WARDROBE PERSONALITY TYPES

As:The Dramatic (Creative)
Bs:The Romantic
Cs:The Classic
Ds:The Trendy (at times Edgy)
Es:The Natural
PERSONAL IMAGE
Small Change, Big Impact

AVOID IMAGE KILLERS

Each of us has our own unique image – hence, our Personal Image.  Whether at work or at play, people will judge us like a book, and our personal image speaks to them in just about 30 seconds.

Our image comprises of three components:  The way we Look, Walk and Talk; and a major part of how our image communicate with others is through our physical appearance.

In this article, let us explore five simple tips that can help us change (or improve) our image through our appearance:
Make-up

For ladies who are comfortable under their own skin and are not bothered about putting on any make-up, it would be wise to consider keeping your skin clean and well-moisturised.  Those holding a higher position should consider applying some light make-up as it helps to project a more appropriate image for someone in a position of authority.  Remember, keep the heavy make-up and wild colours for the evenings.
Creased shirts
Hair

For men and women, hair care (lack of it) takes the top spot (as it takes the same spot on our body) in sabotaging our personal image.  At work, hairstyle should be kept simple, neat and tidy.  Ladies, just leave that big, voluminous hairdo for a sexy night out.
Avoid creased shirts

Well-iron shirt : Nothing projects ‘sloppiness’ than an unironed or badly-creased shirt.  Gentlemen, if you loathe ironing your work shirts, make sure you shop for some new ones (that of non-crease fabric).
Personal hygiene

It goes without saying that we have to maintain good personal hygiene.  Bad breath and body odour are two nasty brothers of image killers.
Neckline and hemline

Ladies, if you want to be taken seriously, watch the neckline and hemline of your clothes.  Avoid sending the wrong message with those low, plunging necklines and keep your shortest hemline to two (2) inches above your knees.

GENERAL DINING ETIQUETTE

•  As a general rule, we should start our meal using the dining implements which are set in front of us, from outside-in.
•  The bread plate is placed on the left and glasses to the right.
•  The number of utensils present in the setting will represent the number of dishes or courses to be served.
• The napkin should be placed on the lap. If you need to go to the washroom, place your napkin on your vacated chair. At the end of the meal, 
    simply place the napkin on the left of your plate (not neatly folded).
•  If you are nearest to the bread basket, take it and proffer the bread to the person on your left. Then, take bread for yourself before passing the
    basket to the person on your right.
•  Take a small amount of butter from the butter dish onto your side plate. The bread should always be broken by hand and not cut using the butter
    knife.
•  Sip your soup silently from the side of your spoon. Do not blow your soup to cool it and scoop it in an outwards motion.
•  Do not wrap your hands into fists when handling the fork or knife and never saw or stab your food.
•  Cut your food into bite-size morsels and eat. Do not cut your food into numerous pieces before eating.
•  Do not place used cutlery on the tablecloth.
•  Do not blow your nose at the table: if you must, simply excuse yourself and retire to the washroom.
•  Salt and pepper shakers should be kept together and not separated. If someone asks for one, pass them both.
The world has become a smaller place: international travel and trading have provided opportunities to meet and interact with people from other countries, cultures, environments and lifestyles.  Coupled with this, we are able to experience cuisines from all over the world.

In today’s culturally-diverse economy, cross-cultural differences will impact on how we conduct ourselves and our businesses.   Knowing  and  appreciating  the  differing  values,  etiquette and  the “do’s” and the “don’ts” of different cultures can positively
Dining Etiquette
influence our travel experience and business success.  This increased awareness will avoid misinterpretations and misunderstandings, reducing the risk of causing offense and consequent unwanted repercussions.

When visiting a foreign country, it is useful to consider the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”  There is no excuse for appearing to be ill-informed or ignorant travellers. C As a matter of respect for our hosts, it behoves us  to make every effort to acquire appropriate knowledge of the local social and dining etiquette.  Assuming that appropriate effort has been made to impress through personal grooming and image, this can be further enhanced by such knowledge.  So, if you are travelling for business or pleasure, make sure you observe some basic, general dining etiquette.

