How much power does fashion? I mean about our ideas of beauty or about our fashion wishes and desires, not the power of the industry. This is undisputed. As being a strong womanyou must to put against the continuous drip irrigation with super slim, young models, “Must-haves” and “It-Pieces” to the military. No, I mean: what power has the clothes how they are perceived by other people, or how well you can realize your goals in life about? This question raises in their English-speaking style guide Bobbie Thomas “the power of style” on and gives interesting answers. Today I would like to introduce the book of style luminary from the US television channel NBC, which says:
“Everyone has to put on anything, but how you dress, influenced everything easy.”
But I must warn you in advance: Unlike American fashion Council donors usual, is it pretty deep dug…
Style and fashion Guide: Getting the usual content or anything different?
I read many style guides. Most of which are again similar content with slightly different emphases. But, in a book to learn everything about fashion, are also limited. The practical implementation is often just using a personal style advice.
The book “the power of style” is no different in this respect, but well above the usual goes beyond. In a first, leading part, the book deals with the inner requirements for personal style? Only in the second part takes place then the translation of the Interior style tips for the appearance. There the typical color and figure tips and advice for the purchase of clothing and to the Organization of the wardrobecan be found then. If you already read the fashion Whisperer, you will no longer surprise the content of the second part of the book.
Style is created by the relationship between inner and outer appearance
The special and interesting of the style guide is the first part. Because Bobbie Thomas is also a very good psychologist who grabs the emergence of good style at the roots according to TIMELESSTABLETS.COM. And these roots are always in the inner workings of the woman, in her personality, your characteristics and your life goals. You question their readers:
- Who are you, what image do you have and how would you be perceived by other people, so you better achieve your goals?
It explains what influence the first impression and the appearance in many walks of life have. And advocates that you consciously employ clothing, to exploit the power of fashion. Because:
“Fashion is your silent message to the world.”
If you here to have pursued the blogger project “find your style” last summer on the blog, you know that I support this profound approach to understand the own style and develop, very. So I devoured this first book part under the motto “Change begins from the inside” and filtered out the following interesting thoughts for you.
Look in the mirror – but using the right kind of mirror!
Who you see when you look in the mirror – honestly? First, most women see their flaws, a man, whom they consider to be not very benevolent. As long as you are watching yourself as critical or even negative, you will be communicating this outwardly so. The tip from Thomas is: carefully select the mirror, in which you consider yourself – and you want to believe. Not the mirror glass who shows, and as you are, but other people, situations, and the life that you lead.
- How would you describe your favorite friends?
- How do you behave in different situations?
- How do you decide?
- How you live your life?
- How do you deal with other people?
- And what does that say about you?
Actions speak louder than words, Thomas says and shows many examples and exercises, you learn to recognize the “good”, appreciative mirrors around them, to avoid the “bad”, distorting mirror and build as your self-esteem. Because you are much more than a simple reflection in a glass! Only when you really can see in your entirety, you can translate your identity in your own personal style to the outside, and create an authentic and positive image. Thomas says:
“To be stylish, has nothing to do with your figure type or the amount of your bank account; it comes to fully accept their own individuality and to radiate this inner attitude in your relationships, at work and in every situation in your life.”
Their body language and the external impression, decide how you will be judged.
Around 93% of communication is non-verbal. As you move, your gestures and facial expressions and what clothes you wear, decide how you are perceived and judged by other people. We all constantly talk to our environment, without saying a Word. And we even read constantly throughout many small outer references, us to form an opinion about the character and personality of others. Credible, they work only if your words and actions match these non-verbal signals.
Their posture, facial expression and gesture is fed by your inner attitude. Therefore it is so important to work on your self image. The clothing is also an element of this nonverbal communication. But you yourself can influence this facet of the outer impression – so that will open the doors for you and you more easily achieve their goals. To do so, two questions are crucial according to Thomas you are should ask every day before you leave the House:
- You feel comfortable in your clothes? Only if you feel absolutely comfortable in what you wear, you are unconsciously convey this and convince others in the first impression.
