I teach training classes nearly every week for business professionals and entrepreneurs on the topic of how to communicate through clothing and appearance. How do you come across to others, and does that correspond with who you are and what you stand for? During these classes, we make the connection between your personal characteristics and your (desired) job.
A lot of participants are often unaware of the impression they make. Like one woman this week, Janet, who was wearing a plain cotton shirt buttoned all the way up and heavy glasses, with her hair pulled back. She came across as hard, strong and distant. But she said she has an open, energetic and friendly personality. So, the exact opposite of how she wants to come across!
I asked her if people tend to respond to her differently than she expects. Her answer was yes. But she did not understand the effect her choice of clothes has on others. She hadn’t yet considered that you can effectively influence how people see you.
I invited her up to the mirror to show her how she could make herself more visible as the person she really is with just a few simple adjustments to her outfit. With a top in a softer fabric and slightly lower neckline, her hair loose and glasses in softer color, she looked much more balanced, open and feminine. While still showing her strength. That is how you get people to see and hear you the way YOU want them to!
Carina Personal Styling is a styling agency. We advise business men and women create a signature style through dressing. We provide personalized styling advice and incompany workshops and master classes.
Carina van der Kloet is founder and has 20 years experience in the field of style, image and identity. She grew up in Africa and in the United States and speaks English, French and Dutch. Carina has given numerous master classes and personal styling advice to thousands of people including management, executives, entrepreneurs, expatriates, diplomats and (international) organizations.
We offer customized service and personal stylist Carina van der Kloet and her team of experts are happy to discuss your needs.
"After working with you now I embody my identity, my clothes reflect my values and business intentions. My self-confidence has increased and I get more serious and professional customers now," business entrepreneur.
"With your advice I dress faster than ever, I get advantage of a higher percentage of my wardrobe and get compliments all the time," executive.
"Carina is outstanding in her personal approach. She made me aware of the inage I project with my clothes and helped me be more visible and develop a strong first impression," acoount manager.
"Now I know exactly what works for me, I don't waste any more time and energy on trying on clothes that don't suit me and that's worth a lot," expatriate.