Your Personal Image Is Everything PART 3/3: Digital Presence

This 3-part image consulting blog series inspects your personal image from 3 different angles: Your communication, your appearance and your digital presence. In the third part we look at the significance of your digital presence as a part of your personal image in an ever growing world of social media.

Have you ever looked at someone’s social media profile and did not have a clue what their personal brand was all about? Or disliked them immediately? Or thought that they are not authentic? You can roughly divide the most annoying social media profiles in two extremes: They are either a mishmash of awkwardly public glimpses to their private lives, serial shares and likes of articles from non-reputable sources and a myriad of questionable associations, or eerily silent or abandoned profiles without anything tangible to hold on to. Frustrating and confusing, isn’t it? Nowadays your personal brand and is only as strong as your digital presence and it’s a fact of life that cannot be overlooked.

Are you going to meet someone new? The first thing that pops into your mind while preparing, for an interview or a date, is to enter the person’s name in that search field and to hit the magnifying glass icon. In the recent years it has become socially acceptable and a every day custom to Google all new acquintances. According to a CareerBuilder study in February and March 2017 a whopping 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates. It is at all-time high, for comparison last year the number was 60% and in 2006 only 11%.

Thanks to technology it’s now so easy to have friends, colleagues and business partners all over the world and it’s opening us doors that we never even knew were there. Your closest friends and family know you in real life and can overlook your online mishaps and still think you are the same fantastic person, but it’s good to remember that some people who will only know the digital you -and there are many of them. That is why it’s important to pay attention to your digital presence, and to start building one if you don’t already have one. It seems that without a digital presence, you almost don’t exist.

The Digital You

Your digital presence consists of

  • All your social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, to mention a few
  • Your website (if applicable)
  • All the photos of you that you or anyone else have ever posted online
  • Anything you have written or that has been written about you on discussion forums, blogs or articles posted online

Time for a clean up

  • The best way to start is to google yourself and to look at all the findings with a critical eye, perhaps with a help from a friend who will tell it like it is, or a professional such as myself. Is your content aligned with your personal brand? And is your content relevant to your personal brand?
  • Consider separating your personal and professional profiles. How you want to define the boundaries between work and private is fully up to you but in general it’s rarely a good idea to connect with your business contacts on a personal level.
  • Take a critical look at your photos. Do they need to be public or should you limit their audience? A professional head shot gives always a good impression but nobody expects it on your personal profile. Photos of food, nature, animals and sports are always a safe choice. Family and alcohol may prove problematic so approach carefully. Avoid politics, religion, bullying and violence. Make sure your photos don’t violate the privacy of others.
  • Remove anything on your public profile that can be interpreted in the wrong way. This includes liking pages and being a member of public groups. Tasteless and inappropriate jokes, remarks and comments are best shared with a limited audience, or not at all as we all know how to take screenshots by now.

Take control of the digital you

  • The good news is that you are able to feed your digital footprint with positive content on relevant platforms. Concentrate on cultivating a solid online presence that makes your personal brand shine and strengthens your executive presence.
  • Highlight your skills and achievements, including your personal ones (without being too personal, if you catch my drift). Running a marathon or doing volunteer work always give a positive first impression as does sharing professional content of events that you have attended such as conferences and workshops. Don’t be afraid to show your creative or compassionate side as it makes you more dimensional and therefore more attractive and unique.
  • Create a realistic online strategy that fits your goals and technical skills. Update content regularly and keep your pages manned. When the lights are on people assume that someone is home, same applies to social media.
  • Keep on feeding relevant and positive content on your pages and engage with others in a friendly manner. Remember to thank people and praise them for their achievements too. It’s important to remember that even on social media it’s not always about you. Content Is The Key

Nowadays first impressions are often made online so your digital presence is a vital part of your personal brand. Here at I on Image I help you to manage your digital presence on relevant online platforms, increase your visibility and help you to build a reputation that is fully aligned with your personal brand. Sometimes just an hour is enough to have your digital presence revamped. Go ahead and ask for I on Image’s QUICK ONLINE SCAN and get your profiles ready for new challenges! Book your appointment already today here.

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Your Personal Image Is Everything PART 2/3: Appearance

This 3-part image consulting blog series inspects your personal image from 3 different angles: Your communication, your appearance and your digital presence. In the second part we look at your appearance as the most visible part of your personal image.

