GROOMING, DEPORTMENT & POWER DRESSING –
Mr. Sudhir Udayakanth
President & CEO, edge academy™
“A SHORT HISTORY”
Louis XIV's gardener at Versailles was faced with a serious problem: he could not stop members of
the nobility from trampling about in the delicate areas of the King's garden.
He finally attempted to dissuade their unwanted behaviour by posting signs called “etiquets”
which warned them to "Keep off the Grass".
When this course of action failed, the King himself had to issue an official decree that no one
could go beyond the bounds of the signs. Later, the name "etiquette" was given to a ticket for court
functions that included rules regarding where to stand and what to do.
The word 'etiquette' has evolved, but in many ways it still means "Keep off the Grass". Remaining
within the flexible boundaries of civil behaviour allows relationships and us to grow like flowers
in Louis' garden. Moreover, it lets us present ourselves with confidence and authority in all areas
of our professional and personal life.
Great Grooming is all about how we look; groom ourselves and how other people relate to these
things. These are genderless grooming tips and are great reminders for everyone.
GROOMING, DEPORTMENT & POWER DRESSING
What is the corporate dressing all about? How to wear a tie? How
to choose the right colour for a business impact? How to choose
the right suit? This module focuses on the outer self like your
clothes, hair, styling, the way you walk, sit, carry yourself and
many more to create a powerful impact.
The Language of Clothes
How to accessorise your look
Wardrobe Planning & Maintenance
Body Care & Style Choices
Dressing for Success
HEAD-TO-TOE MORNING GROOMING CHECKLIST
For a Man For Men & Women
Head Beard and/or mustache well Hair well brushed, well combed, well cut &
After shave applied Face well washed
Trim nostril hair Ears clean
Eye brows combed/done
Body Clean shirt Body well washed
Collar & Cuffs checked for fraying Deodorant applied
Spotless well tied tie Clothes spot-free & well pressed
No buttons missed
Check for dandruff "fallout"
Hands Nail well trimmed Hands washed
Nails clean & in good shape
Hand lotion applied
Rings clean & free from soap film
Watchband in good shape
Legs & Clean socks pulled high Shoes well-polished & free of scuff marks
Laces on Shoes or Tassels on Shoe heels in good condition
loafers in good shape
Handbag Leather clean & polished
FACE SHAPE & HAIR STYLE
1. Round Face - Your face is as wide as it is long. This may vary a
little but generally the measurement is close.
2. Rectangular or Oblong - Longer than it is wide.
3. Heart or Diamond- Narrow at jaw line, wide at cheekbones/and
4. Triangular – Reverse of the heart Shape.
5. Square - your face is about as wide as it is long.
6. Oval - Length equal to one and a half times width.
FACE – ROUND
• Round Face - Your face is as wide as it is long. This may
vary a little but generally the measurement is close.
1. Hair styles with fullness and height at
2. Off center parts
3. Short hair styles with a swept-back
direction or hair styles that are longer
than chin length.
4. Layering the top to achieve fullness
and keeping the rest of the cut
relatively close to the face, will give
longer and narrower effect.
5. Avoid chin length and center parts
6. Also straight chopped bangs or
fullness at side of ears
FACE – RECTANGLE
• Rectangular or Oblong - Longer than it is wide.
1. Styles with short to medium lengths,
shoulder or shorter.
2. Wispy bangs, fullness at the sides of
3. Layers add softness to the straight
lines in your face
4. side parts
5. Avoid long hair- it adds length/height
6. Center parts look great
FACE – HEART
• Heart or Diamond - Narrow at jaw line, wide at
cheekbones/and or forehead.
1. Everything works with your face
2. You may need to leave weight in the
back nape area
3. Don’t wear too much hair on your face
FACE – TRIANGLE
• Triangular Face - Reverse of the heart Shape.
1. Reverse of the heart-shape, a
dominant jaw line with narrowing at
the cheek bone and temples.
2. Shorter hair that is full at the temples
and taper at the jaws
3. Off center parts, wedges and shags
look great. Styles which are full at the
temples and taper at the jaw line
looks nice. Try tucking hair behind
4. Avoid long, full hair styles that draw
attention to jaw line
5. Don’t add height at the crown
FACE – OVAL
• Oval Face - your face is about as wide as it is long.
