Christina Davis helped me revamp my closet pretty much straight out of college. I had a weird mix of clothing that I mostly liked, but didn’t send the message I wanted to send. I wanted to be taken more seriously, dress comfortably, and express my playful, enthusiastic self all in one look. 😉
She spent about 3-4 hours with me, helped me comb through some pieces I owned, and we made a game plan of pieces I could invest in that would help me accomplish my life goals. It has become more and more clear that what we wear communicates a message on its own.
While I certainly believe (and know) life is so much more than what you wear, I also know how it makes me feel and the thoughts I have about others when it comes to clothing choices. For this Friday Fives post, I did a quick interview with my friend Christina, a personal stylist + branding consultant who is my go-to with all things fashion.
I love these bite sized nuggets to consider if you’re trying to level up your fashion game.
1. Less is more. Choose quality over quantity. Choose things you love that fit well and you will make a statement every time. Your confidence will be impacted and others will notice. Don’t buy it unless you can wear it three places or three ways.
2. Don’t blend in. Be true to what you love. The most important thing in personal brand is authenticity. It’s what draws others to you. People can smell a fake. Don’t worry about what others are wearing (paying attention of course to propriety and modesty) and if it means you stand out because you love bold patterns and colors then do it. Be memorable. What’s the point of looking like everyone else? It never did anyone any good for people to have to stop and think…”now Christina, which one was she?”
3. The devil is in the details. Mend it, dry clean it, take it out/in, hem it. Roll your sleeves, wear some jewelry, carry a great bag! 80% of impact is in the final 10-20% of the things you put on. If you pay attention to details in your presence, people will know you pay attention to details in other areas.
4. Comfortable and cute are not mutually exclusive. Being comfortable does not have to equal boring. Do some research. Heels can be comfortable as can dress pants and suits but you have to know where to look.
5. Accept the fact that image matters. Your work will speak for itself… once you have given yourself a chance to have others find out. It only takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. In 7 seconds people decide whether to engage with you further. Are you drawing the right people to yourself?
If you’re ever curious about getting a closet revamp, Christina may be your gal. She is also a fabulous officiant if you ever need one. 😉
Photo by Ivory House Photography.