Why do most people dress totally inappropriately at work, office, occasion or anything? The answer is simple – They actually don’t know they do.
Hence there is a need for someone, more like your partner in success, to guide you to present a uniquely personal and completely appropriate appearance while teaching you how to act appropriately and communicate excellently with confidence in any situation. This person is called an IMAGE CONSULTANT.
It pains my heart that I have to experience this each time I walk into a corporate establishment and find guys dressed inappropriately – a brown shoe with a black belt, a backpack over their suits, a native wear attire with dress shoes and socks, people eating snacks as they walk around the office etc.
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Today, I witnessed a few guys in an IT firm walking around within their office space wearing only their socks (having removed their shoes and kept under their desk). This is sadly an unpardonable style sin. But again, I won’t blame them because they don’t know they are wrong and that they need help. This is where an Image Consultant comes in.
I decided to post this today due to the misconceptions most people have about Image Consultants. This I learned during my conversation with prospective clients. So gentlemen, please read on….
Image consultants are dedicated to helping men, women, and organizations communicate effectively and look successful.
You may have heard it many times,
Your image is you in the minds of others. If what you think about yourself is not projected right, it leaves a poor impression on people, thus affecting what they think of you.
We all have innate skills, experience, and abilities but people hardly judge us based on these. Instead, they judge us by what they see. Really, you shouldn’t blame them, because before they could understand these skills and abilities you possess, they have to get to know you first.
Hence it’s important to always make a good first impression. By so doing, we give people the opportunity to get closer and learn about other skills and experience of ours.
Here is another reality: With a poorly dressed man you notice the clothes; with a well-dressed man, you notice the man.
Therefore, a good style lets you say great things about yourself before you even open your mouth.
Image consultants advise individuals and companies on all aspects of personal appearance and how to make an impact. An image consultant can help you project a winning image in all aspects. They help their clients develop and project a desired image through grooming, clothing selection and, in a few other cases, train you in social etiquette and self-presentation.
HERE ARE 6 WAYS AN IMAGE CONSULTANT CAN HELP YOU
1. Be your Style and Image Partner:
To individuals, an Image Consultant can offer you quality advice on key styles, trends and suitable colors and coach you on how to get dressed for each occasion depending on the image you want to portray.
To professionals, they give you professional advice on how your image can set you apart from the competition and how you can project an image that is consistent with your career goals. The way you look – the way you see yourself and the way others see you is crucial for professional growth from your initial interview to ongoing promotions.
To organizations, an Image consultant suggests effective ways by which you can sustain and strengthen your corporate branding, project an image that is appropriate, consistent and reflects your company’s values.
2. Dressing as per roles and goals to create an appropriate clothing communication:
An image consultant takes the client through a process of lifestyle evaluation, identifying the roles and goals and then suggesting levels of dressing in different situations to create a communication necessary in terms of authority, stability, trustworthiness, approachability etc. It could be for actors, actresses, celebrities and generally people in authority.
3. Dressing as per your body shape, face shape, variations and personal colors
There are different body shapes and many variations within them. Most people are not aware of this. An image consultant is equipped to identify your body shape and suggest ways to counter negative variations and enhance positive ones to create an attractive image.
4. Incorporating personal style in dressing
Very often people find themselves uncomfortable while dressing as per the advice of other related professionals. This happens because their personal style is not incorporated in the clothing solution. Every individual has a personal style which they are not aware of consciously. An image consultant has the knowledge and the tools to identify the personal style of an individual and then suggests a clothing solution which incorporates the same to create an authentic image.
5. Obtain appropriate body language and etiquette
Body language is one of the biggest factors in visual communication and an image consultant advice a client on appropriate body language based on roles and occasions. Etiquette is a big part of creating an image. Correct etiquette in business and social situations goes a long way to create a powerful image. An image consultant takes the client through appropriate etiquette, be it dining, corporate meetings or any other.
6. Buying clothes in cluster and smart shopping
When it comes to clothing, affordability is a big issue and people often buy on impulse and then regret their purchases. Also, many people have the problem of buying lots of clothes and yet complaining of not having anything to wear for an important occasion or meeting. An image consultant guides a client on how to build their wardrobe in a cluster to create variety in an affordable manner. After evaluating the client’s wardrobe and creating cluster plan sheets keeping in mind roles, goals, body shape and personal style, an image consultant may also accompany the client to buy clothes or do personal shopping on behalf of client
I’m sure this article explains it clearly – the role of an Image Consultant and why you need one. An image consultant can help you project a winning image in all aspects of your life.
To take it further, if you need help with your style, image & wardrobe, we are here to help. Contact us today about men’s styling, wardrobe consulting, corporate styling and personal shopping services. Click HERE to see the services we offer and choose from. You can write us or contact us today via email: email@example.com or WhatsApp [+234 (0) 7011961540]. We would love to help you discover and develop your personal style, make the best of your image and help change the way you feel, look and shop -forever.
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Thank you so much for stopping by. Till you hear from me again, Continue to Do Well. Live Well and Dress Really Well. Be Stylish.
Yours in Style,
Kobi O. Mbagwu (Mr. Kobi)
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