#BlogChattetA2Z : “N” – Need analysis to make sure your clothes are in harmony with your lifestyle and personal style (A2Z of Image Management)

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Here is my 14th post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. This is something which every Image Consultant has to do before he/she recommend anything to his/her client. And that is “Need Analysis of client’s Personal style and Lifestyle”.

Long before you begin planning a cluster, go shopping, or evaluate your wardrobe, you need to identify the factors contributing to your own lifestyle and personal style. We have more clothing options today than ever before. The time is right to choose what works for you,  for the way you live and the way you need or want to look and be seen. To guide you in your choices, examine your lifestyle and personal style.

Personal style puts the focus on the person, forgiving who you are and develops in response to your lifestyle, you’re personality traits and moods, your values, attitudes, and interests,  your body build and personal coloring. Personal style is evident in the usual clothes you choose to wear and the way you usually choose to wear them, how you consistently put the clothes together to meet your needs, in ways specific or unique to you. It’s not just the clothes that counts, it’s the way you wear them, your way. Personal style is an acquired quality that develops from within and evolves over time. Add you observe, imitate and learn from the styles of others, you edit those observations and ideas to fit your personal needs. You, in essence, become a visual composite of many people and many styles, ultimately projecting a unique image of yourself, changing according to what you need, what you love and feel comfortable about wearing.

It is not enough, however, to rely on such a general definition of style. It’s too vague. We need specific. Discovering your personal style comes right down to the nitty-gritty of deciding what specific characteristics of dress and design you are most comfortable wearing most of the time and feel you could wear for the rest of your life. Personal style implies a consistency in the selection of lines, shapes, colors, patterns and texture. The specific degree of each of these details of dress communicate your personality traits and reflect your values, attitude, interest and lifestyle as they project to self and others an Image of the person within. This is personal style.

Personal style may reflect a women as daringly dramatic , daintily demure or a delightful blend in between, as super sportive, radiantly romantic or a surprising and complementary combination of both, as a traditionally classic conservative, a trend setting free spirit or a marvelous mix in between.

And if you think this applies to women only, think again. A man’s personal style may project him as being macho or mellow , traditional or trendy, shabby or sharp – simply a reflection of lifestyle and individuality.

For some, the discovery and decision about dress come almost intuitively. They seem to have an inherent sense of what feels and looks “right” for them. For others it takes conscious effort to become more aware, to study and to experiment.

Personal style is not something you are born with, can borrow or buy. Regardless of how you acquire yours it takes years of living, learning and experience to develop a style of your own.

Factors that influences your lifestyle can be identified as

  • Place where you live
  • What the climate is like
  • Mood or atmospheres in your home and workplace
  • Pace of life in your home and workplace
  • Personal, professional and social roles, activities and occasions in your life
  • Listing of your minimum goals to be achieved within the next one to three years
  • Knowing your clothing budget or allowances

Personal style and Lifestyle once analyzed it becomes easy for anyone to select the kind of clothes that will suit them. So what are you waiting for, identify your personal style and flaunt your clothes!

This post is part of #BlogchatterA2Z challenge.

To read my previous posts checkout here A ,B ,C ,D ,EFGIJ.K,L,M

@ Swati Mathur

#BlogchatterA2Z : “K” – Know Lifecyle of clothing needs (A2Z of Image Management)

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Wow! I have reached to my 11th post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. So what am I going to share today? My love for clothes and fashion are known to my close ones and that’s what has motivated me to become an Image consultant ,so here I am sharing A2Z of Image Management where in clothing plays an imperative role.

Clothing is an obvious and key factor in daily life, in the home, school, community and in the work place ; in sports, the arts, holidays and ceremonies, intimate relationships , recreation and play, aging and maturation throughout a person’s life cycle. Basic clothing needs must be met at all stages in life or the effort to fill the need can get in the way or interfere with development tasks, activities and goals.

Clothing needs are reasonable and are influences by our environment, lifestyle and personal style. Physical needs tends to be real needs. Clothing wants, however are endless and are influences by values, attitude, friends and peers. Display and media advertising expose us to endless goods and services that make us dissatisfied with what we have. Social and aesthetic needs may more often be wants. It is essential to reconsider actual needs verses wants if you hope to resist the temptation to acquire and overextended your resources.

It is important for parents to teach young children effective dress and grooming strategies that meet their needs. This is the age when parents have the most credibility with children. Once learned, children will experience far fewer image problems as teens and adults. Nonetheless it is never too late to learn.

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#BlogChatterA2Z : “J” – Judicious use of clothing through Clustering (A2Z of Image Management)

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Here is my 10th post for #BlogChattetA2Z challenge.  Deciding what to wear each day is a real challenge for many people.  And too many people think they need a lot of clothes to dress well. Not so. You don’t need a large quantity of clothing to have a very workable wardrobe. Too many clothes become confusing, time and space consuming and expensive. What you need to do is a simple clustering strategy.

