#BlogchatterA2Z : “Q” – Qualities one needs to look for while selecting clothes (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my 17th post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. Here I am talking about qualities you need to look for while doing clothing selection. Here I will be discussing about for A’s of clothing:

  • Authentic
  • Appropriate
  • Attractive
  • Affordable

The effect of your clothing and appearance is something you can analyze or evaluate and generally control or manage, in much the same way you manage your other resources – times, money, meals and so forth.

No one expects you to be handsome or beautiful. What people do expect is for you to appear attractive and appropriate. While there is no one and only right way to look,  attractive and appropriate,  are words to keep in mind when selecting your clothes. When dressed attractively and appropriately, we need to feel more confident, at ease and act appropriately. When not dressed attractively or appropriately, poor actions tend to follow suit. Rather than dressing by habit, impose, imitation ,pressure,or trial and error, dress as a result of thoughtful decision and choices.

Think in terms of dressing appropriately for:

  • The occasion, situation, or activity and in relation to propose and goals.
  • The person, the people or the group you will be, or wish to be involved with, their mood, values, attitude, and interests. 
  • You as an individual, for your physical body, your personality, mood, values, attitudes, and interests.

Time and attention to the message you create with your clothing and appearance are important in three general situation:

  • When the other person does not know you.
  • When the other person’s opinion or reaction to you is important to the achievement of your goals., any you want org need to influence the opinion or action of another person.
  • When your mood or confidence level needs a lift to boost self confidence.

A few such occasions include the first day of class, a blind date, a job Interview, an appearance in court or the day you have to present a report, make a sale, or participate on a committee. Occasions that demand a more authoritative appearance include job interviews and personal appraisald, first meeting with the client and so on.

Clothing and image management is one of the fastest and most effective ways to build self-esteem, to boost self-confidence, to reflect ability, and to increase credibility.  Image management is an effective way to attract others, to encourage them to regard you favorably and with continued interest. If you want to be successful you have got to look successful in all your roles.

Personal and Professional Dress Standards

The 4 A’s – Giver yourself A Perfect 4.0

Occasionally , casual clothes are exactly right. Imagine, however, wearing only T-shirts and jeans all the time – at any age. You immediately limit the range of feelings that a variety of clothes can stimulate, reflect or project. Putting forth no thought or effort in dress, you gradually lose the ability to coordinate or create attractive and versatile outfits. Looking and feeling only comfortable and very casual, you gradually become psychologically uncomfortable with people in situations where dressier clothes are the tradition. Feeling uncomfortable you gradually limit your association with those people. Wearing extremely casual clothing everyday, you never look special. You never feel special. All occasions are the same. You are always the same. Facets of your personality and potential are not discovered and not developed. Experience supports the finding that when people stop dressing for different occasion they stop doing, going and being. Consider, that when you give some thought and effort to dressing in a variety of ways for a variety of mood and occasion, you become more creative, individual, confident and competent. Positive interaction and productivity increase. You are more likely to become self-actualized and to accomplish your goals.

Keep all this in mind and follow your heart!

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#BlogchatterA2Z : “P”- Principles of Design (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my sweet 16th post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge and here I am with one of the most important and critical aspect in Elements of design. And it is all about Principles one needs to follow or know about various elements of clothing designs. Design principles are a way to give structure to design work and meaning to the piece.

Balance

An asymmetrical figure can appear more nearly symmetrical and well balanced when wearing clothing with asymmetrical lines or shapes, or be wearing the clothing in an asymmetrical way. The asymmetry of the body becomes less noticeable as more attention goes to the clothing where in clothing becomes dominant and body becomes subordinate. Men’s shoe jackets and sportcoats are designed with hip pockets on both sides of the jacket and a chest pocket on the left side of the garment to create asymmetrical balance. A boldly patterned skirt can balance the appearance of a larger bust area, while a patterned scarf or skirt yoke can work to balance larger hips and legs. Larger areas of color can become tiresome and larger areas of bright color can even become bothersome. The law of areas is a time tested guidelines that states larger areas of color are more pleasing if balanced in combination with proportionally small areas of another color.

Proportion and Scale

To appear balanced, the size of clothing and accessory shapes needs to be in proportion and scale with the body size and shape or form, including the bone structure. Compare the size of the body and the size of clothing and accessories, their overall size and the size of each detail. For example, the smaller the body and bone, the smaller and fewer the design details must be. If proportionally too large, they appear to overwhelm a smaller body. Size, however is relative. What appears large on a small scale body may appear small on a large scale body. Select fabric textures that are proportionally in scale with your figure. Thick, bulky, heavy fabrics on a small figure will over power the person because of the exam contrast in size and weight. Mission is the guide word.

