Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Clothing Comfort Zone

I have never hid the fact that I am a “jeans” girl – all the time, anytime, no matter what the occasion.  I wasn’t always like this, when I worked in the Casino/Hotel Corporate world, it was suits and heels but somewhere between there and now things changed.  When I was heavier, I never really thought I looked good in anything but jeans.  As the weight came off, I guess the jeans were my comfort zone.  I even heard myself saying this weekend that jeans became my style while I was a Social Worker working in the field.  I wanted my clients to be able to relate to me – looking neat in jeans seemed to be the best way to do it.  A truth or an excuse?

Fast forward to 2013, I am a Director with Thirty One, a blogger, and an entrepreneur/business owner.  With the kind words of Marina from the Virtuous Closet, I think I am again looking for my style.  I met Marina at a vendor show this weekend and fell in love with so many of her clothes.  I have been looking to make some changes in my professional look – blouses instead of tees, some statement jewelry pieces and maybe even something besides blue jeans (no skirts) for home parties and vendor events.  I haven’t found anything that really appealed to me until today.  Marina paid me compliments and instead just pointing out my negative qualities, I said Thank You and kept quiet.  This is a HUGE step for me since my thank you usually comes with qualifiers like: I am not at goal weight, my hips are still too big, etc.  The truth is that my eyes do not see what everyone else sees when they look at me.  I still see me at 295 pounds while others see the new slimmer size 10 version because that is all they know. So, I tried on a few blouses and actually bought 3 of them.  She shared tips with me on how to camouflage my hips which are shrinking but not at the same pace as the rest of my body.

Her purse tip – women who are heavier in the hip area should carry bigger bags.  Okay, so as a “bag lady”, I needed to hear more about this tip.  A larger bag will take a person’s focal point either above the waist or below the hips towards the calves.  Since my favorite Thirty One go to bag is the Retro Metro, I had to test out her theory.  You know, she was right! So, now when my customers ask me for a purse recommendation, I will not only consider their personal preference but I will also consider their body type.  What is your favorite bag and does it fit YOUR body type?

I have said it before, I am great at giving suggestions but not always good on taking them but I am sincerely going to try.  Marina won me over when she said “don’t you think women will want what you have when you have a well  put together outfit?”  My thoughts went to my struggles with recruiting, could the way I dress influence my potential recruits?

What is your style?  Are you still dressing in YOUR comfort zone despite the fact that your life may have changed?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this…..

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


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