Managing the key elements of personal color and style can be tricky but very rewarding. Color and style relate your personality and goals to reveal your key personal style elements. 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. Designing your new image deserves this level of of thoughtful study and inquiry.
Here’s an example. While working with a client, I thought about the key elements of her particular personal style. She really struggled with the image development process. She properly completed her personal style profile self-assessment, and I had evaluated it accurately. But, the results came as a bit of a shock to her.
During a couple of powerful meetings we examined the personal style elements that form her updated and authentic personal style. By the end of the second session, she got totally clear and fully connected with her authentic personal style.
The key elements of personal color and style create a foundation for showing yourself and others who you are. One element is the spectrum of colors that you should wear and what they say about your essence. The second is the range of styles that help you to personify your character strengths. These key elements of personal color and style must also match to your goals and lifestyle. When the key elements of personal style converge properly, your personal image flows freely.
Reflecting on why my client struggled with the swift changes to her personal image, I totally understand what happened.
Working on a very tight deadline so that she would have a solid new wardrobe, we had just two weeks. During that time, we had to determine the key elements of personal color and style that would support her. We had to evaluate and curate her existing clothes. And then, I had to develop a new wardrobe in time for her first of several events.
Why was she resisting some of this? She had the clothes she wanted. But I realized that what she didn’t yet have was a framework for what the clothes convey. She didn’t have the language yet. In order to meet the tight deadline, I skipped over this crucial step. I knew we would to come back to this once the time crunch had passed. So, this bump in the road proves the importance of understanding what the clothes actually say, and what they mean.
Why is this language piece such a key element of personal color and style?
A wardrobe without a known and understood context is just a closet full of clothes. It’s no wonder that the her experience of reviewing a wardrobe so accurate, yet unfamiliar, was totally unsettling. Did I get the right things for my lifestyle, for my work style, for how I see myself going forward? Did I invest in the right items? Questioning your decisions as part of the highly evaluative image development process is totally normal. But if the context is lacking, that fast transformation will move too quickly to be effective.
This experience surely reminded me just how special my process is and how well it works when followed step-by-step. Sometimes life is just not as linear as we might prefer. But, this client’s experience serves as a great example of how important the key elements of personal style really are.
As long as you understand the power of the key elements of personal color and style – and the supporting language of these key elements and of the clothes – you will be in total control of your image.
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