Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dress-sense

I've found that people think that having dress-sense is "following fashion" and that cannot be further from the truth. I'll let Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and Quentin Crisp help me here - respectively:
"Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart."

"Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are."
I totally agree that "to be a fashionable woman is to know yourself, know what you represent, and know what works for you.  To be "in fashion" could be a disaster on 90 percent of women.  You are not a page out of Vogue." (Author Unknown)

Like I said earlier, you can get ideas for others but must never stop being yourself. Who you are speaks in what you wear. I was intrigued to find out what some colours reflected. Since knowledge gained is knowledge shared, let me share a few:
  • Black - authoritative, in control
  • Grey/Gray - professional and dignified
  • White - simple, innocent and maybe na·├»ve
  • Brown - friendly, approachable and down-to-earth 
  • Blue - confident, conservative, calm and caring
  • Green - growth, vitality and prosperity
  • Purple - regal and sophisticated
  • Red - power and passion

I'd really like to know what "Rainbow" would stand for - like I said I usually prefer "one-for-many" type jackets or accessories. The truth about dress-sense to me is like Cecil Beaton said: "The truly fashionable are beyond fashion."

Radiate who you are in what you wear and it will reflect positively in what you do. You can be a trend-setter, an original not a copy-cat...just dress well and sensibly.

P.S.
You can read some more about colours here:
http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/color-meanings-in-business.html 
http://www.precisionintermedia.com/color.html

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The essence of dress-sense

I attended a First Impressions session for some young ladies getting into the work force where a lot of good things were said. When the volunteer presenter, who is a Style/Image consultant, said: "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have" it stuck with me. I don't know who the author of this quote is (checked the internet) so I'd rather dwell on how this should guide our quest to dress for success. 

What interests my boss...

... fascinates me (I'm sure you already knew the end of that phrase).