By Traci McBride
I often ask clients as I do a Closet Detox what made them choose the garment that we are evaluating. The usual response is that they like some features of it but not all; the result is that they change their mind about wearing it. This is because the garment isn’t resonating with them; it’s not aligning with their true self on some level. Here are some of the comments that are shared with me when this same logic is applied to eyewear.
“I choose black glasses because black goes with everything and I never know what color I’ll be wearing.”
“I picked tortoise to stand out from basic black.”
“I decided to play it safe.”
“I didn’t know the best color to choose so I defaulted to wire frames.”
Needing to wear prescription glasses is new to me. I’ve been able to get away with “cheaters” for years but now I need bifocals for ease of driving, and seeing in detail is obviously important. Because the cost of prescription eyewear is restrictive for many, they don’t order more than one pair at a time — and making a long-term commitment to one pair is daunting. So many factors play into choice besides color, print, texture. You also must consider shape, weight, comfort … and if you need thicker lenses you might be limited by which frames you can choose.
As you consider the tips below, keep in mind that knowing what your personal POWER COLORS are is key. This is a tool that will save you countless time, energy, and money. Why? Once you know this powerful information, you can apply it to your entire wardrobe, which in turn will make mixing and matching in your closet effortless. This will then lead back to focusing on a color for your eyewear that will play back to everything in your closet. Everything comes full circle.
So how do you know which look is for you?
Solution: Put your smart phone to work for you! Take a photo of every single pair that you think you kind of like. Then take a day or two or more to keep seeing yourself differently through your photos. Print them and hang up in your closet or office. I find when you begin seeing yourself differently, you become more comfortable taking a step outside of your box.
Life is an adventure — enjoy!
Traci McBride, the chief stylist of TeeMcBee Image Consulting, is dedicated to men and women who are ready to harness the power of their personal image using the most common tool, clothing. She offers support to companies that want to ensure staff at every level communicates the best of themselves and the company brand by elevating and not diminishing the investment of branding.