First dates; a time of sweaty palms, nervous conversation, and happy butterflies in your stomach. We often feel that everything is one the line with this first courting — and so we spend ours looking in our closets, and in the mirror trying to find that “perfect” look.
But…what is the perfect look?
1. If you aren”™t sure what will be taking place over the course of the evening, the best thing is to prepare best you can for any scenario in one outfit. Layering is key.
2. I often tell clients that classic pieces in bright splashes of colour are a great way to go for starters. While trends are amazing, you don”™t want to go too far and look like your having an identity crisis.
3. Get something that fits your body type well. People always look their best when their clothing fits properly and compliments their figure. Hire an image consultant if you aren”™t sure.
4. Know your colours; having your, ”˜colours”™ done really gives you a “wow” factor. It gives you a healthy glow, and makes you look flawless. Trust me. It”™s amazing!
5. Don”™t break the bank. While designer clothing is amazing — if you”™re in need of a quick outfit for the evening, you can create amazing looks for less. The picture below are pieces from H&M and Forever21 and is only $70.00! On a side note — Forever 21 can be very youthful — I only use them for accessories.
For some general outfit ideas:
For men, a trouser or a dark wash denim (light washes are too casual and dated) with a dress shirt, and casual blazer is a great look. It”™s a smart/dress casual look that is universally accepted. If you wear or bring a blazer you”™ll have a layering piece for yourself — or your lady incase she gets cold.
For women, a dress is a great option — just make sure you can move in it! Dresses are wonderful because you can dress them up or down with a few accessories, jackets, or shoes. I recommend wearing flats if you”™re unsure as to what you”™ll be doing. If you end up going for a walk or spending a lot of time standing — your feet will thank-you.
And remember, no matter how fashionable you may or may not be — have fun with your personality in what you wear and be comfortable. The rest will follow.
About the guest blogger:
Christie Ressel is an International Image Consultant that has always craved fashion, glamour, and personal development. Thrilled about the fact that her job meshes these passions together, she created, Personal Power Image Consulting. Here, she helps women and business individuals feel current, stylish, and strong in all situations through her personal, socializing, and corporate services.
Regularly featured in the media and press. Christie has an on-going dedication to bringing women of today the highest value and excellence in all that they do.
In addition to consulting, Christie is a freelance writer and is the Senior Editor of Style and Beauty for ChicGalleria.com. She is also on the board and an active member of the Association of Image Consultants International.
Christie has delivered over 150 lectures across North America on topics ranging from women”™s empowerment, etiquette, image, and credibility, and much more. Coming this fall, she will also be teaching image consulting at George Brown College in Toronto.
Christie Ressel, International Image Consultant and Style Coach