Rhythm and Emphasis

Interior shapes can repeat and reinforce or contrast and counter the outline of the garment or the body. Your choice to reinforce or counter the body depends on your judgement about your body and on your fashion goals. Interior shapes can influence the appearance of height, width and weight, depending on placement, size and line direction. Angular shapes repeat and emphasize the animosity of the body. They counter the roundness of the figure. Curved shapes repeat and emphasize rounded body curves. They counter of soften the angularity of a figure. Interior foreground shapes call attention to themselves and to the specific area they are placed. They can also draw or divert attention away from a specific body area. Use them only in place where you want to draw attention and therefore emphasize. Texture can be used to draw attention away from a particular figure variation and towards a more flattering area of emphasis. Structural and decorative lines that are well placed lead the eye throughout the garment in a smooth, continuous, rhythmic movement. They do not compete with one another for attention.

Harmony and Unity

Related areas, shapes or forms should be consistent. Interior structural and decorative lines on the top of a garment should line up with those on the bottom. When they don’t, vertical eye movement is interrupted and attention goes to the horizontal jog, emphasizing width. To know more about harmony you can see here.

The principles of design are the rules a designer must follow to create an effective and attractive composition and buyers should consider these principles while buying, to look more attractive and presentable.

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#BlogChatterA2Z : “O”- Optical Illusions in Elements of Design (A2Z of Image Management)

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Here I am with my 15th post for #BlogChatterA2Z challenge. An illusion is a false perception or interpretation of something we see-through something that describes our eye when we look at it. An illusion makes something look quite different than it really is. Regardless of the facts,  and according to our mind’s eye, we tend to believe the illusions.

Let’s talk about Optical illusions in elements of design-

Fabric and Texture

Fabric and texture can be manipulated, steamed and layered to create illusions. A general goal is using clothing as a resource is, you select and arrange fabrics and textures in ways that enhance the body,  in ways that makes the figure appear more nearly ideal.  Fabrics 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 you consider less attractive, in effect minimizing or eliminating them. Thick, bully, fuzzy or fluffy fabric can be expected to add visual weight to the body.

For example firm fabric tends to hold or support a garment’s shape, allowing the garment shape to be dominant, while a thin, soft, drapable fabric can fall closely around the body, now allowing the body form to become dominant. Differences in fabric texture cause garments of the same style look quite different when made up in deferring fabrics.

Shapes

A general goal is using clothing as a resource is you select and arrange design shapes in ways that enhance the body,  in ways that makes the 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. You can modify or alter the illusory effects of shape with your use of the interrelated elements of design: line, color, texture and pattern. This requires you to plan and evaluate the effects of each element in the total design.

For example bigger floral shapes on any garment makes you look broader and bulkier while small shape floral patterns can reduce visual size and weight of your body.

Line

Line can be created, arranged and controlled to create illusions. Be aware, however not everyone perceives optical illusions in the same way or to the same degree and some not at all. Depending on eyesight, cultural background, personal experience, attitude and imagination, perception will vary. A general goal in using clothing as a resource is to select and arrange design lines in ways that enhances the body, in ways that make the face and figure appear more nearly ideal. Use clothing lines in ways that lead the eye or direct attention where you want it, that emphasize the most attractive lines of the body and camouflage or counter those lines we consider less attractive. Optical illusion are easier to control if you learn some of the illusions that relate directly to clothing. It is reassuring to know that specific type and directions of lines can be relied on to create specific effects or illusions. When you know what illusion you want to create, you will know better how to do it.

For example. To add visual weight and widen a thin upper torso, choose a rugby shirt with its wide horizontal stripes, or to visually lengthen and slim a thick midsection, choose a long vertical, center front zipper closure, or to visually slim a full rounded body, don’t dress it in full rounded clothes, counter the roundness with straight design lines.

Pattern

A fabric weave or surface texture often gives the appearance of a pattern or vice versa, the fabric pattern creates a definite visual texture. In all cases, either the pattern, the surface texture or the light reflection factor must be dominant.

