Women’s Networking Wardrobe Tips Networking Wardrobe Tips are meant to support your goals and strategies for building professional relationships and creating more business. When I assist men and women with my image consulting services I offer easy ways to look professional and confident. Here are some of my important Wardrobe Do’s and Don’ts based upon actual observations of how women show up at business networking meetings. Networking Wardrobe Tips – DO Always wear comfortable shoes so that you can walk distances and stand for long periods of time. Recently a colleague couldn’t find parking near the meeting site and had to carry supplies to and from the meeting while walking in stiletto heels. Thank goodness I saw her as I was driving and offer her a ride! Always wear something with pockets that can hold your business cards, eyeglasses, and a pen. Sounds obvious but instead of having to hold your purse you can be hands-free to shake hands as you meet people then offer them your card. Consider updating your wardrobe with trouser Jeans rather than regular blue jeans. Trouser jeans can look professional especially when worn with a heeled shoe. They are always figure flattering for any body type and are very comfortable. Trouser jeans solve the pocket problem and usually come in a dark wash or black fabric. Women’s Networking Wardrobe Tips – Don’t Don’t wear workout wear to a business meeting. Honestly, even if your business is personal training or you own a fitness studio your body will be in good shape and make that obvious. You are at the meeting to do business, market, and create leads. Let your marketing materials do the work so that you can look like the professional people want to hire. … read more →
Image Consulting Tips | My Favorites Image Consulting Tips are for everyone because everyone has (or needs) a style. As an Image Consultant and Personal Organizer I help men and women explore their style as a form of self expression and creativity. What would change in your life if you uncovered your authentic style? Image Consulting Tip #1: You don’t wear your style, you are your style. “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Who said it better than Coco Chanel? Image Consulting Tip #2: Style is fluid and dynamic. Don’t get stuck in wearing only one type of look, accessorizing the same way with each outfit, or limiting the elements that you choose such as color. Unless you are a style icon like Vera Wang who says, “Like most designers, I have a uniform, and mine is a legging.”, you want flexibility and variety in your wardrobe. Image Consulting Tip #3: Update your style. Your body changes, your life circumstances change, and your needs change. It’s important to reflect upon your style and update your wardrobe, if needed, on a regular basis so that you feel it represents your best self at this point in time. Image Consulting Tip #4: How you wear something is the statement. Whose style do you admire most? Maybe it is someone that you work with or a friend. What is it that you really like about his or her style? It’s probably not about the specific item or where he or she shops. When you look at that person you are likely to think or say, “He always looks so put together.” “Her look is simple, but sophisticated.” “She looks fabulous even in a tee shirt and jeans!” What is it about that person and more importantly, remember that it can be you!… read more →
Organize Your Wardrobe There are 4 ways to organize your wardrobe. Let’s focus on organizing your clothing, not your closet. The benefits of organizing your wardrobe are: Expand your wardrobe selections. Make getting dressed easier and save time. Wear more of the items that you own. Increase your creativity instead of wearing the same things, the same way. As your San Diego Personal Organizer and Image Consultant I love to share men’s and women’s wardrobe tips. There are easy ways to help you update your wardrobe and create outfits with the clothes that you already have! I am talking about sorting and organizing the contents of your closet and drawers, not how you store and where you locate the items. 4 Ways to Organize Your Wardrobe: Color: Organizing your clothes by color can help you to find new ways to use color. Find new ways to use color t0 rather than simply matching colors or combine a color with a neutral. You can think about wearing complementary colors, all neutrals for a sophisticated and monochromatic look, and adding a pop of color to update your style as well. Category: Most people prefer to organize their wardrobe by grouping like items with like items. That means putting all pants, tops, etc. together with one another. This way makes sense and can be efficient but doesn’t necessarily enhance creativity (see #4). Length: Organizing by length can make dressing easier when changes in temperature are a consideration. You can order your clothing from sleeveless to long sleeve, shorter skirts/dresses to long, and jackets to coats. Outfit: My favorite way to organize your wardrobe is the organize your clothing by outfits. This is the best way to expand your style and wardrobe. It also makes it easy to make choices for travel! Click on… read more →