Fashion designer, stylist and editor-in-chief Rachel Zoe said: “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” This resonated strongly with me as it captures perfectly the essence of the importance of your personal image. People sum you up in seconds and sometimes they already have an opinion about you before you have even uttered a word. It doesn’t sound very fair, does it, but it’s important to remember that you have full control of your image. I am not saying that you have to look like someone else, actually on the contrary, looking like yourself is always the best idea. Just look like the best possible version of yourself -and you’d be surprised how little it actually takes.

Style is a way to say who you are

Consider the following elements of your appearance

  • Clothes. Clean, neat and pressed should be your key words here. Add items with more flair only when your basics are sorted. Learn to make small repairs yourself or get to know a good tailor in your area. Many high-street pieces will look better on you with small alterations.
  • Hair. Get a haircut that flatters your features. A good hair stylist can take years off your look and make you look more contemporary in a flash. Balding can be done gracefully and it can actually increase your image of leadership.
  • Makeup (if applicable). Use makeup to enhance your look but don’t go overboard. Get professional advice at beauty counters or follow vlogs and blogs online. What works for your favorite celebrity may not work for you. Save wild brush strokes for a night out.
  • Perfume/Cologne (if applicable). Your scent should not arrive before you so use sparingly. Some offices have a no-scent policy that should be respected.
  • Nails. You don’t need an expensive manicure to have good nails. Keep your nails shaped and clean. Short is always is fashion and a simple buffer and a hand cream can do miracles.
  • Jewelry & watch (if applicable). These are the statement pieces that say the most about you. If you are going to invest, go for understated, classic and sophisticated pieces.
  • Shoes. Keep them clean at all times. Keep a shoe sponge handy and polish your shoes regularly. Opt for styles that you feel comfortable in and that match your life style and job description.
  • Bag (if applicable). This is another status item along your watch and your jewelry. Good quality leather is worth investing in. Polish regularly and keep it’s contents neat.
  • Accessories (if applicable). You can compliment your look with these seemingly insignificant items that still tell loads about you. Choose classic items or go for conversation starters.
  • Personal hygiene. I can’t stress enough the importance of this! There is simply no excuse to neglect your personal hygiene in any possible situation.

Look The Part

What’s in it for you?

We would like to think that appearances don’t matter, but they really do. People will expect you to look the part and the higher you claim the higher the expectations. Putting your best foot forward is not about being vain. It’s about investing in self-improvement -and allowing yourself to deserve it! Getting an image revamp can help you in many ways:

  • Huge boost to your confidence
  • Clearer self-image
  • Learn to appreciate your worth
  • Increase your executive presence for better job opportunities
  • Send the right message with your style

Your Style is Your Visual Resume

Your style is your visual resume. Never underestimate the power of your personal image and start investing in it now. It doesn’t necessarily mean expensive as we well know that money doesn’t always bring you style nor authenticity. Start with the items you already own and plan your purchases carefully.

How to get started?

  • Create a personal style that reflects your personal brand. Search inspiration from magazines, start an Instagram collection or make your own Pinterest style board.
  • The real you needs to shine through in all it’s aspects. Imitations last only for so long so better be authentic. It will also help you enjoy your style more and to feel more confident.
  • Take in consideration your unique body shape and the colours that suit you the best.
  • Go through every single item in your wardrobe. Do you see certain styles and colours appear one after another?
  • Ask for a second opinion. Invite a friend who has good style to go shopping with you or come and help you go through your wardrobe.
  • Buy only items that will complement the items that you already have. The size of your wardrobe doesn’t guarantee it’s functionality.
  • Utilize free personal shopping services at department stores, malls and shops. Bear in mind though that their job is still to sell you items from their store. With I on Image you can shop all brands from Primark to Prada.
  • Forget about the trends and concentrate on building a life-long style that tells your story.

Your appearance is the part of you that you can’t possibly hide. Do you look the part? Here at I on Image I help you discover the power of your personal style that flatters your best features. Gain more confidence and want to be the best dressed person in the room. Book your appointment already today here.

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Your Personal Image Is Everything PART 1/3: Communication

This 3-part image consulting blog series inspects your personal image from 3 different angles: Your communication, your appearance and your digital presence. In the first part we look at the importance of your communication skills that are a vital part of your personal image.

