Image Tips from the Pros
Here are some practical makeover tips to consider from several professional image consultants:
Dress appropriately every day. Take care of yourself whether you’re a professional in an office or a professional at-home mother.
Know your best colors. The wrong ones will make you look older and tired.
Understand your style. If you’re unsure, make a style file or collage from magazine pictures that you like.
Think clothing “clusters.” Add a few key pieces (five to eight) that go together in no more than three colors, such as one print, a couple of neutrals, and an accent color. Clusters mix and match multiplying your wardrobe. When you add up to 12 pieces you can get 50 different looks.
Upgrade casual clothes. Moms love casual clothes, so coordinate the colors for a sharper look. Make sure they are in the best condition. If you live in sweats, upgrade a notch when running errands.
Add a new accessory such as a purse, belt, or hoop earrings purchased from a thrift store.
Be as well groomed as possible, especially your hair and your nails.
To stay current, look at an occasional fashion magazine, shop online, or subscribe to clothing catalogs.
Consider what you own and what you need, then make a plan for your wardrobe and accessories.
Make time to shop when you need to and buy and wear things that you love.
For free help, visit the many department stores that offer complimentary wardrobe consultations and cosmetic lines that offer free makeovers.
*From MomSense magazine, January/February 2005