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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Picking the Right Pair of Glasses


Last week, we were just about to move past the “back to school” sales and promotions that have created lines in stores and on e-commerce sites for the past 5-6 weeks. While working with a client on seasonal wardrobe update, he asked for help with selecting a new pair of eyeglasses. After two years of the same pair, he was ready for a change.


Our client’s primary interest was to create more definition around his eyes – using the frames to make his blue eyes pop while quite literally framing his face. We ended up spending several hours on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, testing frames and having lots of laughs while trying on various sunglasses, eyeglasses, and other in-store accessories. We narrowed it down to 2 pairs: a stunning midnight blue pair from Face à Face at Occhiali’s store, as well as a cobalt blue pair from Warby Parker, at their upper eastside shop.


In case you are looking to refresh your fall look, a new pair of eyeglasses can make a huge difference – and sometimes, a faster and more distinctive difference than shopping for new fall eye colors or lip liners. Here are a few tips that can help you with eyeglass selection:

  • Consider your face shape before choosing glasses. For example: If you like to balance your round face, go for glasses with an angular shape. It is always flattering
  • A wide bridge between the lenses often fits better for the person with wider set eyes.
  • Consider the weight of frames you currently have and think about an adjustment period if you end up finding frames that are heavier
  • Consider other glasses you have. Assuming your prescription hasn’t changed, ask yourself what color and glasses “look” will best communicate the image you hope to portray next season.
  • If you wear contacts daily (or have perfect eyesight – lucky devil!), consider finding a pair of eyeglasses with no prescription. Style-only glasses are fun to shop for, and can make you appear smarter, sexier, and more confident in all sorts of instances.


By the way, our client ends up snagging the midnight blue pair which made his blue eyes pop. Let us know your eyeglass finds and selections below, or via our Twitter handle @nycimageacademy

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Eating Sushi with Grace

For years, a favorite luncheon for me was the Sushi – simple, delicious and full of protein! While tasty, my frequent sushi consumption led me to realize that raw fish isn’t always the easiest thing for everyone to eat! If you’ve ever had challenges adhering to sushi etiquette, I hope these simple tips may help you.


Sushi Etiquette


  • In a fine sushi restaurant, never scrub your chopsticks together to remove pricks. Ask for a new pair.
  • Just like when eating a burger, it’s correct to use fingers to pick up sushi. (fingers or chopsticks are both correct)
  • Lightly dip the fish, not the rice, into a small amount of soy sauce. Once it’s been flavored, put the fish side on your tongue and eat it in one or two bites. Don’t forget to chew thoroughly.
  • ˆUse the back end of the chopsticks when taking food from a serving plate.
  • Don’t bite sushi in half and put the remainder back on the plate.
  • ˆWasabi should be put directly onto your sushi, not mixed into your soy sauce.
  • When you are taking a break from your meal, rest the narrow end of your chopsticks on the small chopstick holder.
  • ˆWhen you are finished with your meal, place your chopsticks on your saucer.
  • NEVER hand money to the sushi chef while he is working.

Are you a fellow sushi connoisseur or a sushi chef? If you have other sushi-related tips to share, please reply or comment below. Thank you!


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Dressing Tips for the CEO-ready

For years, many in our community of clients wondered, “How is it that some of the female CEOs we know are always able to look so put together?”

Dressing in the office has a lot to do with your company’s culture. When working with dress codes, more creative, laid back occupations call for less stringent dressing routines and more formal occupations require more formality. However, there are some rules that apply to almost everyone. Whether you’re a corporate CEO, the founder of a technology startup, or an up-and-coming leader, there are some tips that we can all follow:

Power outfit

  • Don’t shy away from color, especially when it comes to dressing. Pick the right color and people remember YOU; Pick the wrong color and people will only remember your DRESS
  • Trade in your corporate power suits for designers that feature cleaner lines and an edgier look
  • Simple makeup is never a bad idea, especially when there’s an impromptu meeting or luncheon to attend
  • Investing in a great hair ‘do or professional blow dry can establish a level of polish without having to wear your “Sunday best”
  • Spice up your look with some interesting accessories – statement pieces that aren’t too flashy

In our opinion, anyone in a leadership role has a duty and a responsibility to look professional, be well-dressed, and always act as a spokesperson for the brand she represents. If dressing is not your strength, hiring an image consultant/stylist will save you headaches and a lot of time and money, too.

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Your Professional Closet Update This Summer


Do you ever stare at your closet full of clothes and find yourself saying, “crap, I have nothing to wear!” This occurrence is more common than you’d think. A common perception that leads us to such closet dilemmas is one suggesting that dressing “Professional” means you can’t be chic & trendy. The good news is that this idea couldn’t be further from the truth – you can dress chic and professional at the same time in many workplace scenarios.

Summer updates

Here are a few summertime closet updates you may want to consider:


Choosing color – Be mindful of choosing colors. Colors can make you look younger, healthier and slimmer. So choose the colors that complement your skin tone, and be sure to test unknown colors by holding them next to your face and asking a friend to give you their honest opinion. Ask “does this make my face pop?” Such tests work well with scarfs, shirts, ties, necklaces, glasses, lipstick, and more.

