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We are all time poor these days and often juggle multiple tasks and projects so I am sure you don’t have time in the morning to waste on deciding what to wear.  In fact, I am certain you have much better things to spend your time on and who wants the stress of trying to create outfits every day that look good?

Good news!  By spending a little bit of time up front you can create a functional wardrobe that works with your lifestyle and saves you time, money and energy.  A functional wardrobe contains clothes that suit you and that mix and match so it is easy to put an outfit together and walk out your front door looking and feeling good.  Our presentation counts and it is an important part of who we are.  Like it or not, people judge you by what you wear.

The colour of our hair, eyes and skin along with body shape and dress personality all influence our style and what clothes, accessories and makeup look good on us and make us feel confident.  You can create a functional wardrobe by building it around the colours and styles that suit your body line, face shape and colouring.  Why waste money on clothing that does nothing for you?  You not only waste money but you feel drab when wearing them and loose self-confidence.

Create a functional wardrobe in 5 easy steps:

Work out what your hair, eye and skin tones are.  What colours compliment these tones and look good on you? Build your wardrobe around these colours and you will always have something to wear.  Those with warmer skin, eye and hair tones for example, will look good in warmer colours as the cooler colours conflict with these tones and wash you out.  The opposite applies if you have cool eye, skin and hair tones.  You will look great in cool colours to match your cool undertones.   This applies to your makeup too.  Choose colour tones that compliment you and enhance your natural beauty.  Nothing stands out like the wrong foundation colour. Identify your bodyline and select clothing and accessories in the same lines.  Are you a straight or do you have a few more curves?  The goal is to ensure that your clothing looks like a natural extension of you.  Use clothes to camouflage what you want to hide and highlight what you want others to see.  Continue to build your wardrobe with these styles, remembering your best colours. Check the lengths of your jackets, skirts and dresses.  Anything that stops in the widest part of your body instantly adds pounds.  Remove these from your wardrobe and replace with much more flattering lengths. Follow your dress personality.  We are all different so don’t feel the need to wear something just because is it in fashion.  Choose clothes that express your personality and tailor your dress personality to the occasion so your outfit is appropriate for the event. Remember Fashion fades, style stays! Once you have identified the above, adjust your shopping habits so you buy clothes that flatter and keep your look current.  Shopping will become easier because you know what suits you.  This way you will always have a functional wardrobe that you don’t have to think about.

Please contact Izziana Image if you would like help with creating a functional wardrobe or developing your Personal Style strategy.  You can be confident of looking your best regardless of the occasion.

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You probably have a strategy or plan for your career, finances or business but do you have a strategy for your image?  Have you thought about what your style means and where you want it to take you?   A clearly defined image will increase your happiness and wellbeing, save you time and help you achieve your goals in life.

Your image tells a story about you, it gives those around you visual clues as to what personality you are.   It is worth taking a few moments to think about what this means for your personal and professional life and how you can ensure your image tells the story you want others to see.

1.    Your image is more than just what you wear

 As soon as your step outside your door, you are on view to everyone around you.  Many people struggle to identify what their image means to them and just follow the latest trends, trends that often don’t do them a lot of justice.

Defining your image is important step number 1.  Think about what it means to you.  How would you describe yourself and what makes you different to everyone else?  What is important to you?  What is your ideal image?  Your clothing choices should express who you are inside. 

Apply this to both your personal life and your professional life.  Be true to yourself and don’t try to follow a style that doesn’t suit you or makes you uncomfortable. 

 2.    Once you define your image, make it appropriate to the occasion

 Think about the people you deal with.  To dress appropriately means to look successful and credible but not make those around you uncomfortable.  You may find that you have more flexibility in your personal life but even for your professional life, you can still apply elements of your style to define you as you. 

Your image should help people understand who you are, trust what you say and feel comfortable when dealing with you.  This is particularly important in the workforce.  A hot pink suit in a very corporate environment may not be the most appropriate outfit and clients and colleagues may have difficulty identifying with you and what you are about. Tailor your clothes to the occasion for the best results. Try putting the colour in your lipstick instead and keep the hot pink items for weekend or social wear.  If you are not sure about the dress code for your work, check with your HR department. 

Don’t forget about the season, Summer and Spring are for lighter fabrics and accessories whereas winter and Autumn are for heavier, more solid ones. 

 3.     Keep your image up to date

 This is especially important for the more conservative.  It is very easy to fall into a habit of wearing the same clothes everywhere.  Mix it up a bit.  Add some clothes and accessories in this season’s colours for an instant update.  Wear a great lipstick or try a new haircut.  Keep your colour, design, fabric, proportions and design details current and appropriate.

