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Picture this; imagine a woman dressed for work with hair in a simple ponytail, little makeup, stud earrings as her only accessory, chinos, dress shirts and loafers. Then picture the same woman with a chic hairdo, skirted ensembles paired with fitted jackets, slingbacks, accessories and makeup. Transformation, right? More importantly, the ‘Presence’ of a true professional in charge of her career.
In the professional arena, especially, our image can enhance or hinder us from our goals. The question to ask yourself is this: how much effort are you willing to invest in your career goals? Yes, you can be competent, brilliant, sharp as a tack, indispensable even, but if your image is not up to par with your credentials, you may find yourself being passed up for promotions or not elevating your business as fast as you desire.
Your image transmits a message about you at every moment, whether you are aware of it or not. And more importantly, once formed, it is difficult to erase those impressions others form about you.
What this means is that you have to manage your image in the same way you manage your finances or your family schedule. Your image is an asset which can effectively position you for the success you desire. You need to treat it like the valuable asset it is.
It is helpful to think of your image as a billboard advertising “you”. Your image is “selling” you constantly: at work, at home, everywhere you go. The good news is that you have control over how you are perceived. You just need to be aware of the messages you are conveying with your appearance and refine accordingly.
For more ways you can perfect your professional presence, read the tips on my site, Elan Image Management HERE. For even more tips, you’ll want to get your copy of
Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. Chapter 9 is all about dressing for workplace success.
Natalie Jobity, The Image Diva
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And whether you’re inviting company to your home or visiting friends and family, you want to be sure you look great—especially when it is the perfect occasion for a photo opp! Here are 6 tips to ensure your wardrobe is on point on this special day.
1. You want to make sure that you’re dressed appropriately for the company you’re with. So for example if you’ve visiting with your significant other’s family, it’s probably best to err on the side of modesty and try a look that is classic and timeless. Pair a sweater or cardigan and shirt with a wool blend skirt (or sweater dress) and tights for a look that will ensure everyone falls in love with you. Add a scarf in a fab color for instant oomph.
2. Comfort is important. Especially so when you’ve eaten way more than you needed to and are apt to feel bloated. If your chosen look requires that you have a flat stomach you may want to think about an alternative. Tight fitting jeans—probably not the best idea. Instead why not pair leggings with an interesting tunic top (embellished perhaps?) and a sporty boyfriend jacket or sweater coat. You will be comfortable, stylish and have enough room for any extra belly bulge not to show. This outfit from Banana Republic may do the trick.
3. Hanging out with your friends and want a more fashionable look? Consider a knit dress or tunic length sweater in an easy drape and a color that makes you look amazing and pair with tights and hip boots to keep your look modern.
4. If your crowd is a bit more upscale you may amp up your sophistication factor by opting for a great tailored jacket with pizzazz paired with a great pair of slacks and killer bling. Consider a great pair of shoulder duster earrings or a fabulous necklace. Skip the arm candy for another occasion.
5. Walk with an extra layer as you can’t be sure if you’ll be too hot or cold. I love a colorful scarf or wrap for exactly that purpose.
6. If you’re going to be helping with the food preparations you need to have on hand comfortable shoes. Ballet flats are a winner as are flat riding boots. Sorry, no sneakers please!
All outfits are available at banana republic. Have a comment? I’d love to hear from you.
One of my goals when I work with women is to help them embrace their body and learn how to work with it rather than fight with it. As my yoga teacher says, if you treat your own body like you did your best friend, you’d be much kinder to it. Think of it; would you call your best friend names? Treat her badly? Not show her compassion? Not love her for who she is?
It is the same with your body. Treat it kindly and compassionately and lovingly–even the parts you wished were different. And for the latter, here are a few insider stylist’s secrets to help minimize those more challenging body parts.
- Minimizing a tummy bulge A dress or top with strategic ruching is great if the ruching is diagonal and near the tummy area. A surplice wrap top with a V neck is very flattering for women with tummy issues. Also embrace shapewear! Patterns can also distract from the tummy area if they are well spaced and placed
- Heavy thighs/full hips A full leg trouser style pant WITHOUT side pockets is most flattering pant. If it has a vertical seam detail that is even better. A line skirts and dresses with vertical seaming also ‘break up’ the width and make her thighs disappear. A great secret to really disguise thighs is wearing a long topper jacket open –this essentially hides the whole hip/thigh area and makes the woman look taller and leaner. She can combine a topper in a bright fun col0r and print and go monochromatic inside for a really slimming, chic look.
- Look taller and leaner by:
- Wearing a bra that lifts and supports. Takes off 10 pounds and 10 years. You essentially open up the torso area so the woman looks more elongated, and more poised.