For Example, corduroy creates textural stripes. Gabardine forms a diagonal twill, so does denim. A vertical cable knit creates stripes in a sweater. A jacquard weave can introduce beautiful textured flowers on cotton, linen or silk.

Color

Color is very good at creating illusions. Regardless of the facts, and according to our mind’s eye, we tend to believe the illusion that color creates. By recognizing the illusions that color create, you can select and arrange to create the illusions you want, they can be used to reinforce attractive personal coloring or undesirable effects of colors. Colors are seldom seen alone. They appear to change as they are seen in combination with other colors.

Warm colors can make cool colors appear cooler. Cool colors can make warm colors appear warmer. For example blue-green eyes may appear more green when blue clothing or eye shadow is worn. Light colors can make medium to dark colors appear darker. Dark colors can make medium to light colors appear lighter. For example, facial skin will appear lighter next to dark colored clothing. Bright colors can make medium to dull colours appear duller. Dull ,muted colors can make medium to bright colours appear brighter. For example, medium blue eyes will appear brighter when a slightly duller blue sweater or eye shadow is worn and vice versa.

The size of a colored area has marked influence on the way the color will be perceived. The larger the colored area, the more consistent the color will appear. The smaller the area , the more easily it appears to change.

Hope this information can help you create the right illusion you want to create.

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How To Know That 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.

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All You Need To Know About Make-Up (A2Z of Image Management)

This this my 13th post for #BlogChattetA2Z Challenge and I am half way done. Three cheers for all the challengers and Blogchatter.

Let me tell you an instance that made me realize little makeup is not bad if that can uplift the way you feel, act and others response towards you.

I have always maintained that without a bit of makeup, I am at plain as a “mud fence”. I was in a hurry one Saturday and decides I couldn’t take time to put on my face. I was feeling good about life in general, so I headed out on errands add my very plain, unpainted self. Minutes later, in a local department store, I was confronted by a former student. “Swati ma’am, she loudly exclaimed for the whole store to hear. “It really you! How marvelous. You really are as plain as you said you were! “

I smiled at smug looking shoppers, thought beautiful thoughts, reminding myself that beauty comes from within and bear a hasty retreat.

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What Is Fashion Therapy And How It Can Help ? Understand It With Examples (A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my 12th post for #BlogChattetA2Z challenge. Fashion therapy is another conceptual reference to image management, a master of static dressing with as much attention directed to the effects of clothing on the wearer as on the response of others. Clothing functions to provide you with needed change, variety, interest and zest in daily living, a welcome relief from what might otherwise become the sameness of everyday. A range of clothing from casual to relatively dressy, allows you to use your clothes effectively in this manner.

For example “Shikha experiences a release from her everyday take as a homemaker and mother by dressing up in the evening a couple of times a week. Sometimes it is only to share the evening meal with her family. But wearing a soft skirt, casual dress or nice slacks and top, makes the ordinary occasion suddenly special. Her family senses it to and behaves accordingly. It works. Come the weekend, she plans something to make Saturday night special, and wears something equal to the evening.

People often get so caught up, however, on fashion for the sake of fashion and fads they forget about function. In fashion therapy clothing is used as a resource that literally empowers you with a better ability to think, feel and do the things you want to. Looking better always helps to solve problems related in some way to personal appearance.

For example,  “Riya is a graduate student who lives with rheumatoid arthritis a progressively disabling disease. Due to limited arm movement, she requires easy on and off clothing with front openings. She is conscious of the weight of her clothes as heavy clothes make her shoulders ache. Because her elbows will no longer straighten, she prefers to wear long sleeves blouses and dresses, which make the problem unnoticeable to others. She wear very little jewelry, particularly rings, because they draw attention to her hands. She looks for shoes with lower heels to afford her balance and to provide support and comfort.

From all this one of the most important thing which I have learned is when not feeling well is to keep yourself looking well. “if you feel like a cabbage, but look like a rose, I don’t think of myself as a cabbage”.

Parents can effectively manage the appearance of young children with far reaching results.

For example one young mother shared a surprising discovery she made regarding her attitude towards her two youngsters. She discovered when they were left with food on their faces and were sent to play in dirty T-shirt and messy, mismatched pants or diapers, she almost expected them to get into mischief and misbehave. She frequently found fault where there was none, and she was less apt to cuddle and kiss them. She was also less tolerant and more short tempered. However, when she took care and managed to clean and dress them up, she found she had a more positive attitude about their behavior. She was more apt to bestow a hug and a kiss. She was also more tolerant and even tempered. She noticed the same reaction from visitors to the home and from the children’s father at the end of the work day. This is what she has to say -“If the appearance of my children can make that much difference in unconscious response to them”, she chuckled, “it’s well worth a time and attention to keep them looking a little nicer”.

