Dress Down Fridays?

WOMEN AND MENS JACKETS

Lots of companies employ Dress Down Fridays as they believe they boost employee morale, but are they actually productive?

Here are some points to consider:

It can be a minefield as some employees may interpret the word casual too liberally and wear inappropriate clothing.

Can be expensive especially for female workers

Psychologists say many men, to some degree, see casual day as yet another arena where they have to compete

It is not an easy option, in fact it may require more forethought and planning than the work “uniform” ie Managers still need to dress more professionally than their staff.

A survey of managers conducted by the employment law firm Jackson Lewis and cited in Entrepreneur indicated that 44 percent noticed an increase in employee absenteeism and tardiness when casual dress policies were introduced. The managers also noted a rise in inappropriate, flirtatious behavior. “Some employers and workers say they don’t like the way dress-down day has turned into leisure day, affecting not only attire but behaviour.

Food for Thought!

How Many Hats Do You Wear?

With under 2 weeks until Ladies Day at Perth Racecourse we were reminded of the numerous hats we all have to wear in our busy everyday lives.

We are sure you will agree that some will suit you better than others but we all have to portray different images for different occasions and we as Personal Image Consultants have the skills to help you fit confidently into all your roles.

FACT: When you feel comfortable, you feel confident.

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It’s easy to get stuck in a “style rut”, play it safe by wearing neutral colours and end up feeling boring and invisible.

WARNING: This is when you are more likely to be overlooked or disregarded by others.

People often try to compensate for this by buying extremes outwith their comfort zone which leads to costly mistakes.

If this rings true don’t despair. Everyone can learn to dress confidently whatever the occasion. Like most skills in life if it doesn’t come naturally, then you should think about getting some expert help…. You wouldn’t ask your bank manager to fix your plumbing, or your accountant to service your car.

Our services provide you with personal style formulas that will make getting dressed in the morning a much quicker and happier experience, as well as saving you time, space and money.

A quick fix to creating a confident outfit, is choose a key piece from your wardrobe which you feel comfortable in and add an accessory, be it a tie, a scarf, shirt or piece of jewellery in one of this season’s colours (try cobalt blue – it has the added bonus of being a colour of trust) to give you a current, confident look.

For more information, contact

Marlene or Adele at Integro:  info@integroimage.co.uk

The Business of Style

INTEGRO QUICK GUIDE TO THE BUSINESS OF STYLE

 

Details, Details…..

 

As it is in business, attention to detail in the style stakes is crucial. A designer suit teamed with scruffy shoes, for example, will sound warning bells to acute observers who value diligence in their suppliers or employees.

 

Don’t be a suit, be suitable

 

More freedom in corporate dress can result in a minefield of confusing choices.  In general, the first rule of successful business dress is to ensure your clothes reflect the company culture. Whatever your working week entails, an understanding of what to wear, when, will subtly position you as an effective and persuasive player.

 

Groomed to perfection

 

Even if you workplace adopts a smart casual dress code or Dress Down Fridays, it is always important to make the effort to look professionally polished.

Well kept hair, clean nails, polished shoes, immaculate make up and well pressed clothes all create the impression that you care about your appearance and that this will be reflected in your work. In a time poor business world, this essential aspect must not be underestimated!

 

The Colour of Money

 

The key to Image Management is the ability to use non verbal indicators to make the appropriate impression in any given professional situation. There is a wealth of evidence to show that colour in our environment has an impact on our emotions. The correct choice of colours in your presentation can influence the way others perceive you without saying a word.

 

Don’t be a corporate clone

 

It pays to stand out from the crowd, so don’t be afraid to express your individuality. Whilst you need to fit the “dress code”, imagination and creativity in your appearance demonstrates that you can apply those characteristics to your work.

Accessorise to reveal individual style and create a focal point, but remember – keep it simple. You don’t have to break the bank – a scarf in the season’s colour or statement brooch can raise your whole outfit. This shows you have your finger on the pulse and move with the times, without compromising your integrity.

 

Don’t forget …

 

The way you dress, your grooming and overall personal presentation can instantly present you as a respectable professional who knows what they are doing, knows where they are going, and can be relied upon to deliver.

 

To Book an Image Management/Dress Code Coaching or Image for Interview Training Session. 

Contact info@integroimage.co.uk

Mirror: Friend or Foe?

“The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else’s eyes.”
~ Voltaire (1694 – 1778)

You may avoid a mirror at all costs, but that doesn’t stop others judging you on your appearance.  We all subconsciously make assumptions on people when we first meet them based on how they look.  So to see yourself through other’s eyes you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror….. What do you see?

A capable, competent business person or someone who is struggling to get through the day.

Answer yourself honestly – Does it represent the true YOU, you want to share with the world?

Personal Image is a powerful tool, which when harnessed, can help you reach your goals.

As Personal Image Consultants we are experts in helping people develop and enhance their personal brand. With failsafe formulas and the clever use of optical illusion we can create your “ideal” mirror image, whatever your lifestyle, budget or time constraints.  So, just like a swan, learn to look calm, controlled and effortless above the water, even if you are paddling frantically below!