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Men’s suits

Dear Kathi,

I read your column regularly and have just noticed that you are an organizer and an image consultant. Why would I need an image consultant? If I wear a
classic dark suit, isn’t that good enough?

Josh, Encinitas


A classic dark suit is a step in the right direction. The question is, do you feel powerful and/or fantastic when you wear it? Does it make you stand out in a crowd of colleagues? People hire Image Consultants to search out and find the perfect clothes for their individual body.

Once a person wears clothing that is perfectly suited for their body, they understand its importance. Subtle changes include increased confidence, respect and often a rise in career stature. Remember the old adage, dress like your boss to get the promotion? It is still a viable reality.

There are tens of thousands of dark suits on the market. Image Consultants find the one suit in the one store that is the perfect suit for that client. Many people do not have the knowledge or the patience to seek and find the perfect suit. This is why, more often than not, you see people wearing clothes that don’t fit or accent their owner’s best features.

Hiring an image consultant can save hours shopping. One of my clients states frequently that he knows the clothes I choose will make him look exceptional, feel great and stand up through the test of time. In the long run, he saves time and money. He no longer owns a pile of clothes stuffed in the back of the closet that he will never wear. His closet now features a cohesive ensemble of clothes that mix and match for work as well as leisure.

How many times have you been disappointed by the clothes you brought home and wore a few times? This is exactly why people hire Image Consultants.

Please submit your questions to: advice@addspacetoyourlife.com
San Diego Professional Organizer

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Learn Muck Mastering Skills at the Carlsbad Chamber Networking Event Aug 3rd 7-9 am

Learn Muck Mastering Skills

Are you bogged down by paper piles and clutter, a stuffed email inbox or other bad habits? Then join us on August 5 for our next First Friday Breakfast, which will feature professional organizer Kathi Burns, founder of add Space To Your Life, and the writer (more…)

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A Career Transition is the Perfect Time for a Makeover

This discussion was recorded between myself and a client who came to me to review and update her image and wardrobe. The common denominator of many of my image clients is that they hire me when they are going through some type of transition.

A life transition is the perfect time to hire an image consultant. We help clients reevaluate their wardrobe and image to ensure that it will serve them as they move into a new phase in their life.

This client graciously describes her thoughts (more…)

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California Casual Business Attire is Still Professional

Hi Kathi,

I do not wear any makeup and have long hair. Is there a minimum amount of makeup that is considered appropriate (i.e. lipstick, mascara, etc)?

I have also noticed professional women tend to have short hair.  My hair is always clean and tidy, but I’m not sure (more…)

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Create a New You by Investing in a New Image for The New Year

So you invested in a personal trainer to get your body in top condition last year. Now it’s time for the next step. Once your body has been given a makeover, it’s time to do the same for your image, and the person who can do that for you is a professional Image Consultant.

A top-flight Image Consultant can work her magic to make you look and feel your very best. She’ll upgrade (more…)

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Image consultant / creative uniforms

Uniforms Make It Easy to Forget To Think Outside The Box!


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Image consultant / business owner

Successful Business Owner Grows Up

Before / After Case Study:


This client was lost about how to dress as a woman over 30. She still relied on styles that she wore in her twenties and had not yet discovered the right departments to shop in as a mature adult. She would constantly find herself in the Junior section by default and didn’t know where to look in women’s departments. Her employees were constantly telling her to wear grown up clothes!


Show her what clothes worked for her body shape and position in life. After all, she was now a mom and the owner a very successful salon. Once she saw how great she looked in the clothes that actually worked for her body shape she learned her rules in a flash! With a little guidance, she quickly absorbed her new clothing guidelines and developed a style that was a WOW!

What My Client Said:

“I feel like a grown up now. I had not been going to the right types of stores since I have been in San Diego. Working with Kathi has been a life-changing experience. My confidence level has soared and people are now taking me more seriously. Now I know what to shop for and where to get it.”

Lisa Knight

Employee Comment:
“She looks great and now wears real clothes instead of teenage stuff. You did a great job!”

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Image consultant / casual friday

Scientist Caught in Casual Friday

Before / After Case Study:


This successful scientist wore jeans and casual clothes to work five days a week. She managed a small department but did stand out as a manager.


We upgraded her wardrobe so that she was still casual but had an edge of professionalism. This suit can be worn as a whole during presentations but also broken up to wear more casually with jeans or a casual top. We found shoes that were more professional than tennis shoes but still comfortable enough to wear all day. One week later, her new hair, makeup and glasses frame her face perfectly. One year later, this client reports that she now heads a staff three times as large as her last department proving to me that a professional image does help you move up the corporate ladder!

What My Client Said:

“I am not sure if the new image had anything to do with my promotion, but I am certain that it has helped me to be taken more seriously at work. You really opened my eyes to that fact that I was not dressing as well as the other management-level associates in my company. Looking back, I don’t know why I did not see that on my own, but I didn’t! I guess it is very difficult to see yourself objectively.”

Thanks again,
B.Y. San Diego

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Image consultant / petite

Petite Grows In Stature

Before / After Case Study:


This client is a petite who didn’t realize that she was a petite. She was stuck in oversized clothes until she tried on clothes that actually skimmed her body and showed off her shape.


Find clothes that balance the top and bottom portions of her body and lengthen her overall image. Create a waistline to show off those fabulous curves!

What My Client Said:

“It’s been an epiphany working with you. We get so comfortable with what we know. We go a size larger thinking it will make us look smaller when, in fact, it does the opposite.

I really see that now. Investing in clothes for myself is now a simple and easy task. I have the knowledge to know what works for me and what to avoid. I have been receiving many compliments on my newly acquired fashion and style. Kathi, thank you, for your professionalism and expertise.”
Mrs. L. Wood, Encinitas

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Image consultant / natural beauty

Natural Beauty Needs to Focus on Professional Image

Before / After Case Study:


This client was stuck in comfort clothes and didn’t spend the time it took to find clothes that were professionally ‘stepped up a notch’ and still comfortable. She also wanted to learn how to mix and match the clothes within her exiting wardrobe.


I showed her how to pop dark colors with bright hues. She also discovered how to mix and match fabric densities and textures by adding light layers together. This strategy formed a cohesive professional image and helped her stay warm during the cold winter months.

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