- What message, which set or which Word to communicate today your clothes over you? What message your clothes on you convey to, can every day and change depending on the occasion. It depends what you’re doing during the day, people meet you and what you want to achieve. On a first date that message will be certainly different, as in a presentation to the Board.
Have you mastered already the nonverbal language of style?
In this chapter, Thomas advises her readers to do so to understand themselves as a brand and stage. She describes a brand as a “Gut feeling”, as the sum of all associations which others have when they see you or thinking of you. Her style is the language that lets you build your personal brand and promote. Strong brands have a core that clearly and consistently communicate. Brands have unique benefits and must be appropriately packaged and advertised.
Define your brand essence!
The main issue is to find out the essence of your brand:
- Who are you? What values, beliefs, preferences and behaviour make up your personal brand?
Whether you like it or not: you are others constantly assessed and put in drawers. Style helps you to control your image, by itself providing the information, where you want to be classified. While Thomas offers several clues and concrete exercises in her book, which will help you to find your brand essence.
What are the benefits of your brand and how to apply them?
Have you found your brand essence, is the application of your benefits and at the development of an attractive packaging. The following questions help:
- What are the strengths and talents do you have?
- What characteristics are you?
- And how do you clear it with your appearance?
Of course Bobbie Thomas can answer these questions not in the book – they are to individually. But it gives many useful food for thought as you even closer to the essence of your being and thus your style.
Know your inner values and appreciate them enough?
According to Bobbie Thomas, only a detail of your personal style may deter you: you need to convince yourself of your own value. You need to get to the view that you deserve appreciation, so as you are not perfect – but the perfect expression your self. You must believe that you are worth any investment in your appearance.
In this chapter it comes to self-love, therefore, to recognize its inner value and appreciate, to maintain and to do something good for yourself. This is the central conclusion: style has nothing to do with outer, material values to do. Only your very individual, inner wealth can determine your self worth and thus be the basis for your style. Or in other words:
“You can buy fashion. You must have style.” (Edna Woolman Chase)
Questions that help you to identify your self worth and to accept themselves, could be:
- How satisfied are you with yourself?
- Would you invite itself to a date?
- What can you change realistically, to be satisfied with yourself?
And Thomas stressed: style belongs always to the things in your life, you can – change fortunately. It will take you time, energy, and maybe even some money cost, to develop your style and to implement. But it’s also really to make a question of priorities in your life and the appreciation itself, this investment in your appearance.
Fundamental questions of life and your individual answers will determine your style.
You see, that’s the first part of “the power of style” really has in itself. Here, very fundamental life questions are raised. And Bobbie Thomas argues very strongly for it to tackle these issues. Because they are based, to an own, authentic appearance, which gives you advantages in many situations. It is these thoughts and the accompanying suggestions for more self-knowledge, which make the book worth reading. This psychological depth is rare in American style guides.
The book can – replace of course like most books on the subject – no personal style advice. But the editing of the basic questions will help you to prepare optimally for a such style advice and to improve the result of style advice. Because the best style consultant can take not the duty, to work out the core of your being. The best style professional can not decide for you what message you want to tell the world about yourself. And the result of the best consulting can not ensure that you so love and appreciate how you earn it.
I think you now understand why I like wanted to explain the core ideas of the style guide Bobbie Thomas you. If you read here about fashion and learn, that’s just the surface. It’s about learning a language called “Style”. Figure and color tips are your vocabulary the grammar of this language, clothing, and accessories. But to make coherent sentences from all this that make sense for you and your life, to do this you need to learn themselves really know each other, appreciate and love. Good style is so easy and difficult at the same time.
How do you see that? Did I do you think? I look forward, if you share your thoughts here!
The book the power of style: everything you need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow you can order in English at Amazon (affiliate link).
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