Do you want to spruce up your appearance, but not sure where to begin? Here, some great tips on how to update your look.


Q  I’ve always considered myself to be a reasonably good looking man but when I look in the mirror these days all I see is an old, balding fellow in out-of-date clothes, or at least I think they are. What I do know is that I’m a rather lonely 66-year-old widower considering joining a singles bridge club in my area, but before I do I would really like to spruce up my appearance. I have no idea where to start.

Barry, Waterloo


A  The fact you recognize the need is a start in itself. “Updating your look can make a huge difference in your self confidence and how you come across to others,” says Wilma Haerkens. She’s the owner of the Ottawa-based business, Personal Stylist, and has been doing makeovers for more than 25 years.

“If you’re open and vibrant and focused on a new beginning, rather than an ending, make your clothes and image project that.” Wilma believes hiring a personal stylist is well worth the money (her fees are $225 and up), but you can also steer the process yourself if you prefer, or can’t afford a pro. Where to begin? Ask yourself what image you want to project and pick three words that describe it. Then go after that look (maybe it’s youthful, put together, confident?)

Getting a new haircut is a great place to start. Wilma suggests consulting a different hairstylist or barber on alternative looks. (But never, she cautions, succumb to the comb-over. “It’s not fooling anyone. Shaving off your hair is a lot sexier than trying to cover the baldness with a few long wisps. Besides, bald is in.”)

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