- Stand up straight! Pretty basic but you’ll be surprised how many women slouch and add pounds to their mid section by so doing
- Monochromatic looks will always be elongating. This does not mean black but any dark color will have this effect—brown, charcoal grey, navy.
- Look for vertical details—like pinstripes, vertical seams, patterns that run vertically. Avoid any design element that chops your body up—this includes cropped or capri pants, horizontal lines or prints in pants skirts, or overly wide belts at the waist
I’ll be sharing more tips in an upcoming post!
Natalie Jobity AKA The Image Diva. Author: Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. Follow me on Facebook for more tips everyday!
I’ve been quiet lately I know. But it’s been for good reason. I’ve been hard at work rebuilding my website and now I can finally announce that it has officially launched! The new Elan Image Management web site has the same URL but a totally new look and feel. From my updated Services page, to a new Resources section to a Press page that highlights where I’ve been featured, the new site has so much to help you on your quest to fabulous. More videos, more articles, more ways to serve you! Please visit. I promise you will be inspired.
To help celebrate my site makeover, I’d like to help you with your own personal one so you have “Presence with a Purpose” TM. The kids are back to school, and we’re smack in the middle of the fall season which means the holidays will soon be upon us. Now it’s your time to shine! There is no better time to polish your image so you look fabulous for all your holiday functions. For a limited time we’re offering a 90-minute Holiday Makeover Special to help you find the right outfits for your upcoming office parties, family gatherings, holiday galas and more. To find out more send me an e-mail at Elan@ElanImageManagement.com and put Holiday Makeover Special in the subject and your contact information in the body. Also write a sentence describing what you need most help with.
October is breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is the perfect time to schedule that mammogram and to start practicing healthy self-care practices. Read this self-care article on Amazing Women Rock for some more ways you can take care of yourself so you look good and feel fabulous too.
Here’s to Purposeful Presence!
Many women struggle with looking pulled together in casual settings. They end up under-dressing because they’re worried about over dressing. So how do you present a polished and pulled together image while in a casual setting? Here’s the short answer: You can still be “dressed” without being “dressed up”.
If you’re a business woman and you’re attending a BBQ where you know you’ll meet other business professionals, how do you show up? Do you dress with the baggy T, shorts and flip flops which, while appropriate for the occasion, may not send that “dressed” signal to those you may want to impress? Or do you show up in a top that flatters you, a pair of well-fitting linen slacks or a cotton skirt, with a cute pair of sandals? Both are appropriate for the occasion, both are comfortable. But the latter is infinitely more effective in case you do bump into that person you’ve been dying to meet and for 5 minutes you happen to be talking business.
I don’t know about you but my policy is to be safe than sorry. More than that, my motto is really this: NOT looking “polished” is never an option. Never an option. Why look “less than” my amazing potential, regardless of the context or situation or environment? I challenge you to ask yourself, why should you?
Be fabulous, regardless of the occasion!
Natalie Jobity, image consultant, President, Elan Image Management. Author: Frumpy to Fabulous Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style
Without much ado, here are my top 5 swimsuits for top heavy women
Women with large breasts really need proper support. Bikinis are fine once the top has the proper underwire support to keep the bust lifted. This full coverage bikini from Victoria Secret is a winner.
Asymmetrical one piece
If you are a busty woman with broader shoulders than your hips, you’re going to want a swimsuit that visually narrows your top half so it balances out your lower half. This one shoulder is excellent because the asymmetrical shoulder is very supportive, the ruching at the waist is very figure enhancing and the print is very alluring. Go for it! Available at Victoria’s Secret.
Deep plunge one piece
With one pieces, you absolutely want to look at a deep V neck or wide U scoop necklines which enhance your bust. To avoid? Little itsy bitsy tops or stringy halters that look at odds with your proportion and provide zero support. Also any top that adds bulk to your breasts. This bathing suit, from Miracle Suit hits all the right marks. Figure flattering to your décolletage, side ruching to enhance your waist and great support at the bustline. Available @ Bloomingdales.
This halter swimdress is great for a top heavy woman with wide shoulders and narrow hips. The halter top provides support for the girls while the ruffle skirt adds balance to your wider top. Plus it’s so darn cute! Plus if you have a hint of a tummy all the ruching in the middle will cinch you in comfortably. Suit from Juicy Couture @ Bloomingdales.
I love this tankini for a top heavy woman with broad shoulders. The suits neckline highlights the shoulders while the neck wrap tempers them at the same time. The top can also be wrapped in multiple ways depending on your style preferences. It’s a two piece tankini so you have complete coverage with the flexibility of a two piece. And the print is a great camoflager (if needed). Available @ Shape FX.
For more figure flattery tips, I highly recommend picking up a copy of my bestselling book: Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. Full of tips, advice and motivation to look great regardless of your size and empowering you to Flaunt It.