A cluster is simply a small group,in this case a small group of clothes that works well together-harmoniously. A cluster is open ended, allowing you to add on and adapt as you need to.

Clustering allows you buy and replace your clothes a piece, or a few at a time, as fast or slow your budget allows. With cluster you get more outfits from the fewer clothes, because you coordinate the clothing lines, shapes, colors, fabrics and patterns. Clustering saves you shopping time because you know what you are looking for and whether or not it will work into your existing wardrobe. It stretches your clothing dollar because you get more outfits from fewer clothes ready for the occasion in your life.

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#BlogchatterA2Z : “E”- Elements Of Design (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my fifth post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge, here I am talking about “Elements of Design”. Technically this should be my first post. We often hear or read “Watch out for the messages your clothes send,” or “Be careful about the statement you make with your clothes.” But almost no one knows what’s doing the talking. It’s the “elements of design”, the lines, shapes, colour, texture and patterns. They speak before you do. In fact they never shut up, Change one detail of dress and you change the message or statement you make.

All clothing is a combination or composition of lines, shapes, colour, texture and pattern that is called “Elements of design”. Below is the brief description of all the elements-

Line: It is an elongated mark that connects two or more points. Line divides and encloses space, creating shapes and forms. Seam lines decides and enclose space on a garment. The characteristic of lines could be straight and curved.

Shapes: It refers to the area or empty space enclosed by a line, creating the outline or outer edge of an object. The outer edge or silhouette of a garment is a shape. Shapes or forms within a garment might include sleeves, cuffs, pockets, shirt yokes and plackets, skirt, gores and so forth. The characteristic of a shape could be angular and rounded.

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#BlogchatterA2Z : “D” – Different types of Garment Shapes (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my fourth post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge and all those who have read my previous posts especially Body Shape would be able to relate to this. In order to understand how different body shapes require specific garment shapes to be worn , first we need to understand – What Shape in a garment is all about?

Shape is the element of design created when a continuous line encloses space. The space within the lines is called shape. Line and shape are the foundation of all clothing design. Shapes define the outer edge, outline or silhouette of the body and clothing. Shapes add interest to a plain garment design. It create powerful illusions about the size and shape of the body and communicate visual meaning , message or mood.

In clothing two kinds of shapes are formed: Background shapes that are formed by the outline of the garment while Foreground shapes are formed by design details that lie on the surface of the garments and appear to advance. Now lets understand what kinds of garment shapes exists and this will help you in selecting which shape is appropriate for your body type.

Triangular garment shapes: They are composed of predominantly straight lines often with soft flare. They are narrower in the shoulders and wider at the hem. The waist may or may not be defined. They emphasis straight edges and the angularity of the body shape, while they counter roundness and camouflage width in hip and thighs.

Inverted Triangular shapes: They are wider in the shoulders and narrower at the hem. Again the waist may or may not be defined. They emphasis straight edges and the angularity of the body shape, while they counter roundness and camouflage width in upper back and chest.

Rectangular garment shapes : They are just that, rectangular with straight lines and tubes abound the body. Longer than they are wide, the dominant lines are vertical. In clothing, they are in opposition to the body and the waistlines is seldom defined. They accommodate width in the midriff and waist.

Hourglass garment shapes: They are designed with a mix of straight and softly curved lines. The garment is relatively fitted at the waist, emphasizing the smaller waist area as compared to the larger bust above and hip below.

Diamond garment shapes: They are narrower in the shoulder and at the hem as compared to the waist. The waist is not generally defined. They camouflage width around the midriff, waist and high hips area.

Bell garment shapes: They are similar to some triangular garment and full-skirted hourglass shapes, combining straight lines with softly curved to full-rounded lines in the bottom half of the garment. They features a mix of vertical and horizontal line directions, conforming more easily to the body yet camouflaging hip area.

Rounded or curved garment shapes: They featured more curved lines than other shapes. The shape changes depending on how full or rounded the curves are. They emphasize roundness and counter angularity in the figure.

Shapes can be manipulated and arranged to create illusions. A general goal in using clothing as a resource is to select and arrange design shapes in ways that enhances the body – in ways that make the face and figure appear more nearly ideal. Clothing lines and shapes can be used in ways that emphasize the most attractive lines and shapes of the body and camouflage or counter those body lines and shapes considered less attractive, in effect minimizing or eliminating them. The garment silhouette may or may not define or reveal body silhouette depending on the degree of fit or ease allowed. Degree of fit with its ease amount can be categorised as:

A very close fitting garment is snug to the body, repeat and reveals body contours exactly, with little or no ease allowed for body movement or comfort.

