Communicating during such challenging times takes thought and preparation. Many of us are working remotely using: video calls; Zoom; Face Time; Skype; GoToMeeting and webinars. You may think “video conferencing” doesn’t require the same level of polish you would bring to an in-person interview or client meeting, but the visual impact remains the same. Stains and wrinkles can be quite visible. What you want to avoid is looking like you just rolled out of bed or off the treadmill.
What follows are some ways to look and feel put-together while connecting remotely.
Dress Your Best. The outfit you select should make you feel confident and comfortable while not being distracting. The camera loves blues, greens, and also pinks, reds, purples and browns. Remember that bulky fabrics can add pounds. To avoid being over-exposed, dress on the conservative side; plunging necklines, crop tops, tank tops and spaghetti straps give the impression you are out of touch with business protocol. Dresses and business tops without jackets that do not cause you to be over-exposed work well. Zippers on jackets, sweaters and tops are good on video as they create a strong vertical line that naturally draws the viewer’s eye to your face and eyes.
Jewelry Well-placed jewelry can add visual interest as long as it works well with your outfit and is not a distraction. Avoid over-sized earrings that move around when you speak. Likewise, avoid stackable bracelets that make noise with hand movements. You want people to connect with what you are saying, not with what you are wearing.
Make-up — wear it. It adds polish and a finishing touch even if you don’t wear it daily. The amount of makeup should be the same as when you have a head shot done or go on TV. It probably feels weird since you are working from home but you will thank me when you can see yourself on the screen. At the very least, put on a bright lipstick and more blush and setting powder than you usually would do. The powder can control an otherwise shiny face. And, the point of the color is to bring attention to your face and therefore to what you are saying.
Background Choose a neutral background that is not cluttered with messy piles, food or beverages. Less is more. Have a clear background if at all possible. If there is something colorful on the wall behind you, wear solid colors so whatever is on the wall is not a distraction. If your background is light, wear something dark. If it is dark, where something bright. You want to avoid blending into the background and losing your on-camera clout. A non-cluttered background allows people to more easily focus on you and what you have to say.
Lighting Avoid fluorescent lights as they can cast unflattering shadows. Also avoid overhead lights as they can create dark under eye shadows.
Maintain Good Eye Contact The camera should be placed at eye level so you are centered on the screen during the call and easy to see. If using a laptop or iPhone, place something beneath the device to raise it until your eyes are at the same level as the camera lens.
Wear Pants. You should be completely dressed. Even if nobody else can see what you are wearing on the bottom, you will feel more professional and act accordingly.
Eliminate Distractions If you have animals or children running around in the house, close (and maybe even lock) your office door and let your family know when you are participating in a video meeting . This can help avoid embarrassing situations.
Keep Your Notes Nearby If you need to check some notes during your call, jot them down on a sheet of paper and tape them next to your camera. This can help you stay on track. Also keep a notepad and pen handy to make some notes with as little visual disruption as possible.
Last Word Make it a practice to give yourself a few minutes before each call to check your appearance one more time before signing on. Remember to check your teeth, hair and makeup. Keep a hair brush, lipstick and other basic essentials along with a small mirror at your desk, if you need a quick touch up.
You can use these virtual wardrobe consultations to:
clean out your closet
create outfits working with clothes you already own
accessorize and refresh existing outfits.
Indeed, being home bound, as we are, provides a unique opportunity to assess wardrobes. If you would like to reserve a time (which must be at least one half hour), please e-mail me at [email protected].
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Acquiring a couple of new pieces each season that work with what you already own is a great way to freshen your wardrobe without breaking the bank. If you haven’t overhauled your closet in a while, the new year is a great time to do that. Partnering with a skilled stylist that knows what should stay and what should go is a wise investment. A fresh set of expert eyes can also help you save time and money shopping as adding just the right things is easier when you have a focused shopping list that matches your style and budget. I am happy to assist you.
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If you are uncertain whether pants are flattering, do not wear them.
Eliminate tight elastic that produces bulges. The panty line and tight waistbands are prime culprits.
A little looser is always better; but not baggy.
Keep your problem areas covered. For example, if your thighs are heavy, do not wear shorts.
Tuck your tops smoothly into stockings or panties so they do not bunch up and pad your tummy. If pocket linings show through, have them removed and the pockets sewn closed.
Sagging breasts not only make you look older, but they also make you look heavier. Wear a bra that lifts you, and watch the pounds disappear.
Do not wear ruffles anywhere you are heavy, or borders, boat necklines, ankle-strap shoes or ankle bracelets.
Horizontal lines add visual weight, as do heavy or bulky fabrics.
The SHOULDER line is one of the most critical points of design. Every woman looks more slender if she can taper her silhouette from bold shoulders to a slender hemline, whether that hemline is in a jacket, a coat or a dress.
Just because it is trendy does not mean you should wear it, especially if it doesn’t flatter your body.
Size –Buy clothing that fits the largest part of your body and then alter what might need to be taken in or shortened.
Full-length Mirror — Always check your total look — front and back — in a full-length mirror before you leave your home. Better for you to see a problem first than for others to let you know.
