How to Dress Things Down?

Is your wardrobe full of formal work wear from the time when business style was far more dressier than it nowadays is? Predominant IT and start-up culture have molded the way we dress to work a lot in the recent years and suddenly a suit with a pair of heels can feel somewhat stuffy. But throwing away fine tailoring just feels wrong, and if it still fits then perhaps you could just wear it in a less formal way.

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Here comes I on Image’s style guide on how to dress things down. You can mix up the elements listed below or just pick one powerful way to express yourself through your style.

  1. Add a casual shoe. This is the most practical dress-down effect there ever was and hence an all-time favorite of public transport commuters around the world. Your feet will thank you for swapping your vertiginous heels to a comfy sneaker or a cool loafer. There is no longer need to keep a pair of heels in your filing cabinet which I believe they got rid of anyway during the last office remodeling round.
  2. Add knitwear. I am a big fan of creating contrast by using different textures and playing with proportions. Typically I would use chiffon with tweed or cashmere with leather but the logic can also be applied with tailored pieces in a mid-weight fabric by adding a chunky cable knit jumper. Understated merino wool jumpers go literally with everything and are far more low maintenance than gorgeous cashmere that I would love if I didn’t have kids. Knitwear with a pop of colour combined with tailoring looks also very contemporary and is super wearable.
  3. Add denim. A high-low combo is a no-brainer that does apply for evening wear too. The contrast between something dressy and cool denim remains a classic styling trick favored by the best dressed everywhere. Easy, practical and stylish way to wear your tailored separates or dresses.
  4. Add leather. This is just like the tip above but dressier and a more powerful statement. My favorite is to throw a biker jacket on a feminine dress.
  5. Add a T-shirt. T-shirts with a print or a slogan have been popular for quite some time now and they will make any tailored piece look casual and cool. Just check the appropriateness of the picture/text and that it doesn’t spell something else when worn with a jacket. A safe fail-proof alternative is a stripy or plain, yet well,-cut T-shirt.

These 5 ways to dress your outfits down will help you get more out of your existing wardrobe without having to transform your style completely. They will also allow you to own less items while having more style -every single day.

Is your problem actually the other way around? Then read my blog about How to Dress Things Up

If you still feel that your formal suits and dresses no longer have a future in your style narrative then consider donating them to your local Dress for Success®, a global movement that aims to “empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life”. In The Netherlands you can approach www.dressforsuccess.nl.

-Jenni

Your image consultant with an eye for detail

How to Dress Things Up?

Is your trusted daily uniform of a plain shirt and basic denim making you yawn of boredom when catching a glimpse of yourself in a mirror? Do you feel that it doesn’t look interesting enough so people would remember you for right reasons? Or could a more lively outfit express your dynamic personal brand better? Don’t go ditching an otherwise great combo right away as I think it could be easily saved for a round two by just adding a little oomph into it.

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Here comes I on Image’s style guide on how to dress things up. You can mix up the elements listed below or just pick one remarkable way to inject some well-deserved energy into your look.

  1. Add a tailored jacket. Nothing says business better than sleek tailoring. If the look feels too stiff for your taste then play it down by rolling the sleeves and popping the collar up for relaxed cool.
  2. Add a fancy shoe. What a perfect opportunity to get some use of the shoe that makes your heart skip a beat but which you keep 364 days a year stored neatly in their box. Let’s go live a little and wear them to work.
  3. Add statement jewelry but don’t go piling it all on at once. One signature piece is enough to wake up the room. Another idea is to go full-on Iris Apfel and wear every single piece of jewelry you have ever owned in one single look.
  4. Add a scarf in a stylish print or in your signature colour. My favorites are small silk squares tied elegantly on a simple knot in the front and large squares folded loosely around the neck.
  5. Tuck your shirt in and add a belt. This look is a classic structured way to make you look more polished without actually having to do anything. I love pleated leather belts and chunky belts with a statement buckle.

