We all want to look our very best this holiday season, especially as we have some extra special events to attend. These days, we are our own best marketing tool and what we wear as well as how we present ourselves greatly affects our image in addition to how people perceive and remember us. Putting our best face and self forward is completely doable, but it helps to have a few extra insider secrets to add to your bag of tricks!
First, give yourself plenty of time to plan and prepare outfits for each event that you are going to be attending. Set aside a few hours to get creative within your closet. Pair things that you might not have otherwise considered….you might be very surprised when a plain dress gets new life by adding just a scarf or jacket.
Try everything on to make sure your clothes fit and flatter. Taking pictures can help with this (crop out your face for added objectivity!). Ask yourself if the clothes and accessories for each event give you the desired “positive wow effect” or not. Pull together as many looks as you think you will need and make sure they are clean, pressed and ready to go.
Besides dressing the part this holiday season, make sure to feel great from the inside out by staying well hydrated and getting 8 hours of sleep each night. Your skin will glow and those dark circles won’t be an issue at all. Your body will thank you!
Impeccable manners go such a long way with people, especially when you want to make a good impression. Always have on hand some really great stationery and send prompt “Thank You” notes to everyone who includes you in his or her celebrations. There is no excuse not to send a sweet note and even in this age of technology, who doesn’t love to get a hand-penned card the old fashioned way? Along with your cards, consider choosing a host or hostess gift to take along as opposed to showing up empty-handed. It can be something simple such as flowers, a bottle of wine, or a nice scented candle. If you know the person well, maybe something that you know they collect or something with a special meaning to them would be great too.
Once you arrive at your holiday events, looking great with your gifts in tow, it’s time to mix and mingle! Anytime lots of folks who don’t know each other well are gathered, there is potential for awkwardness. Be bold and introduce yourself to people you don’t know. They will feel more comfortable and you might make a new friend or at least a networking connection.
Remember the true reason for the season no matter what you are celebrating during this special time of year! While stress can run high, be kind, patient and respectful to the ones in your life, and this includes your family! If you consider these tips, all the events you attend this season are sure to be a success!
Happy Holidays to All!