Ways to dress for many different relationships
We all have many different relationships. Through life we will hopefully always be growing and learning and developing new relationships. As we begin these new relationships one of the first things we take a look at is our style. It’s funny how we begin a new relationship and the very first thing we do is go into our closet and take an inventory and many of us decide we need a change. Entering this relationship with a new style, a new outfit, a new first impression takes a little bit of effort. The relationship might be a first date, meeting in-laws, extended family, a new job, or retirement. Read more… (in the Maine Women’s Magazine April 2016 edition free at your local stores or at Visibility)
No matter what the relationship, here are some helpful style tips. First off take a honest look at the body that needs dressing right now. Not ten pounds from now. Next break out of the old routine. Fresh, new, change leads to a new attitude and a feeling of being renewed.
Getting dressed for a date? Be true to yourself, but do put your best foot forward. No false advertising. If you are creative and more artsy project that. If you are more conservative you might want to try adding a bit of fun and flair. Try a scarf or a statement necklace. Don’t dress like your daughter or your mother. Dress your age. Well fitting pants, nice shoes or boots, a fresh haircut-but nothing dramatically new for this first venture. Grooming is pretty critical in the dating world. It might be time to invest in a high powered mirror so you can see those unruly hairs that are hidden under your chin or the eye brows that need a bit of attention to give you an instant youthful facelift. Put on a bit of makeup on to accent your best you and to let the person you are going on the date with say “this is a special night out. “
For your relationships at work with your co-workers or if you are starting a new job dress for your job and take it up a notch. Invest in a few good pieces. Buy three neutral bottoms, a few colorful tops, good neutral shoes, a year round professional coat. Wear makeup to look the part and decorate yourself appropriately with a necklace, earrings, and scarf. Don’t forget to add a work tote in a perfect neutral color.
Family relationships. If you are meeting new family – conservative is always better. Add one piece of your personality but don’t give it all away to soon. This first impression is pretty crucial. Wear a neutral pair of pants, a skirt or a casual dress for the first meeting. Add a colorful scarf or necklace to visually let them know who you are. Now is not the time to go off on a trend. It’s a time to be respectful.
Retired, renewed and making new relationships everyday calls for your best style. Don’t save clothes for a special occasion. Every day is a special day. You are retired. What’s not to celebrate. Your clothing should reflect your true self. Now is the time to just have a fun wardrobe. You no longer have to dress for your job. Your job is to have fun. Decorate the heck out of your outfits daily. Wear more interesting earrings. Go big, bold and wear lots of color. Invest in fun shoes, boots and sandals. Purchase coats that are colorful, bold, nothing cookie cutter, unique one of a kind. Shop at boutiques all the time. Accessorize with pins that can be worn on coats, tops, scarves and hats. Wear fun watches in a variety of colors. Wear scarves everyday.
As we continue to form relationships we should continue to add personality to our style.
Carie Costello is a certified Style Consultant who has helped many clients develop their best style.at her shop Visibility on Washington Avenue in Portland Maine. (read the Maine Women’s Magazine free at your local stores or at Visibility)