These 5 ways to dress up your otherwise plain or basic outfits can also help you navigate your style on days when you have an event right after work and no time to change, decrease the amount of luggage during business travel and allow you to own less items while having more style -every single day.

Is your problem actually the other way around? Then read my blog about How to Dress Things Down

-Jenni

Your image consultant with an eye for detail

 

 

Extend the Life of Your Summer Dress

So you bought yourself a gorgeous summer dress, wore it all summer and now you are experiencing difficulties parting with it. No worries. I on Image wants you to keep on wearing it until the first snowfall or torrential autumn storm and here’s a complete guide on how.

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Welcome the new season by styling your summer dress in a new I on Image-proof way:

  1. Wear it with opaque tights. Legs getting covered around town is the first sign of autumn. This look will make hemlines even on the shorter side appropriate for the office and give you an instant leg-lift. Flattering, cheap and practical.
  2. Wear it with chunky knitwear. Nothing says autumn better than a cosy cable-knit in an earthly colour. Chunky knitwear combines well with florals and flowy summer fabrics and anchors your look into the new season. This look has a practical side to it too as the mornings can suddenly feel chilly. Wrap up and feel as cosy as you look.
  3. Wear it with boots. A pair of leather boots will add edge to romantic and carefree summer styles. This look is always cool and admittedly very handy in rain, which we will be undoubtedly getting plenty of.
  4. Wear a T-shirt under it. Strappy sundresses have a seemingly short life span but I like to challenge that by wearing a simple fitted T-shirt under them. This 90’s inspired look is very now and it gives you more coverage for an office-appropriate attire.
  5. Wear a polo neck under it. This look has the same effect as above but with even more coverage for chilly autumn days. This look works well with sheath dresses, pinafore dresses and short-sleeved dresses.

See, there is no reason to pack away something that you love so much and that looks so great on you!

-Jenni

Your image consultant with an eye for detail

 

Friday Style Secrets

follow I on Image’s video series Friday Style Secrets on Facebook and instagram for easy, fun and informative insider style tips

I saw a need for this series because it’s the small things that often have the biggest results. The series was originally launched in March 2017 and it got fast popular among I on Image’s fans. Spring 2018 I reran the series on both Facebook and Instagram because it just felt like waste of good material to show every episode just once. Now it’s an I on Image staple and people are waiting for new episodes to come out. I just went to a party where a lady recognized me as The Friday Style Secret presenter and that felt really nice after all the hard work I put into the series!

I have deliberately kept the videos short so you can take a quick look during your busy day. All videos are open to commenting so if you have any thoughts or questions, please go ahead and ask in the comments section even if the video is already old. You can see all the previous episodes here on I on Image’s Facebook page or  by following #FridayStyleSecrets hashtag on Instagram.

I am also very curious to know what would YOU like to see more. Email your creative ideas to ionimage@gmail.com with subject “Friday Style Secrets” and I will do my best to include your wishes in the new episodes. The new season airs on Friday 7th September 2018 around lunch time.

Stay tuned!

I am really enjoying making this series for your benefit. Hope you like it as much as I do!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

 

This article was originally published on 19th April 2017 and updated on 20th August 2018.

Going green

This autumn I find myself drawn to all things that are green. I associate the colour green strongly with nature: for me it’s the colour of tranquility, freshness, growth and fertility. Green makes me think of safety and it’s also commonly associated with money. It’s a delightfully fresh looking colour that to my excitement makes a return in fashion every few years.

With green it’s important to choose the right shade for your skin tone to avoid looking sick -or envious- but there is a shade for everyone. My personal favorites are bottle green and olive green. I also love fresh grass green and luxurious shades of emerald and jade. Green looks great with our trusted neutrals black and denim, and I am also giving you the green light to wear it with your winter whites (see what I did there).

I have created you these five green looks to wear this season in the office. Hope you like them as much as I do. Let’s celebrate the positive power of green! I have also pinned them all on my Pinterest board: https://nl.pinterest.com/IonImage/i-on-image-working-wardrobe/styled-by-i-on-image-aw2016/so go ahead and pin them on your own style board for your inspiration.

