On a dressed down casual Friday, one would expect the mood of the staff to be equally buoyant and fun, won’t you? Indeed.

And we all certainly had a good laugh when one participant mentioned during the grooming talk at the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) that men in general do not look at a woman’s body language. Men will instead look at a woman’s body and then start to shape their own internal language.

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If this observation was true, then it does make it even more important for a woman to know how to carry herself well in terms of her dressing and etiquette. As is often mentioned, clothes maketh the man or woman. Choose the right clothes and you will give the illusion that you are well-dressed, regardless of whether you have the goods or not. Similarly, choose the wrong clothes and nobody will bat you an eyelid. And even if someone would, it would be to critique your lack of style.

Like it or not, how we dress makes up 55% of our total image score and that’s why we need to know how to capitalize on this to up our image quotient.
Perhaps one of the most useful tips I shared today was that one should take some time to really study one’s face. We all have a face, but how many of us have actually made full use of it?

Spend some time looking into the mirror (or get someone to be your human mirror) and identify your face shape. Knowing your face shape is the first step to deciding what type of hairstyle suits you. It also is a predeterminant of the type of spectacle frame and accessories you should choose.

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I’m at Hitachi Asia for a corporate grooming talk today. A stone’s throw away from the Tampines bus interchange lies Tampines Grande which houses Hitachi Asia. And now all eyes are on both the staff and myself in the Alive Room.

If you ask me what makes training fun, I would say it is the energy of the room and the willingness to participate regardless of what challenges you throw the audience. All these and more secret ingredients I found in the Hitachi staff today. In fact, I could not have asked for more as they really made me feel at home. Very sweet of them! No wonder I too felt like sharing more with them and was reluctant to hand over the microphone…

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So, instead of the conventions that I normally share, today I learnt that in the minds of some seated in the room, the ideal body shape for men was the round shape. Perhaps it’s because there’s more to hug? LOL…And under this new scenario, I guess all the inverted triangles must now step aside and bow their heads shyly while their rounded counterparts bask in full glory.

And speaking of full glory, I think it must be the onslaught of superhero movies coming to our screen – think Thor, and subsequently Captain America and Green Lantern. Not the superhero per se but the actors behind these superheroes. With their beefed up physique and ripped muscles, no wonder some of the ladies in the room today went gaga and suggested that inverted triangle men not wear anything when I touched on the different types of clothing most suitable for the different body shapes.

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Of course, the ladies too had their share of the moment when I presented the wardrobe choices most suitable for the various female body shapes. I believe none of the participants will look at clothes the same way they have been seeing them ever again. Clothes are not just pieces of garments wrapped around us. We wear the clothes and not the clothes wear us. That’s why if we choose the right types of clothes to wear, it not only flatters our body shape, but also boosts our self confidence!

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