Let’s be clear about the most important¬†reason for selecting one consultant over another for wardrobe and style advice: it’s critical to use a consultant whose work is based on evidence about what really works to make you more effective. Why settle for anything less?

at the Met for a makeover with client

At the Met. Michael Christian (left) with client. (photo Paulina Glozman)

At Manhattan Makeovers, our three decades of research has uncovered all the vital statistics and data to help you choose the best jackets, suits, shirts, footwear, and accessories. In addition, we have done fieldwork on which hairstyles are most useful for bankers, lawyers, accountants, scientists, and artists. In each instance, the colors that are most effective are what you want to be wearing, the shoes that test well are those you want to own, and the hairstyles that will help you get ahead in your field are the ones you want to wear.

It may be fun to page through the latest issue of Cosmo or GQ, but doing so will not help you succeed as a lawyer, banker, or doctor. However, when you absorb the fruits of our research, you will be well on your way to a new you. You’ll have an advantage over others in your field, and you’ll immediately see the difference that evidence-based advice can provide for you.

By evidence-based research, we mean that our advice is calculated to make you more successful based on numerous tests, surveys, and fieldwork that we have conducted. Yes, we understand that you want to look fashionable; but even more vital for your success on the job is whether your overall appearance causes others to view you are competent, trustworthy, and authoritative. Only certain colors, shoe styles, and accessories will have this desired effect. Wear the wrong colors and you are causing trouble for yourself every day. Change to the proven colors, the effective hairstyles, and the tested footwear, and your life will be so much easier and your relations with clients and customers so much smoother.

We have spent years doing this research so that you can benefit from it during a consultation and makeover with us. By the way, the term makeover is not something men should be afraid of since it applies equally to men and women. In fact, many of the most successful men in all fields, from politics to business, use image consultants and makeovers to increase their effectiveness. From presidents to rock stars, from Hollywood directors to famous authors, image consultations are the way to benefit from tested advice and become more successful in your chosen field.

The photo above illustrates the first part of your makeovers experience, meeting with us for your initial conference, color analysis, and review of our customized look book, produced for you based on your height, weight, hair color, and profession. We’ll sit down with you over coffee or tea while we go over the material, and then we’ll show you a few works of art that illustrate the principles and concepts we’ll share. Then it’s off to the salon for your haircut and styling. Next we’ll shop with you in Manhattan. And each step of the way, we’re explaining more about the fruits of our research so that you grow and develop in your understanding of how to improve your effectiveness at work and in social situations.

Is the consultation also fun? Yes, of course it is! But more than anything else it will change the way you are perceived by others, and it will make you so much more effective at what you do when interacting with other people.