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ARTICLES ABOUT IMAGE CONSULTING 

The industry for people who want to help individuals enhance and optimize their appearance, behavior, communication and digital presence.

10 Tips for Dealing with Introvert Clients

Don’t let assumptions get in your way. An introvert client may not immediately respond during coaching sessions and it does not mean they are incapable or incompetent. Introverts will need time to put their thoughts together. Introverts will often need more time to express themselves and their feelings. Don’t expect answers immediately.  Do not be surprised if during a coaching session, your client does not have immediate answers to your questions. You will have to be extra patient. Listen carefully and allow them extra time to work out their thoughts. If you give [...]

7 ways to sell your client’s used clothing

As you help your clients become their new selves, this will often come with a closet edit and a big clean out. They may be getting rid of just a few things or a whole lot of things. Either way, they could end up with some items that may not work for their image, but could be perfectly good pieces for someone else. Selling items instead of donating them could give your clients some quick cash to help them fund their new wardrobe purchases and allow them to splurge a little on those quality pieces they want to [...]

The Top 8 Must See Fashion Documentaries

DIOR & I This documentary follows the short lived tenure of creative director Raf Simos as he took over at Christian Dior from April 2012 to October 2015 and the interesting combination he brought to the romantic Dior with his avant-garde but minimal style. The Secret World Of Haute Couture The world of haute couture is very secretive so this documentary is a rare treat. It will provide a sneak peek into the wardrobe of some of the fashion world’s most elite clientele, from fasions weeks to soirees to high tea. Manolo, [...]

10 ways to get strong referrals

Try asking for introductions instead of using the term “referrals” Referral can often be a scary word for some people as it conjures up the image of high pressure car salesmen or you calling and bugging their friends and family at all hours of the day. Instead of asking them for a referral, try using the term “introduction” which can sound more friendly and less frightening. Don’t be afraid to ask Have you ever heard the saying, if you don’t ask the answer will always be no? It is true that when you [...]

5 Challenges working with petite clients

We often hear about the challenges of plus size women, but rarely do the very petite women get lumped into that mix. While you may think being petite is a good thing (and it very much can be), it can also be very challenging when it comes to finding clothing that fits well and doesn’t make you look like you just shopped the juniors section. In fact, many petite women I have talked to over the years have had to do just that. It is frustrating for women who are very short or have a very [...]

The 10 best stores to shop for Plus-Size Clients

Often, as a plus size women, it can be quite difficult to find clothing that is not only stylish and flattering for our bodies, but also high-quality items that stand the test of time and the washer (or dry cleaner). It doesn’t help that most stores do not cater to the plus size figure leaving women to feel overlooked when it comes to being able to feel empowered by the clothes they wear. Each and every one us, no matter shape, height, figure or size want to feel beautiful in what we wear. We want [...]

Choosing the best swimsuits based on your client’s body types

Swimsuit season typically brings about a wave of dieting, anxiety, exercising, and of course, searching for that bathing suit that hugs and loosens in all the right places. The search for the holy grail of bathing suits can be less stressful for your clients once you help them identify their body type and learn what styles look best with their specific shape. Each body is different, but the most important thing in bathing suit shopping is balance. Different styles, patterns, and colors can help every body type achieve the perfect balance that will have your clients looking their [...]

Six fabric suggestions to help your clients stay cool in the summer heat

It’s summertime again and that means picnics, beach days, barbecues and lots of other fun outdoor activities. The heat and humidity of summer can make going outside more of a chore than a breath of fresh air. Luckily, with these fabrics you can help keep your clients cool and let their skin breathe as they brave the 90 degree weather. Eyelet- Eyelet is an obvious choice for summer because of the many holes and lightweight material. This fun, flirty fabric has a feminine flair to it that looks great worn casually or dressed up. [...]

A how-to guide for helping your clients learn to accept compliments

Once you work with your client on their image, especially their wardrobe and how they look, they may not be fully prepared for the number of compliments they will start receiving. It’s part of your job as an image consultant to ensure they not only look great but feel great receiving the attention they are sure to get. A confident image is not just their look, but helping your client receive compliments with confidence as well. Receiving compliments may be a sensitive subject for clients, prior to their new look and even after they up-level their wardrobe. [...]

