Dressing Cool in a Corporate World
Professional men and women in high-powered careers often struggle during the summer months on how to look polished and authoritative, yet remain cool and crisp when the temperatures climb over 80 degrees. I can tell you that professionals dress quite differently based on where in the United States they reside. In the northeast and Midwest, there is a greater trend to dress more traditionally in professional surroundings, regardless of the heat. If you live in the western or southern states, you already know that we tend to dress more on the business casual side of the spectrum due to the climate challenges. Wherever you live, it's important to know a few things about dressing to look crisp and polished, no matter how high the mercury rises. In corporate America today we are blessed with air-conditioned offices, so it is often when we are out in the heat calling on a client, attending a function or leaving work that the heat dilemma presents itself.
Spring Fashion Styles - Top Twelve Trends
Take a blend of many decades of style, add a dash of old Hollywood glamour, and you have the magic of the trends for spring. This season the designers added modern twists to our favorite classic and timeless pieces. Fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, and Princess Diana wore many of these sophisticated and classic trends: romantic, flirty, and colorful in design and mood. Here are my top twelve trends for spring. You may not love all of them, but I encourage you to select a few to add to your existing wardrobe to look more modern and fashionable.
Closet Organization - Make Mornings Easier!
Every woman I know, at one time or another, has stood in front of her closet in frustration and claimed, "I don't have a thing to wear!" When your closet is unorganized, with clothes that no longer fit the body you are in today, or contain things you haven't worn in years, dressing in the morning becomes a challenge. Did you know that the average woman only wears 20% of what is in her closet? Follow these four tips to organizing your closet and you will find that you'll not only be better organized, you will become more efficient when dressing each morning. This will reduce your stress level, and allow you more time to have that sip of coffee or read the paper before you begin your day.
Do You Need An Image Update?
Do you need an image update? Do you have a vision in your mind of what you would like your ideal image to look like? If not, create that ideal image through visualization. Start by creating a picture in your mind. This will create an emotional awakening and start you thinking about taking the first step to creating the best version of yourself for the new year.
Getting Dressed for the Holiday Office Party
As the holiday season approaches companies will start planning their festive parties. It's often difficult to decipher the various dress codes listed on the invitation like "updated casual," "festive attire," or "dressy attire." Follow these tips to look stylish and festive - and to ensure you are appropriately dressed at all business gatherings this holiday season.
Business Casual Attire - Business Casual or Casualty?
After years of running a large department store for Macy's, and providing business-appropriate dress seminars all over the country, I realized that there is one determining factor between companies whose people look ultra casual, and those whose people project a professional business casual image. The latter are always seizing a greater market share than their more casual-looking competitors. It's not enough today to assume your employees know how to interpret business casual. Successful companies have specific dress codes that are aligned with their brand and core values, and they train their staff to understand the importance of how their employees' image reflects the corporate brand.
Company Branding - Your People Make the Brand!
Today in a highly competitive market, companies are competing to obtain a greater percentage of market share. Brand differentiation is key to this process. While organizations are spending large sums of money on marketing their corporate brand through their website, promotional materials, building architecture and office décor, their best marketing resource is their people. When organizations invest and train their people in visual appearance, as well as verbal and non-verbal image skills to represent the corporate brand image, employees gain greater self-confidence, become highly productive in sales and build long-term client rapport. I've seen companies who invest in training their teams on these important tools reduce turnover, increase internal promotions, improve succession planning and build employee loyalty.
First Impressions - Why it is Important to Always Make a Good One
First impressions are crucial and you only have one chance in life to make a lasting effect on each person you meet. Having an initial positive impact on others can open many doors in your personal and professional life. By implementing these four concepts you will have increased self-confidence and enhanced personal and business relationships.
12 Fall Trends - Integrate Style Trends into your Wardrobe
Each season women are perplexed by new trends they see in the stores and magazines. Professional women are looking for an easy way to update their look by adding these new ideas. Many women are not sure what to buy. This fall season sees a return of the sophisticated elegant looks from the 1940's - bold, shouldered suits and the classic touch of a hat and gloves worn with a tailored coat. When you shop this season follow these 12 trends.