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Are you stuck in a Style Rut?

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Are you Stuck in a Style Rut?

Life is constantly changing and change is the only CONSTANT! Fashion changes every few weeks, our body shapes do so over the years, we put on or loose weight not to mention the pregnancies.

In the same way, our personalities can evolve and our lifestyle can take a major U turn for a whole lot of different reasons. When that happens, we need to make sure that we adapt to those changes and remain able to still project who we are in the way we dress.

For the majority of women, this permanent need to adapt can be overwhelming and that is when the dreaded “Style Rut” happens.

A Style Rut can happen at any age, and it is simply when you get stuck in one way of thinking or dressing, without adapting to the changes that have taken places in your life and around you. When that happens, instead of feeling depressed, see this as an opportunity to update and upgrade, embrace the opportunity to make some exciting changes!

There are commonly two types of Style Ruts:

  • The Comfy Rut:

You are scared to try new styles or you are just too busy to think about trying something new. You just stick in your comfort “Style” zone and grab what you know works for you and saves you time. You find yourself wearing the same old over and over and guess what is your favorite color? Black of course! You keep buying the same clothes, you feel uninspired, bored and usually your wardrobe is filled with clothes but you have nothing to wear. Sounds familiar?

  • The Memory Lane Rut

You feel like you have left your fashion sense behind. You are stuck (maybe emotionally) in a certain stage of your life. This happens a lot after having babies, our bodies change, we feel more of a woman but we are still dressing like in our 20’s.

Take this simple test and answer the following questions:

  • Do you have good intentions of dressing up but when caught for time you end up wearing the same safe outfits again and again?
  • Do you wear Jeans more than three times a week?
  • Do you only buy classic colors such as black, grey and white?
  • Are there clothes in your wardrobe that you have never worn, or do not even remember buying?
  • Do you have only one or two handbags that you take with you everywhere?
  • Do you wear trainers when you are not exercising?
  • Is your wardrobe filled with “make-do” rather than “must-have” items?
  • Are you left deflated. confused or even overwhelmed after a shopping trip?
  • Does opening your wardrobe feels like taking a trip down memory lane?
  • Do you often shy away from trying anything new or different or the latest trend in?
  • Do you have two photos taken in different decades of yourself wearing the same outfit?

If you reply yes to most of these questions. It is time to be set FREE!! Get in touch and book your free Style Assessment session with us. We will help you explore, experiment, get creative and have fun with fashion!

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Genevieve Muwana

Style Architect

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Suit Powerful Suit!

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The suit is the single most important garment worn by men; not only because it is the most expensive and requires the greatest amount of time for selection and fitting, but because it is the garment on which most people judge the wearer’s status, character and abilities.

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And since it covers the upper torso, which is the focal point of most people with whom we communicate, it is the central power garment, the one garment that establishes our position as inferior, equal or superior in any in-person business situation. In this case the equality policy just does not work. You are wearing a suit or you do not! And if you are against a person who is wearing a suit and you do not, guess who will win the case, the sale, the woman? (OK just kidding for the last one).

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Suits are positive authority symbols, worn by the upper middle class, the people who make important decisions in our society. Parliament, White House, Elysee Palace…We are much more likely to believe, respect and obey the man who wears a suit than the man who does not. Men who do not wear suit may have important functions in our society, but we do not normally accord them such in our minds. In any level of society, suits are associated with authority, with position, with power.

imagesCARZ606RIn our next post, we will look at this powerful symbol and how it translates for the ladies and how to wear it to command feminine power!

Genevieve Muwana

Style Coach for Unique Image London

What are your core values?

I felt it would be a good thing to write about values because most of us do not know what values we live by and if we do, we do not know how to define them.

So what are values?

 

Values are the rules around which we construct our lives. Nobody can make you have particular values they are particular to you and only you as they are the rules by which you choose to live and around which you pursuit your version of success.

 

Once you know your values, you can build your life’s purpose and goals around them to ensure that when you reach your chosen destination and achieve your goals, you have done it in a way that gives you satisfaction.

 

We recently attended a morning breakfast organised by All Souls church in London, They called to the front two successful Christians who work in the city and asked them how they lived their faith on a daily basis in the work place. Among the two people was an asset management director who admitted that on numerous occasions, he had to turn down and loose clients (contracts and thus thousands of pounds) only because what the client was asking him to do was against his values.

 

Another great example of someone who met their goals without having to compromise their values was Muhammad Ali. He refused to participate in the war with Vietnam in 1967 during his first reign as world heavyweight champion. Despite threats from the Government to take his title and throw him to prison, Ali did not give in. Going to war would have been against his values so he preferred loosing his title and was not allowed to fight for 3 years!!!

 

So here is how you can uncover your values and have a clear idea of what is important to you:

 

Draw a list of all the people you admire. Then for each of them list all the reasons why you admire them (it could be the love she shows for her children, his hardworking spirit, his generosity, the fun about her, the passion inside of him, excitement, honesty, integrity…) the list goes on and on.

The reason for this is that we cannot see in others what is not already in ourselves.

 

Others are merely mirrors of ourselves. It could be scary when we criticise and condemn others, well the ugly you see in the other one is also in you or you would not be able to recognise it. Think twice, when you point one finger to someone else, you point 3 back to yourself!!!!

 

Back to your values, all the attributes you listed for each person you admire are your core values!

This is a great exercise I encourage you to undergo without further a due.

 

Be inspiration in action and live in the present

Genevieve Muwana

Unique Image London

How do we end up in a Style rut?

The subject of this blog came to me as I was preparing my workshop on Self esteem and Confidence.

It might sound a bit technical but bare with me.

You see, we all have a conscious and unconscious mind, the conscious mind for the thinking we do on a daily basis and that internal voice we identify to as “me” or “I”. But it is very limited in what it can handle and store at any given time. On the other hand, our unconscious mind is our memories, wisdom, creativity storage. And most importantly for my subject, it stores all of our habits.

Now tell me, when you wake up in the morning, do you spend half an hour wondering about what you are going to have for breakfast? On a daily basis, you just grab the same thing; it could be coffee or tea, home based or at your workplace. You will probably take the same route to work, grab the same news paper and listen to the same radio station.

We cook, eat, tie our shoelaces and ties, comb our hair pretty much in the same way and most importantly dress in the same manner everyday ( I am not saying wearing the same clothes though). Before you know it, repeating the same tasks on a daily basis develops habits which become unconscious and get stored in our unconscious mind so that when we do it, we do not even think about it anymore.

“There, a Style Rut is born”

Some of us do not even realise that we are in a style rut. It will take a friend, I mean a true friend, a family member or even hubby to tell us well ” honey, you need to do something” for us to realise it and become conscious a bout it. And I know it has some comfort to it and it feels safe because there is no risk taken.

The bad news is that a style rut can spread over the other areas of your life becoming slowly but surely a “Lifestyle rut”.

So my word of encouragement: take the risk to make your style unordinary by doing things differently every now and then. Cut your hair, change your lipstick colour, inject some colour in your wardrobe. Wear a skirt for a change!!!! Do not tell me you do not look good in a skirt; there is a skirt for every shape out there.

What needs to happen now is a deprogramming of the old habit in order to effectively replace it with a new one. You cannot install an antivirus if you have one already installed on your computer. It will ask you to get rid of the other one, well same here!!

If however, you not have  clue how to do that, where to start… well, yours truly Style Coach Genevieve Muwana and Sandra Clothes (yes pun intended and there is a story behind this nickname but that is another blog) are here for you.

Together, we will built a program of change that will take you step by step and very gently towards creating your Unique Image!

Until then, be a living inspiration and live in the present

Genevieve Muwana