Good communication skills will get you further in life: They help you deliver your message and to sell your ideas. With clear communication you will always have a better chance of getting people on your side and to make those achievements that you have dreamed of.  Improving your communication skills will enable you to work more efficiently and to avoid unnecessary conflicts. This all will, as a side product, free you more time to do things that matter to you the most.

You are the message

Communications skills are often the thing that makes it or breaks it. It’s almost impossible to remove yourself from the very center of your communication so it’s safe to say that you are the message. Your verbal and non-verbal communication need to support each other and to be fully aligned with your personal brand. This way you are actively participating in removing obstacles away from your listeners and give them a better chance to understand you.

The core of your communication is your message that you deliver to the relevant audience who then receives the message and interprets it in their own unique way. The path to mutual understanding is often riddled with interruptions and risks of misinterpretations. You can only call communication successful once you have confirmed that the audience has indeed understood your message exactly the same way as you had intended.

You are the message

Where to begin?

It is true that some people are natural born communicators but the rest can be assured that these skills can be learned and even mastered with the right motivation and effort. There are numerous courses (live and online) available regarding this topic and here at I on Image I am also very keen to help you improve your communication skills. Here I have listed some useful ways to start your journey to become a better communicator:

  • Become a better listener
  • Show genuine interest in others. You will be surprised how much you will learn!
  • Observe non-verbal cues in others and yourself
  • Get to know yourself
  • Learn to know how people are perceiving you

how do you come across?

If you are the message then it’s paramount that you gain understanding on how people are perceiving you. Your choice of words is very important here but your words only get a meaning when they are put in the right context and said in the right way, using the right tone of voice and a body-language that supports the message and your personal brand. It’s important to learn to be aware of the aspects of your non-verbal communication that are:

  • Your facial expressions, especially eye-contact
  • Your posture
  • Your gestures
  • Your way of speaking
  • Your sense of humor
  • Your appearance
  • The intensity of your presence

With an image consultant you can approach these topics in a confidential, non-judgemental and encouraging environment. My approach is always gentle and has a strong emphasis on your strengths. I challenge you and give you a push to the right direction but I want to leave the real discoveries for yourself to unravel. After all, it’s one of the most rewarding parts of this learning process.

What’s in it for you?

Some clients come to see me after hearing the same words from many different sources and decide that now it’s their time. Despite some critics of yours being tough, especially yourself, it’s good to remember that you have full control of your own image and that you can make these changes happen for yourself. To help you make the shift in your life it’s good to think about the benefits you will gain when learning to be a better communicator. Here I have listed a few advantages of gaining good communication skills but your list may well look different that mine:

  • Gain trust of people
  • Make a meaningful connection with people
  • Gain the engagement of people

Communication skills are some of the most important skills that you need to succeed in life. Here at I on Image I help you gain a better understanding of your verbal and non-verbal communication. Learn to say what you want to say, in a way that nothing about you distracts your audience from receiving your valuable message. Book your appointment already today here.

I am looking forward to help you improve your image!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Why Your Image Matters

Your personal image is the perception that people have about you. It affects your success in every aspect of your life. When a person meets you for the first time their brain makes several snap decisions about you in just 7 seconds. Learn to make the most of them and take your personal brand on a next level that exudes confidence and professionalism.

First Impression

People are programmed to make a quick opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, your gravitas and your style. No matter how much is then later learn about the person we tend to trust our first impressions above all. According to Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy these rapid decisions that people make within seconds from seeing you for the first time come down to two boiling questions:

1. Can I trust this person?

and

2. Can I respect this person?

She continues: “If someone you’re trying to influence doesn’t trust you, you’re not going to get very far; in fact, you might even elicit suspicion because you come across as manipulative. A warm, trustworthy person who is also strong elicits admiration, but only after you’ve established trust does your strength become a gift rather than a threat.”

Image is about trust and respect

Make sure people are judging you accurately and not being confused or distracted about your image. This includes, but is not limited to, simplifying things. Have less but be more powerful. People want and should see the real you but it doesn’t have to mean spilling all your secrets out there. You can control what you are giving away and what you are keeping to yourself. Center for Talent and Innovation (CTI) declared in their report about personal image: “How you look, how you speak, and how you act turn out to be critical to your success, our report concludes, at every step in your career journey.” So be mindful about your personal image. It may be all you really have.

