Thursday, April 8, 2010

Message from MODA Image Consulting ~

Spring cleaning time!

Spring has sprung and the fabulous fashions have arrived! Spring is a time for cleaning out the old and bringing in the new…if you are not happy with your current wardrobe, now is the time to change it and buy the clothes that not only look good – but make you feel great every day!

One of the most common fashion mistakes that I find in closets has to do with the ‘fit’ of clothing. Have you ever bought an item because it was on clearance or was a trend that you just knew you would wear but never did? Common mistake! This month in Glamour Magazine, they will tell you to take a ‘style risk’ by wearing shoulder pads, straight skirts, high-waisted pieces of clothing, socks with heels (awful…) and much more. Style ‘risks’ are just that, risks. When you buy a piece of clothing, you should follow a few rules…

Rules to follow to ensure you do not make common fashion mistakes.

1. Think FIT FIRST - This is the number one most important rule to follow. Many women and men buy oversized clothing thinking that it will hide their imperfections. Unfortunately, the resulting effect is sloppiness and a lack of femininity.

Also, don’t buy pieces of clothing that are too small thinking that you will lose the extra 5 or 10 pounds. Even when you do lose the weight, your body shape does not always stay the same and the smaller pieces of clothing may not fit you ‘right’ anyway.

2. Your foundations will make or break your outfit. Most women are wearing the wrong size bra. If you haven’t been fitted in a while, it is worth being measured by an expert! One of the other common mistakes made is showing panty lines when wearing well fitted pants or skirts.

3. Know your brand. Your “brand” is the first thing people think about you when they see you and is your most visible credential – your brand sticks with you - it is what people envision even when you are not with them. In order to be consistent, you must know what your brand is. When buying an item of clothing, think – does this match my brand? Is this something I would wear with confidence? Does it complement who I am?

On a personal note…I recently tried on a military inspired jacket that is a huge trend for spring. It looked fantastic, but I knew that I would never wear it as it just didn’t ‘match’ nor did it ‘complement’ my own brand. It was too structured and didn’t say what I needed it to say. In essence, it did not represent me well and would not make the ‘right’ first impression.

4). For those of you who are ‘petite’ – most of the time, I will not dress my clients in petite clothing. If you know your body shape, you can shop for regular clothing and hem your pants properly. Most of the time, petite clothing just does not ‘fit’ as well as it could and it is worth getting pants hemmed when they fit you in the stride.

5). Does it make you FEEL good? If you try something on and you don’t feel confident, don’t buy it. Many closets have numerous items that are just ‘ok’ and are a complete waste of money. If you try it on and don’t love it, take it off and keep shopping.

Your clothing should make you feel confident. When in doubt, buy pieces that are classic and stay away from trends you are unsure of. Please let me know if I can help you to dress with confidence and discover what ‘fits’ work for your body type!

I look forward to serving you. If you missed my latest fashion segment on 'Talk of the Town,' please click the link HERE to see it! (You will see some of the newest spring trends that you can add to last years wardrobe!) Please don't hesitate to call for a copmlimentary consultation, and don't miss the next fashion segment on April 16th!

Happy Shopping,

Here are a few of my favorite spring updates worth investing in!

Sunglasses: Sunglasses are worth the investment since you wear them daily. Make sure to pick the right shape for your face - do not buy an 'aviator' just because it is a trend.

Bags: An easy way to update your spring wardrobe is with a fantastic one that you can dress up or down. Again, this is worth the investment since you wear this daily! You can have fun with this for spring and summer - ruffles, bright colors and accents are ways to express your own personality.

Scarves: Fun accents to throw on even with a white tee to spruce up your daily outfit!

Sandals: Invest in one great pair of neutral sandals that make a statement!