Do you wonder how you can use your personal image to stand out in the workplace (and in your off-hours, too)? Here are 10 great and easy-to-implement ways to get the visibility and profile you want and need.
1. Create impact. Use color and texture strategically: Blend similar hues within an outfit, create blocks of color in your outfit, or use a mix of textures in one color to create interest.
2. Frame your face. Add dimension to your hair color with lowlights or highlights. Or ask your hair stylist for products that will add shine to your hair. You may be in need of a style change. Perhaps it’s time to ask your stylist to add some angles or give you a modern shape.
3. Make sure all your jewelry relates. Wear earrings, a necklace, bracelets, and rings that blend well together or repeat a theme. One person’s jewelry statement may have a more classic flair while another person’s jewelry statement may be more artistic. Working within a theme helps you create more presence.
4. Add detail. Wear at least one clothing item that has interesting details. For instance, a jacket could have military detailing, interesting buttons, or pleats or tucks. A plain blazer is a non-distinct blazer unless you add interest elsewhere in your outfit.
5. Find your signature. Pick an accessory item and make it your signature. It could be your glasses, a man’s watch, brooches on blazers or maybe you’re known for your scarf collection. Choose it and wear it every day.
6. Frame your face some more. Define your eyebrow line. Get them professionally shaped and, if appropriate, fill them in with an eyebrow pencil in your color. This line frames and brings attention to your face.
7. Insist on quality. Wearing cheap-looking fabric, you may inadvertently run the risk of attracting the wrong attention. Upgrading your clothing items to the next level of quality won’t go unnoticed.
8. Sparkle and shine. When appropriate, wear an item or two in your outfit that has shine, glimmer, sparkle, or luster. This could be a top worn under a jacket, a metallic bag, ballet flats in a metallic python print, or a patent leather belt in a fun color.
9. Step up your game. Skip plain Jane pumps and instead look for shoes that relate to your outfit but some intrinsic interest too.
10. Smile. Wear a smile and engage authentically with others. And don’t forget please and thank-you – they never go out of style.
(Ketura Persellin is a wardrobe and style consultant in Washington, DC, and surrounding suburbs. Intrigued about how you can stand out in style – your way? She’d love to help you come out of the shadows and get noticed for the wonderful person you are. Please email Ketura to plan your approach to gaining stature, getting compliments, and feeling and looking great about yourself.)