Archives for October 2017

Resist the Fashion Urge to Wind Up in the Red

 

BY TRACI MCBRIDE

Q: What should I consider while trying to make better decisions in shopping for clothes?

A: Let me share six simple steps for wardrobe shopping with purpose and making every buck count:

  1. Being mindful of what you already have in your closet (take an inventory), enhance it by adding texture, shine, print or pattern.
  2. If you have an abundance of black, vow not to buy more.
  3. Avoid creating garment orphans, which is common when shopping without a plan.
  4. Color is confidence and your friend, especially your personal power colors near your face.
  5. Tailor for best fit, or you are wasting your $. Most people can’t score a perfect fit off-the-rack. Tailoring is key; budget for it.
  6. Honoring your personal proportions is absolutely the priority over trends or fads.
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Tattoos: Taboo or cool at company events?

BY TRACI MCBRIDE

Q: I work in a conservative marketing firm. I get invited to several holiday events by our biggest clients and wondered if wearing something a little sexier that would show off a tattoo on my upper back would be appropriate.

A: Tattoos have become very common, and people of all ages are proud to show them off. Tattoos are a way of expressing your individuality — which I’m all about. Having said that, you did mention you work in a conservative company, so perhaps being mindful of that is the key here. What you didn’t mention is the size and subject of the body art. A little butterfly or flower on your shoulder is one thing, but a life-size skeleton head with blood oozing out of it is a whole other thing.
 
Since the tattoo isn’t considered “holiday tradition,” perhaps expressing your unique style could be wearing gold glittery pumps and a sparkly scarf or wrap, skipping the usual LBD (little black dress) and kicking it up with a flattering dress in your power color, 
and brushing on a little deeper eye shadow. This would work with the professional crowd while saving your tattoo for the weekend holiday festivities with your friends and loved ones.

ABOUT TRACI MCBRIDE: TRACI IS THE WARDROBE STYLIST AT TEEMCBEE IMAGE CONSULTING. SUBSCRIBE TO HER NEWSLETTER, SCHEDULE A STYLE STRATEGY CALL, OR REQUEST TEE SPEAKS TO INFUSE YOUR ORGANIZATION WITH PASSION AND STYLE.