Every so often, it is useful to take a good, long look in the mirror and to ask ourselves whether our image needs an update. However, this can be a daunting task to undertake all on one’s own – especially if we cannot pinpoint exactly how to go about revising a “look.”
This is a great opportunity to enlist an image consultant for assistance. An image consultant can help you to identify the elements of your image in need of improvement, and can give you the tools to care for and improve your image in the future.
Here are five issues you might identify with your image – and five great reasons why you might need to hire an image consultant.
- My attire doesn’t feel appropriate for my workplace.
Perhaps you have just started a new position in an office with a different corporate culture than your previous workplace. Or, you may have climbed the corporate ladder to a higher-level position. Whatever the reason, it can be uncomfortable to feel like your wardrobe does not adhere to your workplace standards.
An image consultant can help you to find wardrobe pieces that fit within your office culture, and can also indicate for which occasions you should dress up a notch. She or he can also identify pieces that can easily transition between business casual and business attire.
- My clothes don’t seem to fit right.
No matter how put-together an outfit may look, if it does not fit appropriately on your body it simply will not look professional. Cut and fit matter as much as colour, style and coordination.
An image consultant not only can help you to find pieces that fit properly, but also can identify which styles and cuts can be the most flattering for your body type. After all, feeling comfortable and confident in clothing contributes to overall presence.
- I can’t determine which colours match or which colours go best with my skin tone.
Clothing colour makes a huge difference in your attire. Clothing colour can project a bold or muted statement, and mismatched colours can send the wrong impression. In addition, clothing colour can be highly personalized: each skin tone matches a unique and individual colour palette.
While it can be difficult to zero in on which colours match your skin tone and personality, the highly trained eye of an image consultant can help you to locate a palette that speaks to your personality and complements your skin and hair.
- My hair and makeup need a retouch.
Did you know that wearing makeup could make you appear more competent? According to a Proctor & Gamble study, makeup increases perceptions of a woman’s likability, competence and trustworthiness in the workplace. Of course, too much makeup can have the opposite effect, so there is a fine line between looking presentable and looking over-the-top.
An image consultant can help you to locate the tools and techniques for office-ready makeup, and can also advise on grooming to ensure that you project a polished look.
- I have trouble adjusting my wardrobe for the seasons.
Here in Toronto, we go between extremes when the seasons change – from blazing heat in the summer to sub-zero temperatures in the winter. Of course, for each season we need an entirely different wardrobe to dress appropriately for the weather.
An image consultant can help you find clothing choices that not only will accommodate the fluctuating temperatures, but also will look professional for work life. From finding an appropriate length and cut of dress in the summer, to finding hearty yet well-tailored winter gear, an image consultant can advise on any season.
At Corporate Class Inc., we offer Personal Image Enhancement for men and women as half-day, full-day or two-day trainings, as well as individual consultations. Contact us today to learn more about our programs.
For an inside look on the image consulting process that our clients experience, click here for the blog series A Personal Journey. In this 10-part series, we observe Liz, a young Corporate Class Inc. client, on her personal journey through our image enhancement programme to her ultimate destination: developing her own look of success.