1. Any hair shape
2. Any length
3. Hair off your face look good
4. Avoid styles that cover or add weight
to your face
5. No heavy bangs or too forward-
FACE – SHAPE & HAIR STYLE
1. Start with your diet- introduce fresh fruits and green
vegetables, drink plenty of water and cut short spicy or junk
2. Take multi vitamins for a month or two if hair is very damaged
3. Use good quality hair brushes and wide toothed combs. Wet
hair is damaged easily.
4. Use lukewarm water when washing hair
5. Always use a shampoo and separate conditioner according to
your hair type
6. Shampoo well and use balls of fingers to clean scalp.
7. Use a separate conditioner and do not use it on the scalp
8. Always point the dryer down as you blow-dry your hair, as
blowing hair upward can cause frizz. Use anti frizz serum for
9. Excessive styling products can make hair dull
11.Avoid sleeping in hair accessories
FACE – NECK
If your neck is too short If your neck is too long
1. Avoid turtleneck. 1. Do not to expose too much of it.
2. Avoid long dangling earring, high 2. Dangling, round and bold
necks, small scarves and chokers. earrings are best.
3. Make your jacket collar sits 3. Close neck on a heavy material
slightly away from the neck and fabric is advisable
low in the back, so your neck will 4. One button opened on a shirt has
look longer a more dramatic effect than if it
4. If you have short hair and wear were closed all the way up the
soft material like chiffon expose first button.
some skin between hair and 5. Avoid deep U, off shoulder, V
collar to diffuse the shortness of neck and strapless
5. Deep U, off shoulder, V neck,
strapless have very good
6. Long chain, single colour
dressing, move focal point away
from the chin.
FACE – ACCESSORIES – NECK TIES
FACE – ACCESSORIES – NECK TIE KNOTS
The Four-In-Hand Knot The Windsor Knot
The Half-Windsor Knot The Bow Tie Knot
The Ascot Tie Knot The Pocket Square Fold
FACE – ACCESSORIES – SCARVES
FACE – ACCESSORIES – NECK TIES & SHOES
FACE – ACCESSORIES – SUNGLASSES
1. Besides being useful, eyeglasses could be an accessory use to
make your face beautiful. Their shape and colour are important to
the face and the overall coordination to your clothing.
2. Oval face: Frames should follow the curve of the brow to balance
the shape of the face.
3. Square face: Frames should not be small in size and never square.
4. Round face: Frames should be narrow and never round.
5. Pear-shaped face: Frames should be wide enough to create an
illusion of width across the face.
6. Oblong face: Frames should be wide and has no up-curve to give
illusion of width to the face.
7. If you have a choice, remember to coordinate the style and colour
of your frame to your clothing. Metallic and earth tones are more
flexible to different garment styles and colours. Buy something
that doesn't contrast drastically with your hair and clothing.
BODY – ARMS/HANDS
For thin arms For heavy arms
1. Good: Long sleeves, full sleeve, 1. Good: Loose or full sleeves such
bishop sleeve, Cardigans, as dolman, and padded
2. Bad: Strapless, halter, 2. Details that give attention to
sleeveless, tank, long vertical the necklines are excellent
necklines, snug knits, clingy camouflage.
fabrics, big hand jewellery. 3. Bad: Heavy fabrics, thick
sleeves, snug sleeves,
sleeveless, horizontal stripes
designs, big polka dots,
oversized hand jewelleries.
1. Keep it short to medium.
2. Clean and buffed
3. No chipped polish or infected nails
BODY – ACCESSORIES – WRIST WATCHES
BODY – IF YOUR SHOULDERS ARE…
Wide Square Sloping Narrow
1. Avoid cup sleeves, 1. Horizontal and 1. Anything with soft 1. Seam lines should be
shawls or any sort striped pattern are shoulders are not at the outer edge of
of puff sleeve not advisable. good. your natural
2. Prefer softer fabrics 2. Soft fabrics like silk 2. Anything off shoulder shoulders.
across you blouses with gentle are nightmares 2. Avoid sleeveless line
shoulders gathering at the yoke 3. Tailored shoulders because they disguise
3. Minimize use of are advisable. with padded shoulder with their grace and
shoulder pads. 3. Raglan (cut from are perfect fullness.
