Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Power of Accessories; Part 1

Jewelry and accessories are a vital and therefor important part of what you are communicating to people via your image. Today I had a fitting with our lead actress and finally had to choose between these two beautiful necklaces from Marie Todd.

The character, "Beth" is a young lawyer who "doesn't know how beautiful she is".  Our lovely actress is very fair skinned, has almost white blonde hair, china blue eyes, and a splattering of  pale freckles across her nose.  I chose a delicate palette to match her delicate looks and vulnerable character description. Either necklace could work.

So which necklace did I select?  The second one.  I felt the first necklace with it's larger stones, while delicate and simple, made too much of a statement.  The second necklace still has the blue stones to play up her blue eyes but looks less thought out.  I don't want the viewer to even really "see" it, so to speak.  But it finishes off her look in a feminine and professional way. If the character of "Beth", was more self possessed I would have selected the first necklace.

When putting your professional look together, think about it.  Unless you are a jewelry designer wearing your own designs (and even then, less is more), don't let your jewelry steal your thunder!  You want people to focus on YOU, not your jewelry. Use this expensive (and it should be the very best you can afford), accessory to enhance you, not make it's own statement and steal the show as a result. A good manicure is worth a lot more (and costs less), than multiple chunky rings when it comes to selling yourself!

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