How to help your clients switch hair stylists without burning bridges

You’ve worked with your client on their image, new wardrobe, new accessories, and you’ve shown them how to up-level their makeup and hair. But there’s one problem… their current hair stylist isn’t the right fit for the new look you’re suggesting. If your client has been with their hair stylist for a long time, suggesting they move on to someone new may cause some anxiety as they don’t want to hurt their stylist’s feelings. We’ve got some guidance on how to best coach your client through the transition. Tell them to Communicate You’ve worked [...]

Psychology of Color

Colors can speak a thousand words. It is important to consider the messages different hues send and help your clients learn how to balance those with the image or feeling they wish to project. Helping your clients learn to use color to their advantage in business meetings, interviews, networking events or even meetings with your children can make a big difference. Once they have color on their side, there is no stopping them. Why wouldn’t you want to give them every leg up they can get? Let’s start with the basics. Black [...]

Five shopping tips for working with a budget conscious client

One of your main jobs as a personal stylist or image consultant is to help your client allocate their resources wisely to the best items that work for their style and body. While some clients will have large budgets in the thousands of dollars to work with, other may only have $200-$300 to shop and this can easily be worked with If you know what you are doing. We have some tips for those more frugal clients so you can help them look their best and have great style without breaking their bank account! 1. [...]

From Free to Fee: How to become a paid speaker within the image consulting industry

WE WERE LIVE AND UNFORTUNATELY, YOU MISSED IT But no worries here is a recording for you. 60 minutes filled with practical advice from choosing the right speaking business model to determining what your speaking fee could be. Are you thinking about adding speaking services to your image consulting business? This 60-minute value-packed live stream will help answer some of your most important questions related to entering the speaking industry and starting your speaking career as an image consultant or personal stylist. Questions asked include: - How can speaking help your reputation and branding on the [...]

From Image Consulting Training Questions to AICI Certification

WE WERE LIVE AND UNFORTUNATELY YOU MISSED IT But no worries here is a recording for you. 90 minutes filled with practical advice from choosing the right image consulting training provider to deciding if an AICI certification is the right fit for you. Are you thinking about starting a business as an image consultant or personal stylist? This 90-minute value-packed live stream will help answer some of your most important questions related to entering the image consulting industry and starting your business as an image consultant or personal stylist. Questions asked include:- What is [...]

How to Become an Image Consultant

THE ULTIMATE IMAGE CONSULTING CAREER GUIDE What is an image consultant? An individual who works with people to change, refine or enhance their appearance, behavior, communication or digital footprint. Through a variety of services, they utilize these concepts of image to pull together an authentic and cohesive personal brand to serve the clients personal or professional goals. Ever wondered what an image consultant actually does, or how to become an image consultant? An image consultant strategically assesses some or all of the ABCD’s of a clients’ image: Appearance Appearance [...]

Is there really a difference between a Wardrobe Consultant, Personal Stylist and Image Consultant?

Image consulting can be quite ambiguous.  Those within the field often operate under several different titles or they may even use specific services they offer as their title. This is the case when you see terms like Wardrobe Consultant, Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. What is the difference? We like to view image consulting as an umbrella term to encompass appearance, behavior, communication, digital presence, and personal branding. We call these the ABCD’s of our image. Personal styling and wardrobe consulting can fall under the umbrella, but true image consulting takes a strategic angle to [...]

Why you should add an Image Consulting Certification to your Life Coaching Business

Almost all image consultants will tell you that they often find themselves wearing a life coach hat when working with clients. How can image and the external impression we leave not play a role on our internal wellbeing and vice versa? Our wardrobe, grooming, communication style and body language are deeply tied to often subconscious emotions and feelings about ourselves, our self-worth and our confidence levels. How image consultants help While image consultants can help clients on the outside - which is just as important as the inside because it’s a way to reflect those [...]

Why Image Consultants and Human Resources Professionals go hand in hand

Image consulting is a natural fit for human resources professionals. Several of our students come from a corporate human resources background. They add image consulting as a way to go into business for themselves or to make them more appealing to promotions within their current corporations.  Much of what Human Resources Professionals already do is gauge every image that comes into their office looking for work. They use their eye for fashion, style, communication and behavior to make decisions about who would make the best fit for the position they are hiring for and the company they work [...]

8 Sign’s You’re Ready For A Job In Fashion This Year

You’re the go-to fashion and style guru for all your friends Do you often find that your friends come to you for fashion advice whenever they have a big event coming up? Do your friends and family want you to come on shopping trips with them to help them make smart wardrobe choices? Do they ask you to help them make outfits or look for your suggestions on how to layer or what colors look best? If you can answer yes to even one of these questions or to all three, you may have just found [...]