4. Full skirt and full neck to underarm, no camouflage. 3. Cap sleeves, tops that
pant silhouettes sleeve cut) sleeves 4. To give an illusion have gathering
create an illusion of emphasize underneath always attached to the
perfect proportion. squareness. use shoulder pads. shoulder line,
4. Avoid the use of 5. The halter neckline, tailored and crisp
padding. collarless styles are fabrics are good.
5. Full skirt and full not advisable. 4. Padded shoulders are
pant silhouettes 6. Crisp fabrics create advisable specially if
create a perfect good illusion of the your have sloping
illusion. underneath. sloping shoulders.
shoulder 5. Wide collars designs
7. Wide collars, sailor, are good camouflage.
winged pleated, 6. Avoid anything with
capped and pushed- soft of sloped
up sleeves are good. shoulders or
8. Stand up straight, Strapless , off-
because slumping shoulders are not
exaggerates sloping recommended.
BODY – STOMACH
If you have a protruding abdomen
1. A-lines and empire waistline are effective cover-ups.
2. Sewn-down pleats have a controlling girdle effect.
3. Straight skirts tend to cling under the stomach.
4. Side slash pockets divert the eye from the center of the
5. Skirt with gentle little gathers at the sides of the skirt front
1. Waistless dress, empire, 1. Clingy fabrics and halter tops.
chemise, wrap dresses with Avoid narrow skirts and
diagonal closing, overblouse anything fitted. Avoid hip belt.
and tunics, loose sweaters and
blouses, pleated trousers, A-line
skirts, dark belts, long and full
BODY – HIPS
1. You will look hippier with straight skirts and pants.
2. Blouse covering part of the hips from the rear is a very
3. Avoid details in the pocket.
4. Back pockets make you look round.
BODY – ACCESSORIES – WAIST BELTS
Belts can transform your outfit into a flattering ensemble. The accent
of a belt sometimes acts as a focal point of an outfit.
1. Wear belts, both wide and narrow, only if your figure allows.
2. Decorative buckles are good (glitz or detail to belts) only if you
have a small waist
3. If you're short-waisted, large belts will make you look ever
4. Match your belt colour to your top it you're short-waisted.
5. Match your belt colour to your bottom if you're long-waisted.
Note: Shirt over belt can hide a thick or short waist. It creates a good
silhouette of your body and can make an outfit flow in your waist.
BODY – ACCESSORIES – WAIST BELTS
BODY – ACCESSORIES – WAIST BELTS
BODY – ACCESSORIES – BAGS
1. Match your bag with your shoe and this can carry you on the trendy
fashionable side. The match need not be perfect as long as colour-
family are the same.
2. Bags should coordinate with your clothing.
3. Small bag for a big woman or vice versa is a big mistake.
4. Straps on shoulder bags should be kept shorter on petites.
5. Neutral colours like beige, brown, black, gray goes with almost
6. Buy a bigger size if you plan to overload. Bloated small bag is awkward
7. Generally, non-glitzy clutch can be used in almost every occasion.
8. Small clutch are elegant for evening.
MUST in your big purse:
2. Wet wipes
7. Gum/ mints
BODY – ACCESSORIES – PERFUMES
1. Perfumes on skin pulse points (warm spots) - wrists, behind ears,
inner part of elbows and knees, neck near the collar-bone
Where 2. Perfumes last longer on oily than dry skin (Hence, before using
perfumes use some Vaseline or oily cream)
Summer perfumes - Fruity, reminiscent of spring , summer flowers
• Fragrances are more intense when it is warm (therefore, in
summertime use less perfume or use the lighter fragrance
Winter perfumes – All heavier fragrances
• The musk scent
1. Perfumes are divided according to the content of the fragrance.
i. Aftershave lotions and splash colognes used by men consists of
0.5-2% of perfume concentrate
ii. Eau de cologne for men – 3-5%.
