Just in time for Valentine's Day, Jill Swanson, a talented Image Consultant and speaker, is sharing ways to freshen up your look for sweet romance with your spouse.
"It’s the season for romance and love is in the air!" Jill says. "You can smell the roses, taste the chocolate and hear the music!"
I say, "Give me all three!" But seriously, I (Dawn) know Jill personally because she revamped my closet a few years back and gave me so many helpful tips. That's why I asked her to share this special Valentine's Day post to help us all boost our appearance and attitudes!
Jill continues . . .
You may wonder – what attracts a man? What do men really want?
Thirty five years ago, my husband and I went through pre-marital counseling. The pastor required us to read, His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley. The book gives the five basic needs of a man and a woman.
While the lists differed, each had a similar “equivalent” on the other list, with one exception: the man’s need for an attractive spouse.
My husband confirmed it.
So, what makes a woman attractive?
Here are some easy tips to freshen up your look that won’t break the bank:
1. Reflect your natural beauty.
Find the nearest mirror and rediscover what you’ve been blessed with. Study your unique features: coloring, curves, facial shape, lips, nose, eyes and hair. Repeat the shape or shade in an accessory or color that complements you.
Take a moment to carefully study these examples:
Model on the left: Her necklace mimics her curls and haircolor, and the blue blouse matches her eye color.
Model on the right: Her red lips and blouse match, her neckline frames her jaw shape, and the layered shirt repeats her layered hair.
2. Show some shape.
Focus your attention on silhouette. Make sure your clothing adds definition to one half of the body.
If you are wearing a flowy top, pair it with a slim pant; or if you wear a flouncy skirt, put it with a fitted top — as shown here:
Self-conscious about your arms? Try sheer sleeves or sleeve slits at the top of the shoulder that extend to the outer elbow, this provides definition and coverage.
A wide belt under an open jacket (no matter your waist size) will give the illusion of a great shape.
3. Polish your look.
One Sunday morning, a minister in the church I grew up in, announced from the pulpit, “Ladies, a little bit of paint on the side of the barn, never hurt anything!” I couldn’t agree more.
A little lip color, concealer, blush and mascara can do wonders. Contact a person who sells cosmetics or head to the nearest store makeup counter, and get some free tips.
4. Check your attitude.
Being an attractive spouse has more to do with WHO you are than what you look like.
Choose to daily cast off discontentment, criticism, and complaining.
Instead use the dress code in Colossians 3:12, 14: Clothe yourself in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. And over all these things put on love.
Ultimately, a man appreciates it when the woman looks the way he likes her to look.
Last month I worked with a woman 83 years young. Her husband asked me to do her makeup for some glamour shots. She was a model in the 1950’s who graced the covers of fashion magazines in her prime. Recently she’d fallen ill and he wanted to lift her spirits with a makeover and photo session — so romantic!
The gentleman specifically requested that I draw a long eye liner “wing” extending her lashes and apply bright red lips. I looked at him quizzically.
He then showed me her Vogue magazine cover – he wanted the same look she had in 1955. This gracious woman let him call the shots!
I obliged and he beamed with pride.
She instantly took on the persona of a poised model and transformed in front of the camera. It was the happiest she’d been in months.
She was the epitome of an attractive spouse — inside and out.
If you are married, are you dressing for love? No matter your marriage status, are there some simple, inexpensive things you might do, or some attitude changes you might make, to become a more attractive and winsome person?
Jill Swanson, Image Consultant and Speaker, is the author of Out the Door in 15 Minutes and Simply Beautiful – Inside & Out. Jill works with individuals to evaluate, update and accentuate to their look both online and in person. For Jill’s books, consultations, or speaking information, visit her website or email her: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graphic adapted, courtesy of jill111, Pixabay.