Choosing style – In the summer, your professional attire can be a little looser & comfortable, but always avoid plunging necklines, open shirt backs and short shorts. For the most flattering professional look, we suggest keeping the length of your skirt and shorts just below or above the knee.

For many of our clients, it has been well worth it to invest in these summer items:


  • A summer suit (if you have the budget) or dress pants in your best neutral color
  • A pair of lightweight jeans or lighter colored Capris
  • A sleeveless dress that fits your body shape and your personal style (hint: in 2016, we are seeing a lot of patterns)
  • A short in your best neutral color (black, gray, khaki, cream, brown or white)
  • A tee in your best color
  • A printed blouse within your color palette
  • A cotton or linen cardigan
  • A statement piece, like a cotton or linen scarf in your best colors & pattern
  • Accessories, such as a lightweight bag, sandals, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and sunglasses


Keep in mind that you don’t have to break the bank to find new summer looks; often times, inexpensive deals can be found online, on sale and at outlets. The key is to start looking now and not waiting until too late in the end of summer to start.

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Simple Style Advice for Female Professionals

Navigating through life as a young female professional in any large city is challenging by itself. From dating and exercise to roommates to figuring out how to eat right – there’s a lot to think about.


Many of the younger female professionals we’ve spoken through the years and within our Academy’s community, have relayed a fairly frustrating amount of stress related to dressing right – especially at the office. Finding the right look for your body that makes you stand out in the right way at work and that doesn’t break the bank is a real and frequent challenge for many. But it doesn’t have to be.


Fashion “rules” for women in the workplace are getting more lax all the time, and an array of choices are available to experiment with – both in-store and online.

Young professional

Female professionals (Photo: Max Mara 2016)

Here are a few tips we’d suggest to the professional young woman aiming to look modern, comfortable, and confidently in-charge:


  1. Evaluate your go-to heel height. If you can’t walk confidently or comfortably in high heels, kick them to the curb and replace them with these oxford flats (as the picture shows). In 2016, oxford flats are just as professional as anything higher.
  2. Aim to buy high-waisted pants and skirts. These elongate your legs while the flats take over your heels.
  3. Pick up a few box jackets. These can be fitted and tailored to emphasize comfort and your best assets, and be worn over anything from bodysuits to sweaters and even solid T-shirts.
  4. Get a big light weight leather bag to keep things simple. You can now put everything in one bag – your laptop, gym shoes, afternoon snack and everything else. It can all fit in one black, navy, or white shoulder bag, while still looking presentable.


We hope these tips inspire your Spring and Summer shopping plans for simplicity and comfort. Let us know what you think on the blog and on Twitter, @nycimageacademy For more info at


“Color is the most important thing for a woman” – Angela Merkel

“颜色是女人最重要的东西” – 德国总理Angela Merkel 于2014年12月在纽约客杂志上说道。

Fashion Color



色彩的魅力无处不在。想一想绘画。想一想你喜欢的商标 -如果它们换了另外不同的色彩,你还会喜欢吗?


2014年,《大西洋月刊》肯定了色彩的重要性和刊登了有关研究,赞扬了一款杰出的app,叫色彩构成(Interaction of Color),基于Josef Albers的书本。色彩能让我们看上去更老成或年轻。它们能让我们看起来充满活力或无精打采。它们让我们感到开心,悲伤或冷漠的。色彩能在生理上让我们身体感到热 (想想在炎热的夏天穿着黑色服饰?)或冷(在冬天穿白色外套,问问自己够暖了吗。)在穿衣时能够检测出色彩是增强了甜蜜的气氛还是苦闷的气氛,这很自然地从视觉上和心理上影响着你看待自己的方式 。


色彩还有很多方面有待研究,造型师应该时时刻刻考虑着色彩,而不是只关注顾客衣柜的主题变化。(实际上,在NYC形象顾问里,我们的Personal Color Palette 参考工具提供了包含20款个人调色板颜色组合图表,和4个基准色调色板。



  • 浅色被认为有亲切感和容易接近,深色看起来更强壮和有动力。
  • 視覺上浅色显眼 感覺較近,暗色比較不显眼 感覺較遠。
  • 通常来说,浅色显的温和而暗色看起来比較严肃。
  • 亮色传达出热情,有趣和兴奋。
  • 暗色吸光 比較正式或保守的。
  • 中间色段的颜色(想一下奶油色)被认为更经典和中立的。
  • 暖色调被认为是朴实的,友好的,可亲近的。冷色调被认为是经典的,权威的和娴雅的。



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Your Personal Style

photo-1446214814726-e6074845b4ceYour image is so much more than the clothing you wear and the way you walk. Your image is the relationship between your outfit, your poise, and your personality. Similarly, color psychology does not necessarily say that including red in a color palette automatically makes it passionate or energetic. What’s important in a color palette is the red, the gray, the black, and the blue’s relationships together. Gestaltism says that the sum is other than the parts. We notice the relationship between red and blue before we notice the colors red and blue individually.

