The Blog by Michele Charles Gustafson
Formality, not fashion sense, is the secret to always looking appropriate in any situation with your image.
Recently working with clients locally and far-flung, I showed them how garments with different formalities can send completely different messages about your presence. (Just 2 out of 4 here I used to teach this concept). I impressed on them why it is SO important to know your audience and to know what position you play in their minds and then how to portray it with the right garments, colors, and accessories. They saw how Hue And Style strategy has nothing to do with shopping for what’s trendy this season. Fashion is a tool to be used for image presence built on formality.
A couple of my clients are leaders in their church communities which means they need to look approachable yet powerful to their congregations.
Together with their personal color palettes and wardrobe strategy they could see how the people around them would see them...
Your body image has the power to sabotage your ability to create success. It’s been proven by dressing psychology. Listen as Michele shares why “body love” is not enough to shift your confidence. It’s about showing yourself - and your brain - to create action and momentum toward your goals.
Life has a way of sending twists and turns. Did you know that how you are working through a transition shows up in your closet? Listen as Michele explains the symptoms that are in your closet that tell you it’s time for a confidence shift to move into a happier more fulfilled mindset.
You may not know how closely your image is tied to your confidence. In this episode, Michele shares 5 priceless benefits of confidence that you can build when you decide to create an image that is authentic, intentional and aligned.
Every year, color authority Pantone releases it’s Color of the Year! It’s always so exciting for me as a color expert to see how this influencer will be driving color’s direction in everything from fashion to art, to home decor and design. Pantone’s reach is far and wide but just as I counsel my clients, just because the “authority” has told you what the “it” thing is, doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
It’s New Year’s resolution time! Are you ready?
Whether you choose to make resolutions or you hate the idea, there is one upside to the exercise that is undeniable. You are offering yourself a chance to take new action, to get better and to be better. As an Image Consultant and Confidence Coach, I always think that’s a great idea. Plus, you can maximize your new year outlook and results when you choose to make a commitment in an area you may be overlooking, like how you decide what to wear. READ the full article on Thrive Global...
In my past lives, I sacrificed fun for work - it’s still a battle sometimes, if I'm honest with myself, as a self-proclaimed “Type-A in Recovery” so I thought it'd be fun to spark some fun with what I do and to invite you guys to come along with me in November with an Instagram #photochallenge!
The theme is #Glowvember and is a chance to discover (or rediscover) and share the keys to style, confidence, and joy because when they all come together, you GLOW!
I’ll be posting each day on my Feed and/or IG Stories.
JOIN ME! And better yet, tag a friend on this IG post and we’ll all have some fun together! Don't overthink it (I'm resetting that too this month). It's easy. Just say 'yes'! Can’t wait to play!
Listen, Gal. Not even I get it exactly right every time. But my wardrobe missteps are 1 in 20 garments I purchase. Not 20 out of 20.
Case in point: I bought this top. Loved the cut, the color was right, the flowers I thought were Dramatic enough for me, but when I got it, I took it on and off a few times - never actually wearing it out. (A tried and true symptom of a misaligned wardrobe purchase.)
I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t want to wear it and finally, it hit me today. It’s “too sweet” too much in the Romantic’s style story and not enough in own dominant or secondary style profiles.
Solution? I choose two items that ALWAYS get me where my outfits communicate who I am: First, my favorite pair of wayfarer sunnies, and second, a moto jacket.
BOOM! Now, it’s me. All me.
Here’s what you need to know, Gal, every item you choose, purchase and wear is speaking to you, for you and about you. You have the power to have every piece...