Top 3 tips for re-inventing your style

Christie Ressel is an International Image Consultant and personal style coach for, “Personal Power Image Consulting©™”. Here, she helps women feel chic, elegant, confident, stylish, and strong in all situations with her one on one styling services.  Christie is also a freelance writer and is the Senior Editor of Style and Beauty for She has delivered over 150 workshops and lectures across North America on women’s empowerment and is regularly featured in the media and press. Check out for more information.

With the New Year, comes new beginnings, fresh starts, and a new you! For those of you looking to step it up a notch with your style, here are three things that will help you shine for years to come:
Learn what colours compliment you: Whether you have a professional colour analysis done with a style coach like myself, or try and find out on your own, knowing what colours compliment your skin tones is vital for chic style!  Hold different shades and variation of colours up to your face. Colours that compliment you will brighten your eyes and teeth, smooth out your skin colouring, give you a healthy glow, and actually lift the look of your face! You’ll have an instant, “wow” factor. These colours can not only be used for clothing, but will also give you knowledge of your best makeup and hair colouring too – a huge time and money saver!
Own your body type: Enough of comparing ourselves to models and celebrities in the magazines (who are airbrushed anyway) – it’s time to love ourselves! Own your body type and style it in a way that compliments it (you can always have a style coach help you if you need it). You’ll look and feel fabulous (most women say they look 10lbs lighter when I show them how to dress for their body) which will not only affect the way you carry yourself, but will have a ripple effect in all other areas of your life also. Ask yourself, what letter your body looks like (i.e. A, V, H, X, O) – and then find garments that look the same way to compliment you.
Let who you are shine: Everyone has their own signature style – a combination of their personality, body type, lifestyle and fashions. Do what works for you! Although trends are fabulous, remember: fashion is a business (and a big one at that). Not all the trends will work for you (or you may not like all of them anyway). Start simple with altering your style and take classic pieces that you can dress up with fun accessories (i.e. scarves, bold necklaces, cocktail rings, chic pumps, colourful flats). Take an afternoon and mix and match pieces you wouldn’t normally in your wardrobe to create stylish new outfits. Again, an image consultant like myself can always help you if you need extra help. Shopping without the price tag!
The bottom line: work what you have with confidence, flair, fun and optimism – the rest will follow!
I wish you all the love, laughter, style, and success for 2010!
Warmest wishes,
Christie Ressel, Image Consultant and style coach
Personal Power Image Consulting™©

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