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10 style steps to becoming a hot-looking hotelier.

Rana Saab is a personal stylist and AICI certified image consultant who recently transformed two Rezidor managers ' work look from drab to fab.

She has worked with a number of celebrities including Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria.

Whether you're in a meeting, at a cocktail reception or dreading dress down day - Saab can help.

CLICK THROUGH TO THE NEXT PAGE FOR HER TOP 10 STYLE TIPS

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TOP is key

When dressing for work, you should keep in mind the general dress code for your industry as not to risk showing up underdressed for a meeting and project the wrong image. A rule to always consider while dressing for work is the "TOP", keeping in mind to always dress for the Time of the day, the Occasion and the People you're meeting with.

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All about you

To look comfortable in your own skin, you shouldn't ignore your individual style personality. Injecting some of your own style into your corporate look will make your wardrobe more interesting and reflect a more confident you.

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Stand out

Most commonly, people either get stuck into a work uniform where they blend with the crowd or they dress inappropriately for their position and industry. Unless you work in fashion and creative industries, being stylish at work is a challenge, as you don't want to appear very fashion forward giving the impression that you're more concerned with your appearance than the job at hand. The secret here is not to overdo it but keep an element of your signature style whilst still looking professional.

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Bad match

A major dilemma is always knowing how to mix and match items and introduce new professional styles, so as not to get stuck in a work uniform. Most people fall into the safe zone platform and lose interest in their own image.

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Dreaded dress-down day

Another problem is that most people get confused when they have dress down days, as they tend to take it to extremes showing up in very relaxed outfits more fit for a day out. Studies have shown that when you dress very casually your efficiency levels decreases as your mindset goes into a vacation mode. Learning how to dress down yet still project a professional image is a challenge. The solution here is to think professional before casual, which allows you to create casual outfits still fit for the office.

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One item at a time

On dress down days, use key items to achieve a suitable look, such as jackets or vests to dress up casual clothes, polo shirts instead of t-shirts, straight skirts instead of loose and flowy, semi-fitted tops and bottoms instead of soft dresses and crisp and tailored cuts instead of loose styles.

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When meeting clients, I learn about their style personality and lifestyle in the first consultation in order to translate it into a signature individual style reflecting your current image. It's very important that you step out of your safe zone but still feel you're in your own skin while updating your look or going for a makeover.

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Best for body

Do a body shape assessment and colour analysis, where you learn about the best cuts, styles, colours and fabrics that suit you. Learning how to highlight your assets and camouflage your flaws will make it much easier to dress for your body type. Dressing in your best colours will make you look fresh and younger.

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Wardrobe audit

Do a wardrobe audit, organising your outfits in a manner that suits your current image, figure and lifestyle. With an audit, you will know which colours, fabrics, cuts and styles work for you from your current wardrobe and what are the missing items needed to create a full outfit. Learn why some items were wrong purchases, thus stopping you from making shopping mistakes and saving your money on future buys.

More for less

Learn how to mix and match items and create new outfits, allowing you to spend less time looking for an outfit and you will never have a "nothing to wear" day again.

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