Use your style and image to build your confidence and your brand.  Think about how you can use it to your advantage.  Be happy with who you are and enjoy the benefits of looking and feeling good.  You can make looking good easy by defining your image and purchasing clothes that suit you and your lifestyle. 

If you would like help in defining your image please contact us about our Colour Analysis and Personal Style Workshop.  Ask us about your saving when you book in for both consultations together.

 

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Leading up to Christmas it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all, lots of eating, buying gifts, Christmas parties and functions.  This can mean spending lots of money but if you are smart about the clothes you buy, you can look fabulous without spending a fortune.  In fact, if you are trying to save money, your wardrobe is a great place to start.

By organising your wardrobe you can take stock of what you have, make your wardrobe work for you and stop wasting money on clothes and accessories you never wear.  It is also a great way to ensure the Christmas gifts you receive are what you want or need.  Make a list of anything you are missing and pass it onto those who are not sure what to get you for Christmas.

Looking good is about wearing colours and styles that compliant you.  Feel fabulous this season by wearing the right colours and styles in your clothing and accessories.   Know your best colours and styles and only buy clothes that compliment you.  They will always look great on you and because they suit you, they are easy to mix and match with the other clothes in your wardrobe.

Summer is all about colour.  There are some beautiful bright colours this season so add a few to your wardrobe, be it a top, shirt or shoes.  In fact, colour is huge this season with pastels, neon and block colours so instead of always wearing black select a great colour to give your image a lift.

Add a touch of glamour with the right makeup. A lipstick in your colour is an easy way to look good and feel alive. Simple and effective!

Accessories are an easy and cheap way to jazz up your wardrobe.  Dress your outfit up with a broche, hat, necklace, earrings, shoes or a fabulous bag. Handbags and jewellery are big and bold at the moment.  Think large stones and beads for jewellery and large structured bags.

When buying any new items, think about whether they will go with at least 3 or 4 other garments in your wardrobe.  If you have recently organised your wardrobe, you will know what you have and this will help ensure you get lots of wear out of your purchase.

Talking about getting lots of wear out of your clothes, when shopping ask yourself how often you plan to wear the piece of clothing or accessory.  Think price per wear.  If you will wear it often, it is worth the investment.  Even clothes on sale are still a waste of money if you never wear them.

Finally, make sure the clothes fit you.  Nothing makes you look bigger than wearing clothes that are too small!

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Reason 1 – It effects your finances

Have you ever wondered how much money you will spend on your wardrobe over your lifetime?  Have you ever wondered how much of this is wasted on items that you never wear?  It is estimated that the average working person will spend between $2000 to $5000 a year on clothing related items.

If you think this is more than you would spend, take a few moments to think about the amount of money you spend each year on haircuts, hair products and colour, underwear, socks and hosiery, shoes, bags, shirts, dresses, pants, suits, jackets, jewellery, belts, hats, makeup, nail polish, and the list goes on.

Given the average person starts buying their own clothes from around the age of 20 and will continue to purchase until the age of 75-80, this means that we have 55-60 years of purchases.

Times the amount spent each year by the number of spending years and the average person will spend between $110,000 to $300,000 on clothing items over their lifetime.  That’s quite a lot out of your finances and an incredible amount of money to waste. You would not invest this much money on a house or property without first doing your research.  Why should your image be any different?

Reason 2 – Your image is who you are

Your image represents you, it is your brand.  It is part of your life and is definitely worth investing in.  It is after all something that you carry around with you at all times and cannot be left at home when you are running late.

It projects to the rest of the world who you are and where you come from. It plays an important part in your happiness, confidence and self-esteem.

By taking the time to invest in your image you can learn how to use your body features and strengths to your advantage.  Everyone has aspects about them that make them look great.  You probably know in great detail the parts of you that you don’t like but take a few minutes to think about the parts of you that you do like. Stop concentrating on your negatives and focus on your positives!  You can easily disguise any flaws and highlight your assets with some fantastic image tools and advice.

Reason 3 – Your image impacts on your wellbeing and happiness

While wellbeing is often portrayed and associated with health issues, it is also about being happy and confident with who you are. Feel good on the outside and watch as your happiness on the inside increases.

The clothes you wear have a powerful impact on your emotions.  The right colours and styles make us look and feel amazing.  The wrong colour and styles can leave us feeling very unhappy with ourselves and our bodies as our level of happiness decreases when we are not satisfied with the way we look.  Often we do not realise why the outfit makes us look and feel this way.  Rather than getting depressed and thinking that most clothing styles don’t suit you or worse yet stop bothering about the way you look and feel, take some time to develop your style strategy to suit your lifestyle.

A style strategy will help keep you looking and feeling fantastic, giving you increased confidence and self-esteem. People notice when you are looking great and feeling confident.  Your image projects to them that they can take you seriously and your increased confidence leads to increased happiness and wellbeing.

