Understand your Fashion Personality

One of the secrets to “dressing well” is to have a handle on your own fashion personality. Your fashion personality helps in crafting an image for yourself that includes wearing the right silhouettes for your body type, lengths and colors that suit your personality and portray the image of ‘your best you’ that you want to show to the rest of the world around you.

          In order to present your most authentic self to the world, it’s important to understand and respect your clothing personality. Developing your fashion personality is important for achieving high self-confidence and a sense of acceptance and satisfaction with yourself.

          Fashion personality has nothing to do with your height or weight, or how long or short your hair is. Fashion personality is an expression of a woman’s spirit and character. Your outfits should reflect your lifestyle and be a look that is the most becoming to your figure.

          What you show on the outside is an indication of who you are on the inside and your fashion personality should express who you truly are. Your clothes play an important part in how you come across to others. How you present yourself is not necessarily a case of right vs.wrong, although it can be a case of appropriate vs. inappropriate.

Fashion Personality Types

          Establishing a fashion personality means developing a sense of style in the way you dress and project yourself that reflects a woman’s personality, lifestyle, dreams and passions. Here are 8 dominant fashion ‘personality’ types and their characteristics:

– Classic – timeless fashions that don’t change – beautiful, yet simple cuts
– Sporty/Casual – theatrical, different, individual, funky
– Romantic – feminine, flirtatious, easy-flowing fabrics and soft colors
– Trendy – likes to try new things, and incorporates ‘what’s hot now’ into her wardrobe
– Traditional – always appropriate, at least 60% basics in neutral colors
– Dramatic – bold, confident, striking and chic, edgy and likes to make a statement w/clothing
– Sophisticated/Glamorous – timeless, beautiful, poised, polished, tasteful & stylish,
high-end.

          Generally speaking, when a woman does not dress to match her fashion personality, it’s not essentially due to a lack of class, but often to a misguided sense of who she is and what she wants to tell the world.  Many women make mistakes about their life’s priorities in their clothing image that is both damaging and needless.

          When you nail down your fashion personality, you will express an image of polish and poise, and maximize your opportunities for professional achievement and personal growth in the workplace and beyond.

          Do you know what your fashion personality is? I’d love to hear from you!

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Your Image is an important visual code that projects your needs, personality, goals and destinations.

When you express an image of polish, poise and style, you maximize your opportunities for professional achievement and personal growth in the workplace and beyond.

IMAGE…THE ONE YOU PROJECT…SYMBOLIZES A HEALTHY STATE OF MIND!

This Special Report will show you 10 steps to Overhauling your Image…INSTANTLY!

Turn Your Clothes into a Wardrobe!

Every woman has a secret boutique in her closet. The trick is to turn your closet into awardrobe that works for you. The question is what to use and what to lose.

– Let go of pieces that are outdated, the wrong size, or unflattering for your skin tone and body type. Think of your closet as the perfectly rearranged boutique where every item fits and flatters just you. Or, think of fresh new ways to work them into your life.

– Set your closet up like a mini boutique. Organize your closet by category and color
so you can see exactly what you have. Once you do, you’ll become inspired and find new ways of putting different pieces together and creating new outfits.

– Make a “maybe” pile of things you might be able to re-work with minor alterations or update with new items. For instance, a mid-calf length skirt can take on a second life with a little hemming. Or try shortening a dated jacket to bring it up to date. Belts on just about anything (either wide or skinny) – from jackets and sweaters, to blouses and coats too..

– Once you have edited down your closet, its time for the fun part – make a list of new items you need to complete your wardrobe. When you head to the stores with a list of what you really need and start shopping, you’ll reject ‘impulse items and buy only what you need!

-Do some homework before you head to the stores. Look up your favorite brands’ web sites for styling ideas and to get a feel for what’s available or on sale. When you get to the stores:

  • look for versatile items.
  • Don’t worry about buying head-to-toe outfits.
  • Think about purchasing individual items that can be worn different ways. Layering pieces are great, like lightweight cardigans, that can be stretched from one look to the next.

-When you follow these shopping tips, you will buy much less than you would in the past. Smarter choices = smarter style.

The Key: Buy only the trends that work FOR you – your body – your personality – your lifestyle.
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A Word From Maya Angelou

In Chapter 4 of my book I talk about how: a woman who lives from the inside out, emanates an extraordinary feeling of power, an assurance, creativity and a deep desire to grow.”

The irony of it all is that if you relinquish who you are, and begin looking at yourself only in relation to men, you can’t have an authentic relationship.

Many women have a tendency to make men extremely fascinating and powerful, not realizing that the love we give to others is second-hand. Our first and foremost love should be the love we give ourselves.

 I ran up on this poem from Maya Angelou. Hope you find it as enlightening as I do!

