Sunday, 11 November 2012
Generations of fashion and MALE LEADERSHIP...
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MEN AND THEIR CLOTHES.  I always chuckle a bit when I hear men talk about all of the clothes their wives have or the size of the closets of their sisters, daughters etc…SOMETIMES, MEN ACT LIKE CLOTHING IS JUST "not important to them."  This argument quickly falls apart when we attend our favorite sporting events and we see men and boys wearing favorite team jerseys, painting their bodies and spending large amounts of money to make certain they match the uniforms of favorite drivers or players.  Obviously, it is built into the male experience to model some of their stars and men who have the abilities or qualities that each man can relate to - or in many cases, dream to obtain. 

 

Well let me share that there are some other fans out there that are looking for those same inspiring visions from you, the dads and brothers or young boys who are forming the mental pictures of what a hero should look like.  Men, today you need to understand that people are looking at your uniform, your fashion and style and they want to model the emotions that your fashion telecasts to the viewing world.

How do you dress? What is your uniform saying to your sons, brothers, friends and potential protégés?

 

You are the role model for the people you love and even people who you rarely see or know.  When you take the time to make certain that your appearance is clean, strong, matching and pressed, you are sending out a message that says "I care about how I look and I want to be the best I can be."  It doesn't matter if your uniform is a pair of casual pants and a t-shirt, a suit with ties and dress shoes, a baker's uniform or matching pants and shirts that designate you to a particular task or company.  You can always look great. Your clothes can fit, they can be pressed and neat, they can be clean and they can match.  When you wear clothes that drag off your tail, or tell people it's just clothing I do not care, or attend the summer picnics and nothing goes together, you are telling the people you believe, "How the world sees you is not important."

You are building a legacy or modeling that will affect everyone that looks up to you.  Today's rebellious baggy pants or let me show you my underwear dress codes do not say independence or intelligence or even that you are part of the hip crowd.  What poor fashion says is "No one taught me how to dress correctly, I do not care what the system wants and I am a rebel, or I do not respect you so you must look at my butt as I walk away from you."  Fashion is about making a statement, and may I tell you: it's about making the right statement. Your sons, daughters and friends are looking at you and how you dress and deciding if they TOO can be a part of your team. Tell me, do you think about the role model you are? Do you understand that you are important to the future of the males and younger females in your life?  You see, today's males are looking for leaders; they want someone to stand out and say, "Follow me, and let me help you navigate the challenges of this world."  Men, time to step up and understand that your fashion does effect generations. Take the time to look your best and be a role model that others can look up too.  It's not just clothing, it's not about conforming to the standards of the world but rather about establishing standards that help you and your children and friends stand out in the world!

I hope I can help you create a winning look and make your fashion the uniform of choice for your sons, brothers, daughters, colleagues and even strangers.  This world is yearning for leaders, and that leader can be YOU!

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Image | Brand | Fashion
Mila@modaimageconsulting.com | www.ModaImageConsulting.com
Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969


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Posted on 11/11/2012 3:02 PM by Mila Grigg
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Friday, 2 November 2012
Help Help...Where are the 'Real Men?'
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Where are the 'Real Men?' Better yet - where is the fashion for 'Real Men?'

Ok, let's face it, we always hear about the female fashion models and how they just do not fit the mold for today's real woman.  Well, I can tell you that if anyone needs the service of a "Fashion Consultant" it is the men.  I haven't ever met a male client that clearly understood what he could or could not wear, but after a closet session and a trip to the store, every client was better suited and ready to build a successful wardrobe that was a mirrored image of the personal and professional brand that they wanted to show the world.

What is the problem you may ask?  Start with today's so called fashion marketing for men's clothing.  We have basically two types, first is the 6 foot tall ultra thin male that wears makeup, eye shadow and at times looks like he is lips are plumped.  He of course is wearing something that works in some high end professional office or he is shirtless on the beaches of Monaco.  Who dresses these guys, and better yet, what men are really trying to achieve that look?  Well, what "real men" is the question. Then of course there is the other look, the muscular model, who has the perfect scruffy face and shoulders that are exactly 8 inched broader than his ultra-thin waste.  This is the macho-male look.  

Now for a dose of reality - Most men do not fit into clothes that are tailor made for a Ken doll.  The men that I serve are business professionals, hard working fathers, or young men just starting out in business.  Their waste line is not perfect, they have different body shapes like all "real men" have and they are trying to look their best without dressing like a woman.  If men shop by looking at the magazines and the latest male fashion consultant on Oprah, then no wonder they are lost.  There are some amazing designers in men's fashion, some for each body style.  Men, like women, are pressured by today's so called "advertizing experts" to believe that their body and look must match up with that magical 1% of the male population that seems to spend at least an hour in front of the mirror.  REAL MEN, take about 30 minutes to get dressed, they do not wear makeup, they like to eat and they like to exercise.  They just want to look the best they can with the body they have or the one they are working on.  Fashion for real men is about MEN, not men dressed by men who want to be women, or men who are more interested creating a false image that isn't really about Today's MAN.  There are even male ads that suggest that a man's fashion is about HIS FACE, not the clothes he wears.

Well men, do not fret; there are some great choices for you in the world of fashion and clothing. I suggest you make an investment in yourself.  Find a fashion consultant that understands WHO YOU ARE, and the message you want to send to the viewing world.  We do not expect you to have long milky soft bodies, nor do we expect you to walk around all day with the perfect 5 o'clock shadow.  When it comes to REAL FASHION for a REAL WORLD, most women and professionals just want our men to be REAL MEN.  The essence of a Real Man begins on the inside and it is then reflected on his outside when he dresses according to his body shape and who he really is.  

Hang in there men, help is available that understands you just want to get dressed in less than 30 minutes, you do not want to wear makeup, and your body is not just perfect.  Call me, and I will share a few designers and lines of clothing that I think can give you a good start on what might fit you, THE REAL MAN.


Image | Brand | Fashion
Mila@modaimageconsulting.com | www.ModaImageConsulting.com
Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969


Consultations are always complimentary!

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Posted on 11/02/2012 3:12 PM by Mila Grigg
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