TIP OF THE DAY NO.41 – TAKE INVENTORY BEFORE YOU SHOP

This means taking everything out of your closets, out of your drawers, and off the shelves – including shoes, handbags, underwear, and all other accessories. There will be quite a few items you’re in doubt about. So ask yourself:

– Does this still suit me?

– Do I still like it?

– Do I still need it?

– Does it still fit my lifestyle

– Try on any garment you are in doubt about.

Once you have decided what to keep, look at what is left in your wardrobe and think what you would like to add to it, or what you need, keeping in mind your lifestyle and professional needs.

I know this is a tall order but don’t feel discouraged if you can’t do it all at once – depending on the size of your wardrobe, you might have to do it in stages.

See you tomorrow

             scan0004-2                      Brigitte

 

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                                   

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   

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