After looking at styles today, have you ever thought to yourself: ‘I could never wear that. I am too heavy or I will look too short?’WHATEVER YOUR SHAPE YOU CAN PUT TOGETHER STYLES THAT ARE BECOMING ON YOU THROUGH ILLUSION DRESSING. Every body can look proportioned with flattering wardrobe choices. Illusion Dressing helps you to highlight your strong points, while camouflaging where you need to. What follows are some guidelines to help you with “Illusion Dressing.”
Use COLOR to create your best illusion.Darker clothing is more slenderizing. Black, dark brown, navy blue, dark green and burgundy tones all contribute to a slimmer, sleeker look. Dark colors absorb light and recede into the background. For hiding lumps and heavy areas, darker colors are best.Light colors advance or reflect light and can be used to increase body size.Dress all in one color or in like shades. Monochromatic dressing creates a strong, vertical line, which elongates the body, thereby making you look taller and thinner.Shoes — shoe color should be the same value or darker than your hemline to avoid calling attention to your feet.Hosiery — You look instantly taller and trimmer when you match the color tone of your stockings to your shoe and your hem.
Use DETAILS to draw attention to your best features while diverting attention away from those areas you want to de-emphasize. An example would be to wear earrings the same color as your eyes.
TEXTURE — Smooth fabrics are slimming while nubby textures add bulk.
FINISH –Shiny fabrics make the figure look larger; dull fabrics make the figure look smaller.
PATTERNS attract more attention than solids. Make an effort to match the size of the fabric patterns to your body size. A large print overwhelms a small figure; similarly a small print on a large person makes the figure look larger.
Styles are reminiscent of the late 70’s and early 80’s with: bell bottoms; capes; overlayskirts from brocade to denim; extravagant flowing golden sheaths; andromanticized voluminous bows for the bodice.Call them retro couture, period pieces or vintage inspired, the looks are playful, fluid and easy to wear. Classic Blue is Pantone’s color of the year and is found in every article of clothing.
However vibrant neon shades are also rampant.
Top jewelry trends include the use of, natural materials like shell, stone, raffia, and wood.
Putting female sexuality front and center, bra tops from knit to snakeskin are extremely popular. If selecting this new craze, wear with flat abs and a high waisted pant or skirt.
Shorts — (remember hot pants?) found in every material, color and shape provide ample ability to move about freely. If this is not a good style for you, bermuda shorts are frequently found to wear alone or as the bottom component of a suit!
Using recycled fabrics in creative ways is another trend.
The trenchcoat remains the most popular topper for spring with artful details like crystal trim and bias draping.
Lots of crochet, fringe,artful fabric draping, puff sleeves and disco collars (pronounced wide and pointed) are also popular.
Acquiring a couple of new pieces each season that work with what you already own is a great way to freshen your wardrobe without breaking the bank. If you haven’t overhauled your closet in a while, the new year is a great time to do that. Partnering with a skilled stylist that knows what should stay and what should go is a wise investment. A fresh set of expert eyes can also help you save time and money shopping as adding just the right things is easier when you have a focused shopping list that matches your style and budget. I am happy to assist you. Let me know if I can help you with your style journey. [email protected].
FDA’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON WHEN TO TOSS COSMETIC PRODUCTS
It is recommended that you wash your hands before applying makeup.The FDA recommends tossing these products after owning them for this long:
Mascara — between 2-4 months
Pencil eyeliner — 2 years
Liquid or gel eyeliner –3 months
Liquid face makeup — 6 months
Cream compact foundation — 18 months
Concealers — 12-18 months
Powders (including blushes, bronzers and eye shadows ) — 2 years
Cream shadows and blushes — 12-18 months
Lipstick and lip liner — one year
Lip gloss — 18 -24 months
Skin products in pump bottles — 6 months
Makeup applicators — 3 months
Makeup sponges — 3 months
A new study done by the FDA found that up to 90% of makeup products are contaminated with super bugs. Hanging on to products well past their expiration dates risks applying bacteria to your face every day.
One of the biggest fashion challenges people face during the holiday season is weight gain. What follows are some tips to help you avoid eating your way through the holidays.
Eat healthy meals and snacks throughout the day and especially before a social event. Avoid arriving at functions so hungry that you will want to eat everything in sight. Simple snacks such as raw fruits and vegetables and non-fat, sugar-free yogurt are good choices.
Try not to keep tempting foods on hand. Pass along any food gifts or leftovers you fear you may consume. Do not keep high caloric foods on hand for guests who may drop by.
Take care of yourself to reduce holiday stress. Being rested, getting exercise and staying relaxed help you control overeating.
Spend time with people in ways that do not involve food. Go for a walk, meet at the gym, go to a holiday performance, shop or make holiday gifts together.
Brush your teeth, floss, use sugar-free breath mints and gum and put on fresh lipstick and lip liner. There is nothing like a clean, freshly made-up mouth to discourage you from eating.
Limit alcohol. It is high in calories, hard to keep track of quantity and it tends to make you want to eat more.
Even if you overindulge, do not think it is all over so you may as well eat more. Just make your next meal a healthy one. If you choose splurges carefully, you can still maintain your weight.
Wear fitted clothing around your waist to remind you that you have eaten enough!
Doing a lot of online holiday shopping? When your orders arrive, save the plastic air inserts that prevent contents from shifting in the box. Use them when storing your purses; tuck the pillows inside handbags so they maintain their shape from season to season.