My partner and I were in Vancouver over the weekend celebrating his birthday. It wasn’t a milestone birthday celebration like last year’s when we toured the Mediterranean and soaked up the culture of Italy as if we were pieces of bread ready to dive into extra virgin olive oil. But we ended up experiencing a surprising and unintended milestone. We reached the top of Vancouver’s famed Grouse Mountain by climbing it via a path known as the Grouse Grind.
According to the media, stylish women are on the rise in Silicon Valley. And if you want to know whether or not I agree with that assessment, I do – for once. This is one of the most exciting developments to happen in Silicon Valley, maybe since the invention of the iPhone. Seriously. I put this development on that level because when stylish women are on the rise in Silicon Valley, it means that women are insisting on being seen for who they are and who they want to be.
The key elements of personal style are revealed through studying your personal coloring and how style is related to your personality and goals. Managing the key elements of personal style can be tricky but very rewarding. If you’re not careful, your style could race along too fast or too slow. Without having a language for understanding the key elements, you have clothes and a look with no context.
This post, about how to wear a men’s suit in Silicon Valley, ties in to the last post about how to buy a men’s suit in Silicon Valley. Once you’ve bought the appropriate suit or suits for business and social occasions, it’s time to put one on and wear it. But there are some cultural rules about how to wear a mens suit in Silicon Valley.
The question about how to buy a men’s suit in Silicon Valley always comes up with my male clients. Admittedly, not every man in Silicon Valley even thinks he should own a suit. I’m not trying to encourage people who live a more laid back work and lifestyle to change how they work and live. But one thing is for sure. Every man should invest in at least one good suit. The more often a man has the need for a suit, the more of them he should own.
A number of people have been asking me this year how and why I came up with the names of my personal image development programs. The term breakout has particularly generated the most interest, and maybe not so coincidentally, it’s my most popular program. Breakout is a word that describes the resultant place we arrive at when we forcefully escape or emerge from being confined, restrained, or trapped.
Many people think that image is fluff but they would be completely wrong. Now I know that what people think when they take on this view is that it’s selfishly self-focused to be image conscious. People think that image is fluff because it feeds the ego, that it’s a self-indulgent excuse to dress better, and to look like you’re showing off or that you’re trying to one-up someone else.
Do you think that it is hard to ask for help? Well, I sure as hell think so. It’s so engrained in me that it took having an all-out breakthrough moment to realize that, for me, it is hard to ask for help. This was such a ground shifting epiphany that I’m going to share the story with you so that we can all no longer have the belief that it is hard to ask for help.
Famed London retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge had a way with words. He also had a way with business, and with people. My favorite saying of his is, “People will sit up and take notice of you if you will sit up and take notice of what makes them sit up and take notice.” In a nutshell, Selfridge’s comment explains exactly what clients experience as we’re developing their brand.
If there’s a message to take away from the current exhibit The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860-1900, soon to close at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, it’s that the colors and styles you wear do matter.