Dress to Impress – read part of my book everyday

                                                                                                                

               MAXIMIZING YOUR BUDGET

     Now let’s talk about your budget. Your funds are probably limited, which means that you have to plan your wardrobe to get the most for you money – this means creating many different looks with relatively few pieces.

     Therefore, these pieces have to match any way you put them together. You cannot have both a navy-blue and a black suit because they and their accessories can’t be interchanged. The best solution is to pick two colours that suit you well and build your wardrobe around them.

     Of course, if these two colours are red and royal blue, they might not fit your lifestyle, which is your next consideration. Red and royal blue would not be suitable as basic colours. They are noticed and remembered too easily by others and they are inappropriate in many situations. So you should concentrate on the  neutral tones that suit you: black, white grey, brown, beige navy, and so on. From these pick two for the basic items in your wardrobe, such as coats, suits, dresses, pants, and skirts. Don’t worry about being too monotone in your look, for there are endless variations and shades in these colours. Another advantage of the basic colours is that you will never look out-of-place, either at work or in a more casual setting. Furthermore,  you will never be overpowered by these shades. I am referring not only to your complexion but also to your personality. It takes a certain bravado and energy to carry off flamboyant colours. Unless you have plenty of both, you will feel and look uncomfortable in, for example,  bright pink. You can see how true this is when you think of days when you don’t feel well; don’t you automatically choose a darker outfit? This comes from you unconscious desire to fade into the background.

NOTE: When you’re tired, it’s better not to wear black at all. Instead put a lighter shade next to your face.

Please come back and read more about how to integrate bright colours into your life and wardrobe

 Until then STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                     Brigitte                                   

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DRESS TO IMPRESS- read part of this book everyday

               CHECKING OUT THE UNFAMILIAR

     Since your wardrobe, like most wardrobes, doesn’t contain all colours, now is the time to experiment with some shades you’ve never worn before. Most stores let you try on clothes before making a purchase. If, for example, lavender or charcoal grey are among those never-before-worn colours, find out now how they look on you. Remember, not to listen to the salesperson – decide for yourself. Also, don’t think that another style might make a difference. If the shade isn’t becoming, another style won’t make it more attractive(To illustrate this point, think of the times you’ve tried on something and thought: “if this were in a different colour I’d like it,’ or ‘The colour is nice but the style isn’t for me.’) You must consider the colour before the style. Never prejudge: try it on and look. If a blouse you want to buy comes in six colours, it’s a good idea to try on several to see which is the most flattering.

     Also don’t forget that colours come in many different shades. While brown might not be appropriate for you, tan might be. Often we are too general in our assessment of colours. We don’t consider the many different tones that exist. Beige is a good example: there are lots of different beige. If a very light tone makes you look life-less, a camel tone might look smashing.

     By the way, the richer and more unusual shades can often be found only in more expensive garments. The higher price might be worth it if the shade in question suits you especially well.

     Once you have done your research, you will see that there are many colours that suit you. However, for practical purposes – budget, lifestyle, and easier co-ordination of your wardrobe – you will have to limit yourself to a few that suit you best.

NOTE: When shopping and trying to decide whether a certain colour is good for you, try to look at it in daylight. Artificial light changes colours. Go to the door of the boutique or to a window in a department store. If this isn’t possible, check it at home. If you find it to be unsuitable, take the trouble to return it. Don’t compromise when it comes to your looks. The contrary applies when buying an evening dress or a garment to be worn mainly in artificial light: try it on in that light. Many colours that look well in daylight appear drab or even ugly in the evening

Please come back tomorrow to read about YOUR BUDGET AND YOUR WARDROBE

Until then STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                                        Brigitte   

DRESS TO IMPRESS – read part of my book everyday

Hello Everyone

Today we are going to finish reading the Introduction to

     Now to your body. In order to know what to do about a large bust or thin arms, you must first be aware of your assets and liabilities. And so to help you to get to know yourself well, I would like you to fill out the chart below. Standing in front of your full-length mirror, pull in your stomach and stand straight. Start with your shoulders; don’t accuse them of sloping when bad posture is the culprit. Examine yourself carefully and circle the appropriate adjectives.

     And please don’t forget to answer the last two questions, regarding your best features and what you don’t like about yourself.

     When you have completed the list, check it thoroughly. You will find that you have more assets than defects. And don’t feel depressed about something like heavy thighs; most defects (or what appear to be defects) can be corrected or minimised through diet, exercise, better posture, better care, or more attention to detail. There are very few things that are impossible to correct, and even those are easier to live with once you know them. Being aware of your body will help you buy the clothes that will make you feel and look more attractive and confident.

This is all for today – please come back tomorrow and read about THE IMPORTANCE OF  COLOUR, PRINTS, AND FIT.

Until then STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                                              Brigitte    

DRESS TO IMPRESS – read part of my book everyday.

Hello Everyone

Maybe you don’t know that I have written a book  about how to –  –                                                                            

I now would like to share this book  with you by publishing  part of it every day on my blog. I hope you will find it interesting and keep reading – every day

                               INTRODUCTION

    HOW TO LOOK AND FEEL YOUR BEST  EVERY DAY

        How good-looking you are, and how confident you feel about yourself is not a matter of how fashionable you are, or of how much money you have, or even of how beautiful you are, it is a matter of how well you can present and package yourself.

     Yes, packaging is what sells most products and when it comes to looking good, you are the product and your clothes are the wrapping.

     The belief that there are no ugly women, just women who do not know how to look attractive, is truer today than ever before. Today there are not limits on what a woman can wear. There are not do’s and dont’s, and not even the fashion designers impose any particular look on today’s woman. Our options are varied and plentiful and if a woman cannot find her particular look among them, she can only blame herself that she is not looking her best.

     Without over-emphasising the importance of appearance, don’t forget that the biggest asset you in life is yourself and you must use it to its best advantage. The French philosopher Voltaire once said: ‘DRESS CHANGES THE MANNER.’ That was true in the eighteens century and it is still true today. Think about how good you feel  when wearing your favourite outfit – or how you want to fade into the wall when you are wearing something you don’t like, and know you don’t look good in.

     Choosing the right clothes can make you look and feel your best everyday. However, it does not happen by itself. It takes a little time and more importantly a commitment to yourself

     Having made the decision to find out HOW TO LOOK AND FEEL YOUR BEST EVERY DAY you might ask, ‘Now wat?’

     The first step is to take inventory of yourself. This is not an exercise in scrutinising your defects. The point is to look at your body objectively and make a list of your assets; my legs are good; I should probably wear more skirts. My hair should not be pulled back, or maybe it would look more feminine a little longer. What about make-up to bring out my eyes?

     To see what you like about yourself, you need – besides an open mind – a full length mirror. Stand in front of it and try to imagine that the person  is someone else. This way your good points become more apparent. Being more objective will make you more generous. You will give yourself credit for what you have instead of being over-critical.

     Start with your hair. Does it frame your face the right way? Is it too short to do so? Or if your hair is long. would a shorter style make it appear thicker and more sensual? Would more frequent brushing add the life that is missing?When looking at your face, it might occur to you that make-up could improve it. If you are not used do wearing any, or if you don’t want to look made-up, relax: having good make-up that enhances your face does not mean a heavy, painted look. It can be very subtle and still create the effect you want.

That is all for today – please come back tomorrow and read the rest of the INTRODUCTION and find out how you can TELL THE TRUTH about your body.

Until then – STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST.

                                                                    Brigitte