What iii. Eau de toilette for women – 4-8%.
iv. Eau de parfum for women – 8-15%
v. Parfum for women – 10-20%
BODY – ACCESSORIES – PERFUMES – TYPES
1. These fragrances are the most popular and they also cause the
least controversy as for their reception by customers.
Floral 2. Floral fragrances are designed either around the scent of only
fragrances one flower, e.g. lily in Diorissimo by Dior (1956), or around the
floral bouquet, e.g. Pleasures by Estee Lauder (1995).
1. These fragrances are most often defined as fresh and light
2. They use the aromas of melon, lemon, orange, tangerine,
Fruit grapefruit, or orange blossom.
fragrances 3. The most popular fragrances of this type are: Tommy Girl by
Tommy Hilfinger (1996) and Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani
1. These fragrances are the newest types of fragrances based on
synthetic ingredients which smell like fresh ocean waters.
Ocean 1. Green fragrances
perfumes 2. Oriental perfumes
3. Chypre fragrances
BODY – ACCESSORIES – PERFUMES TYPES – OCEAN
1. These fragrances are made with distinctive and fresh aromas which
Green remind you of environmental scents, for example: woods, grass, sour
fragrances apples or lavender. Now the well-known fragrance of this type is Beautiful
by Estee Lauder (1986).
1. These fragrances are associated with Far East.
2. Their base is designed around exotic spices and flowers, sandalwood and
3. The first perfumes of such kind were introduced in 1925 by Guerlain
under the name of Shalimar.
4. The oriental fragrances are very strong and in the eighties when there
became very popular, they became also banned by the owners of some of
the big companies in their office buildings.
5. Oriental scents are not in fashion all the time. However, those who like
them are usually very fond of them.
6. The typical example here is Obssession by Calvin Klein from 1985.
1. These fragrances are the smallest yet the most unique group of perfumes.
Therefore women who love this scent will always love it, and those who
cannot stand it, will never wear it.
Chypre 2. The basic note here is oak moss scent which gives it very specific aroma of
fragrances soil. Then others notes of ciste labdanum are added.
3. The complementary notes are: patchouli, rose or bergamot. The examples
here are: the classic Aromatic Elixir by Clinique (1972) and recent Rush
by Gucci (1999).
BODY – ACCESSORIES – PERFUMES TYPES
1. Do not splash perfumes on silk because it leaves stains.
2. It is better to perfume your body before you get dressed because you can
spray more of your body then and it will not leave stains on your clothes.
3. Most perfumes are designed to last for about four hours.
4. Some of them may last longer but they will change their scent then.
5. Therefore it is advisable to use perfumes once or twice more during the
6. Spray cologne onto the back of your knees before getting dressed, as
scents tend to rise.
7. Try to keep your perfumes in dark and cold places so they can remain
1. Look for colognes that list all-natural ingredients free from synthetic
2. Spray it on your handbag or your hair or the parts of clothing which do
not touch your skin directly.
3. If you want to find out if you are allergic to some fragrances, spray it
Sensitive gently on your wrist or inner part of your elbow.
Skin 4. If after about an hour you notice some reaction, it means that the
perfumes are not for you.
5. Recommended brands: "Eruptable" by Volcanic Earth, "Gents Cologne
Balm," "Polo Blue" by Ralph Lauren
LEGS – THIGHS, HEM/ANKLES
1. Big thighs - Remember to buy pants one size larger for
comfort and to avoid that stretched look.
2. Hem length is one of the most effective illusions of form.
Here are some rules:
1. The shorter the legs, the shorter the skirts.
2. Colour and fabric weight elongate or shorten the length
3. The darker the colour or the heavier the fabric, the shorter
you should wear it.
4. Lightweight fabric such as silk can be worn a bit longer to
distract its float and won't appear short.
5. The colour of your stockings and shoes affect or
exaggerate the length of a hemline.
LEGS – TROUSERS
Some basic rules for pant's length
1. The front hem should touch the top of the shoe covering
the entire instep.
2. The back pant hem can be a little longer maybe a quarter
of an inch.
