The Unabashed Feminist: Image Consulting

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Image Consulting

So, I am an Indian guy writing about Image Management for women. How deliciously ironic!
I have always been a guy who had absolutely no sense of dressing up for an occasion. I mean I am most comfy in a pair of shorts or Jeans. I used to pair it up with a formal shirt and head to work as well! I had an epiphany when I read an article in a business newspaper which said “Dress for the job you are aiming for and not the one you are currently doing. No one will promote you unless they can imagine you in the higher position.”

I’ve done a couple of courses on NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and I aspire to become a life-coach. The question that I am constantly asked is what is Life Coaching and who do I help? My short answer usually is anyone who is transitioning from one phase of life to another. The deeper I thought about it, the more instances of this “transition” came up. Through the thought process, one of the things I came up with is transitioning from one management level to the next. It is during this phase that I began to see adverts of an Image Management training institute come on a weekly Job section of a popular newspaper. I decided to approach them as I saw synergies of Life Coaching with those of Image Management especially with regards to Executive Coaching. I took the plunge, signed up for the course.

I had always loved shopping and helping women dress up or at least critiquing women who are close to me: wife, friends, sis. This moved to the next level when my wife began to take up the suggestions that I began to gently make (needless to say, it wasn’t easy on the pocket, though!). The transformation was beautiful to watch and it lead to her getting a significant amount of compliments at work. Meanwhile, I started using the elements of Image Management on myself and I saw significant changes in how people engage with me. This further validated the thought I had on Image Consulting.

Women in India are making serious strides in the workplace. However, the choice of clothes they wear hasn’t changed because of multiple reasons, such as lack of proper fit, didn’t know what to wear and why wear something. I see myself contributing in that area, I mean, who doesn’t like to be surrounded by beautiful and well-dressed women?

This blog will be dedicated to various facets of ones Image. What to wear, when and why? What needs to be done to look impeccable and fabulous, how to get hair done based on face shape, hopefully, some fitness tips.

As Coco Chanel once said “Dress shabbily and they remember the clothes; dress impeccably and they remember the woman”.

Happy Dressing!

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