Wouldn’t it be great if you could choose what to wear and dress for the day in just 5 minutes? You can do it. But, like everything, it takes work.
Believe it or not, the most important time that clients enjoy with me is the time spent in their closets. Typically, most of us feel that we want to get in and out of it as fast as possible.
There most certainly are other things a person might rather do. Yet, if your closet experience is less than ideal, you are sure to spend more time there than you realize. The result? Frustration and angst. These feelings can stay with you all day, especially if your clothing choices turn out to be off your brand. The teeny tiny reactions you have in your closet are micro emotions.
So, let’s talk about the micro emotions of your personal style.
What makes the micro emotions of your personal style so important? These little impulses guide you to make selections that affect what you wear. Even more importantly, they affect the way you feel throughout the day as a result of those decisions.
One of my clients is, at his core, a product guy. and, he is the right man for the job. It takes real vision to be a product guy. He’s highly creative. He’s a strong team leader. And, he has a way of taking an idea and paring it down to make it highly functional. That kind of elegant vision makes you want to use the product. This last point is at the core of what mirco emotions are about.
When it comes to his clothing and personal style, my client is a minimalist. You might think that it would be easy to put together an elegant, simple wardrobe for him. But, the truth is that his clothing choices are all about the subtle nuances. His response to various options happens at lightening speed. Is it the right style? A good color? Is the fit just right? Does it match to his personality? Does he have the occasion to wear it on a regular basis? Will he reach into the closet, pull out the item, and put it on? These questions, and others like them, are related to the micro emotions of your personal style.
This is a perfect example of the micro emotions of your personal style at work. I barely removed shirts from a garment bag to show my client before he pointed excitedly to the first one. He said, “Okay, Joseph. That one is definitely in. No questions.” That’s the kind of certainty I want him, and all my clients, to have about his wardrobe choices.
When you actively work with the micro emotions of your personal style, you’ll end up with a very strong wardrobe.
The way your closet is organized is another way that the mirco emotions of your personal style are affected. When your closet is not organized with hangers uniform in size, shape, and color, you will trigger negative micro emotions. It happens so fast, and it feels so automatic, you may be immune to the micro emotions.
For instance, open up your closet and peruse your shirts or blouses. You may end up preferring the shirts that are on really nice hangers. And you likely put those items on really nice hangers because you consider them as your best clothes. Or, you may want to reserve for special occasions what you consider to be your best stuff. With more uniform hangers, you would level the playing field, giving equal power to all the pieces of your wardrobe. Without this issue, the micro emotions of your personal style can focus on making an appropriate selection based on what will best serve your purposes for that day.
On our most recent closet session, I brought a client a different sets of hangers intended to give his closet more organization and better function. Immediately, he could see that all of his shirts, all of his trousers, all of his suits suddenly acquired equal visual weighting. The improvement provided relief to the eyes, and allowed him to think of how he will strategize his selection making process.
When you better understand how the micro emotions of your personal style affect your decision making process, you will end up looking like you are standing in the full power of your personal brand.
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