Ten Tips for Updating Your Image
At some point, we’ve all looked in the mirror and felt ambivalent about what we see. It’s not that we’re unhappy with our appearance; it’s just that feeling we look anything less than our best is bound to cause some misgivings. If you can relate to this scenario, it might mean that you’re ready to polish your current look. Luckily, there’s no time like the present to give yourself a little attention and TLC.
If it’s been a while since you made some updates to your image, don’t worry. You don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe or give up your essential sense of style. Your image is meant to evolve naturally over time, and it is the product of your experiences, your current stage in life, and of course your fashion preferences. However, if you need to kickstart the process, these simple and painless tips will get you moving in the right direction.
Read on for ten insights to help you update your image and become the best possible version of yourself.
Clean out your closet.
Scheduling a periodic closet cleanout is valuable for a variety of reasons:
• It helps you identify items you no longer want or need.
• It’s a great chance to reorganize your clothes (and remember what you have!).
• It reminds you of clothing that needs to be altered and pieces that need repair or dry cleaning.
• It gives you an idea of your current style personality (i.e., preppy, relaxed, modern, romantic, classic).
• It helps you figure out how you would like to see your style evolve.
First, take everything out of your closet and decide what stays and what goes. Next, rehang your clothes and organize them by type and then color, or, if you prefer, organize them by outfit. With everything neat and tidy, you’ll feel more in control of your fashion choices and more confident putting together winning outfits.
Get a tailor-made look.
After your closet audit, gather everything that needs alterations and take it all to a good tailor. Even if your favorite pair of slacks are only a tiny bit long, they will look so much better once they are hemmed to the proper length. The same goes for any blouses, skirts, jeans, and other items that need slight adjustments. When all of your clothing fits you perfectly, you’ll not only look great, you’ll feel excited about wearing everything in your closet!
Find the gaps in your wardrobe.
After your closet cleanout, you should have a better idea of which practical pieces you would like to buy next. Maybe you noticed that you have enough dresses but lack skirts that can be dressed up or down. Or you might have plenty of work blouses but need some casual shirts for the weekend. Keep a list of items to look for the next time you shop. Often when I audit and organize a client’s closet, the shopping list includes underpinnings, like nice t-shirts or layering pieces or perhaps a new pair of jeans that fits properly.
Take stock of what flatters and appeals to you right now.
Take a long look at yourself in the mirror and assess whether your current clothes flatter and reflect the person you are today. Maybe you recently gained or lost some weight and would feel most comfortable in certain types of clothing you currently lack. Or maybe you have grown weary of your trademark “uniform” (the pieces you wear over and over) and want to shake things up by adding new elements to your usual lineup. Either way, it’s important to get a clear sense of the kinds of clothes you wish you wore more often. This information will be useful when you’re ready to buy something new.
Shop for a few high-quality pieces.
Now that you have an idea of what kinds of clothing you would like to incorporate into your wardrobe, it’s time to invest some time and energy shopping. Many women make the mistake of impulse purchasing items that aren’t quite right or buying a greater number of lower quality items instead of investing in a few pricier pieces that fit better and will stand the test of time. It’s a far better strategy to take your time, try on lots of options, and buy only what you absolutely love.
Layer your look.
A great blazer or lightweight jacket can add an additional point of interest to your outfits. These are the perfect items during the cooler months of winter and spring, when you’re already planning to dress warmly. So, the next time you put on skinny jeans and a top, throw on an outer layer to create a cohesive look. A blazer in a solid color works great, as does a suede or leather moto jacket.
Do a shoe review.
A good way to instantly look more polished is by wearing dressier shoes more often. Yes, casual shoes offer great comfort and are appropriate in certain settings. But if you want to feel more pulled together, slipping on a nice pair of shoes can instantly transform your look. Heels—even low-heeled styles—can lengthen your frame and make you look leaner, while a nice-looking loafer or ballet flat can add sophistication to a more casual outfit.
Go in for a trim (or a whole new ’do).
Frame your face. Remember, the right eyewear can totally transform your face. Both near- and farsighted beauties will shine brighter in a modern pair of glasses. If it’s been a few years since you updated your frames, visit an eyewear store to check out the newest looks. Try on lots of pairs in different shapes and colors and carefully evaluate which frame best accentuates your features. You may even want to choose two pairs—one for work and dressier events and a quirkier pair that shows off your fun side.
Frame your face.
Remember, the right eyewear can totally transform your face. Both near- and farsighted beauties will shine brighter in a modern pair of glasses. If it’s been a few years since you updated your frames, visit an eyewear store to check out the newest looks. Try on lots of pairs in different shapes and colors and carefully evaluate which frame best accentuates your features. You may even want to choose two pairs—one for work and dressier events and a quirkier pair that shows off your fun side.
Find a fresh new lipstick you love.
A swipe of lip color or gloss is a great way to brighten up your face—especially during the dark days of winter. Head over to your favorite makeup counters and try on the fresh new shades of the season. Make sure you pick a formula that works best for you: Matte lipsticks usually wear longer and look fabulous on fuller lips, while glosses glide on smooth, enhance the lip area, and offer a shimmery finish.
As you travel through life, it’s only natural that your style evolves right along with the rest of you. So don’t be afraid to take a risk and try a new look whenever you feel the urge. (Besides, nothing has to be permanent!) But do give you and your newly updated image a chance. You may uncover a beautiful aspect of yourself that was just waiting to be revealed. And the confidence you gain from your transformation will help you present your best self to the world each and every day.