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Business Grooming Essentials

Business Grooming Essentials

There are three steps to Business Grooming Essentials.

Step 1 – Have a great wardrobe that works for your Personality, Career & Personal Values

Step 2 – Wear the right Colours. Those that resonate with you and the message you want to give

Step 3 – Working Wardrobe – Maximise what you have, what you wear and how you accessorise it

Step 1 – Have a great wardrobe that works for your Personality, Career & Personal Values

Every morning when you get up your want to be putting on clothing that speaks to you that makes you feel and look great. Most of all you want clothing that represents your personal values.

There are eight basic personality styles that I work with. They are Classic, Dramatic, Creative, Natural, Romantic, Natural, Rebellious and Elegant Chic. You may be solidly one personality or you may be a blend of a few or all 8. Your personality will determine, why you like to dress the way you day. It is a dominant factor in why you make the choices you make. If you are ever compelled to purchase anything that sits outside of your personality style that garment will sit idly in your wardrobe catching dust, wasting space and wasting your hard earned money.

Many of us will go through multiple career moves during our life and your wardrobe needs to reflect where you are. It might be that you have two separate wardrobes. A work one and a social/personal wardrobe and often those two wardrobes should never cross. It will all depend on how much of your personal self-engages with your business life. Make sure that what you wear to work though is supporting the position you not only hold today but are looking for tomorrow.

Your personal values are more than those that we discover in your Personality Assessment. These are the values that you hold true to for much of your life. While you can override clothing considerations of your personality in relation to your career, you can not dismiss your personal values as easily. These values are related to what you like to spend, how you like to see yourself, your consideration for the environment, humanitarian issues as well as much, much more.

Step 2 – Wear the right Colours. Those that resonate with you and the message you want to give

Colour is more than just a reflection of light. It speaks to us on so many levels. We all know that we read people as soon as we see them and some of what we read are relative to the colour that a person wears. Did you know men prefer deeper and brighter colours to women? Subtle nuances of colour are lost on men as 1:10 has an element of colour blindness while it is only 1;200 for women. Alone this can explain how men can misread signals in colour and will often have trouble combining colours in an outfit.

At the same time, colours are giving off signals, so it is important to know exactly what message you are spreading around the office based on the colour selection you have on the day. Are you wearing an outfit that was put together for you that shouts, look at me, on a day when you want to slink into the background. Or did you mistakenly wear that, I am your friend and happy to sit back as you take the lead on the day you need to get your staff motivated and moving?

Just as what you wear talks to people about you, you also need to be wearing the colours that resonate with you. The last thing you want is for your clothing to be speaking louder than you are.

Step 3 Working Wardrobe – Maximise what you have, what you wear and how you accessorise it

It is a common mistake that many make to see a great outfit in a store window, go in, purchase that outfit without consideration for anything else that is in their wardrobe to wear with it. The result is a wardrobe full of orphans. Imagine having loads of clothes that all work together giving you an endless supply of options to wear. Then consider the accessories that you wear. Are they balanced to your frame, do they work with your clothes and do they make the statement that you want them to make? Everyone is individual and needs to have a wardrobe that speaks about them, not someone else.

To understand if you have the right pieces in your wardrobe. Start by separating your tops and bottoms. Then see how many tops go with how many of your bottoms? If there are a lot of options your wardrobe is kicking goals, if your options are limited to one or two you need to start expanding. Pants and skirts are basics; your tops make up your options. It is easy to add more options to your outfits.

Once you know you have the required elements to a great wardrobe, you can spend your time on the serious stuff and that is doing a great job and forging a fabulous career.

Call Clare to book your Business Grooming Essentials update 0414 339 113

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