Undercover Leadership Skills in Your Elevator Pitch

We’ve all read the stats telling us that 80 – 90% of communication is nonverbal. Appearing confident, willing and able connotes strength in many situations, even to folks you don’t know, and even when your verbal or written message isn’t delivered the way you intend. As you’re thinking about your goals for the rest of 2017, consider our Visual Brand 3 Cs as the secret to leadership success!

 

Courtesy of Showtime/Billions

 

Your Visual Brand 3 Cs: The Secret of Leadership

 

Clarity – Is your visual brand clear? Think about what you do: Position, title, and responsibility…. Does it match your business card? If not – change it! Being clear with your 1-sentence intro of yourself when someone asks, “what do you do,” is imperative.

 

Connection – Does your image match your industry, service, and your lifestyle? If not – think about the way your style might be updated to increase opportunities for yourself and your company.

 

Confidence – Are you confident in your look? Are you comfortable with your style (dressing)? If not, hold your shoulders back, greet people with a smile, and you’ll start to feel strongly very quickly.

 

If you need more help with this – don’t delay, hire an image consultant today!

 

Image consultants can help you with everything from posture, speaking tips, wardrobe, and styling, to the way you carry yourself, shake hands, and handle etiquette in various professional situations. We are here to help. www.nycimageconsultantacademy.com

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Bundle Up with Style (Your Winter Hats!)

Winter hats

Winter doesn’t seem to be letting up, and the coldness requires a heavy parka, gloves and a hat most days. While practical and protective, often our warmest wares are bulky and make us feel less than our “most attractive” selves.

 

One of the easiest ways to combat the bulk and flatter your face is to consider your winter hat collection.  Sometimes, changing the way you wear your hat or finding one or two new ones can create the more desirable look you crave.

 

Here are some of our trusted winter hat tips:

 

If you have a Round Face: go for hats that have sharp lines and decorative with tall crowns that are as wide as your face. (Newsboys are a good example)

 

If you have a Long Face: go for a hat with a crown that should be deep enough to cover most of your forehead. (Wide brims are also best)

 

If you have a Square Face: good for a round hat. (Beanies are easy and cute!)

 

If you have a Heart-shaped Face: go for a medium-sized cloche to encase your beautiful features.

 

If you have an Oval Face: nearly any style will work. Be sure to pick colors that compliment your eyes, skin tone, and figure. In winter, darker colors often work best with the widest range of coats, scarves, boots and other accessories.

 

Could you use some help with the way you consult with clients to define their tones, shapes, and overall wardrobe planning? Click here to see our next image consultant training schedule.  Let us know your questions! And, stay warm!!

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Ace & Jig: The Best Up-and-Coming Brand of 2016

From their cursive-y logo to their 2016 Fashion Week video, Ace & Jig have created a look that is all-at-once 1970’s Mary Quant meets 1992 Ce Ce Peniston realness. They have created and are marketing a truly modern-met-vintage aesthetic.  Based in ultra-hip Brooklyn, the growing fashion brand is making a name for itself in ladies circles everywhere. We thought we’d ponder a bit on why.  ace-jig

First off, Ace & Jig’s looks are often created with mixed patterns. After years of solids in so many fashion spaces, mixed colors and patterns add a sense of vibrancy that most catwalks haven’t seen since the 90’s.

 

Politics is certainly playing a role here. With a new President about to step into the White House, a sense of humor and irony is one major consideration the fashion world offers us.  Ace & Jig’s looks are funky, sassy, and a face-slap to those who can’t accept bright ideas, diverse people, and of course, mixed patterns. Our circles are connected.

 

For those of us who are image consultants, the rules to follow are changing. Ace & Jig seems to embrace the fashion victim in us all – they accept that the off-sized, baggy and uber-comfy can reign – even in high fashion.  Consultants should take heed and get a little loose with definitions, structure, fabrics and accessories. Diversifying your closet will diversify your creative brain – and your life!

 

What do you think about Ace & Jig?