Did you like these looks? As mentioned earlier, each one of them can be ordered through StyleFruits.nl by clicking each photo. If you don’t feel like shopping on your own, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me. Along my image consulting services I offer personal shopping service -live and online. Shopping with an expert saves you time and money, also it saves you from having a headache trawling around the shops alone. You can book your personal shopping session here on my webpage or you can send me an email to reserve your spot in style!

 

Enjoy the rest of the week!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Summer special 2016: I on Image -En Vacance

Here comes I on Image holiday special for summer 2016! I know you have earned your stylish break so let’s make it a breeze for you. I have created a bunch of summer styles for you to steal.
I love these shades of coral and turquoise that take me immediately far far away on a pristine beach where the days are long and lazy. A wide brimmed sunhat and stylish sunglasses are an absolute must. I get headaches so easily in the sun, and who has time for that on a holiday. Flat sandals give your toes a break and matching accessories finish your look. I also always love to have a new summer scent that sets the mood for the whole season. I got mine already in May!


I hope you love these outfits as much as I do. You can find them all -AND MORE- on my Pinterest board: https://nl.pinterest.com/IonImage/i-on-image-en-vacance/styled-by-i-on-image-summer-2016/ Go ahead and pin them on your own style board! Then it’s time to sit back and just look good. Okay reading a nice book or having a cocktail with a colourful umbrella are pretty good alternatives too!

Packing is definitely my least favorite part of the holiday but with the help of professional organizers Melissa Curran Kalker of Sorted by Melissa and Susanne Gaspar of The Space Woman it feels like a walk in the park http://ionimage.nl/i-on-image-asks-the-experts-packing-for-holiday/


Activate your out office message and don’t skimp on sunscreen.
Have a lovely summer time!

-Jenni

I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail

 

P.S. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook for daily summery updates!

 

In the navy

I on Image is in love with navy blue for several seasons now. It’s a universally flattering colour and one of the best shades to choose in your working wardrobe. It’s very chic and elegant and most certainly less severe than black. Gone are the days of boring uniform-like pantsuits that are diplomatic in a sense that they look good on no one. This season navy is sleek, sexy, modern and it works for both day and night time.

I have created you five navy looks to wear this season in the office. I have combined navy with beige, grey, bordeaux and even black. Yes that is allowed in 2015. Hope you like them as much as I do!

Did you like these looks? If you don’t feel like shopping on your own, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me. Along my image consulting services I offer personal shopping service -live and online. Shopping with an expert saves you time and money, also it saves you from having a headache trawling around the shops alone. You can book your personal shopping session on my webpage or you can send me an email to reserve your spot in style!

I have also pinned them all on my Pinterest board https://nl.pinterest.com/IonImage/i-on-image-working-wardrobe/styled-by-i-on-image-aw2015/ so you can pin them on your own style board.

Enjoy your new stylish week in sleek and chic navy!

-Jenni
I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail

More wine? I on Image tastes wines with Sanna Pöyry

It’s Friday and let’s just admit it : we all could use a glass of wine by now!

Luxurious and deep shades of red wine are huge this season and very appropriate for the office. Rich bordeaux is a very powerful colour, but it’s less aggressive than scarlet red, and it suits most colour types. It combines well with black, grey, white, cream and even pale pink.

I have created you four wine-hued looks to wear this season in the office. All looks can be pinned to your own style board here: https://nl.pinterest.com/IonImage/i-on-image-working-wardrobe/styled-by-i-on-image-aw2015/

Whether you are heading to the local hot spot with the colleagues or curling up inside a warm blanket at home, there is certainly something magical about a good glass of red wine on a crisp autumn evening. Wine educator Sanna Pöyry from Studio Bronx has chosen I on Image fans four amazing red wines to match each look. I have known Sanna since forever and I just love her joie de vivre. She is adventurous and passionate about wine and with her I have tasted some of the best wines I have ever tasted in my life. Here her impeccable taste in wine meets my passion for fashion. Santé!

