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file000723073692Written by guest blogger and personal image designer Danean Gallaher

It’s a time for new beginnings and a fresh start to your year.

This is the time when many of us take stock of our lives and decide to make a New Years’ resolution. The most common resolution has been to shed those extra-unwanted pounds. How many times have you heard someone say, “This year I’m really going to stick to my diet and lose the weight?” I’ve heard it numerous times over the years and have uttered those very words more times then I care to admit. Maybe you want to lose the weight and have enrolled in the GreenLite Medicine Program to accomplish this goal? Well, congratulations on taking this first and most important step to a healthier you. 

Regardless of the amount of weight you need to lose, 5, 25, or 100 pounds, there is something very important you need to do along the way. Be good to yourself! Allow yourself to look your best as you shed the pounds. Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal weight to look glamorous and put together. Paying attention to your outward appearance affects how you feel about yourself. If you look good, you’ll feel good and this will have a direct impact on your weight loss success.

Did you know that the average American women is said to see her reflection 55 times daily! That means 55 opportunities to react either positively or negatively to her own appearance. That can be quite a confidence booster or confidence buster. Even small changes in your personal image can transform your self-confidence and uplift your life. When you take the time to look good it will actually make you feel better. And when you feel better, your self-esteem is ignited, your confidence will get a lift, and you will feel more capable to tackle your New Year’s resolution.

Tips on How to Dress While Losing Weight

 

Some people say they won’t buy any new clothes until they have reached their goal. However, once you’ve lost 10-15 pounds that usually translates into going down one full size. For some this means needing to purchase a few new clothing pieces. Putting off buying new clothes until you really need them is not always the best idea.

The last thing you want to do is keep reaching for those same old baggy clothes once you have lost a significant amount of weight. It’s rewarding to see and feel how much weight you’ve dropped, but continuing to wear these clothes actually will make you look dumpy! And, after all your hard work that’s the last thing you want. Allow yourself to celebrate your slimmer shape and purchase a few inexpensive items in a smaller size. Shop at discount stores such as Kohl’s, Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx and even Goodwill where you can find inexpensive basic pieces that you can wear while you transition in size.

When shopping for new clothing, go for a good fit as opposed to what size is on the label. One manufacturer’s 14 could be a 16-18 in another’s. “Vanity sizing” is very misleading as well. What once was considered a size 10 is now labeled a 6. So, try everything on until you find the proper fitting garment and ignore the size on the tag.

1. Toss the old. As you grow out of your “big girl” clothes, start removing them from your closet. Donate them or toss them out. Leaving them in your closet is admitting that you don’t trust yourself to keep the weight off.

2. Or take it to the tailor. If you have a favorite garment you don’t want to part with, it can usually be altered one size. So, if you have quality pieces you’d like to continue to wear it’s worth taking them to your tailor.

3. Go dark. Stick to dark, neutral colors and simple, basic pieces. A dark skirt or pair of pants can be worn in a variety of ways to create new outfits. Create a slimming look by pairing them with a like-colored blouse or jacket. Add a touch of bright color near your face to draw attention upward.

4. Accessorize. Use accessories such as jewelry and scarves to give your current wardrobe a new look.

5. Fabric matters. Choose fabrics wisely. Thick or bulky textured fabrics will add pounds to your look. Go for fabrics that skim over the body and softly follow your curves. Avoid fabrics that are over-Spandexed or clingy, as they will magnify any lumps or bumps.

6. Pay attention to your hem line. The hem of your pants should almost touch the floor with a slight break in front at the top of your shoe. You will add 10lbs. to your appearance if your pants are too short and end just below the ankle.

7. If the shoe fits. Wear shoes that have an elongated or pointed toe to lengthen the leg and create a slimmer look. Avoid styles that have ankle straps or square-toes, as these will make your feet look squatty and your legs shorter.

8. Work with what you have. Dress according to your body type. This way you’ll be accenting the positive and camouflaging the challenges. For example, if you are a triangle shape (your hips are wider than your shoulders) your goal will be to emphasize your upper body and minimize the lower body. A good choice for you would be wearing light or bright colors and structured jackets on top and dark, neutral colors on the bottom.

8. Don’t be square. Avoid styles that are boxy. Look for semi-fitted styles, particularly those with princess seaming that are more flattering and slimming.

9. Match your purse to your size. Get a new handbag that is the right proportion for your size. Just as a huge purse on a tiny women looks humorous so does a tiny purse on a larger women.

10. Get a makeover. Try out a new hair color or style. Get your makeup done by a professional. Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, or facial as a reward for every 5-10 lbs. lost.

When you have reached your goal weight hire a professional image consultant that can help you identify your new style. Have a personal shopper at a department store or your image consultant take you shopping to find clothes that fit and flatter your new shape and color selections that compliment your skin tone, hair, and eyes. Let her know that you have lost a lot of weight and are currently looking to find some quality basic pieces and will eventually need to replace your entire wardrobe. Make sure you tell her your budget so she can ensure that you get the most for your money.

And, last but not least, smile; it’s your best asset!

About Personal Image Designer Danean Gallaher

For the past 7 years Danean has owned a cosmetic business providing skin care and makeup application education. Her passion for helping women look and feel their best triggered her desire to expand her business, The Style Match, to include head-to-toe makeovers. She specializes in style assessment, wardrobe analysis, color matching, personal shopping, skin care, and makeup application. You can contact Danean by email: info@thestylematch.com or phone: (408) 218-0086 Visit her site at www.thestylematch.com

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