Organizing clothing clutter Organizing clothing clutter is especially difficult for some people. The top 5 reasons people tell their San Diego Professional Organizer they can’t let go of clothing: It used to fit; I hope it will fit again – “I’m hoping to wear it again when I lose those extra pounds.” Sentimental value; good memories – “I remember how happy I was when I wore that.” It can be repaired – “I can get that stain out. I keep meaning to get it altered. I can use it for something else. My favorite: I can wear it at home.” It cost a lot to purchase – “I spent a lot on it. “I have no where to wear it but I spent a lot of money on it. I feel guilty getting rid of it.” “I may need it…for an interview, formal event, funeral, etc.” How to organize your clothing and get rid of clothing clutter: What you will need: A full length mirror, a 3-way if possible For women: a bra with excellent support for when you try tops and dresses on Bags or bins for each of the following: hangers to recycle, donating, consignments, alterations An honest friend, family member or Image and Wardrobe Consultant A hanger stand for the extra hangers you are keeping Wardrobe Organizing Tips – How to declutter your wardrobe: Schedule adequate time on a specific day to begin the process Start with the easy decisions – let go of items that you know you will not wear again Try on each bottom – pants, shorts, jeans, skirts. Do they fit your current body shape? Are they comfortable? Do they fit your current lifestyle? Try on each top – coats, jackets, shirts, blouses, sweaters, tee shirts, camisoles. Ask yourself the same questions.… read more →
7 No-Fail Closet Organizing Tips All of my organizing tips including these 7 no-fail closet organizing tips are meant to be shared and not kept secret. No doubt some of you can, or at least want to try, do this by yourself before you consider working with a Personal/Professional Organizer or Image Consultant. When it comes to organizing your closet and clothes here is the list of my 7 favorite no-fail closet and wardrobe makeover tips: Ask the question and answer honestly. Make quick decisions. Donate, consign or trash immediately. Turn all of your hangers backwards. Establish a system that works for you and use it. Keep only those clothes fit the body you are in today. Keep only those clothes that make you look and feel beautiful and confident. If you can do all of the above you will be successful and sadly, never need to work with me, your San Diego Professional Organizer. Here are how my 7 no-fail closet organizing tips work: Closet Organizing Tip #1: ASK THE QUESTION, ANSWER IT HONESTLY – When was the last time that you wore this? How did it look on you then? How does it make you feel when you wear this? What if you lose those extra eight pounds? Would you wear it then? What would happen if you “needed” it again even though you didn’t wear it last season either? Would you try to replace it with the same or similar item? If it has sentimental meaning why is it stuffed in the back of your closet? There is no need to judge yourself. The questions are meant to be direct and help you make the decision. A Professional Organizer will never make that decision for you. Closet Organizing Tip #2: MAKE QUICK DECISIONS – There is hardly… read more →
Wardrobe and Image Makeover You know what makes me the happiest? When I show a woman how to Shop in Her Closet © and dress for the body she is in today. She gazes at her reflection in the mirror with the widest smile and says, “I never thought that I would look good in this.” Yes, that makes me want to do a happy dance. Here are just some of the benefits of working with me, your San Diego Wardrobe and Image Consultant: • Save money – by creating new outfits from your current wardrobe and how to accessorize them. • Enhance your body type – by learning which styles, cuts, patterns, textures and colors are right styles for the body you are in today. • Elevate your self confidence – in the way that you present yourself in personal and professional environments. Let’s look at a few examples of how some of my clients used to limit their views of themselves and their wardrobe possibilities… Shirley’s story: We were organizing clothing to determine which ones she might keep and which she would let go of. Shirley thought that the leather pants that she wore when she was first married were no longer “appropriate” for her to wear. After all, she was now the mother of two children and her body was changed. As a Wardrobe and Image Consultant it is my responsibility to allow the client to see possibilities that enable her to make the decision comfortably. I asked Shirley to try on the pants…they fit perfectly and I think that she was surprised. I showed her several ways that she could create outfits for casual and dressier occasions by combining different tops, shoes, boots and accessories. She looked fabulous in every combination and best of all, everything… read more →
