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Impressions: Mutton dressed like lamb
8/2/2008 - Hilary Drummond and Anita Bakker, Southern Exposure Weekend

What image are you presenting to the world through your appearance? Is it the one that you want to give?

 

There is an old Scottish saying about mutton dressed like lamb. The implication is that an old ewe is dressed like a lamb and looking slightly ridiculous. There are other impressions that are given by our dress; are we friendly, approachable, conservative, reliable, professional, fun or serious. It is a sad fact that we are often judged by our appearance and before we even open our mouths people have formed an impression about us. This is of particular importance to those who are in work search mode! What is your appearance saying about you? What image do you want to give others who don’t yet know you? 

 

Not long ago, a woman was participating on one of the experiential television shows for a life make over.  She was a lovely, mature woman who was giving, caring and respectful; however in her attempt to stay “young-looking” she did herself no favours with her choice of clothing, hairstyle and makeup. The crew on the show, (including a life coach!), helped her with defining who she was and helped her to develop a look that represented that to the world. After the make over she looked like who she truly was, a lovely, dignified woman who was no longer a teenager, and who was comfortable in her own skin. 

 

Consider how you want to present yourself to the world.  The next time you go through your clothing in an attempt to whittle down the size of your wardrobe, consider each clothing item as it relates to who you truly are. You may have a few different choices for the range of areas of your life as you chose to express yourself in a variety of ways.  Get rid of clothing that no longer fits who you really are and give it to the thrift shop or a friend.

 

What does your wardrobe say about you?

 

We would like to know what you think of this idea and what your experience of image has been.  E-mail us at the addresses below.



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