This observation carries to your personal image. A $10,000 suit means nothing if a man is slouching. The fine details of your image must all be coherent and consistent in order to effectively portray your image.

Although there are guidelines to follow when trying to appear a certain way, every person should have their own style. Many different looks can communicate the same message to others. This ‘margin for error’ is the room for your creativity, your personal style, to flourish.

Being an individual is an extremely important piece of the puzzle that is often overlooked. Utilize research-backed strategies to portray the right image, but do so in a unique way. This is why it is so important for professionals to understand the philosophy and thought behind personal image and not just the shallow elements. Actually understanding it is the key to adapt, at any given time, to market and industry changes. If, one day, the way people perceived the color red changed, you must be able to identify that and find a new way to communicate what you were trying to.

Your personal style allows for some buffer through consumer trend volatility, so don’t worry. Just keep in mind that things change and, with it, so should your style. Accurately communicate who you are to others and everything else will follow.

Who has influenced your style the most? Tell us on Twitter @nycimageacademy.

Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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Budapest Taxis

Budapest taxisTaxi services are so widespread and common it seems that the taxi industry should have itself figured out and under control. Obviously, this isn’t the case. Sure, new startup companies like Über and Lyft are starting to innovate and revolutionize the marketplace, but traditional taxi providers are still extremely relevant and act as such.

The difference between taxis in Budapest and New York City is dramatic. New York City’s taxis are driven by (excuse the generalizations) frustrated, often unfriendly people. There are few dress requirements – it’s always a surprise. The taxi experience in New York is different every time one steps foot in a taxi. Sometimes there’s music, sometimes there’s a fresh scent, sometimes the seats are comfortable. This gives traditional companies a bad image. Nothing is standardized so they are being replaced by companies that are successfully standardizing a difficult to standardize industry. Consumers want what they expect – nothing less.

Budapest taxis are much better standardized. Every time you step into one of these taxis, the cars smell good, drivers are well dressed, and are polite. Even further, they understand English enough to professionally communicate with western tourists.

Budapest churchAs you step into a taxi in Budapest, you will be greeted and asked if you would like to listen to music. If you don’t want to listen, they won’t make you listen the music they like. As a passenger you are entitled to travel in an environment free of disturbing such as the radio, honking, and mobile phone by the driver.

Perhaps this is why these standardized companies like Über and Lyft have had less success integrating into Budapest than they did integrating into New York City. Budapest’s taxi experience is far superior to that of New York’s.

What has is your most favorite taxi experience? Tell us on Twitter @nycimageacademy.

Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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How to Dress as a Modern Man

Man with blue formal suit and tie

With the mass amount of dress options men have, it has become very difficult for them to correctly style themselves. Let’s walk through some of the details of a man’s outfit to highlight what exactly needs to go where and what should be focused on.

The suit:

The pocket is not always just a functional piece of a suit. Flap pockets are considered stylish; the little pocket above the primary front pockets on the suit jacket is called a ticket pocket. It comes from British influence and is a great place for business cards. When it comes to the fit of the suit, it should contour to your body. Sleeves should be slim and tailored to form your figure, ending just above your wrists. Around half of an inch of your collared dress shirt should show past the jacket sleeve. The jacket should hug your shoulders. Nothing should be loose or baggy, a modern suit is meant to be slim. The lapels of a modern suit should be no wider than two inches at its widest point. To create a slimmer look, two buttons positioned low on the suit can help. These lower buttons should be buttoned. A back vent is okay; a jacket can have either a center vent, side vents, or (most often for tuxedos) be vent-less. Like the rest of the suit, the pants should be slim and have a flat front. They should touch the tops of your shoes and not bunch together.


A light colored linen is perfect for the summer as it is breathable. For the winter, heavy flannel is able to be worn. Wool is great for all seasons while cotton is great for every season but winter. Men have a lot of ‘fabric freedom.’ It’s important, however, to remember that colors are crucial to a successful styling. Typically, the brighter it is outside, the brighter the clothing should be. Bright colors are for the summer, earth tones are for the winter.


For casual events like cocktail get-togethers, men can wear either a suit with a dress shirt and dress pants or a tuxedo jacket with a light-colored shirt and no tie. Fortunately, casual settings are pretty forgiving. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. For formal events, a suit with a nice shirt, tie, waistcoat and trousers works very well. Lighter colors should be worn in the daytime along with suit variants like blazers. Tuxedos are best for ultra-formal gatherings.

Ties, shoes, and pocket squares:

The tip of the tie should land at the top of your beltline. No lower, no higher. They should, obviously, match the fabric of the suit and shirt, the level of formality of the event, and the season. Bow ties are most often worn for formal events, although, in recent times, men have been increasingly wearing bright-colored bow ties casually. The bow tie should not be broader than your neck and should never extend past the tips of your shirt collar.

Pocket squares should be folded up to have a square, triangle, or flowering shape and should be placed in the high front pocket of the suit jacket. The more formal the event, the more elaborate the folding of the pocket square.

The shoes must match the belt. Wingtips and Derbys are best for casual outfits while Loafers and Oxfords are best for formal outfits.

What is your favorite fabric? Tell us on Twitter @nycimageacademy.

Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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