Thursday, June 21, 2007

Dress Well

I ask you, is it possible for a person to go from finding dressing a chore to doing it effortlessly? The answer is yes of course. For some, knowing how to dress well and look great is difficult. It is something that for them takes a lot of time and effort. While for others, who know the secrets to successful dressing, looking great daily is not only possible but easily accomplished.

Knowing how to choose clothes that bring out our assets is not something we are born knowing. However, some of us are fortunate enough to learn early from parents, relatives or friends. For those who did not have someone to learn from, all is not lost.

Effortless dressing is something that can be learned if you take the time. Why should you learn? Why is looking your best important? The reasons are simple. We feel better when we know we look our best and people react to us in a more positive manner when we look good. This old cliché is still true, ‘ you only get one chance to make a good first impression’. This is especially true when how you look affects if you get the job, the promotion or the date. It is not fair that we are judged on how we look but since we can’t control it, the only other alternative is to go with it.

Being well dressed involves knowing yourself - your lifestyle, your best colors, your best clothing styles, best hairstyles and so much more. However, if you pay attention to the following three steps you will be on your way to looking great.

1. Keep clothes wrinkle-free. No matter how expensive your clothes are or how well they fit if they are wrinkled you will lose all credibility. Take care of your clothing by keeping them well pressed and hang them to prevent wrinkles. Before you buy pants, skirts or blouses check to see how easily they wrinkle by taking a little of the fabric in your hand and squeezing for two seconds. If it wrinkles don’t buy it.

2. The perfect fit. Clothes that fit well will make you appear slimmer and present a more polished look. It is amazing how much difference an inch taken off or added in a certain place can make. Why nip and tuck your body when you can nip and tuck your clothes and get the same result?

3. Grooming. A neat, fashionable hairstyle, subtle makeup and good overall grooming are the final touches to a well-dressed look.

A polished look can be yours every day, if you dedicate a little time and effort up front to learn about yourself and how to choose the right styles and colors. It’s the first step to investing in you.