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Inga Goodman

Stop Playing Small With Inga Goodman

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Inga Goodman is a fashion designer known in the industry as a trendsetter because of her distinctive and outside the box designs filled with an element of novelty and unique embellishments that you won’t find anywhere else.

She grew up in the Soviet Union with absolutely nothing, and experienced first hand a lack of freedom of speech and self-expression.

Inga didn’t have any Barbie dolls to play with, but she had her sewing machine and has been creating and producing clothes since she was five years old. Her creations and fashion style have always made her feel exceptional and showed her the way to freedom.

In the short time that she’s been in business, she has been featured in the Fashion Manuscript Magazine multiple times and invited as a guest on podcasts, like Morning Coffee and Cosmetic Doc. 

Her mission now is to design unique clothes for women that spark their sense of creativity and personal style and ignite their true femnine strength.

When she’s not working, Inga Goodman enjoys solving puzzles, chocolate tasting, and collecting unique buttons and candy wrappers from all over the world.

Podcast Highlights

Who is Inga Goodman? 

Inga lives up to her name and is known as an extravagant and creative designer. Inga grew up in the Soviet Union without virtually nothing and used her passion for creating unique clothing to build a prosperous life and bring her vision to women all over the world.

Inga is selling more than just clothes, she’s selling missions to women and is pleased to be helping women realize their unique and personal style.

It’s time for women to stop playing small and live up to their fullest potential. That’s the message that Inga wants to bring to women everywhere.

What can women do to stop playing small?

Most women don’t realize that they have an amazing toolkit at their disposal within their closet that they can use to create a style that helps them feel phenomenal. Leveling up your looks and fashion style will boost your confidence and help you achieve your dreams.

There was an article in the Washington Times that talked about the relationship between our mindset and productivity and what we wear. Inga is trying to promote the idea that what you wear matters and dressing for success is a powerful way for women to get what they want.

Fashion never rests. Even now when we conduct business on Zoom, it’s more important than ever to bring your A game even when you’re at home.

How should women and men dress for a Zoom call?

The easiest way to look good on a Zoom call is structure. Nothing too serious or uncomfortable, but things like jackets and blazers are a good start. Use the accessories you have to add some flair and make people think that you’ve been prepared for your meeting the whole time.

Avoid black because wearing color makes you more memorable.

The same rules apply for men. Add some color and level things up a bit beyond the sweater or T-shirt.

How does clothing impact creativity?

What you wear has an impact on how you feel. Inga relates a story of a customer that reached out to her because wearing a piece of her clothing made her feel more festive, and that feeling resulted in her creating a more festive atmosphere with everyone around her.

Fashion is what people feel before it’s what they see. 

Inga’s business offers consultation in addition to clothing. She sells clothing on live broadcasts through Facebook and Instagram in addition to deliver clothes in person to people’s doorsteps.

How has the pandemic changed the way you do business?

2020 has been the best worst year. It has made all the fashion brands pivot and has opened up a huge number of opportunities to conduct business.

There are a lot of advantages to video and Inga’s reach and audience is much bigger than it would be if she weren’t required to learn to use new platforms. Video on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram is the language we all speak right now.

Feeling Small

Inga felt small for most of her life, especially growing up in the Soviet Union where she had very limited freedom and self expression. The feeling of creating clothes that strangers take note of and appreciate was the seed that led Inga down the path to fashion.

She discovered her love for fashion and how it can change the way you feel about yourself early on. Fashion became a way of communicating with people even when she didn’t speak the same language.

You don’t necessarily need money to have style. Don’t feel intimidated by your clothes and don’t take it too seriously. Experiment and play with what you’ve got in your closet and try things on. See what works.

What kind of people do you usually work with?

Inga usually works with two types of clients. Her ideal client is a woman in her 40’s who likes to stand out. She also serves women who have been comfortable styling themselves but are looking for new ways to take familiar ingredients to create a new look. Women looking to level up their fashion game come to Inga for advice as well.

Where should a woman start to level up her fashion sense?

Go to your closet and pull out the first piece you find and put it on. Start pulling out the pieces you haven’t worn in a long time and start wearing them. It’s not about getting new clothes, it’s about utilizing what you already have in your closet by creating new combinations and seeing what works.

Be outside the box and be playful. Don’t take the process too seriously. Forget about the rules

What’s the biggest message you want women to hear today?

Put on your clothes and be glorious. Reach for your dreams and get out of your own way. Your fashion is a major driver for your motivation and success.

Go to your closet and start playing with your clothes. Remember to have fun with it and that fashion is about structure. Structure is the easiest way to look stylish. Use more than three colors and use accessories heavily. Layers are a good thing.

Get out there and be a fashion statement.

What’s next for Inga Goodman?

Inga is going to be expanding her online efforts and building a bigger audience through webinars and online courses.

Links:

www.ingatoday.com

https://www.instagram.com/fashionbyinga/

https://www.facebook.com/FashionByInga/

As we all deal with the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our day to day lives, it's important to step back and take the time to care for ourselves. Here are some of the things that are worth consciously working on in the coming weeks.

SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES, especially children. In today’s busy world often our time with the ones we love gets put on the back burner. As events, activities, and schools cancel….and more and more people work at home, now is a great chance to get caught up with each other.

REDISCOVER THE SIMPLE THINGS. There was a time when we weren’t “on the clock” 24/7, when our children weren’t spending each evening in activities… when life was a routine. With much of that canceled for the near term, now is an opportunity to have family dinners, play games, read that book that you can never get to. Take a step back from the complications of the world. Take a breather.

FIND THE GOOD IN THINGS. We are bombarded all day and night with the negative things that are going on. There is much criticism over governments, mass hysteria, other nations, etc. But there are good stories out there as well. Stories of people helping people. While it's a shame that we have to work hard to find these, it is worth the effort.

Last, and most importantly, KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET. It is so easy to succumb to the negativity that flows from a crisis such as this one. But keeping a positive mindset is one of the best things that you can do during this time. Positive energy will help you maintain your health, be productive, and reduce stress. Moreover, it is contagious. Everyone that you come in contact with (from 6 feet away of course) will be affected by your energy, even if just a little bit. And the more positive energy that is released into the world, the better this situation will be and the quicker it will resolve.


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