BLOG & USEFUL TIPS

All about Personal & Professional Image, Grooming, Dress Sense & Style, Business & Dining Etiquette, Communication and Body Language.

Personal Image - Small Change, Big Impact (Avoid Image Killers)

Dining Etiquette

Personal Image - It's more than just the clothes you wear (Deportment, Poise and Body Language)

Wardrobe Personality Test (profiling)  - What's My Dress-Style?

Wardrobe Personality Types
PERSONAL IMAGE
It's more than just the clothes you wear

DEPORTMENT, POISE AND BODY LANGUAGE

Like any product or service, WE, too, need a special brand for ourselves - it’s called ME. We need to create an identity, a positive recognition for our qualities, skills and ability.  By projecting our personal brand, we will not only be seen, but be noticed by the people around us, in both professional and social situations.

When we project a positive personal image, we will find that more doors of opportunities opening for us.  However, we must be able to create impact on the first impressions that we give to others.

First Impressions are lasting impressions, and one almost never gets a second chance to create a good first impression.  The fact remains that people will judge us like a book (within 10 to 30 of seeing us) - based on the way we:

·Look (how well-groomed or well-dressed we are),
·Walk (our deportment, poise and body language we project to others) and how we
·Talk (voice, tone, pitch and our ‘lingo’).

Being well-groomed and well-dressed alone does not complete a positive personal image.  We need to know how to carry and conduct ourselves with confidence and poise by the way we stand, sit and walk - and not forgetting, minding the body language that we project to others. 

Body Language is a universal language, more than 50% of what others “receive” from our communication is through the visual, non-verbal message that we send out.  Remember the old “silent” movies?  There was no audio or sound, yet people can still understand and enjoy the story.

If we could just learn and apply basic body language, this could help us understand someone better, or manage a situation well enough to get the response that we want.  For example, being able to read basic body language could help us at business meetings or in a negotiation process, winning a job interview or even in building a personal relationship. 
It is said that the way we sit, stand and walk can tell three things about us:  Our attitude, our personal values and also the underlying state of our minds.

It is said that the way we sit, stand and walk can tell three things about us:  Our attitude, our personal values and also the underlying state of our minds.

Attitude:  This will tell others if we are confident, have a good self-esteem, or whether we are determined and have a positive point of view.

Personal values:  This is projected through our behaviour, influenced by our family, friends, upbringing and the people we mix or socialise with.

Underlying state of mind:  Have you seen people walking with their hands in the pockets, kicking ‘imaginary pebbles’?  Perhaps they walk around dragging their feet or shuffling along noisily?  They seemed to be inattentive and preoccupied, looking absent-minded, or walking with a heavy load on his shoulders (and worries in their minds).

Standing:
With just with three-inch movements, you can feel one foot taller.  Try this, simply lift your chin up by an inch, just pull your shoulders back just an inch, and try to keep that belly in by an inch - and suddenly, you project higher level of confidence and better poise.

Walking:
Like everything else, a good foundation is important.  You must ensure that you have a good standing posture before you can improve the way you walk and sit.

Maintain that good body alignment as you take your stride.  In business, we must project confidence and focus - don’t walk as if you are taking a stroll in the park.  Keep your strides natural, yet purposeful.  Keep your chin level to the ground, not too close to your chest (as looking downwards will project insecurity). 

Sitting:
Bring yourself close to the chair, do not lean forward or “bow” as you are sitting down onto the chairs.  Maintain good body posture as you bring yourself down onto the chairs. 

Remember, there are other considerations relating to the placement of your hands and legs.  This can either project a sense of “barrier” or “welcome”.  Whether you are aware or not, you are signaling to other people about your level of confidence or nervousness, openness to ideas and suggestions, or lack of. 

The Language of Gestures

We need to use ‘polite’ gesture instead of ‘rude’ gestures.  For example, one of the most common gestures are pointing or calling for someone (or a waiter) for attention.  The best way to point at something, towards someone or a direction - is by using our thumb (face down) or with an open palm instead of using your forefinger.  Gesturing with your palms facing down will tell others that you may be dominant or aggressive.

The Language of Smile

Smile is a simple, short word - yet it is a magical thing.  It is true that a smile is something, that when you give millions of it away, you will never be poor of it, because you will receive many more in return.

