How long is it since you got a new hairstyle? New glasses frames? Updated your wardrobe or your makeup?
Why does it matter if you’re wearing frames that are 10 years old or that you’ve had the same hairstyle since 2001?
Is It Time for a Makeover?
In simple terms, if you appear dated and old-fashioned, we will assume that your ideas are old-fashioned and out-of-date and that you aren’t keeping up with new ideas, new technology and that you are resistant to change (which can make you a dinosaur in the workplace).
As we get older we tend to be less interested in fashion trends and worry more about looking too young for our age. Often we become focussed more on our childrens lives and forget about ourselves as we put their wishes first.
There are a few key factors that can make you look older than you are very easily:
1. Dated hairstyle
2. Dated eyeglass frames
3. Yellowing teeth
4. Frumpy or old-fashioned clothes
5. Disappearing or unruly eyebrows
6. Makeup colours that no longer suit your changing complexion
If I look back at my own wardrobe, the clothes I wore 10 years ago are in general quite different from the clothes I wear today. Not only because the fashions have changed and my lifestyle has changed as I don’t work in an office environment, I’ve had a couple of kids, and have a new career. But also because my personal style has changed as I’ve grown and changed as a person. I am not the same person as I was 10 years ago and my style reflects that.
As an image consultant I have to constantly reassess my wardrobe to make sure it’s the best, most authentic me, today, and will help me get to where I want to go tomorrow. But it’s not just me who benefits from reassessing personal style, in the words of one of my clients who took the time to rediscover her style:
The experience was FABULOUS!! I’m SO GLAD I was able to do all sessions because it would have felt incomplete otherwise. Doing all sessions gave me a complete picture.
Between the wardrobe ‘reno’ and the shopping I was just reflecting on just how much I’d let myself go over the years. All our money had been ploughed into the house and our businesses and it felt ‘indulgent’ to spend money on myself. But when I took a long hard look at my ‘wardrobe’ and particularly with the style consultation it really made me realise that I’d lost my identity through it all. All my girly femininity had gone and I’d swung so far past relaxed I was nearly comatosed!!
I loved showing Kelvin everything I bought. His comments were ‘WOW!! That’s amazing!! I don’t know why it’s better but you look skinnier and taller and younger and WOW!! Why is it? What’s the thinking there? Geez, you look great! I’ve got my Adele back!!. ‘
He was genuinely interested to know why we picked out the things we did and I was able to tell him about everything I’d learned.
We went up to Shoppingtown last night and I was wearing one of my outfits and I felt a million bucks. I walked taller and was so much more confident.
There’s no going back Imogen! This has been such a blessing – and cleansing experience.
Is it time you made some changes and took the time to reassess your style?