3. Too short hem length on dress pants looks ridiculous
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LEGS – FOOTWEAR
Shoes demand the same careful consideration as other
wardrobe choices. Shoes can draw the eye downward so take
1. Nothing clumpy
2. Open toes - pedicure must
3. With winter wear, always opt for closed shoes
4. If you have fat feet, strappy and cutout styles are good.
5. If your feet are small, bright colours or coloured appliqués
6. If you are in for a long walk, avoid squeezing into narrow
LEGS – YOUR SOCKS
Color of Socks Appropriately worn with
o White o White suits in summer
o White Sweat Socks o Athletic shoes, boat shoes and loafers in leisure
o Black Navy, or Dark Grey o Business suits
o Brown o Brown or Khaki suits
o Pastels o Summer suits of poplin, khaki and seersuckers
(for sharp dressers)
o Bright coloured and argyle o Blazers or sports jacket with gray flannels, or
with corduroys or khakis for leisure wear only
o Black Sheer o Black-tie suits
1. Outdated and loose jackets are a no-no
2. Complete matching is tacky
3. Everything should be well-tailored
4. Colours should be soothing
5. Should make you feel confident
6. No shoulder pads
7. Cut-offs with boots are a bad choice
8. Nothing stiff and uncomfortable
9. Flowing fabric with soft flares, fitting but relaxed
silhouettes are in
10.Short skits and covered pumps are not pleasing
11.Monochrome in shades, mixed textures always good
12.Muted shines are lovely
13.Suede plus suede - no-no
14.Ankle length skirt with closed shoes is usually hit n miss
15.Long flowy skirts with heels that don’t show are great
16.Uniformity in colour and print elongate and slim the body
1. Sequins, when used well- are a super accessory
2. High waist, pleated/bunched bottoms enlarge the bottom and look
3. "Practical" sandals are usually unflattering
4. Summer clothes should be light, flowy. pair with light but big ear-
5. Mixing print - combine light and dark and use a connecting colour
6. Red and black combo is passé
7. Black accessories for light clothes - too sever and cheapen the
8. A long skirt is best worn with flat shoes, ballet slippers or backless
9. Pumps of medium height work the best when you are off to work.
Round, square or slightly tapered heels will give a professional
10.Straight glamorous pants look the best when they are worn with
strapped, high-heeled sandals.
11.Boots, chunky-soled shoes or sneakers go well with jeans as well
as corduroy pants.
12.For a party look, team your dressy outfit with a glamorous pair of
What accessories can do:
1. It can make your wardrobe seem larger.
2. It can update your basics.
3. It can add colour or splash
4. It can focus the observer's eye for the emphasis you want.
5. It can change the outlook of your situation in a short time.
6. It can make or break an outfit.
1. Buy always the best quality that you can afford.
2. Don't ignore workmanship.
3. Make sure you have the poise to carry through whatever you
4. Accessories should be proportionate and harmonize with the size,
shape, and colour of your outfit.
5. Too much of a one colour sometimes looks awkward.
6. Don't overdo.
ACCESSORIES – IN YOUR DESK OR LOCKERS
Comb & Brush
Nail File & Nail Clipper
Toothbrush & Paste or mouth freshener
Small Sewing Kit
ACCESSORIES – JEWELLERY / STOLES / SCARVES
1. Wear contrasting shape all the time if you have a round body
2. Anything dangling such as earrings make a body silhouette slim.
3. Gold tones fit almost any skin colour.
4. Don't overdo.
1. Scarf is interesting and fun to wear, but they take practice to
make them stay perfectly in place.
2. Anchor scarves secretly with tiny safety to stop it from slipping.
3. Loop a scarf more than once to keep it steady.
4. The triangle in the back of the scarf can be tucked inside the
5. You can wear a larger square scarf loose in a middy effect by tying
the square knot lower down on your chest.
6. A wool scarf hanging loosely over a coat looks nice.
IF BUYING CORPORATE WEAR, ASK YOURSELF…
Is it appropriate for the kind of job?
Is it a fashion statement or my style?
Can I afford it?
Is it okay for my kind of physique?
Is it comfortable?
Is it right for this season, in this climate?
Is the fabric of real good quality?
STYLE – INDIAN FASHION STATEMENT…
STYLE – INDIAN FASHION STATEMENT…
STYLE – MORE FASHION STATEMENT…
STYLE – MORE FASHION STATEMENT…
FABRIC – IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU THOUGHT!