However, be mindful that a smile must be spontaneous and sincere - a true smile should only last no more than 3-5 seconds - any longer, it will look forced or insincere and “plastic-ky”.

The Language of Eye Contact

Lastly, try to make eye contact with everyone you meet or talk to.  However, not everyone can feel comfortable when maintaining long eye contact and remember, making eye contact is not the same as staring at a person.

To overcome your own discomfort or shyness while trying to maintain eye contact, you can look at the centre area between the other person’s eyebrows.  This is also called the “business gaze” for women in business, in order to avoid sending off the wrong signal to a male business counterpart.
 
 
 

WARDROBE PERSONALITY TEST (PROFILING)
What’s my dress-style?


Wardrobe Personality is that special and unique dress-style that each of us possess.

You may say, “Oh, I’m not bothered with my dress-style or what I wear…”  but remember - if you wear
a plain T-shirt and a pair of jeans on a daily basis, then THAT is your dress-style, and that reflects your
Wardrobe Personality.

Why is it important to know our Wardrobe Personality?

Identifying our Wardrobe Personality can help us choose and buy the right clothing for
ourselves.  Our Wardrobe Personality is mainly influenced by our own personality;
and at times, can be affected by these factors:

* Profession (whether we are starting or at mid-career, the industry that we are working in a student or a retiree)
* Lifestyle (financial standing, social circles, interests/hobbies, single/married/family.

How many of us have bought clothing that we thought looked good (at the store) but ended up collecting dust in our closet?

Knowing our wardrobe personality, coupled with the knowledge of wearing the appropriate colours and style to suit our body shape, we will certainly save a lot of time and money.  It also helps us dress in a way that makes us feel comfortable and also helps us express ourselves genuinely through what we wear.


So how can we identify our Wardrobe Personality? 

Take the FREE Wardrobe Personality Profiling test and read more about the various types of Wardrobe Personalities.

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FREE Wardrobe Personality Profiling



I need HELP!

Sometimes, your what you wear based on your Wardrobe Personality may not be suitable for your work, profession or the industry that you are working in. 

If you have any queries or are not sure of how you can tweak and improve your dress sense, feel free to drop us a line and Ask The Consultant.
 

Wardrobe Personality Test - What's My Dress Style?
 
Wardrobe Personality Type - The Dramatic Creative Style
Wardrobe Personality Type - The Romantic Style
B:  THE ROMANTIC
She goes for bold, loves the attention, extravagant and spares no money to splash on fashion and accessories.  She has a strong personality, is confident (at times domineering), assertive, outspoken (sometimes a little eccentric). She uses fashion to express her uniqueness. The Dramatics can be extreme in their pursuit of being noticed and are able to spend lavishly for designer clothes and accessories.

She loves anything that is bold, unconventional and creative.  Fashion is a vehicle for her to project her confidence.  She’s experimental and loves to mix and clash her outfit choice (and she is confident wearing them).

What others think about her choice of clothes does not bother her.  She loves the attention and enjoys making a strong statement. 
She is confident, freethinker, expressive and experimental.  Her funky, unexpected and individualistic style is endless and indefinable.  You will never miss a Dramatic (Creative) dresser when you see one.
C:  THE CLASSIC
She goes for frills, laces and ruffles; and any clothing that spells feminine. She’s not affected by the current fashion trends, keeping her style consistent (largely influenced by fashion past, and at times, a little dated).

Often wears makeup and heels, she keeps her hair long and strives to look attractive at all times. She’s a sensuous soul, romantic at heart and can be quite temperamental. She’s fun loving and love to party, but certain appreciates intimate, sensual settings as well.

Floral prints and soft fabrics, lines and cuts are her favourites including detailings such as beadings and sequins.  She also likes the vintage or Bohemian looks and less likely to wear jeans as she prefers skirts or flowy trousers.

Dress for Work and Play
Her work attire is not business-like, preferring to wear a dress with a cardigan than a suit.  With her preference for laces and frills, she tends to project a girly look rather than a womanly or professional image.

