The Selfing Process Series – Clothing and Fashion – Step 5 of 5

What kind of relationship are you having with your clothes? Fashion and clothing have the power to influence you in a profound way. This effect can be positive or negative, and it can impact your self-esteem, your mood and the impressions you make on other people. The messages that your clothing broadcast can profoundly affect the perceptions of the people or person looking at you-and they affect you as well. Therefore, it is always to your advantage to dress for effect and to look the part. As individuals and professionals, though, we have a collection of self-images to choose from. It is important that we understand that the choice of image at any given time is based on role demands.

Ask yourself:

  • Who am I being in the world?
  • What do I want to project or communicate about myself?
  • How do I want others to perceive me?

With these questions answered, you will have a better understanding of the big picture for your life and how you want to advance, which determines your ideal wardrobe and what will work best for you while at the same time projecting your authentic image. When you begin designing, creating and perfecting your authentic image it is necessary to take into account the role you will be playing in your life, as well as your lifestyle.If you are the vice president of marketing at a fortune five hundred company, your work attire will probably be quite different than a middle school special education teacher. And no doubt, your lifestyle would probably be different as well. If you are an art dealer you will probably dress differently than an accountant or a radiologist. Even a television news anchor would probably dress differently than a film editor.

Are you:

  1. Urban
  2. Suburban
  3. Small town
  4. International
  5. Rural
  • Are you married or single?
  • Do you have children?
  • What is your age?
  • Do you work from home?
  • Do you travel often?
  • Do you entertain friends and family or clients and business associates?
  • When you’re home, do you like to lounge, cook or garden?

My point is-all of these multi-dimensional parts of who you are being, or want to be, must be taken into consideration in order for you to be authentic in the way you are expressing yourself visually. So, then, to make sure that you’re ready to get ready for all the areas of your life while remaining authentic-you’ll want to give your wardrobe a fresh and energetic workout by:

  1. Assessing everything that you have in your closets and drawers.
  2. Clearing out everything that is not consistent with your big picture of who you are and where you’re headed in your life.

Caution: Unless you’re clear on your direction in life, you may find yourself creating a persona that is inauthentic, and in fact, incongruent with your true essence and where you really want to go. Now, listen, if your goal is to create characters for your life then that’s fine. Go for it. This could be necessary at times. In fact, some careers even demand personas. But, if your objective is to create and project a reliable and trustworthy appearance which meets the requirements of any occasion, then let’s get serious for a moment.How important is your image to your success in becoming who you want to be and communicating what you want to communicate about yourself?

Chloé Taylor Brown is the president and CEO of Total Image Enhancement, a business development and lifestyle specialist firm in Atlanta, Georgia–USA. She is an image enhancement and lifestyle specialist, life by design POWER coach, author, and speaker. Her secret formula is her gift of combining personal experiences with cutting-edge techniques and systems to deliver powerful keynotes, presentations and workshops that get people out of their head and into their life, [http://www.totalimageenhancement.com/2007/index.php]

She also provides one-on-one POWER coaching to executives, entertainers, socialites, and individuals in transition, as well as image power training and team building workshops to organizations like The Home Depot, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Avon Corporation, Georgia Institute of Technology and others.

Chloé Taylor Brown is the author of Getting Ready Chloé-Style: Perfecting Your Authentic Image and Determine Your Ideal: Creating a Life of Fulfillment and Prosperity, [http://www.totalimageenhancement.com]

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