Somewhere in the course of history people got the mistaken idea that the subject of dress and grooming applies only to a women and teenage girls. Not so.

For example, one of my client (My student now working with MNC) who was a young mind came to me disturbed over his difficulty in adjusting to a new job. He claimed he was being treated like an errand boy. As I looked at him and his clothing it was apparent why this could be happening. He was small in stature and had a narrow jaw. His hair was parted in the middle and he wore round, gold rimmed glasses. Basically inappropriately dressed. Considering his professional ambition, some changes were in order. We moved the part in his hair to one side. New glasses were ordered which sits his face shape, new suit was ordered which can give him a more assertive look. He not only looked more mature, confident and capable, he felt that way. Men should not underestimate the influence of their appearance upon their success, both personally and professionally. A little attention to appearance will go a long way toward helping them to achieve their goals. This, too is fashion therapy.

In all cases, learn to manage your clothing as a resource, a tool to help you think, feel and act your personal and professional best, to create a positive First and lasting impression about yourself. While their is no great mystery surrounding clothing and image management, some people seems to have more natural talent or ability. They always seem to look attractive, appropriate and absolutely terrific. Others have to work at it a bit. The good news is that clothing management skills can be learned then practiced to become almost automatic. Resolve now to take charge and make your clothes work for you in all situations.

This post is part of#BlogchatterA2Z challenge.

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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 :”I” – Image Management (A2Z OF Image Management)

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This is my 9th post for BlogchatterA2Z challenge. You will be wondering why have I taken this topic now. Well this is because we are going according to alphabetical order, so here I am to share with you about what my series is all about. Let me tell you What is Image Management? and What is the power of personal appearance?

According to Judith Rasband – Image Management is the ongoing process of evaluating and controlling the impact of your appearance and the resulting response on you and others. 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 anyone who has ever wanted to get an idea across to someone else, to influence opinion or action be it in the home, the school, community or work place.

It is creating authentic, appropriate, attractive and affordable image. Intelligence, knowledge, ability, initiate and effort are vital to success of any kind, but regardless to who you are, how old and what your role or goal , ongoing image management can give you the personal, professional presence you need.

As an individual living and working in a highly competitive society and complex society, you must recognize and understand the impact of your appearance as it communicates first to you and then to others.

What you wear and the way you look affects:

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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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Know Your Perfect Fit and Fashion For Your Body Shape(A2Z of Image Management)

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This is my 6th post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge . As I have already talked about Body Shape and Different Garment Shapes, now it’s the right time to recommend style lines and shapes for different figure or body type. As I have already mentioned earlier every body is unique and few ideal figures existing. Virtually every figure has some figure variations , variations from that so called ideal figure used as a standard for comparison. It does not matter how many people have a particular figure variation. You need to recognize the variation and know how to dress or alter to camouflage or minimize it.

To determine your general figure type or body build, try the time tested “Blink test”. Dress in form- fitting clothing, in possibly a t-shirt and tights. In this attire your attention will be generally drawn to the largest area of your body shape. Then compare that area to other areas of your body and to the body type description I have mentioned in my previous post here.

Now lets discuss the figure type, their characteristic figure variations and how to cover, camouflage, counter, create the illusion of the ideal figure by selecting appropriate clothing.

Triangular Body Shape : They have narrower shoulders, wider hips, average to smaller bust, narrow back and smaller waist. They have low hip curve, rounded buttocks. Possibly low waist and average to shorter legs.

Fit and Fashion Strategy : They should focus on minimizing lower torso and give more emphasize to upper torso, this will lead the attention upward toward their face. Try filling out shoulder and upper torso with soft fullness and design details. Try wearing smooth, loose fit below the waist.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape : They have Wider shoulders, narrower hips & thighs , average to larger bust, wider back, larger waist , high hip curve, flatter buttocks, slim legs. Possibly high waist, average to longer legs.

Fit and Fashion Strategy : They should focus on minimizing upper torso and give more emphasize on center-front at neckline or anywhere below waist. Lead attention inward at shoulders toward neck. Try filling out area below waist with soft fullness or design detail. Try wearing smooth loose fit above the waist.

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