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Matching Professionalism to Your Personal Style

Working with a client base that crosses fashion, tech, finance, and media, we tend to meet a lot of unique personalities. This blend of characters is one of the brightest benefits of being an image consultant!

 

Our clients have often found difficulty integrating their own sense of casual, fun styles with a level of professional sophistication.  As a recent example: a few colleagues of ours attended the Fast Company Innovation Festival in Manhattan. The states of speaker and attendee dress ranged greatly. Some men wore suits, some ladies donned sandals and jeans — but most were somewhere in between.

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In a panel discussion with actress/designer Sarah Jessica Parker, AOL’s Tim Armstrong, and Fast Company’s Editor-in-Chief Robert Safian, the stage showed it all: casual elegance.  Parker, showcasing her latest pair at SJP Collection, was an example of modern casual. Armstrong, as a tech CEO, donned a sweater and loafers, and Safian wore a jacket (open) with pants and a pair of classic lace-up.

 

This flexibility for modern leaders in many business functions is encouraging, and allows your clients to play with their inner “creator”. It’s a good thing!  For guys looking for casual-chic, encourage them to hit the office as they would meet up for a nice Sunday brunch. For ladies, encourage them to arrive as they would for a day of upscale shopping: comfy, but sophisticated.

 

In the end, it’s best to remind your clients that being read as “classy” has nothing to do with dressing “classic”.

 

Agree with our advice?  Send us photos of you or your client in “casual chic” and we’ll consider them for inclusion in an upcoming post.   info@nycimageconsultantacademy.com

Mastering Color (as Image Consultants)

Frequently, we hear about someone with great credentials who doesn’t seem able to advance in his or her career. Yet someone else, less qualified, does. Why is that? It may be that the second person embodies a stronger visual credibility.

 

What is visual credibility, and how does it impact your clients? Visual credibility is the ability to sell yourself as the admirable, respected person that you are. The tool for empowering your clients to do that is all in the wardrobe, as well as in their grooming habits. It is important to remember that looks do matter, and that your clients have much more control over creating positive outcomes than they might realize.

 

At the same time, it is entirely possible for clients to make changes without taking drastic measures like plastic surgery, acquiring a $10,000 wardrobe, or spending two weeks at a health and fitness resort.

 

On February 13, Shanna Pecoraro and the NYC Image Consultant Academy will offer a class to help image consultants and stylists improve their color recommendations, which will help clients vastly improve their visual credibility.

 

In the program, consultants can expect to become stronger at:

  • Pairing colors that are uniquely flattering to clients
  • Matching the level of respect your clients receive with clothes that magically convey a high level of visual credibility
  • Finding ways to distinguish your clients’ unique personal style
  • Making improvements to your clients’ visual credibility within 24 hours

 

Take a look at our “Steps to Your Best Coloring” course in NYC on February 15, 2017 – and let us know what questions you may have. Additional details can be found below, and you can click here to register. In case you’re interested, our popular “FAST TRACK to becoming an image consultant” program is also taking place on February 14 – 20 in NYC. Click here for more info.

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Course information:  

“Steps to Your Best Coloring” – here, we “train the color consultant” in a program designed for image consultants, stylists, hair professionals, makeup artists and anyone who is obsessed with color in their lives.  The program is approved by the Association of Image Consultant International (AICI) for 0.7 CEUs. The program runs $650, and AICI members receive 20% off.

 

Description & Learning Outcomes:

Get ready for a hands-on, 7-hour course that will renew and enhance your understanding of the relationship between personal coloring and color theory. Go deep into choosing the best color palette for your clients. In this program, Shanna shares her unique three simple steps to finding the best color.  She will teach you how to see, identify, and match subtle nuances of color in skin tone, hair, makeup, and clothing.

