contemplating a dress or skirt purchase, consider the width of the skirt in relation to its length. Attractiveness is a matter of achieving good balance and proportions. Generally straight skirts may be shorter to the knee and flared or fuller skirts may be longer from the knee. Flared skirts are generally flattering to most women. Short full or bouffant skirts worn by adult women “of a certain age,” tend to look childish, silly, and out of proportion, being too wide for their shorter length. The dress to the left begins to look more like a ballet tutu.

For a slimmer look, straight skirts in larger sizes can be tapered slightly, about a half to one inch on each side from waist to hem. Tightly gathered, straight-hanging dirndl skirts are most attractive hemmed below the calf to balance the width.

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

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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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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.

Ralph Lauren jodhpur jeans

Ralph Lauren jodhpur jeans

Anthropologie, moto jeans

Anthropologie, moto jeans

H&M moto jeans

H&M moto jeans

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.

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

Donna Karan wide leg trousers

Donna Karan wide leg trousers

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!
Katherine Hepburn wearing wide leg trousers

Katherine Hepburn wearing wide leg trousers

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.

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Understanding your personal style is a matter of knowing yourself.  You will become more in tune with your personal style when you answer these 5 questions.
  1. What design traits do my favorite clothes possess?
  2. What do my clothing traits communicate to me and to others?
  3. Are there any personality traits I’d like to develop, that my clothing might enhance or encourage?
  4. Am I missing out on a part of myself that might be nice to experience?
  5. Do I use my clothing as a resource or tool to present, express, or reflect the real me?
When you say to yourself, “That’s me,” you’re responding to the similarity of the clothing traits and yourself – in whatever unique mix or blend you might be.  When someone else says, “That’s you,” they are reacting to the harmony they see between you and the clothes.  For many people, recognizing the correlation is enough.  They are fully able to find the clothes they need and want to wear.  Others want or need to go further.  This is where we come in.  Conselle’s Image Management Specialists are educated to recognize your current personal style and how it relates to your lifestyle, values, personality, figure and coloring.  We’ll teach you how to use your clothing as a tool to express the real you and achieve your goals.  We’re just a CLICK away.  Take the first step in creating harmony between you and your image.  CLICK HERE.

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliatec55be33505f36fabab4dcda5e4e8ee79

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

  1. “I don’t want to look fake.” Too vain.
  2. “I could be more attractive if I had the money.”  Too expensive.
  3. “I don’t have time to shop, I’m just too busy.” Too time consuming.
  4. “I would look better if I weren’t so heavy.  When I lose…” Too much weight.
  5. “My mother never taught me about fashion.  I would look better if I knew how.”  Too much to learn.
  6. “I’ve been dressing myself every day since kindergarten.  What’s there to know about clothes?”  Too much for granted.
  7. “I couldn’t care less.  Clothes really don’t matter.”  Too little value.
  8. “It’s the designers and fashion of today that make me look so bad.”  Too ridiculous.
  9. “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.
  10. “I’m overwhelmed by so much to choose from”  Too many options.
  11. “I don’t want to even look at myself.”  Too personal.
  12. “It’s so much work, I give up before I begin.”  Too hard.
  13. “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.

Schedule your appointment with Conselle here!

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Bush Poplin Safari Jacket and Cotton Oxford Shirt from TravelSmith

Bush Poplin Safari Jacket and Cotton Oxford Shirt from TravelSmith

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

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 101
  • 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.
If you think the world of your dad, give him the gift that will take him places for a long time.  Give him the classic safari jacket.

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

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“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 

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“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

“I learned more from watching my mother, than from any particular thing that she said.”  Kathy Adams1a87977bc7aa6481418dcae9a37925de

How about you?  What did your mother teach you about fashion and beauty?

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

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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:

The big bold print in the red shirt would completely drown out a petite woman or someone with lighter hair and skin.

The big bold print in the red shirt would completely drown out a petite woman or someone with lighter hair and skin.

Jumpsuits can be fun, but not if you are looking to minimize larger shoulders and arms. Not to mention that the mid-section must be the same size as the garment, not too long or too short.

Jumpsuits can be fun, but not if you are looking to minimize larger shoulders and arms. Not to mention that the mid-section must be the same size as the garment, not too long or too short.

A short, wrap style dress would only attract attention to larger legs.

A short, wrap style dress would only attract attention to larger legs.  If you’re going strapless, get rid of the tan lines.  (This model has a distracting line on her right shoulder.)

Nude heals blend in with the color of the legs, giving the illusion of no shoes.  The look can be unbalanced.  With a heavy black sweater, this model looks very top heavy.

Nude heals blend in with the color of the legs, giving the illusion of no shoes. The look can be unbalanced. With a heavy black sweater, this model looks very top heavy.

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.

Want to know exactly what your personal style is?  Your coloring, lifestyle, or body type?  Conselle has the right person to get you focused.
Call us at (801) 224-1207 to set up an a free discover call.  
We also have the right materials! Get them at http://www.conselle.com/fashion-consulting-books.php

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