Wool, Polyester, Cashmere, Flannel,
Corduroy, Linen, Cotton, Viscose,
Wool blends for traditional formal
Warm days, lightweight woolen
blends like tropical worsteds
Linen – ideal for warm, humid days
/ tropical countries
Avoid poor quality, pure synthetics
Dark, Solid colors (Navy blue, Black,
Steel Grey) for the first suits
Pinstripes, Herringbones, Checks for
the additional suits
DID YOU KNOW?!!
• Jackets can be traced back to the early 18th Century
• Grey and Black jackets came in due to soot and muddy
• The single breasted jacket is a direct descendant of the
• The Tuxedo made its debut in USA in 1896 when a
celebrated dandy named Griswold Lorillard wore it to a
white-tie-and-tails ball at an exclusive country club in
Tuxedo Park, New York (founded in the 1880s by a
group of prominent and wealthy New Yorkers)
THE THREE TRADITIONAL SUITS
• Natural shoulder suits
American popularized by the
• Slightly padded
British shoulders, shaped and
• Slightly higher
Italian shoulders, clings more
tightly and is usually
MAKING OF A SUIT… THE TRIM
Arms & Sleeves
Front / Chest Piece
MAKING OF A SUIT
1. Layers of animal hair & Felt
2. Hanger test for quality & rigidity
1. Shoulder Pad 3. Hanger sewn onto collar fabric
4. Zero puckering
1. It’s a roll not a fold!
2. Lapel Roll
2. Stitched with zigzag & blind stitch
3. Achieved by a 3D pressing process
1. Your hand is not a stand for your suit!
2. 100% cotton felt & hair interlining
3. 3. Sleeve to end ½ inch above wrist
& Lining 4. The inner lining helps in forming a perfect sleeve head roll
5. Lining – Silk, Acetate, Polyester or Synthetic
1. Your suit is not an amour!!!
Floating 2. Fusing
4. 3. Innovative 3 layers floating chest piece
4. Front canvas with 100% flannel felt
1. Break resistant Corozo buttons
2. Wax coated silk gutterman threads
5. Buttons 3. Perfect symmetry for button hole
4. High quality 100% Acetate body lining
STYLE - POWER DRESSING…
Observation: Lapel (collar) & number of buttons
Single-breasted Single-breasted Single-breasted
One-button Suit (SB1) Two-button Suit (SB2) Three-button Suit (SB3)
STYLE - POWER DRESSING…
Observation: Lapel (collar)
Double-breasted Double-breasted Double-breasted
single working button double working button three working buttons
STYLE - POWER DRESSING…
Observation: Length, cut, pockets & number of buttons
STYLE - POWER DRESSING…
Observation: Cut, pockets & number of buttons
Wrap skirt / Wrap around skirt
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STYLE - POWER DRESSING…
Formal shoes & shirt when shopping for suit
Business, wear a single-breasted suit, not a blazer
/ sports coat
Always un-button the bottom coat button
Breast welt pockets are not for your Pens
Flap Pockets not for mobiles or brochures
Avoid a button down shirt with your formal suit
GETTING THE BEST WEAR… (MAINTENANCE)
Dry clean only if apparently dirty
Never fold a suit
Never store in a plastic cover
After each wear, air out the suit
Gentle brushing with light strokes
Short slim people
avoid heavy or medium patterned fabric
wear bulky fabrics like unfinished worsteds,
tweed & flannels
herringbone patterns & subtle stripes
Two buttoned single-breasted jackets
HINTS FOR “NO-BRAINER” DRESSING
Purchase all the components for an outfit at the same time,
Co-ordinate pieces that can be mixed together for different
Select the outfit and hang it outside the closet the evening
Take time periodically to examine and repair your garments
Make regular trips to the cleaners
Wearing the wrong colors
Wearing too much makeup
Wearing clothes that are too small
Chipped nail polish
An old-fashioned hairstyle or messy hair
Messy Shoes or wrong shoes for your outfit
Roots that show
Bras and bra straps that show
Wearing inappropriate clothes
KEEP IN MIND – WARDROBE
START by simplifying your wardrobe
Discard outgrown clothes
Discard/donate clothes you never wear
Repair things immediately
Take care of clothing according to their label cleaning
instructions (dry clean or hang dry, etc.)