 

By the end of this program you’ll be able:

  • Conduct color analysis effectively and with confidence
  • Define three properties of personal coloring
  • Identify the best color palette for each client
  • Identify the differences between right and wrong color effects on a person
  • Name the key characteristics of each color palette

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Reworking and Repairing Your Wardrobe

In the image consulting business, we often encourage our clients to “shop your closet” to save time and money. Sometimes, though, it’s less about “shopping” your closet and remixing the items you pair together. This month, we’re focused on our clients who have lost a portion of their wardrobe or accessories due to stains, tears, or just normal wear and tear.  Many of these folks are using up valuable space in their closets and drawers, holding on to items that just need a little nip and tuck!

As you’re pulling together your Halloween costumes this year, take a look at these fun, easy fashion and beauty tricks to make the most of your space and your collection.

 

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  • Want a new statement necklace? Work with what you’ve got: Layer several necklaces together with a story in mind: pair complimentary colors, as well as different metals combinations. Or, try playing with varied elements such as gems and chains together. Doing this can often create memorable looks!

 

  • Wear a print scarf when you are dining out. If you experience spills, the print in the scarf will hide the damage, and your outfit will remain intact. When dessert concludes, simply slip the scarf off.

 

  • Use an eyeglass cloth to clean your patent leather handbags or shoes. It’ll remove any smudges or fingerprints. Most eyeglass cloths are machine washable, so don’t forget to throw them in with your delicates once in a while (but do not tumble dry!).

 

  • Baby wipes often create the perfect removal of makeup stains that accidently get on your new blouse.

 

  • Do you enjoy going barefoot inside your favorite pair of flats, but don’t enjoy the sticky feeling when they sweat? An easy fix is to keep a travel-sized foot powder handy to sprinkle inside your shoes before you put them on. It adds a touch of fragrance and absorbs moisture.

 

  • Want to belt a dress or top but don’t have the right color or texture? Check your ribbon stash. You may just have the right pop of color that pulls an outfit together while adding a creative, feminine touch.

 

  • Sick of that tangled ball of jewelry that’s cluttering up your drawer? Use a divider (from any office supplies store) in your drawer to group your jewelry by color or metal.

 

The best part about these tips is that you can use them all year round

Do you have other fashion tips you’d like to share?  Let us know! Or

For more info about us, please check www.nycimageconsultantacademy.com

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Getting Through Your Fat Days

Have you ever had a fat day?

 

Though not the easiest thing to admit, fat days happen to us all. Bloating, bad lighting and too many margaritas over the weekend all creep up to create tight spaces in the skirts/pants. And sometimes, there is no reason – our bodies just aren’t working with the clothes we’ve so meticulously picked out. Fear not, dear friends: with the right color, style, print combinations and attitude, you can come out looking shiny and new on these rougher-than-most of days.

slim-dressing

 

One core option for our regulars has been to wear the same color from head to toe – also known as going Monochromatic. You’ll look a few pounds lighter if you match your top and bottom in the same color, but when you wear a dark color such as black or navy, you are likelier to appear 5-10 pounds lighter.

 

Remember the ABCs of dressing – Accentuate, Balance, and Camouflage! You want to accentuate your assets, balance where things are a little off place, and camouflage the challenge areas. The proportion should always be your motivating key here; send photos to your image consultant or trusted friend before you head out – or, check out this fun new app in beta called Savvy Closet, which lets you give your friends feedback on their dressing room choices.

Choose the right jacket. A tailored jacket with the proper length will always look chic and trim.

Wear jeans and pants with heels—together they are sexy and sophisticated.

Be sure to pick your prints wisely. Prints aren’t as slimming as solid colors, but you can make them work for you by playing up their camouflaging features. If you’re bigger on the bottom, try pairing a printed A-line dress with a pair of black tights. Remember choosing prints according to your features and overall body structures.

A few final essential tips: Wear pointed heels to elongate your legs, look for the best neckline for your frame, and if in doubt (or it’s the absolute fattest of days), wear a wrap dress. Every woman looks good in one. Trust us.

 

What’s your favorite fat day outfit? Tell us below, or via our Twitter handle @nycimageacademy.