1. CHANGE YOUR SCENT
"People judge your inner essence based on your outer scent," says Alan Hirsch, M.D., neurological director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. Some of Dr. Hirsch's findings: When women wear spicy, floral perfume, men perceive them as being up to 12 pounds thinner. Grapefruit scents can make women seem six years younger. Lavender aromas have been shown to cause sexual arousal in men.
2. CHANGE YOUR VOICE
People interpret high-pitched or breathy tones as immature or unpolished. To sound more self-assured, "pretend there's a dime holding your back teeth apart," says Glass. "This lets more air into your jaw and gives your voice extra resonance, which will make your words flow better and sound more attractive."
3. CHANGE YOUR PERSONAL STATIONERY
E-mail has done away with many communication formalities. For this reason, sending old-fashioned thank you notes on upscale stationery will set you apart from the crowd-and the competition. "A handwritten note on nice stationery is a sign of regard for yourself and the person you're writing to," says Arlyn Imberman, a graphologist and executive coach. Engraving your full name ("Kristin Jane Smith") on the cards makes you seem proper, a nickname ("Kristy") is more casual, and a monogram ("KJS") conveys an elegant image. Note-card color is also important, says Los Angeles color therapist and interior designer Carol Smith.
Stay In The Know
Marie Claire email subscribers get intel on fashion and beauty trends, hot-off-the-press celebrity news, and more. Sign up here.
Meet the New Spring Handbag Collection Our Editors Are Excited to Shop
It's a pastel party.
By Raina Mendonça
At Fashion Week, Hats Are the New Hair
Indulgent and quirky, the fall 2024 runways have spoken in favor of fancy headwear.
By Sara Holzman
Finally: Sunscreens that Won't Break You Out
Lightweight formulas that protect against sun and acne.
By Gabrielle Ulubay
11 Things Every Woman Needs to Know About Credit Cards
For one, that store credit card might not be the best deal.
By Megan Friedman
Smart, Sexy Money
Live your richest life no matter what you earn with these no-fail tips from LearnVest's money guru Alexa von Tobel.
By Alexa von Tobel
The Rich Girl's Money Rules to Live By
Want to earn more? Spend smarter? Live a glamorous life? Take charge of your money with our financial cheat sheet.
By Sophie Moura
Real-Life Revenge of the Nerds
A new book suggests that teenage outcasts are the most likely to succeed as adults.
By Abigail Pesta
Are Women Too Emotional at Work?
Now that women make up the bulk of the workforce, should we brace ourselves for more tears at the office?
By Lea Goldman
What Does Your Desk Say About You?
Whether it's a shrine to your kitty or clean enough to conduct surgery in, your workspace makes a big statement. But are you sure it's the one you want to make?
By Lea Goldman
How to Save Like French Women
What living in the style capital of the world taught one American about scaling back.
By Janine Di Giovanni
The next Kathryn Bigelow
By Sophie Moura