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‘A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ

That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.’

 When I say…. ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not shouting ‘I’m clean living,’I’m whispering ‘I was lost, Now I’m found and forgiven.’

 When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t speak of this with pride, I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

 When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not trying to be strong. I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say. ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not bragging of success.I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

 When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not claiming to be perfect,My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

 When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I still feel the sting of pain…I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

 When I say… ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not holier than thou,I’m just a simple sinner Who received God’s good grace, somehow!

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I’ll add my few little words of wisdom from Chapter 2 of my book:

The more you love and respect yourself, the more power you will have. The key purpose in life is self-discovery. Know who you are. Many people think that once they know what they want, they know who they are. But it’s not until one knows what they have to give that they know who they really are.

Fulfilling your life’s true purpose, which ultimately is self-discovery, requires developing a higher consciousness or of becoming more self aware, enhancing your self-image. Your self-image is the belief you have of yourself, an evaluation of your capabilities and personal worth, which can only be found from within.

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YOUR COMFORT ZONE

I have been having an internal battle with myself lately (well actually this battle is on-going), concerning stepping outside of my comfort zone to achieve what I want to achieve in my life.

Our comfort zone is a very seductive place. We know it well. We feel safe there, and it is very easy to get lulled into believing that this is the sensible place to be living our lives. However, there is no creature alive that truly thrives living in a contained area; and that really is what our comfort zone is. It is a small, confined area that, although may provide us with an illusion of safety, actually denies us any opportunity to expand our skills, talents, knowledge, and sense of personal power.

This poem is contained in my book, and I wanted to share it with you here.

 Comfort Zone

I used to have a Comfort Zone Where I knew I couldn’t fail

The same four walls of busy work were really more like jail.                   

I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,

But I stayed inside my Comfort Zone and paced the same old floor

I said it didn’t matter, That I wasn’t doing much

I said I didn’t care for things like diamonds, furs and such

I claimed to be so busy with the things inside my zone,

But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn’t let my life go by, Just watching others win.

I held my breath and stepped outside and let the change begin.

I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,

I kissed my Comfort Zone “goodbye” And closed and locked the door.

If you are in a Comfort Zone, afraid to venture out, 

Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.

A step or two and words of praise, Can make your dreams come true.

Greet your future with a smile, Success is there for you!

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 You must know the real truth about you, that you are uniquely gifted, exquisite as you are and designed to achieve whatever you want out of life. There is great wealth buried within you, allow yourself to develop the art of being an enlightened woman and live and love life to the maximum. Have you had this internal battle with yourself? Have you stepped out, or do you still struggle with it? Let’s talk about it!

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Becoming Who You Are in 2012 – An Extraordinary Woman!

It’s a New Year and a great time to set yourself apart  and become a different kind of woman, a woman created with worth, dignity, expertise and purpose.- An Extraordinary woman!  You were never intended to be ordinary anyway. In fact you were designed to be uncommon, special, irreplaceable and rare.

This is made clear by the fact that out of the 6 billion people on this planet, no two people are alike. Your fingerprints, the irises in your eyes, your chromosomes and your DNA are distinct and unique. You are a designer original, a masterpiece designed by an awesome creative power. God knows what is in you because He put it there, distinct characteristics and your very own uniqueness.

Let’s define what being UNIQUE really means? It means Original never having occurred or existed before; it means Authentic – being genuine or real; it means Firsthand – From the original producer or source; it means Un-copied and Unprecedented – nothing has preceded it, or it’s unheard of. YOU are all these things! You are an extraordinary!

  • Diamonds are expensive because there are no two alike.
  • Gold is costly because it is difficult to find.
  • The Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo DA Vinci in 1513 is considered priceless and inestimable and therefore uninsurable.

Some women have a misguided sense of who she is and how she wants to present herself to the world. Once you recognize and embrace your extraordinary uniqueness, it is at this point that you will encounter one of life’s most difficult challenges – that of looking at yourself truthfully, then acknowledging and accepting what you see.  When you do this, you may find that some aspects of you may require attention, some need a small amount of work, others may even need intensive care.

This chart below illustrates the difference between being ordinary and extraordinary.

As an Extraordinary woman you can expand your view of who you are and what you deserve, to the point that there will be no limit to what you can achieve. If you allow your evolution process to be controlled by the One who created you in the first place, you will be on the road to becoming all you ever wanted to be

You have a high value placed on you and no one else on earth has been designed to do what you were created to do. When you acknowledge your personal power, you discover who you were created to be, uniquely gifted, exquisite as you are and Extraordinary!  There is great wealth buried within you, allow yourself to develop the art of being an extraordinary woman and live and love life to the maximum!

Embrace your Uniqueness!