Don’t forget quality over quantityâ€¦
Spring is such a breathtaking time of the year. Winter has finally let go and new life is springing up all around you. There is something in the air during the spring that makes me more active and gives me a particular jump in my step. It is also one of my busiest times of the year with individuals as well as corporate clients who have made the decision to change or improve their personal, professional or corporate brand by cleaning out their closets or changing their company focus.
Now is the time for branding, or rebranding your life or your business. This begins by resurrecting some of your great traits you have let fade away while potentially throwing away some of the characteristics and looks that just do not complement your personal and professional brand.
There are a few material items in our lives that we change from season to season, but when it comes to one’s personal and professional brand, there is a key word that must never change and always point back to our lives or our businesses. That word is QUALITY.
Whether shopping for furniture, clothing or cars, quality over quantity is a good rule of thumb. I love certain antique stores because I can find quality furniture that was built to last. It has been tested and withstood the test. A piece of quality furniture can always fulfill its purpose and never goes out of style. Fad furniture will change every few years, but the quality pieces always have a home. The same can be said for some of the best made cars in the world as these cars can be a brilliant investment when they are maintained and cared for.
Fashion follows the same traits as furniture and cars. Fantastic, quality pieces are well worth the investment. Everyone needs some investment grade clothing that is made to last as these pieces are always a staple in one’s fashion closet. You can find some high quality pieces of clothing at select stores which specialize in superior fabrics, fashion and manufacturing. Some stores carry clothing trends that are only meant to last a season, and we adjust our fashion from time to time with these types of items. When it comes to BRAND and quality, we should look for items that are made to last for many years, and purchase a few of these to form a foundation.
Personal and Professional Brand’ is not for a season, it is an investment in a lifetime. Take some time, make some quality investments in your life, and build a brand that lasts and increases in value over time. I have a few tips below on how to buy quality pieces that can give your visual image the integrity that reflects your individual commitment to creating, communicating and customizing your Personal and Professional Brand.’
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about our services and keep visiting our website, as MODA Image and Brand Consulting is focused on helping individuals and companies be the best they can be. We are always sharing ideas that will improve the QUALITY of your life.
Don’t buy on impulse.
When you focus on buying quality and quality only, you’re unlikely to buy something on impulse because it’s on sale. Quality garments are worn over and over again instead of sitting in the back of your closet. You should LOVE each piece you purchase. Do you really need five pairs of black slacks that you purchased for $19.99? Or, would it be better to invest in two that last, fit perfectly and feel good on?
Choose each piece with thought and consideration. They should speak for you and tell the watching world what to expect from you.
Spare buttons and thread
If your garment comes with spare buttons and spare thread, it is a signal that the manufacturer expects it to be around for longer than a season.
Are the seams sewn properly?
Inspect the stitching of any garment and look for missed stitches, loose stitches, unraveling, snags and general imperfections. Pull the garment apart at the seam to see how well it holds together. If the thread pulls apart slightly, it’s not sewn properly.
Focus on Fit
Cheaper brands will save money on fabric making a garment fit improperly. Ensure the fit is perfect – length of pants should end almost to the floor, if they are too short, check to see if there is any extra fabric to extend length, stride length cannot be too long or too short and no pulling or tugging across upper thighs.
Quality Buttons and Button Holes
Are the buttons or fasteners sewn on securely? Examine all of the button holes for loose threads, sloppy stitching and other defects. Do the buttons appear to be well-made? Check the button holes if any of them are too small or difficult to get a button through, return the garment to the rack!
Weak thread only gets weaker over time. Examine to see if any of the thread is sticking out anywhere or pulling loose.
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Men: (Include these as well)
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