WHAT TO WEAR: HOW YOU COMMUNICATE THROUGH CLOTHING

HERE'S THE THING THAT SOME PEOPLE FORGET TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION. COMMUNICATION IS ABOUT MORE THAN WHAT YOU SAY. IT'S HOW YOU ACT AND LOOK AS WELL.

THIS WEEKEND, MY HIGH SCHOOL BESTIE GOT MARRIED. I'VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS DAY FOR MONTHS. I'VE EVEN HAD MY DRESSED PICKED OUT SINCE APRIL! THE DRESS CODE WAS BLACK TIE OPTION AND I KNEW WHAT I WANTED TO COMMUNICATE THROUGH MY OUTFIT: A CONFIDENT, RELAXED PERSONALITY.

MY LEAST FAVORITE THING IS TO BE STUCK WEARING SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME FIDGET. YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I MEAN. THE SKIRT THAT'S JUST A TOUCH TOO TIGHT AND HAS YOU WORRIED ABOUT SITTING DOWN. THE TOP THAT PULLS ACROSS YOUR CHEST AND HAS YOU COVERING UP. THE SHOES THAT SQUEEZE YOUR TOES THAT YOU CAN'T WAIT TO TAKE OFF.

SO, WHY ARE YOU TRYING SO HARD TO IMPRESS OTHER PEOPLE? BECAUSE, LET ME TELL YOU. YOU ARE DOING IT ALL WRONG. IF YOU AREN'T COMFORTABLE, IF YOU AREN'T ABLE TO EXPRESS WHO YOU ARE, YOUR WHOLE SELF IN A WAY THAT'S AUTHENTIC FOR YOU, THE MESSAGE YOU WANT YOUR AUDIENCE TO RECEIVE WILL GET LOST.

INSTEAD, THEY'LL BE TOO BUSY FOCUSING ON YOUR FIDGETING. ON ALL THE LITTLE TUGS YOU GIVE YOUR SKIRT, THE WAY YOU USE YOUR ARMS TO COVER YOUR CHEST OR HOW YOU HOP AROUND FROM FOOT TO FOOT TO ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE PRESSURE (OR SO YOU HOPE). THE BEST WAY TO PRESENT YOURSELF IS TO BE YOURSELF.

HERE ARE SOME OF MY TIPS FOR ENSURING THAT MY OUTFIT MATCHES MY PERSONALITY AND MY MESSAGE:

1) SHOP YOUR CLOSET. YOU'VE GOT THINGS IN THERE THAT YOU LOVE. NO NEED TO ACTUALLY GO BUY SOMETHING.

2) TRY IT ON. AND NOT RIGHT BEFORE YOU WALK OUT THE DOOR OR ONCE YOU GET TO YOUR HOTEL. TRY IT ON IN ADVANCE. MAKE SURE IT FITS AND THAT YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE. IS IT GOING TO REQUIRE CERTAIN UNDERGARMENTS? PERHAPS YOU DON'T LIKE THE WAY THE SWEATER GOES WITH THAT SKIRT. YOU WON'T KNOW UNTIL YOU TRY IT ON.

3) KEEP IT SIMPLE. NO NEED TO OVERCOMPLICATE THINGS. YOU AREN'T COMPETING WITH YOUR OUTFIT. IT'S MEANT TO COMPLIMENT YOU. SOLID COLORS ARE ALWAYS A RELIABLE CHOICE.

4) ACCESSORIZE. YOU CAN CHANGE THE ENTIRE LOOK OF YOUR OUTIFT BASED ON THE SMALLEST TWEAKS. FLATS MIGHT GIVE THAT SKIRT A DIFFERENT VIBE THAN THE HEELS YOU INITIALLY PLANNED. AND SWITCHING OUT YOUR EARRINGS CAN FRESHEN UP EVEN THE MOST BASIC OF LOOKS. I ALWAYS HAVE A PAIR OF STUDS AND EITHER A MORE INTRICATE CLUSTER OR DANGLE EARRING READY TO GO.

5) LAYER UP. YOU NEVER WANT TO BE TOO HOT OR TOO COLD. SO WEAR SOMETHING THAT HAS VERSATILITY. SHIFT DRESSES ARE MY GO-TO FOR MEETINGS AS I CAN THROW ON A SWEATER, A SCARF OR A JACKET CREATING NUMEROUS LOOKS IN AN INSTANT. YOU ARE PROBABLY THINKING WHY DOES THIS MATTER. BUT YOU KNOW YOU'LL GET SELF-CONSCIOUS IF YOU ARE WORRYING ABOUT POTENTIAL SWEAT STAINS OR FIGHTING OFF THE SHIVERS.

6) WEAR IT WITH A SMILE. MAKE SURE THAT WHATEVER YOU WEAR, PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE. THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW IT'S A WINNER.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU WANT YOUR AUDIENCE TO UNDERSTAND YOU. DON'T LET YOUR OUTFIT DISTRACT FROM YOUR MISSION. MAKE SURE THAT IT WORKS WITH YOU, NOT AGAINST YOU. YOU'LL FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT MAKING YOU BETTER ABLE TO COMMUNICATE AND THE MESSAGE YOU WANT TO DELIVER.

READY TO FOCUS ON WHAT ACTUALLY MATTERS, LIKE THE MEAT OF YOUR MESSAGE? THEN LET'S TALK! SCHEDULE A COMPLIMENTARY CALLL WITH ME TODAY!