A winter, wool coat for all

When the mercury dips, a wool or wool blend coat is a great choice of topper to ward off the chill and look stylish. Before I started Elements of Image, I lived in Southern California for a few years. Not once while living there did I need a wool coat. (Or any coat; a leather jacket was the heaviest.) Not being a coat person in the first place, I convinced myself that because the sun is so warm in my car, and I wear a lot of jackets while driving anyway, I didn’t need a winter coat. Rather stupidly and [..] read more

What to wear for desk to dinner

There’s something about the phrase “desk to dinner” that I just love. It probably has something to do with the fact that I love to go out to dinner! If you’ve not heard the saying before, what it’s referring to literally is being able to be dressed professionally for the office and then go to dinner after work without a complete change of clothes. There truly are so many circumstances where being dressed in a desk to dinner outfit can come in handy. For example…  you have a long commute home, but have dinner plans in the city you’re meeting [..] read more

Culottes, a Tricky, New Wardrobe Basic

  I’ll admit it! Back in the ‘70’s (when I was still a kid) this fashion stylist hated culottes or as they were called back then, gauchos! With a passion! And in the early 2000’s when the knit culottes, glorified pj pants, were the rage, I again couldn’t wait for the trend to be over. But today’s culottes? I love them! They feel and are being worn completely differently than the previous styles. They’re often referred to as wide legged cropped pants, and often what you find in the stores seem a bit long. I almost always have my clients [..] read more

3 Ways to Make a Good First Impression In Denver

Can you make a good first impression in 3 seconds? Studies show people start forming impressions of others within a mere 3 seconds of seeing them. It’s not judging. It’s simply human nature! Our eyes take in the information and our brains go to work. We’re truly not even making these decisions consciously. As a Denver image and wardrobe consultant, I was astounded the other day when I saw this article on Linked In. The accompanying picture was of a man in a business suit wearing a backpack and was titled “Backpacks are for Boys, Not Businessmen.” It had almost [..] read more

Style Goal Setting, Part Deux

In my last post, along with some confession, I talked about my own style goals for 2016. Hopefully, it inspired you and sparked some ideas for your goals. Of course, I know everyone has very individualized personal style and needs, so I thought I would offer up a few more ideas and questions that might help you formulate your own objectives. Style Thoughts to Ponder -Do you have any significant career changes happening in your life? For example, one of my clients, who is a mother of 3 and was a fitness instructor for 24 years, has retired from the [..] read more