I guess I thought it pertained to a judgement about things...
I don't 'get into' things around here as much as I should before I open my big fat mouth...
Dressing for success is paramount to any professionals work-life.
There are many ways to purchase 'recognized' attire, luggage, handbags, etc...and it does make a difference.
Not for the fact that most of the better made items are costly, but because a company also projects a certain image.
Fendi bags and portfolios are great to own, Gucci watches, belts, bags, even skirts are reassuring...and a number of other things like Donna Karen makes, for example, even sunglasses, make a statement in dressing for success.
It sounds awful though, doesn't it?
That there are suits (and wardrobes), accessories, even shoes (yup, shoes are obvious) that help present a work image to the public.
I guess I've heard so many people complain about it in my life...over the years...that I turn a deaf ear now.
I shouldn't have, but I did here too.
Oh, the humanity! (;)-->
You know, the best way, and the cheapest (I found anyway) to dress for a company that has a standard or targets certain accounts where image is important...is to invest in a couple great suits (with skirts and slacks)...a really good leather bag and portfolio or attatche case...name brands, which I could go on forever about but 'In Style Magazine' (a very good one on what's current) and even Oprah's advertise current brands that 'signify' what a professional doesn't want to worry about...
If one invests in the basics...they do not have to worry about updating these items for awhile...so in a way, you practically save.
There are discount houses too...since with designer lines you DO NOT have to update seasonally unless you are in the fashion industry anyway...like Loehman's, T.J. Maxx, Marshall's, Ross...Century 21...there are a load of places that sell overflow stock and discontinues, samples and the recent season's left overs from Saks, Neiman Marcus, Norstroms, Barney's, Lord & Taylors', etc...you can find great deals.
Also...after July 4th...I forget exactly when now, but the biggest clearance sales go on at Lord & Taylors', etc...(check your papers)...where you can get 70-75% off of those fantastic handbags, shoes, suits...you name it...but it's only once a year.
And the discount I'm telling you about is after their sales price...so basically, you practically are buying designer clothers at wholesale!!!
After you score a great bag, gorgeous clothes for work (meaning well made Armani or Donna Karen, Anne Klein or Calvin...who cares if it looks right) ~ whatever fits your head-space and pocketbook at discount...everyone can slip over to the cosmetics dept. for some really, really, really good make-up.
The great thing about make-up (quality, and there really is a BIG difference) is that you pay the same no matter what store you go into!
So if you hit Barney's, Macy's, Saks, Neiman's, Henri's, Bergdorf's...to J.C. Penny, wherever you go...the name brands cost the same!
So, where do you want to go to get a really good consultation?
I'd rather be at Barneys or Neimans than JC Pennys for that and I'll tell you why...the competion to sell in those stores is fierce...commision-wise...so since the average sale for JC Penny's might be $50.00 for a good adviser to assist you...at the more discerning store...it's hundreds!
So you get a more seasoned, informed, up-to-the-minute cream of the crop pro selling you the same stuff...for the same money...(you do not have to spend more, no way...)
plus, better brands are better for your skin, have the latest technology in skin-care vs. a drug store, and you can get free samples and free-bees along with your purchases.
Mothers Day sales are the best for cosmetics...that and Black Friday (retail break your back day)!
Anyway, shoes have their sales time too...would you like don a pair of so&so's, wait till after every season is over...scoop up for year-round or put some away for next year.
Let's see what else...
Oh...I have to go back to Lord & Taylor's because they are everywhere...once you get your pumps or heels, a few bags, make-up, blouses, suits, and a dress or two...there lingerie is dirt cheap at the clearance sale too...
People are afraid to walk into Saks, etc...these stores are not known for sales, right...not big ones...but there stuff is changed with every new season due to the shows right...they sell there very recent (two months old) stuff to discount houses immediately.
When you get something so fashion-forward...btw...it takes the regular ordinary market at least a year or two to catch up to what designers do anyway...where they are replicated...copied...whatever...so anything you buy (so invest, invest in something wonderful) ON SALE though...because you can wear it for a few years!!!
BTW, dry-cleaners ~ good ones ~ will preserve the integrity of your investment...
Have a good dry-cleaner too!
Let's see...have and tip a talented hair-dresser and listen to him/her...treat yourself to a couple of manicures a year...(fill in between on your own)...wax your brows...see AHAT or Wacky for a massage...or more practically, whoever is around for an occassional facial...and take vitamins...drink green tea...treat yourself like a million bucks and you will start to feel like it...plus, you'll attract money because it takes spending it to make it.
ok, I'm done for now.
I'm sorry I didn't se a legitimate question here before...but I've been tricked a few times in the past.
Anyway, fashion...I love it!
Must keep current (which gives you up to 2 years)
Make-up...never leave home w/o it.
(skin care is part of this)
Jewelry ~ That is awesome too ~ now you can make your own at a fraction of the cost ~ check out Bead Style Magazine
Girly/Woman POWERHOUSE (and everything inbetween)~ I believe in it.