A slightly close fitting garment repeat and reveal body contours to a lesser degree, having allowed standard or traditional amounts of ease for body movement and comfort.

A slightly loose fitting garment stands slightly away from the body or flows loosely over it, due to a considerable amount of added ease or fullness for a relaxed and comfortable fit.

A very loose fitting garments stands stiffly away from the body or falls very loosely in folds around the body due to added or extreme fullness. Not revealing body contour at all.

A combination of close and loose fit in a garment is also partially fitted. The garment is more close fitting in specific areas such as the shoulders or upper bodice, the midriff and the waist while being more loose fitting in all other areas.

You can use different degree of close or loose fit to present your figure attractively, to accommodate and camouflage a figure variation and to reduce or eliminate the need for alteration.

No matter what the fashion trend , you are smart to select and wear only those degree of fit that flatter your body and its variations and that focus attention where you want it- closeness only in those areas you want the world to see and looseness everywhere you want.

This post is part of #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge.

In case you missed my previous posts you can find them here A B C

@Swati Mathur

#BlogchatterA2Z : “C” – Colour Dimensions (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my 3rd post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge and today I am going to talk about “Colour Dimensions”.

Colours are talked in terms of dimensions. Each sensation that we experience is a combination of three dimensions. They are Hue, value and intensity. Difference in these dimensions accounts for the difference we see in colours. Each dimension of colour makes specific contribution to the appearance. If we understand the effect of these dimensions we will better be able to colour match and coordinate clothing with accordance with mood and feelings.

Hue refers to the actual name of the colour. There are three kids of hues- primary, these are original and cannot be obtained my mixing other hues, secondary, these are obtained by mixing two primary colours in equal amount and tertiary, they result from a mixture of the primary and secondary hue in equal amount. Hues also refers to a colour’s relative degree of warmness and coolness. Red, orange and yellow are warm hues while blue and green are considered as cool hues.

Values refers to the relative degree of lightness and darkness of a colour.

Where are Intensity refers to the relative degree of brightness and dullness.

To understand which colour goes well with which other colour we should understand the use of Colour Wheel. When any colour is added with white it is called as Tint, and if any colour is added with gray it is called Tone and when any colour is added with black it is called as Shade. Hues, values and intensity from all around the colour wheel can be creatively combined and worn by all individuals. You only have to look around you. The combination are endless, limited only by the bonds of your imagination.

To achieve the individual effect you want, you can manipulate the specific combination of hue, value and intensity in your garment. For example if you want to stand out in a crowd while doing a professional presentation but do not want to appear overly bright than go for warmer colour like red but tone it down a bit by choosing darker duller red such as burgundy or wine.

Colour is the most obvious, powerful, stimulating and demanding element of design. it tends to be noticed first and remembered longest. Colour is also the most complex, creative, confusing and controversial of the elements. It evokes highly physical and emotional response, which may be conscious or unconscious. Our reactions to colour are immediate, inescapable and long lasting. While we may forget the texture and design details, we are more likely to remember the colour and our reaction to it.

The perception of colour is a very personal experience, physically and psychologically or culturally. No two people perceive a colour in exactly the same way, even within a framework of general perception.

Each of these dimensions are present in each colour you see and must be recognized to fully understand the essence and effect of colour. Right amount of colour combination can give you the look and feel, you want to portray. In combining colours in clothing, your goals to maintain a consistent theme or mood, occasion and personality, while achieving an interesting and harmonious balance among them- balance between warm and cool hues, light and dark values or bright and dull, in a variety of style lines, shapes and textures. For example some people love to see pink and fuchsia in the flower garden, but feel uncomfortable wearing them. They are psychologically more comfortable in shrimp, coral, brick and red.

Experiment a little and discover which colour are most in harmony with you, the place you go, and what you do there. As you experiment, you will discover colours you like to wear so much that they become part of your personal style- colours so specifically associated with you that they trigger an image of you in the mind of the people who knows you.

This post is part of #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge.

@Swati Mathur

#BlogchatterA2Z : “A” : Art in Every Day Dressing (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my first post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. Here I am going to talk about A2Z of Image Management. Image management is all about developing your inner strength and at the same time reflect them on the outside appearance. Developing inner strength is all about working on your self esteem, attitude and soft skills while reflecting them to the outside world through creating impact full first Impression and by developing flawless visual communication through appearance. Creating a powerful first impression is essential to get more opportunities in life. We all carry certain skills ability and experience but the people we meet often judge us only by what meets the eye.