Are people judging you accurately

Your personal image is one of the few aspects of your life that you have a full control of and I am delighted to help you to invest in yourself. I am passionate about business wear, first impressions (live and on social medial) and I want to help you to be at your very best in the current competitive business environment. Let me worry about the looks, it saves you your valuable time and helps you to focus on the very essential: your fantastic skills and amazing knowledge.

Need more convincing? I got you covered. Read my blog 3 Reasons to Hire Me here.

Take control of your image

When building a successful image it’s important to remember to remain as authentic as possible. Your personal image should be a conscious decision for your own profit but it should still look like you. Think of the following qualities of your image:

  • Inspiring: Create enthusiasm and make people feel empowered.
  • Memorable: Stand out from the crowd for the right reasons.
  • Approachable: Be open, communicate clearly and make people feel comfortable around you.
  • Genuine: Remember to be the unique charming you.
  • Engaging: Create lasting relationships and allow people to commit to you.

 

Your Image Should Be...

 

Let me know how I can help you enhance your image. I would love to hear from you!

  • Let’s have a talk! I am offering you a 15min complementary telephone call prior to our meeting to set expectations and get to know each other better. Book your appointment here!

 

Make The Most Of Your 7 Seconds

I am looking forward to help you enhance your image!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Clean Slate

Let’s kick off 2018 with a clean slate. That means forgetting about the past, forgiving others and yourself, giving a promise about a better future and wishing amazing things to one another. Good resolutions are also in order. There is no other colour that symbolizes successful new beginnings better than white. It’s the colour associated with light, goodness, innocence and purity. Stylist Jenni Ryynänen of I on Image has selected the best winter whites for you to step into New Year in style.

Monique Magazine January 2018 Edition

Monique Magazine January 2018 Edition

 

  1. Tigha Louna lace dress with frilled sleeves. White dresses are no longer reserved for only balmy summer days. They are wearable in the winter with black opaque tights and a chunky cardigan during the day. Add statement earrings for an epic night out.
  2. Moncler Gamme Rouge Nynke tweed jacket with shearling collar. There is no better signature style than wearing a chic statement jacket. It gives you an instant image revamp and upgrades your basic outfits in a flash. Wear over a lacy dress or sleek leather leggings, add snow boots or mile high heels.
  3. Maje Mila cable knitted jumper with black imitation leather accents. Heritage knitwear is having a huge moment in fashion. This one is sweet and edgy at the same time and you know how I love contrasts. Wear with sporty pants or a sweet pleated skirt.
  4. Arma Roche Plonge lamb leather leggings. Leggings are going to be big news in 2018 but not in the way you are used to wearing them. The key looks will be daring and have a luxurious feel to them. These leather leggings will tick all the boxes while being a rather versatile style to own. Wear with chunky knitwear, billowy blouses or layered under dresses. Take inspiration from glitterati après ski in Gstaad.
  5. Philipp Plein Corinne calf leather shoulder bag. New Year deserves a gorgeous new bag. I love the white pristine leather combined with studs, chain shoulder strap and a crystal encrusted cougar clasp. Perfect for your inner Snow Queen!
  6. Nubikk Giga Roma patent leather ankle boots. Beautiful 60’s style ankle boots pair well with surprisingly many styles: Mini and maxi dresses, culottes, wide and skinny trousers. I would combine mine with high wasted mom jeans and cosy heritage jumper for the day and an Audrey Hepburn inspired mini dress for the evening.
  7. Maurice Lacroix Eliros diamond watch. A stylish time piece symbolizes new beginnings so no wonder they make popular gift items for a special occassion: graduation, promotion and retirement, to mention a few. Your watch -or the lack of it- says a lot about you and is considered as one of the key items when building a signature style. One with diamonds radiates timeless elegance and sophisticated femininity.
  8. Armani EA7 Core waterproof skipants. Life is too short to be freezing yourself to an icicle. Solve the problem by wearing pants that work wonders in subzero temperatures like these amazingly sleek ones that are also waterproof. Athleisure will remain a global megatrend in 2018 so if you haven’t opted in yet, now it’s the time to hop on the trend of practicality and comfort without having to sacrifice the style.

Here’s to a prosperous and wonderful 2018!

STOCKISTS AND PHOTO CREDITS (direct link above on each item):

Arma

Armani

Maje Moncler Gamme Rouge

Nubikk

and

Philipp Plein at De Bijenkorf www.debijenkorf.nl

Maurice Lacroix at www.horloge.nl

Tigha www.tigha.com

 

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This story was originally published in Monique Magazine January 2018 edition.

