Professional Image

I’m 51 and carry a leather briefcase. Most people in my industry carry black carrying cases for their computers. Those carrying cases are made of heavy canvas material and can sometimes be carried over a shoulder. Here’s the question — Do I look old carrying the leather briefcase? Should I go with a younger, more contemporary look and buy a black carrying case?

Many folks ignore the details that define distinction when developing his or her professional image. And a briefcase is one of them. There are many variables to consider when selecting

Hair Accessories? Yes or No?

I am often asked about the appropriateness of hair accessories. Fashion basically says anything goes. Take for example, Nancy Grace of HLN. Recently she is wearing a barrette in her hair

Parker Geiger of CHUVA group interviewed by journalist, Daniel Nasaw, of BBC News…The sunglasses thing.

Recently, our CEO was interviewed by journalist, Daniel Nasaw, of BBC News concerning impression management tactics that President Obama and Governor Romney were NOT doing during the 2012 election. Click

Fall 2012 Colors and how to incorproate them with your Elemental Wardrobe Color Palette (fire, earth, air, water)

Summer is not over by a long shot but August is around the corner and retailers are going to soon be releasing Fall 2012 clothes. So I wanted to give

Are rubber sole loafers appropriate to wear with a suit? I’m considering a pair of Ferragamo loafers but they have rubber soles.

A tuxedo is the most elegant men can create with clothing. Everything around the tux should communicate the same, elegant message; from watches to shoes. My nephew was going to

Ways to clean your wardrobe and make money at it too!!

Have you heard of clothesmentor.com? If not, you might want to use them as a resource for your spring cleaning. You can buy and sale, used clothes. The brands they

Worker fired for her ‘distracting’ figure? Have you ever been?

  I would love your comments on this article I found by Ashley Jennings of Good Morning America…click on the article Title below to read. Please let me hear from

Can I wear Capri pants to the office?

  Yes and no! You should first consider the work environment. Is it more conservative or casual? Consider the location. Are you in a beach area where it is more

When is it appropriate to where a suit with no tie? At age 47, I find myself not wanting to wear a tie. Some of my colleagues give me a “hard time” when I show up in a nice suit, nice dress shirt, and NO tie. At the same time, they are in a shirt and tie – no jacket. I think my suite/no tie looks as good as their Shirt/Tie/No Jacket combo. Thoughts?

I agree, I believe that a nice suit, shirt and no tie, is as nice as a shirt/tie with no jacket. In fact, a jacket makes a look more formal

Are you settling for less than perfect when it comes building your wardrobe/professional image?

This morning while visiting my sister, she gave me the Veranda Magazine. She pointed out the letter from the Editor-in-Chief, Dara Caponigro, in their August 2011 magazine (www.veranda.com) . It

Is a messy desk costing you a promotion?

I found this article about if a messy desk can cost you a promotion! Click here to read the article. As you read the article remember that Perception Is Reality.

Are shorts appropriate for the office?

An article posted in The Work Buzz, The CareerBuilder.com Job Seeker Blog, Anthony Balderrama discusses the yeas and nays of wearing shorts in the workplace during the summer. You can

What is the most common mistake that professionals make when getting a head shot taken for their marketing materials?

Your “face” is your logo. It is your Primary Personal Branding Identity. It is the visual of who you are! The biggest mistake that professionals make when planning for their

How do I determine if an image consultant is right for me? I talk to a lot of “stylist” but they do not seem to know about my business environment. What is the difference between an image consultant and a stylist and what do I need??

I get this question asked a lot. There are several things you first need to know before you seek professional services. What Is The Difference Between A Stylist And An

Razor blades are so expensive! I spend almost $200.00 per year! How can I extend the length of my blade? Same for my wife as well!

Okay, I am not one to promote “products” BUT there is one item that I will share with you that will help you with your dilemma and save you tons

My wife had her colors “done”. I know it helped her with makeup and all but what about for men. Do we need our color done too? If so, why?

It is just as critical for men to have their colors “done” as it is for women. This process is technically called Color Analysis. It is a system that helps

I have a presentation to my management team. I am 29 and fairly new to the company. It is my first time meeting some of the team. I really want to communicate that I am competent. My content is solid. I just want to make sure I have the right image to represent what I am presenting. Any suggestions?

I recommend going for a more authoritative look. This will help you set the tone of serious and competent. There are some simple things you can do. I have listed

What is the most common mistake women make when getting alterations?

For women, the most common mistake when fitting suits is ignoring the sleeve length. Tailors typically only alter what women ask for, whereas for men, tailors typically adjust the entire

I have heard that men are to wear over-the-calf socks when wearing a suit. Is this true?

Knee-length socks, also known as over-the-calf, should always be worn with a suit and tie, or for that matter, any business occasion. This includes business casual. The reason is that

Is it mandatory that I wear suit to an interview since I am interviewing for a business casual environment? My friend told me that no men wear jackets at all in the office where I am applying. Any thoughts?

Although many corporate cultures support business casual attire, it is always wise to wear a suit to an interview. The definition itself of “Business Casual” varies from business to business,