Most of us feel “Why to put an effort on everyday dressing”. But I am sure when we have some important occasion we all put an effort to make sure we all look presentable. But remember clothing is considered as artistic visual design and therefore it is an art form which we can see and touch. It can stimulate our senses as beauty of well-designed clothes can meet our needs and serve to uplift our spirit. Hence clothing can be seen as wearable art. Most people want to be attractive, but too often they assume appearance just happens. Some view it as a matter of luck or inherent trait. But the matter of the fact is, it takes knowledge, thought and effort to create an attractive appearance, the artistic approach holds the most hope and help. Think of yourself as part of the artistic composition with your clothes. Once you wear clothes, you yourself become part of the artistic composition. You cannot separate your body lines, shapes, colour  with the lines, shapes and colour of you clothes. One influence the appearance of the other.

Dressing is truly an art when it relates to, reflects or expresses the individual person within. The artistic approach to clothing selection and coordination encourages individuality, creativity and conformity. When the design details are appropriate for your physical, social, psychological and aesthetic needs, the image you present will more likely be an accurate reflection of you. You have the liberty to create any desired effect in your outfit and thatโ€™s brings out your creativity , imagination and self-expression.

Analyze and evaluate often the way in which each element of design is used and each principle of design is achieved in a dress whether in window or door display, in magazine, on yourself or on another individual. People watching is fascinating and you will learn as you look. This exercise is essential if you want to understand the art of every day dressing.

In all art form, including dress, the main part of the composition must be similar. Without similarity among the parts our senses would become confused and we would be uncomfortable. Most people feel comfortable with similarity. Similarity is desirable, but we don’t want everything so much the same the composition becomes boring, or predictable. It is important to introduce some variety, some dissimilarity or contrast in the composition. Without variety our senses cannot be fully stimulated . People are intrigued by the unexpected. They enjoy the new or surprise element. Variety is desirable but we do not want so much that similar elements begin to conflict or fight for attention. Too much variety results in chaos, confusion and mixed message.

If you always wear clothes with similar, lines, shapes, pattern and fabric, people become accustomed to seeing you look the same ,that soon they hardly notice you. Some variety or contrast is good for breaking the monotony and to attract some attention to your uniqueness. On the other hand if everything you wear is totally different from the day before , or every element within the outfit is unrelated to others, the effects becomes confusing. You might loosed your identity altogether. Therefore some similarity or repetition is necessary to provide stable base. To avoid both boredom and confusion , you should learn to compromise between similarity and variety.

Some clothes works better for you than others. They work because the elements of design selected are used correctly, they worn because the elements are arranged correctly, They meet your need and enhances your appearance. You like the way you look. The clothes are in harmony with you. It is not what you wear but how you wear. What works for you becomes what you prefer and what you prefer can develop into your personality.

Keep all these in mind , you will love the way you look and the way people respond to your style.

This post is written for BlogchatterA2Z challenge .

@Swati Mathur

A 2 Z of Image Management: Series about Developing Inner Strength and Reflecting them Outside #BlogchatterA2Z #TheThemeReveal

Hi Everyone,

From the time I have become member of Blogchatter’s community , I have been waiting to participate in A2Z campaign. And now when we are few days away from it to begin , I am feeling jittery , excited and nervous, all at the same time. This is my first time participation in the most happening campaign #BlogchatterA2Z, organised my one of the most selfless and active community.

To be part of such a campaign one needs to be committed, disciplined, proactive and positive. It’s a month long campaign , 26 Alphabet, 26 post in 26 days. Wow! it is going to be fun as there is going to be lot of good reading and writing and sharing.

Being an Image consultant I will be sharing “A2Z of Image Management”. Image management is all about developing your inner strength and at the same time reflect them on the outside appearance. Developing inner strength is all about working on your self esteem, attitude and soft skills while reflecting them to the outside world through creating impact full first Impression and by developing flawless visual communication through appearance. Creating a powerful first impression is essential to get more opportunities in life. We all carry certain skills ability and experience but the people we meet often judge us only by what meets the eye.

The concept of image management applies to anyone who has ever needed to improve self image , self-worth, self-confidence, capability and credibility. It applies to all those who ever wanted to get an idea across to someone else, to influence opinion or action, be it in the home , the school, community or workplace.

It is all about creating an authentic, appropriate , attractive and affordable image. As an individual living and working in a highly complex or competitive society, it become even more important to recognize and understand the impact of your appearance as it communicates first to you and to others.

What you wear and the way you look affects the way you think, feel, behave and the way people react to you. You cannot afford to create a negative impression. When you appear personally authentic, appropriate for the and attractively dressed and groomed, you create a positive impression and others are more able to perceive your positive traits and regard and respond to you more favourably.

I am not going to reveal much as surprises make things more riveting. But I can assure you this series can reveal some of the facts which are going to be interesting and revealing too and applying them can help you succeed in your personal and professional life.

Stay tuned as Blogchatter is definitely going to make this campaign more interesting and intriguing.

@SwatiMathur