Happy New Year 2018

Style is a powerful, yet often overlooked, tool for making positive first impressions on- and offline. Your personal image is one of the few aspects of your life that you have a full control of and I am delighted to help you to invest in yourself in 2018. A well planned wardrobe brings you clarity and confidence, and it helps you to concentrate on things that are important to you by minimizing the amount of decisions you need to take on a daily basic.  I help you discover and unleash your own unique style that is remembered for the right reasons. For me it has never really been about individual trends that change every season but about building a sustainable individual style that tells your story. I truly believe that everyone deserves to be the I on their personal image!

Are you after your dream job? Or did you quit so you could open a whole new page in your career? Did you get a promotion or are you working toward getting one real soon? Are you going back to work after a sabbatical or maternity leave? Perhaps you have started your own business? Could you profit from increased confidence when attending networking or company events? Do you feel that in general your style could reflect better your professional qualities?

This year it’s time to invest in yourself and claim the ownership of your image. Put your best foot forward in 2018 and book your appointment here.

Here’s to an amazing 2018!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

 

Happy Holidays from I on Image

Thank you very much for the amazing 2017!

It would have not been the same without you. Here’s to another year of impeccable image, magical wardrobes and memorable personal style.

Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

 

Sparkles

This is the time of the year when the party calendar is full and the dark nights are an open invitation to wear something that shimmers. Stylist Jenni presents her glamorous selection from the latest party collections to kick off the most wonderful time of the year in style. There are also loads of wonderful gift ideas for yourself -or someone really special- and many useful party season styling tips.

May your days be merry and bright!

SPARKLES December Edition 2017 for Monique Magazine

Monique Magazine December 2017 Edition

  1. Josh V golden biker jacket. Make a statement by toughening up your look with this striking biker jacket. Wear with denim, LBD, floor length gowns… Practically anything that needs a little -or a lot- oomph. Note to self and y’all: You can be spotted all the way from Mars so be prepared to get all the attention.
  2. Blush 14k gold hoop earrings with zirkonias and 14k gold stud earrings with zirkonias. I am a big fan of simple sparkling earrings that bring a touch of luxury to your trusted basics. These are also ideal for situations when your outfit is so over the top that jewelry needs to be simple yet sophisticated. Believe it or not it happens to me quite often!
  3. Inna customized dress with high frilled neck and bow tie. With the ever rising popularity of slow fashion nothing says timeless elegance better than made to measure clothing. These dresses are available in many styles and colours to fit every shape and taste. Please note that a couple of fitting sessions are required but then you can be sure that your dress is a true match to your body shape.
  4. Josh V glitter and gold wrap mini dress. If you are looking for a true va-va-voom dress this Christmas, look no further. This ticks all the boxes: High octane shine, check. Plunging neckline, check. Figure hugging, check. For a more modest look, layer it over a turtle neck and wide leg trousers. For a rock chick look layer over black leather-look leggings and add a smokey eye and a truckload of jewelry.
  5. Blush 14k gold necklace with zirkonia pendant and 14k gold chain. Layering necklaces is a fun way to create some panache in your everyday look and the style works really well at parties too. Start with two delicate chains in the same metal and start elevating your personal style from there. These come in various styles and metals accompanied by a collection of pendants. Never underestimate how desirable the smallest of packages under the tree can be!
  6. Josh V golden patent leather ankle boots. No time or energy to dress up after a hectic day? Wear these statement boots with your trusted denim and an oversized cashmere sweater. Jewelry is optional if you managed to slick on a hasty statement lip.
  7. Blush 14k gold rings with and without zirkonias. They come in various contemporary and classic styles, and are therefore ideal for stacking and collecting. Mix and match creatively different metals and textures to make the look your own. Remember also that tiny presents travel really well and that they make perfect stocking fillers.
  8. Anna + Nina golden shell minaudière. There is something utterly fascinating about pretty little bags that don’t fit anything in them. The idea of leaving the house with only a lipstick, pin card and keys just feels so wonderfully decadent and joyous. Where is the girl carrying that bag going? Who is meeting? Where will she end up? Big questions for such a little bag. If you are a free spirit only in your dreams then opt for a coat with big pockets that will fit everything else.
  9. Josh V golden patent leather stilettos with transparent insert. Make a big impact in metallic heels that are huge news this season. I promise that they are surprisingly versatile and ten times more festive than any neutral shade would be. They add instant glam to the simplest of outfits. Skip the boring going-home-to-change-part and just slip your feet into these shiny babes comes happy hour.
  10. Anna + Nina gold plated brass Ginko leaves statement necklace. This necklace is a powerful way to style your office look into a party look in a flash. This speedy transformation from office to OMG can be done easily in the back of an Uber. They also have matching earrings available for maximum impact. On a big night out wear with a crisp white blouse and a full skirt.
  11. Anna + Nina gold plated brass shell statement earrings. Set your minimalistic LBD apart with a pair of larger than life statement earrings. Just slick your hair back and add a dramatic lip. Alternatively pay homage to recently deceased maestro Azzedine Alaïa and wear an unapologetic body con dress. 

