What Mercedes Grille Design Can Teach You About Accessories

How often do you look at a car and think "Oh yes, I like that" or " I don't like that"? On Sunday, we were out for lunch and a new Mercedes was parked opposite. Mercedes have a new grille design and, in my opinion, it looked very bold and in your face, but I knew I'd seen this new Mercedes grille design on other cars and I quite liked them.  It looked "right".  I thought it was about the size of the car and, on a bigger car, a large grille would be balanced against the size, however, driving around since then, I realised that the colour of the car had something to do with it too.  And then it dawned on me that these factors with the Mercedes grille design could teach you a lot about how to wear accessories.

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​Now, I'm not suggesting a return to wearing the Mercedes badge on a blingtastic gold chain á la The Beastie Boys circa 1987, but how the scale and colour of your accessories can mean that other people notice them before you, and how that can influence their perception of you.

A blog post by Gillian Lewis: Spectrum
A blog post by Gillian Lewis: Spectrum

I've written before about how perceptions are created in an instant, and cognitive bias comes into play.  Whilst you may not realise that you are doing it when you see somebody, your brain register​s dissonance subconsciously.  It may be tiny things that your caveman ancestor brain would have been looking out for to identify if a stranger was friend or foe, and we still do it.

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  • Status 
  • Attractiveness
  • Size or shape

Triggers to identify these things still exist in our brain and they may be very different for different people depending on their own circumstances and upbringing.  

How often have your heard somebody say "I can't stand that colour because it reminds me of my school uniform/grandmother/first boss - and I really disliked them.  You can bet that if they see you wearing that colour, part of their brain is telling them to be wary.

What Accessories to Choose​

Whilst you can't please all of the people all of the time in the colours you wear, the thing that I teach my clients about is what accessories really serve to enhance them so that you and your accessories add up to more than the sum of your parts.  Like the Mercedes grille on the right model and colour of car​, your accessories can look just right, and like an extension of you.

Of course, that's not to say​ you can't wear the jewellery you own that isn't in the right scale or colour, but other people will be more likely to notice the jewellery rather than you, and that may provoke reactions to you based on whether they like it or not.  

Another aspect to consider is that if you wear accessories or patterns that aren't the right scale or shape for your body, you may look like you are overwhelmed if the pattern is too big, or oversized for what you are wearing if they are too small.​  There is a reason why Victoria Beckham carries a large handbag - it's to make herself look tinier in comparison, although tiny women always using this approach can look like they are lugging around a full sports bag, and that isn't always a great look!

So, a bit of a strange analogy to set me off on this comparison but hopefully it will help you to understand the principles, and the consequences, of ignoring the concept.​

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Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D