Reason 4 – It will save you time and money

The more you know about your style, the easier it is to dress. By not knowing what your body proportions, necklines, jacket and skirt lengths you are wasting time and money.  It is estimated 68% of women have clothes in their wardrobe with the price tags still attached.  By developing a style strategy you will create a functional wardrobe that you will wear.  It will allow you to mix and match your clothes to fit your lifestyle.

A functional wardrobe simplifies your life.  It saves you time and stress each morning when you are trying to get yourself and other members of your family ready.  It takes the stress and effort out of shopping as you know what clothing styles and colours suit you.  You don’t get talked into buying something you don’t want by an enthusiastic sales assistant and you won’t waste time trying to decide which clothes look good on you.

What’s your style strategy?

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We are heading to Wagga shortly.  We hold Colour and Style consultations there and it is nice to get out of Sydney for a change.  Like most women, we find that the reason people come to us is to help make their lives easier. They want to look good as they get older and have a wardrobe that works for their lifestyle. After no one has time to sit for hours every morning deciding what to wear and who wants to be left feeling depressed when they go shopping because they can’t find anything that suits them.  Not me!

You can look good at any age and our big tip is to work with you and not against you. Everyone has things they love about themselves so highlight these and learn how to disguise what you don’t like so regardless you look good, a win- win situation in my books.

Colour has an amazing influence on the way you look and feel.  Your best colours are determined by your eye, skin and hair tone and they compliment you.  They have the effect of smoothing the lines and wrinkles on your face, hiding them and helping make you look great.  The wrong colour on the other hand is one that detracts from you and draws attention straight to the shadows and lines in our face, making you look tired. The right colours help make you look younger; the wrong colours have the opposite effect.  The best thing about colour is that once you know which tones suit you, looking good is as easy as wearing your right colours.

The next step in looking good is through the lines of your clothing.  Style is about gaining balance and proportion through selecting clothing styles that suit you.  Get it right and you will instantly look good.  Use the length of your skirt to look taller, or the length of your jacket or top to look slimmer.  By selecting the right lines and design details in your clothing and accessories, you can have an amazing wardrobe that doesn’t have to be elaborate.  In fact less is more and keeping your wardrobe simple helps keep your life simple.   At the end of the day you want to get value for money out of your wardrobe while looking good.

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Shopping can be a hazardous pastime if we are not careful, not only for our wallets but also our state of mind. When shopping it is very easy to be distracted, buy on impulse and walk away with items that end up being costly mistakes. While the purchase may have looked great in the shop and it got the enthusiastic approval from the sales assistant, when you get home you find that surprisingly it does not look that great any more and to top it all off, it does not go with any of the other clothes, shoes and accessories already in your wardrobe.

You are faced with the dilemma of spending more money to update your wardrobe to match your new purchase, letting the new purchase make its way back to the store for a refund or pushing it to the back of your wardrobe with its tags still attached never to be worn. After several seasons of hiding in the back of your wardrobe you finally give it away because you no longer have sufficient space.

You still have nothing to wear and find yourself back at square one again feeling extremely frustrated. Sound familiar? A lot of time, effort and money goes into purchasing clothing items and you want to get it right first time. All these stresses can be avoided by following a few simple golden rules and guidelines

1. Only buy a clothing item or accessory if it goes with at least 3 or 4 other garments in your wardrobe. Always take your colour swatch wallet with you to compare and ensure that you buy the right colour tones. You will be amazed at how much time this will save you when shopping. Your own personalised colour swatch wallet can be obtained by attending a Colour Analysis.

2. Understand your body shape and the styles that suit you so that you know what you are looking for. Don’t buy an item just because it’s the latest fashion trend. Create a trend that will work for you. Remember not every item in every store suits every body shape. If you are not sure what styles suit you contact us about our Style Consultation.

3. Plan ahead. Think about your current wardrobe. Decide what you need to buy, what your budget is and then stick to it.

4. Think of the price per wear. How often will you wear it and is it really worth the investment?

5. Always dress according to the clothes that you want to buy. Style your hair and put on some makeup. Nothing is going to look fantastic if you are not looking and feeling your best. If you want to buy a new suit, wear an existing one. Not only can you compare and have the right shoes but you will also be taken more seriously.

6. Always take shoes with you that you plan to wear with the outfit so you can try them on in the shop and ensure that the outfit works for you.

7. Take a friend with you that you know will be honest or use the Personal Shopping services of an Image Consultant.

8. Don’t feel alarmed if you walk away without making a purchase. It just means there may not be anything in the shops for you on that day.

9. If you don’t absolutely love the item or absolutely need the item maybe it is not the right purchase for you.

10. Buy because the clothing item fits you not because it is the clothing size that you think should fit you.

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