Personal Style Clinic

Know your Style Scale
The scale for every personal or professional style, including casual dress in the workplace

Personal style puts the focus on the person, describing who you are, and develops in response to your lifestyle; your personality traits and moods; your values, attitudes, and interests; your body build and personal coloring. Personal style is evident in the usual clothes you choose to wear and the way you usually choose to wear them—how you consistently put the clothes together to meet your needs, in ways specific or unique to you. It’s not just the clothes that count, it’s the way you wear them—your way.

Discovering Your Personal Style comes right down to the nitty-gritty of deciding what specific characteristics of dress and design you are most comfortable wearing most of the time—and feel you could wear for the rest of your life. Personal style implies consistency in the selection of lines, shapes, colors, patterns, and textures.

Personal style may reflect a woman as daringly dramatic, daintily demure or a delightful blend in between; as super sportive, radiantly romantic or a surprising and complementary combination of both; as a traditionally classic conservative, a trendsetting free spirit, or a marvelous mix in between.
And if you think this applies to a woman only, think again. A man’s Personal Style may project him as being macho or mellow, traditional or trendy, shabby or sharp—simply a reflection of his lifestyle and individuality. For some, the discovery and decisions about dress come almost intuitively. They seem to have an inherent sense of what feels and looks “right” for them. For others, it takes conscious effort to become more aware, to study and to experiment.

Personal Style is not something you are born with, can borrow or buy. Regardless of how you acquire yours, it takes years of living, learning, and experience to develop a style of own. Value conflicts between people, such as parent and child or employer and employee can occur because the individuals disagree on their expectations of appropriate dress. The workplace is known for its attention to a professional appearance. Not all people want to comply, and yet by dressing to meet the expectations of those you work for and with, you can create a more positive first and lasting impression about yourself and your abilities. You can establish or maintain your credibility and exert a more significant influence.

In general, there are four types of business or work environments, each with typical expectations about appearance. With thought and practice, you can create an attractive, appropriate appearance for both you and the workplace—an image that will help you achieve your goals and contribute to your continuing success.

From the Conselle Institute of Image Management comes the international Style Scale® which accurately identifies four levels of dress—Tailored, Softly Tailored, Casual Tailored, and Untailored — to meet all personal and professional dress needs.

  • Learn to accept yourself as you are your height, bone structure, and pattern of weight distribution
  • Never let your weight get in your way!
  • Learn to dress the body you’re living in now today
  • Don’t wait on your weight!
  • Learn that you don’t have figure flaws nor figure faults
  • You have “figure variations” variations from that so‐called ideal that doesn’t really exist
  • Learn that you don’t have figure problems, but fitting problems and those we can solve!
  • Learn to sit, stand and walk tall these are things you can better control
  • Learn that it’s not just to look slimmer, but to look well-proportioned and balanced
  • Learn that it’s a matter of emphasis how to counter and camouflage
  • Learn that it’s not just the clothing style lines and shapes, but the fabrics, colors, and patterns as they interact to influence your goals the principles of good design
  • Learn to see yourself in relation to all of the art elements, knowing that you can use or manipulate them to create the look you need and like.
  • Learn to have fun with fashion!
  • Learn that it’s not only the pieces of clothing you choose, but how you put them together.

It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it—it’s all in the wearing!
With competence comes confidence!