Of all the fashion personality types, yours is the most feminine. Sometimes you look a bit outdated, and although there's nothing wrong with wearing frilly dresses once in a while, too many ruffles and frills can create a look that's more girlish than womanly.  This can sometimes short-change the perception you give to others in terms of your work capability.
E:  THE NATURALS
She is confident, elegant and can be conservative.  She avoids bold statements, leaning towards understated luxury.  She’s good at choosing quality pieces (that may not necessarily be expensive) that are well cut achieving attractive, appealing silhouette. 
She usually has more than one little black dress, loves classic, timeless fashion designs than stood the test of time - and she invests in quality rather than quantity fashion.

She is classic and elegant, appreciates fine natural fabrics, leather shoes and handbags.  She’s a woman and almost what she buys never goes out of style.  She’s not a trendsetter, but she certainly looks good, always.
She prefers solid colours rather than prints and will spend money on alterations if she finds some good, quality pieces.

Dress for Work and Play:
She’s dress appropriately for business and carries herself confidently at meetings and presentation.  However, she is sometimes unsure of what to wear on a more ‘casual’ occasion or for ‘play’ as jeans are not really her favourite.  As she is always well groomed and dressed-up, she projects an image of someone who is capable and reliable.
Wardrobe Personality Type - The Classic Style
D:  THE TRENDY (EDGY, AT TIMES)
She’s young and a fashionista.  She knows how to have fun with fashion and  loves what’s new, what’s “in” and changes her wardrobe often to keep up with the trend.  Investment dressing is not her priority - preferring new, current looks rather than quality (for long-term wear).

She will save up for fashion, getting all the new ‘it’ fashion pieces.

Dress for Work and Play:
Although this Wardrobe Personality may not be ideal for the conservative workplace, the Trendy definitely fits well in the fashion retail and entertainment industries.  The style is more suited for ‘play’ than work.  Take care in tweaking your style accordingly so as to project your professional ability at work.
Wardrobe Personality Type - The Trendy Edgy Style
Dress-wise, she loves simplicity, comfort and casual - living life free of fashion restrictions.  Fashion news may not interest her and she is not a slave to fashion.  If she could, she’d wear flip-flops, flat sandals and sneakers to work instead of heeled shoes.  She prefers wearing jeans and T-shirts, tends to carry the same handbag and wearing little or no jewellery

She is friendly, active and loves the outdoor - she is also not materialistic, very down-to-earth, and values practicality.  Her choice of clothing has clean and simple cut, in natural/neutral colours - minimalism.

Dress for Work and Play:
She tends to look more ‘casual’ than having the ‘business’ look at work - making her style more appropriate for play than work.
Wardrobe Personality Type - The Natural Style



 
MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
What is your body saying?
Deportment, Poise and Body Language

Like any product or service, WE, too, need a special brand for ourselves - it’s called ME. We need to create an identity, a positive recognition for our qualities, skills and ability.  By projecting our personal brand, we will not only be seen, but be noticed by the people around us, in both professional and social situations.

When we project a positive personal image, we will find that more doors of opportunities opening for us.  However, we must be able to create impact on the first impressions that we give to others.

First Impressions are lasting impressions, and one almost never gets a second chance to create a good first impression.  The fact remains that people will judge us like a book (within 10 to 30 of seeing us) - based on the way we:

·Look (how well-groomed or well-dressed we are),
·Walk (our deportment, poise and body language we project to others) and how we
·Talk (voice, tone, pitch and our ‘lingo’).

Being well-groomed and well-dressed alone does not complete a positive personal image.  We need to know how to carry and conduct ourselves with confidence and poise by the way we stand, sit and walk - and not forgetting, minding the body language that we project to others. 

Body Language is a universal language, more than 50% of what others “receive” from our communication is through the visual, non-verbal message that we send out.  Remember the old “silent” movies?  There was no audio or sound, yet people can still understand and enjoy the story.

If we could just learn and apply basic body language, this could help us understand someone better, or manage a situation well enough to get the response that we want.  For example, being able to read basic body language could help us at business meetings or in a negotiation process, winning a job interview or even in building a personal relationship. 
 
DINING ETIQUETTE
A:  THE DRAMATIC (CREATIVE)

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