Make A Great First Impression With These Tips | Clozette

We only have one chance at meeting someone for the first time, whether it be for a job interview or a social gathering. And most of the time, this initial introduction can dictate how we'll be perceived by these people in the long run. 

In life, not everyone will go an extra mile to get to know you better and give you the chance to show what your personality has yet to offer. So here are some tips to make those first impressions count!

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Take time in planning out your outfit



Always make sure you match your outfit to the occasion. The best way to go is to ask the host of the event upon receiving the invitation and confirm a couple of days before the event. For corporate interviews and meetings, blazers are always the saving grace in making an ensemble presentable.
Be on time



Being 'fashionably late' isn't cool in real life. Always make sure you take factors such as looking for a parking space or traffic in mind the night before your appointment. Plus, having 10 or 15 minutes to spare gives you enough time to freshen up before you set out to meet people.


Observe



Accessing your environment is the first step to nailing that first impression. You don't want to look too casual in a formal setting or look too stiff in a social gathering. Most likely you'll have an initial idea as to what the occasion is, so use that to your advantage to gauge the type of people you'll probably be introduced to.


Pay attention to body language



We understand that having your arms just hanging on your sides feels weird and awkward. But keeping your arms crossed over your chest can make you appear defensive and not open to conversations. A great option to have good use of your hands is to have them folded casually over each other. This gesture works for both standing and sitting down and it doesn't make you too closed off or too exposed.

Making hand gestures are also helpful to show more engagement in conversations. It comes by very naturally so just make sure you're not overdoing it by moving your hands too much to the point that it looks forced.


Keep things light and positive



Starting a conversation with an anecdote about the person who cut you in the parking lot or the neighbour that kept you up at night with their music tastes are best reserved for Facebook private messages with your BFFs. Asking about the other person's hobbies or pets can be a great way to keep the conversation engaging without making them think you're impinging on their privacy.


Smile



No matter how intimidating someone might look, a sincere smile upon introducing yourself is the best way to get them to warm up to you.


Relax and just be yourself



Since first impressions last, you wouldn't want people to get to know you as a totally different person. Don't let your nerves get to you and just breathe. As long as you're polite, you can definitely leave a lasting impression just by staying true to who you are.

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Do you have any other tips in making great first impressions? We'd love to read all about them in the comments below.
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(cover photo from @fashionexchangeintl)


Last Thursday, 7th July 2016, the Grand Marriott Ballroom was packed with fashion enthusiasts and lovers, designers, editors, and international buyers for the first ever Fashion Exchange International.

With the goal of promoting and selling ready-to-wear fashion labels for distribution overseas, its four partners, Carmina Sanchez-Jacob, Robby Carmona, Valerie Lim, and Henry Chan all saw an opportunity to connect local talent to the international audience by creating this fashion marketing and brand management platform.

By partnering with Samsung Electronics, it enabled and encouraged the audience to capture their chic experiences, as well as see and understand what it takes for a product to go from “raw” to “rack”! Plus, in addition to homegrown talents such as Rosenthal Tee, Proudrace, Aranaz, and the like showing off their best pieces, a stellar lineup of Filipino fashion designers also showcased their latest collections. 

So keep reading below to check out some of Ivarluski Aseron, Rajo Laurel, Francis Libiran, and Dennis Lustico’s latest pieces, as well as their inspirations behind each collection!

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Ivarluski Aseron



“I found The Broad museum a fascinating and mesmerising sight during a recent trip…as a fashion designer, I hoped to translate those architectural details to my collection. By employing tailoring techniques with a straightforward palette, I evoked the museum’s qualities – a piece of art that captures your attention from afar, and when you get up close, you can better appreciate its beauty.” - Ivarluski Aseron

Rajo Laurel



“The collection that I am showing for Fashion Exchange is called ‘Magpie+Memphis’. It's really based on my memory as a teenager. I wanted to capture that sense of wonder, abandonment, courage, and joy...[with] the music of the New Wave as the starting point for the collection…This is, in a way, a personal fragmented walk down memory lane, answering questions like why I do what I do and what I love about it.The fusion of all these memories and emotions is what the collection is all about." - Rajo Laurel


Francis Libiran



“The collection that I created for Fashion Exchange International makes use of my signature Art Deco detail. I drew inspiration from my fascination for lines and structures. Being true to my design aesthetics, my creative team and I designed a collection of wearable art pieces through different detailing techniques such as embroidery, laser-cutting, custom felt appliqué, digital printing, and quilting.” - Francis Libiran


Dennis Lustico



“The Japanese culture is an endless well of inspiration...The colours and textures are often unexpected and seemingly random, but their manner of putting the elements together still results in a harmoniously beautiful creation…With that as my inspiration, I used hand-applied beads, sequins, and embellishments in my collection; together with a mix of fabrics (such as thick mesh, medium-weight satins, lamé) and techniques (like beading, cutouts, layering).” - Dennis Lustico

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Want to know more about the designers and brands that showcased their collections at Fashion Exchange International? Then click here to find out more! 

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Presenting an elevated form of sentimentality and precious gift-ideas, it's no wonder that PANDORA captured everyone's attention. From trinkets and charms to rings and necklaces, jewelry collections from PANDORA are much anticipated not just by fashion enthusiasts but almost anyone who knows the brand. 



This July, the Danish jewelry manufacturer and retailer held an event in Singapore to celebrate two new collections as well as a new chapter in their company's history.

Keep scrolling to find out the highlights during the event!
Lush and romantic atmosphere



The delicate setup filled with stunningly arranged flowers at Pollen at Gardens by the Bay complemented PANDORA's romantic and carefully crafted jewelry pieces that exude a sense of sensuality and grace.

To complete the lush feel, a flower bar was also available to the guests, where they customised their own bespoke bouquet to take home, with a myriad of flowers to select from such as lotus, roses and blue thistles.


Collections to truly look forward to



Guests were presented with PANDORA’s prevailing extensive Ring Collection hand-finished in sterling silver and 14k gold, together with the launch of PANDORA’s Summer Collection. As an added visual treat, guests also had the chance to preview the Autumn Collection before its launch date in September.

To capture that perfect flat-lay image for Instagram, guests were also provided with specially curated props and PANDORA products to get that picture perfect image.


Charming personalities in attendance



The event was hosted by the amiable actress Oon Shu An, who brightened up the afternoon with her dynamic and lively personality while providing guests insight into PANDORA’s jewelry collections. Model Fiona Fussi, along with actress and host Liv Lo also added their personality to the event, each showcasing their individual style through PANDORA’s vast range of jewelry. 



Toasting to a new chapter



The event also celebrated a new chapter of the company’s history, with a formal announcement that PANDORA Singapore is now managed directly by the brand principal. Specially crafted cocktails and signature mocktails, each inspired by elements of flora and fauna, complemented the friendly conversations throughout the event. 

Overall, it was an exhilarating experience for people who have the same passion for exquisite jewelry and unforgettable memories.

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To find out more about the PANDORA Ring Collection and Summer Collection, visit www.pandora.net.
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