Natalie Jobity, professional image consultant, AKA The Image Diva, Elan Image Management
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Summer is here and many women angst about not being toned enough, thin enough, tanned enough or tight enough to bare their bods at the beach. I’m here to tell you, get over yourself. The average woman is a size 10/12 and has some complaint or other about her body so you’re in good company.
Here’s the real secret. If you know what type of swimsuit best flatters your curves, you will look better, feel more confident and actually look sexier (if you dare!) at the beach or pool this season.
There are options aplenty for all shapes, sizes and level of modesty. For those of you who are bottom heavy, here are my 5 favorite silhouettes and styles to maximize your figure this season.
For women who have a pear (triangle) shape, minimizing the hips and often rear is the challenge. An easy strategy is to use color blocking—wear a darker color on your bottom and a brighter/lighter or printed pattern on top. This tactic minimizes where you are wider and draws attention to your smaller torso. Another alternative, is the skirted suit or tankini in a straight to slight a line silhouette (not flared!).
This suit from Victoria’s Secret is perfect as it achieves both these goals. (Twist tankini with skirted bottom)
Ruched one piece with retro vibe
For triangle shaped women with a tummy skip the bikini! Too often I see ladies with their little paunches all hanging out and honestly they can do so much better. For you, I highly recommend the minimizing one piece. A one piece with ruching at the waist/tummy is an excellent choice for you.
I love this Carmen Marc Valvo retro suit from Victoria’s Secret, which is ruched all over for maximum support and figure flattery. Love it! What is also great is that you can pull the skirted part up or down depending on your coverage needs to minimize your thighs (or not). And this color: hot and haute!
Bikini with skirted bottom
A high waist retro styled bikini bottom with high spandex content can work wonders for the mid section and hips. The idea here is to find a high percentage of spandex to tuck in bulges. This “control” bikini from shape fx is great for your figure because of the bottom but also because of the style of the bikini top. The wide set straps makes your shoulders appear wider so your hips are more in balance. And if you don’t have a tummy you can Flaunt your curves in this number with confidence.
Plunge front printed one piece
Another great way for women with pear shaped figures to play to their strengths is to choose a patterned one piece with deep plunge so the emphasis is on your body’s top half. This floral one piece from Victoria’s Secret is perfect especially for triangles with small busts. The deep plunge and tie shoulders put emphasis at your bust and away from your hips, thighs and rear. And patterns are great camouflagers. Even better, this suit also comes with side ruching to whittle in the waist.
If you look great in white this is a great color choice for your swimsuit. An all white bathing suit can be just as slimming and elongating as a black one if it is designed with your figure in mind. This Juicy Couture suit from Bloomingdales is. Again, the wide set spaghetti straps help balance out your hips, the shirring all over the suit minimizes and controls your ‘softer’ areas, and the skirted bottom helps slim your thighs.
But wait there’s more! Check out these past posts on swimwear.
- What to wear to the beach?
- Swimsuits for all figure types. Part 1
- Bathing Suit Basics for all Bodies. Part 2
Next up, the best swimsuits for inverted triangle figures.
Natalie Jobity, professional image consultant, AKA The Image Diva, Elan Image Management
I highly recommend picking up a copy of my book: Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. Full of tips, advice and motivation to look great regardless of your size and empowering you to Flaunt It. The secret? Confidence (and a few handy insider secrets that I share).
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I want to talk to you for a moment about the transformation that results when a woman takes the time to refine, revamp or revitalize her image.
For some women, it just takes one style consultation session with me at the right time, when they are primed and ready to take action to achieve quick and life changing results. This group is a lucky minority! For some women, transformation is slower, more paced, more trial and error, but successful nonetheless in the long run. I would say this is true for a third of my clients.
Still other women need multiple ‘sessions’ to make it ‘click’, for all the pieces to come together before they start to see the results they seek. This is probably true for the majority of women. For the rest it is a lifelong refinement, a continual tweaking, an ongoing quest and desire to shine as brightly as possible. I have a special passion for the ladies who recognize the value in investing in themselves this way and continually seek to up their style game. Some of the most fabulous women I know fall into this category!
The point is the journey is unique and individual to each woman, pretty much like in life. I was a ‘late bloomer’ in most facets that give meaning to that phrase. I survived a very gawky teenage phase, endured a very self-conscious 20’s, and really only started to realize my brilliance physically and in totality much later in my life. Our journeys to self -acceptance and embracement are as unique as we all are and I wanted to take time to acknowledge and celebrate THAT!
Regardless of where you on your own journey, be present, be authentic and really go for it. Reach for the stars and push yourself to be as brilliant as you can. If we collectively take that approach, think of all the twinkling, shining, magnificence that we’ll manifest. Awesome!
Natalie Jobity, Elan Image Management, image consulting