 

HOW TO WEAR SPARKLY LOOKS OF THIS SEASON:

  • Combine shiny items with clashing textures. Think cashmere, wool, leather and denim.
  • Don’t reserve the sparkles only for the night. They work really well in the daytime too with a big sweater and opaque tights.
  • Choose one amazing sparkly item per look and keep the rest simple to avoid an overdose of sequins.
  • Keep the makeup simple yet powerful with emphasis on the lips or on the eyes, never both.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. The party season was invented for the people to have fun!

 

STOCKISTS AND PHOTO CREDITS:

Anna + Nina: www.anna-nina.nl

Blush: available via De Bijenkorf https://www.debijenkorf.nl/sieraden/blush

Inna: www.inna-store.com

Josh V: www.joshv.com

 

This story was originally published in Monique Magazine December 2017 Edition.

 

Hear Me Roar

Bold leopard prints took over the fashion scene in AW 2017 and so wearing it right now has become almost inevitable if you already weren’t a fan. It’s the classic that keeps on returning season after season, alternating it’s form from chic to punk, from glamorous to cosy. Jackie Collins stated that her biggest weakness was wearing too much leopard print at once but when you take a look at this edit you’ll wonder if that’s even possible. Jenni Ryynänen of I on Image has hand-picked you the best leopard prints that are the go-to pieces that you will keep on returning to.

Leopard Trend November Edition 2017 for Monique Maga

Monique Magazine November 2017 Edition

  1. Tommy Hilfiger V-neck sweater. I love the ecletic mix of cosy, preppy and punk in here. Wear with denim, a chic pencil skirt or a playful pleated skirt. Your shoe of choice will define the look.
  2. Fabienne Chapot maxi dress. This is such a demure frock with it’s long sleeves, thin belt and a buttoned up collar, but the leopard print makes it suddenly so naughty. Well, who doesn’t love a woman with many sides? Hardly anyone of us fits in a narrow box anyway. Wear buttoned up in the day time and button down big time after dark.
  3. Scotch & Soda fake fur jacket. As we all know fake fur is the only way to go and this season it is a must-have in every stylish wardrobe. Wear with denim, clashing prints, leather, silk, tweed…
  4. Scotch & Soda scarf. This adds a hint of cheetah in your wardrobe in case you are too shy to go full-on. A big scarf is on top of every travel essentials lists for it’s versatility. I always fly wrapped up in a scarf. It’s a life saver for speedy outfit transformations on the go. Time to sign up for Pinterest scarf tutorials!
  5. EIJK Amsterdam ankle boots. Perfect chic ankle boots with a walkable heel to lift up any outfit from blah to bravo. Make a statement with every step you take!
  6. Levi’s T-shirt. Writer Caitlin Moran once said that “Leopard print is a neutral” and this T-shirt rests my case on that statement. Wear with classic tailoring or denim for the day and with layers of tulle for the happy hour.
  7. Minna Parikka penny loafers with bunny ears. A classic shoe with something unexpected is a versatile wardrobe staple. Goes with everything that would look otherwise too serious.
  8. Liu Jo pleated midi-skirt. These thin black pleats reveal a hint of cheetah when you move. Wear with a pussy bow blouse or a cashmere sweater for the day and with lace and leather for an epic night out.