Working as a Personal Wardrobe Consultant is very gratifying… Clients smile at themselves in the mirror, and as we expand their wardrobe clients tell me, “I would never have thought about putting these (clothing) together.” I see them relax and become more playful in their walk, and they tend to stand up a little straighter. We spend 3 or more hours together each time creating outfits from their closet and they never seem to tire. In between sessions they send me photos of the outfits that they put together using the Women’s Wardrobe Tips and Mens’ Wardrobe Tips that they learned from me. The benefits of hiring a Personal Wardrobe Consultant include: How to update your wardrobe Ways to use color Organizing your clothing Some people, men and women alike, might see working with a Personal Wardrobe Consultant as a luxury. The benefits are well worth the investment in time and money. For example, compare what it would cost you to purchase 15 or more new outfits with the number of outfits you learn to build from your current wardrobe! You also learn which items to consign so that you get the benefit of sales, and which to do donate (tax benefit).It’s difficult to put a specific value on the benefit of this mood -boosting and confidence -building that results from wardrobe and image consulting. It’s not only about the confidence you feel when you look great in new outfits. It’s about empowering my clients to learn how to create the outfits and shop when I am not with them! So let’s get those clothes out of your closet and start shopping!
Wardrobe Consulting Tips | How To Create Outfits As a Wardrobe and Image Consultant I share tips for how to expand your wardrobe by creating “new” outfits from the same basic pieces. Wardrobe Consulting Tip #1: Just because you bought a suit doesn’t mean that you always have to wear the top and bottom together. You can wear them as separates and mix them with other pieces. By doing this you can make a business or dressy outfit more casual and therefore, get more wear out of it. Wardrobe Consulting Tip #2: Wear a jean jacket with a dress or skirt to transform the entire outfit and give it a more casual look. Add a suit jacket or silk blouse to a dress jean and you are date-ready! Be creative and mix fabrics, textures, and patterns. Wardrobe Consulting Tip #3: Mix neutrals! That’s right, go beyond black and white. For example, these combinations look fabulous: black with brown, navy with grey, grey with black. Some of these ideas may be radical for you but trust me, you will love the results simply by changing pieces and wearing different accessories. Let’s look at how I did this with a lovely red dress, for example. In a previous post I accessorized the same dress for an evening event. This time I want to show you how you can “casual-ize” it and wear it in a completely different way! Here’s my Wardrobe Consultant magic at work… Step 1: Your basic gorgeous dress. Step 2: Go casual with a black leather jacket. Step 3: Add a pair of great knee high boots. Step 4: Accessorize with an edgier look. Step 5: A tote bag finishes this evening to day look.
The 5 key elements you can use to learn how to create outfits: As a Wardrobe and Image Consultant with clients from San Diego to the east coast, I love to show women how to create outfits to expand their wardrobe, and update their look. You can do this with a “Shop In Your Closet” session or with a consultant in person. The holiday season will be here before you know it and in this post I’m going to show you how to easily create your outfit and look fabulous by using 5 key elements. (Look for the same dress and another version of an outfit in my next post.) Remember, that if you can’t hire an in-person consultant you can get help via phone, Skype and signing up to have me create your very own Pinterest boards! Organizing your clothing around these key elements makes dressing and creating your look so simple… Start with a basic dress – figure flattering, the way to use color is with something like this stunning red (keep everything else neutral), wear a comfortable length, make sure it’s easy to dress up or dress down (I call that “casual-izing”) Add a wrap – stay comfortable in all climates; can be worn around the neck when you want to be more hands-free Accessorize with a clutch – that’s fun, dressy, and has a shoulder strap option as well Wear a drop earring – that looks great with any length haircut and makes enough of a statement to add just enough jewelry and not too much (don’t compete with the dress) Beautiful shoe – comfortable height for standing all night Remember that less is more. The dress is the foundation of the outfit and the accessories complement without competing for attention.
Packing for a Cold-Weather Trip with a Professional Organizer Part Three of a Four Part Series Choosing the right coat for the suitcase and the right jacket for the plane.