Don't buy clothes with exaggerated designs and colours-
can’t repeat them often
POINTS TO REMEMBER
Grooming starts with cleanliness, body care, posture
Understanding your figure - it’s plus and minus points - and
Planning ahead when possible - iron/polish/accessorize
Building your wardrobe - collect a few classic items that will help for
Only the best - discard everything that is damaged, out-dated,
Mixing colours as nature would - be imaginative without jarring
Confidence - every item in your closet should make you happy
Quality shows... and lasts. If it is a brand, flaunt it tastefully
If it is not, go for discreet or no-logo products. Worn well, almost
anything will look nice
KEEP IN MIND - GROSSIES
Dirt, stickiness/ wetness
Odours - body, oral, unpleasant products
Hair - sticking out of nose/ears
Unclean nose, ears, teeth.
Goop in corners of the eyes and mouth.
Lipstick on teeth
Tight clothes - camel toes, strained stretch
KEEP IN MIND - COLOURS
Balance of light and dark colours offer the best effect. For
instance, exposing light skin at the neckline when wearing a dark
Strong colours like red and orange can dampen other colours. So
used in small amounts it can make a solid colour stand out.
An outfit will look smaller in a dark colour (dark colours seem to
move away from you)
They appear larger in a light colour (these appear to come
forward). So white is more expansive than black.
Colours look dramatically different depending on lighting
The same colour worn from head to toe (monochromatic) has
slimming and elongating effect.
Dressing in contrasting colours and blocks or patterns i.e.
dividing the body into numerous colours, shortens and widens.
KEEP IN MIND - CAMOUFLAGE
You can direct the viewer's eye to flattering spots- focal
points. For instance:
Earrings, dramatic makeup or a ruffled neck top can draw
the eye to the face
Slits and high heels can draw the eye to the legs
Jewellery against dark clothing can draw attention away
from the body flaws
So can vets, jackets, sweaters, shawl/stoles
KEEP IN MIND – TALL & FULL
1. Clothing must fit well, 1. Don't wear skin-tight or too
accentuate curves loose clothing
2. Black, navy, brown are good 2. Avoid front-pleated trousers, or
dark colours for slimming, but pleated skirts.
it must suit the weather and 3. Avoid too many details -
occasion pockets, neck/collar details,
3. Do monochromatic ruffles, pleats, gathers, tucks.
4. De-emphasize the top-heavy 4. Avoid short flowy skirts,
figure by wearing simple, instead, opt for fitting ones
uncluttered styling for tops 5. Avoid empire cuts (flowing from
5. Hip or mid-thigh length jackets, just below the bust)
coats, long cardigans are good. 6. No packed sequin dresses -
6. Simple, soft draping sleeves, these tend to enlarge figure
dark colours and tones are
7. Patterns should be small and
KEEP IN MIND – TROUSER FIT
Baggy makes you look smaller
For long waisted - Always wear high waist with plain belt
For short waisted - Low rise with a belt that matches the top of
For low hip bumps - Avoid snug fit, use straight legs instead
For short legs - High waist, fitted full length create longer line
For protruding stomach - Stretch without side and back zippers.
For large derriere - Avoid fancy detailed large back pockets.
For flat derriere - Fancy detailed large back pockets are good.
For heavy thighs - Snug fit with back pockets. Avoid anything
For thin thighs - Baggy front pockets are essential.
For thick waist - Avoid pleated and wide waistband with or
KEEP IN MIND – SKIN CARE
Your skin is your best base and accessory
Basics - Exfoliate, Epilate, Moisturise
Bleach every 4 weeks for that glow
Also, know your skin type (oily, combination, normal, dry,
etc) and treat/ use make-up accordingly
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
WE SHOULD ALL LEARN FROM THE WEATHER,
IT NEVER PAYS ATTENTION TO CRITICS…
BOOKS FOR REFERENCE
Letitia Balridge’s New Complete Guide to Executive Manners –
Power Etiquette – What You Don’t Know can Kill Your Career –
Dana May Casperson
… MAKE AN
OR END UP NAKED!!!
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