HOW TO WEAR LEOPARD PRINT THIS SEASON

  • Mix and match it creatively with stripes, checks and flower prints. If the look seems a bit “off” it’s probably just right.
  • Tomboy looks love a dash (or even a big splash) of cheetah. Khaki and army green combine really well with leopard print for a casual everyday look.
  • For an extremely glamorous look combine your leopard print with white items and chunky gold jewellery.
  • Spice up your trusted jeans and a sweater combo with a striking item in a leopard print. Think: coat, shoes, bag –or perhaps all of them.
  • Keep the overall look sleek rather than saucy. Avoid anything too tight and too short.
  • Channel your inner feline by wearing a smokey cat-eye. Keep the lips neutral and the hair simple.

STOCKISTS AND PHOTO CREDITS:

De Bijenkorf www.debijenkorf.nl (Levi’s, Liu Jo and Tommy Hilfiger)

EIJK Amsterdam www.eijk-amsterdam.com

Fabienne Chapot www.fabiennechapot.nl

Minna Parikka www.minnaparikka.com

Scotch & Soda www.scotch-soda.com

 

This story was originally published in Monique Magazine November 2017 edition.

Red October

Red is definitely the hottest colour for AW 2017. It has traditionally been associated with love and passion but also very much with danger. It’s a vibrant colour of assertiveness and loaded with emotions ranging from desire to anger. Difficult to blend into the background red oozes self-confidence and visibility. Jenni Ryynänen of I on Image has hand-picked you the best reds from the collections. You just need to add the attitude.

Wallflowers: Don’t bother

Attention seekers: This season is yours.

 

Monique Magazine October 2017 Edition

  1. Mother Fake Fur Jacket “Daredevil’s Run”. This is a definition of a statement jacket and it’s ticking other trend boxes too: Fake fur and urban sports. Wear with denim, a basic T-shirt and a vertiginous heel or pristine white sneaker.
  2. Tom Ford Lips & Boys – lipstick in Christiano. Wear on days when your inspiration is low -and suddenly you’ll have plenty!
  3. Zoe Karssen Slogan Sweater “Son of a Gun”. In general I dislike slogans on clothing but clever old school insults are always close to my heart. Wear with a pleated skirt, leather, denim or on a day off: your PJ’s.
  4. Zoe Karssen Piper Acid Flock jeans. We know these powerful two red stripes from sports teams and armed forces. Accessorize accordingly, which ever way you are more inclined.
  5. The Kooples Red Snakeskin-Effect Court Shoe. Spice up your classic tailoring or dress up your denim. A classic shoe with a twist is always a winner and a wardrobe must-have staple.
  6. The Kooples Iconic Emily Mini Crossbody Bag. A red bag is a quick way to spice up an otherwise boring look. It’s a surprisingly versatile bag colour and it has more zest to it than classic black or tan. This firecracker is inspired by actress, model and feminist activist Emily Ratajkowski.
  7. Scotch & Soda Red Sailor Pants. A statement pant is a somewhat curious concept but it does work. Wear with chunky cable knit jumpers or a leather biker jacket. Avoid looking nautical at all cost.
  8. Scotch & Soda Paneled Red Blouse. I am wild about the 80’s secretary look and a silky blouse is essential to it. Wear with classic tailoring and masculine cuts. Leave some buttons open for a relaxed take on the trend.
  9. Tom Ford Eau de Parfum Jasmin Rouge. The sexiest scent under the sun. Use sparingly though, people don’t have to know all your secrets at once!

 

FRESH WAYS TO WEAR RED THIS SEASON

  • Resist the urge to match red with black. The combination looks so severe and a bit dated. Try navy, camel, white or cream instead.
  • Denim dresses red down nicely. I love this season’s trucker style jackets with shearling or teddy accents.
  • Show some skin. Nude pumps look simply amazing with red. Just remember to celebrate your own unique skin tone and not to conform into high street’s narrow idea of pink-beige nude.
  • Red speaks volumes on it’s own so you won’t need a lot of makeup to accompany it. I love an intense red lip paired with an almost bare face.
  • Instead of complicated trying-too-hard hair do’s try a simple pony tail or just let your hair flow wild and free.
  • Keep jewelry simple to avoid any Christmas party associations.
  • If you really are too shy to wear full-on red then consider injecting just a tiny splash of red in your look by painting your nails red. I also adore a red jacket or handbag lining, not to mention a coveted red shoe sole!

 

This story was originally published in Monique Magazine October 2017 edition.