#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 : “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 : “G” – Go to guide for Patterns in Clothing (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my 7th Post for #BlogchatterA2Z. And today I am going to share with you A2Z about patterns in clothing. Technically speaking , pattern is not a separate element of design. Pattern is a combination of several design elements – lines and shapes in colors, arranged in or on textural material. Each element is totally interrelated when you look at the pattern design. Because pattern have their own visual effects and because you can manipulate or change the character of a pattern and its effects, it seems appropriate to treat pattern as a specific element to work with it or make it work for you.

Patterns add interest to plain surface fabric and helps coordinate two or more solid-colored items. They can create a point or area of emphasis and affect the body and mind, the way you think, feel and act. Patterns camouflage and create powerful illusions about the size, shape and weight of the body. They communicate visual meaning, message, or moods.

Remember choice in patterns becomes a visible expression of personal style and individuality.

Pattern can be categorized into two: Classy classic Patterns and Trendy Patterns

Classy Classic Patterns

Plain, solid colors fabrics provide a foundation for your wardrobe and combine easily with other solid colors, but don’t stop there. You can count on classic patterns – in prints, stripes and plaid design on clothing, to add interest and variety needed to enliven what might otherwise becomes a dull wardrobe composed entirely of solid colors.

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

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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