Host: Anti-Aging Psychologist Dr. Michael Brickey
Guest: Color Consultant Dawn Waldrop
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It may not be fair but people do judge a book by its cover. And people do judge you by your appearance-even before you say a word. One of the challenges of aging is that our body shapes and complexions gradually change with age. Your wardrobe and appearance can make you look older or younger, competent or clueless, fabulous or flat. What looked good at 20 can be quite unflattering at 50 or 60. Image and color expert Dawn Waldrop consults with and teaches business leaders and professionals on how to look their best. The result has often been promotions, raises, and increased sales. Today she is going to help us learn about how to choose colors and styles that help Boomer and help Seniors look and feel their best.
With my Anti-Aging ABCs®, I posit that how you think affects how you feel and how you feel affects how you look-your posture, demeanor, energy, and facial expressions-and when you look better, people respond to you more positively-prompting you to feel even better. The same is true for your wardrobe and appearance. When you wear clothes that fit well and are harmonious colors and fabrics, you feel better. You feel more energetic. And people respond to you more positively-both because of the vibes you are putting out and because of their response to your visual harmony. You could protest that all this is just superficial. But just as men are genetically programmed to respond to women’s figures, we are all genetically programmed to be attracted to beauty and harmony and be turned off by disharmony.
Certainly one can go overboard with clothes or cosmetics. John Edwards didn’t need to pay $400 for a haircut. You can go overboard with anything. With good planning the right wardrobe for you can cost less as everything in your closet is functional and everything goes together. Choosing the right color costs the same as choosing the wrong color. The wasted money comes from a closet full of clothes you rarely wear. The wasted money also comes from the fashion industry’s planned obsolescence with incessant changes materials, lapels, lengths, and styles. That is certainly wasteful. For some being fashionable is a job requirement. Those on very tight budgets can favor choosing clothes that are slower to go out of style-as opposed to those Member’s Only jackets.
The bottom line is that time spent planning pays off in having a closet that works, not wasting money, and looking and feeling your best. In a nutshell the process is to
- Know what coloring and materials work for you.
- Study your activities and what kind of clothes you need for those activities.
- Find the stores that meet your needs. Dawn suggested that Internet stores often offer a better selection than what an individual store can stock.