 

Goes well with a Cabernet Sauvignon: Miguel Torres Manso de Velasco, Curico Valley, Chile

 

Goes well with a Merlot: Château Siaurac Plaisir de Siaurac, Lalande-de-Pomerol, France

Goes well with a wine from Chianti: Isole e Olena Chianti Classico, Chianti, Italy

Goes well with a Pinot Noir: Jean Stodden Spätburgunder Alte Reben Trocken, Ahr, Germany

Enjoy the rest of the week in style!
-Jenni
I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail

LBD for all body shapes

There is no single item in a woman’s wardrobe that is more versatile, more flattering or more chic than The Little Black Dress, aka LBD. Fashion bible Vogue praises this wardrobe classic:

“You can’t go wrong with a little black dress. It’s timeless, yet timely. Hardworking, but just a tiny bit frivolous. It camouflages flaws and showcases assets. It’s almost perfect.” Alexandra Horton

I have created 5 IOI-proof looks for you to wear in the office this season. Technically this one item is all you need to look polished and sophisticated every single day. The key is to find the one that works for your body shape and update is to each season with fresh accessories. Each dress featured in this story can be dressed up or dressed down depending on your accessories. I am crazy about combining nude heels with my LBD but the super chic quilted ballet flat does it for me too.

The 5 most common body shapes are:

  1. Apple
  2. Pear
  3. Rectangular
  4. Hourglass
  5. Inverted triangle

Find your own body shape by simply measuring yourself or look yourself in a full length mirror wearing black top and tights or leggings. This article gives you a full insight about finding your bodyshape http://www.whowhatwear.com/how-to-find-body-shape-calculator/

I always recommend dressing according to your own body shape to my clients. A lot of style advice is based on people having to hide their flaws, rather that embracing what is good about their body. For me this way of thinking is alien because hiding and projecting negative thoughts towards your body has never done anyone any favours. There is a dress for every body shape out there, go and grab yours!

Did you like these looks? I have pinned them all on my Pinterest board https://nl.pinterest.com/IonImage/i-on-image-working-wardrobe/lbd-for-all-body-shapes/ so you can pin them on your own style board.

Happy shopping and happy pinning!

-Jenni
I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No white after Labor Day

US Labor Day was on Monday 7th September 2015 and to many this has been the time to pack away your white clothing. I on Image answers the question that has plagued mankind for decades: Can you wear white after Labor Day? The grand house of American etiquette, The Emily Post Institute in Vermont gives us a historical insight to this style rule:

“Back in Emily’s day—the nineteen 00s, 10s and 20s—the summer season was bracketed by Memorial Day and Labor Day. Society flocked en masse from town house to seaside “cottage” or mountain “cabin” to escape the heat. City clothes were left behind in exchange for lighter, whiter, summer costumes. Come fall and the return to the city, summer clothes were put away and more formal city clothes donned once more. It was an age when there was a dress code for practically every occasion, and the signal to mark the change between summer resort clothes and clothing worn for the rest of the year was encapsulated in the dictum “No white after Labor Day.” And it stuck.”

Fashion bibles Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar declare this rule dead a long time ago and show several gorgeous ways to incorporate white in your autumn and winter wardrobe.


“The age-old adage advising not to wear white after Labor Day has never looked as wrong as it does for Fall 2015.”Steff Yotka for Vogue
“Whoever decided that white was unacceptable after Labor Day clearly never experienced the coziness of an alabaster-colored cashmere knit on a crisp fall day or the luxe feel of buttery leather leggings in the softest shade of cream.” for Harper’s Bazaar

I have created you four wearable white looks to wear this season in the office and beyond. All looks can be pinned from this Pinterest board: https://nl.pinterest.com/IonImage/i-on-image-working-wardrobe/styled-by-i-on-image-aw2015/

Did I convince you to wear white all year round? In case I did, it’s time to stock up on Vanish. Happy shopping and enjoy your well earned weekend!
-Jenni
I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail