The older we get, the more the word “relevance” pushes its way into our thoughts. Many of us continue to work well beyond age 65. However, with decades of work experience behind us, we start to wonder if our experience and our image are keeping pace.
Where image is concerned, it speaks before your experience. Before you have an opportunity to tell someone what you can do for them, they will decide if you can based on your image. That may seem unfair. However, if your image is not keeping up with the times, the assumption is made your skills are not keeping up either. Look into Halo Effect to get more context.
While some pieces in your wardrobe may be outstanding, if you have not shopped for clothing in a while or if you have not edited your wardrobe recently, many items may have “old” written all over them. Old styles and worn-out items are image killers. Let’s change that.
Here’s your check list to keep your wardrobe fresh and relevant.
Update Wardrobe Staples
If your size has changed, your clothing sizes need to change, too. Ill-fitting clothing, whether too large or too small, add unwanted years and pounds to your image. Buy the correct size and immediately look like the guy with all the answers.
Wardrobe staples, because they are staples, wear out over time and styles slightly change. Be sure yours are in good condition and appear current. These are the workhorses of your wardrobe. Thus, they require your attention.
Don’t overlook accessories. These small details make a huge impact. Buy the best quality you can afford. Is your belt a basic style? Make it more interesting with special details like a thread color that stands out or pick a suede style instead of polished leather. Details show you’re paying attention. Current accessories are a quick, easy way to update your image.
Play with Color & Styles
If you’ve been sticking to the same formula for years, it’s time to shake things up. Add a new color to your wardrobe. Bring in textures. Try a new haircut (or switch your part). Looking your best right now is all about not looking the same as you always have.
Check out Your Jeans
If jeans are a go-to item for you, don’t expect to wear the same style beyond 5–10 years. Not all jeans are created equal. While it is not necessary to spend hundreds for a pair of jeans, buying from a reputable brand is important. Levis and Flint and Tinder are two favorites at an affordable price point. If your jeans currently say, “I’m cleaning the garage,” it’s time to get a new pair that fits well. Fit is key! No saggy bottoms or too large on the legs, please.
Consider Your Shoes
How long has it been since you shopped for shoes? Shoes matter. In fact, I consider them the most important part of the outfit equation. Take a basic outfit from good to great with an updated shoe style. Go try on shoe styles you’ve never tried before. Seek advice from an experienced salesperson (or me!). Salespeople who specialize in shoes are keen on the nuances of design and can help you make a good impression from the bottom up.
Ban the Grandpa Look
Baggy jeans, fluffy sweaters, pleated pants — they do you no favors. If these offenders are trending, let the guys in their 20s wear them. If you’re over 40, you have been there and done that with just about every trend. Simplify your look with classic styles and shapes, and leave the most trendy of trends to the 20-somethings.
A Safe and Natural Solution
Me! Let’s collaborate on an image that communicates the right message. Email me, and let’s discuss your goals. Whether you live in Dallas or elsewhere, I can assist you. I work with clients both in person and virtually. If you’ve been feeling like you need help, don’t think about it any longer. Start your year on strong footing by updating your image.
I look forward to assisting you! To learn more about me, visit my website.