POP: Fashion and Communication in Tandem

What does your appearance say when you show up for a meeting, interview, work, special event or otherwise? Are you in sync with the intentions of the event that you are attending? Does your look communicate credibility? Does your internal self and style match? Are you a fashion victim? Fashion, like conversation, evolve over time and thus, impacts many aspects of our lives. It is tied to interior design, neighborhoods and businesses in which we live and function. Lifestyle!

Fashion also reflects social consensus in which the norm is set by trendiest, then the rest of society follows. Consensus is widely reflected through the repetition and acceptance of people who spread trends.  To remotely achieve consensus, we must have communication in the form of print, visual, verbal and nonverbal.

As these aspects change in fashion so do phases in life and personal growth. Through these cycles of change, different communication styles evolve over time in the areas of content, context, tonality, intent, etc.

As there are many phases to the evolutions of fashion from ideation, design, production, distribution, sale, consumption, and ultimately disposal, there are many instances where communication plays a role, communication is the connecting force for every discipline and all relationships in life.

Today nonverbal communication comes in the form electronic devices used or worn to connect us with virtual sources and with each other. (e.g., cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and other wearable technology). Other manners in which content on style is communicated to the public are:

  • advertising, social media editorials
  • use of social media to communicate between consumers and to retailers
  • consumers blog about fashion trends and offer opinions
  • consumer reviews of fashion items and events

dsquared2-mens-spring-summer-at-milan-mens-fashion-week1Essentially, the Point of Ponderance here is that fashion and style are not necessarily one in the same, it spans wide areas and so does communication. Your appearance is your calling card and it provides the first line of communication to those who see YOU.


That said, are you communicating the right style for your lifestyle, position, and aspirations or are you simply following trends that might not be suited for you and every occasion?

If you are unsure about any of these questions, then do not leave your brand and image to chance, contact a professional to help you assess your personal style.

Dr. Chris Michelle is a sought after Success Coach who mentors professionals in their careers and personal lives, in areas of Leadership, Project, Image, Brand, Impression, Management, Lifestyle, and Change Management. She does private and corporate training seminars, keynote addresses, event hosting. For information on how to book her for an upcoming training or speaking engagement contact her at Thelifeandstyleexecutive@gmail.com


Style: More Than a Fashion Statement

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Once you have decided what being your authentic self means to you and you have worked on the mind body and spirit that fits that mold, recognize that outer appearance as well as communication habits must match those values, i.e., wanting to gain the respect of investors or potential clients begs the necessity to look as if you want that business. Just as wanting to win over a new love interest must also depict synchronous harmony between ones appearance, behavior, communication and the occasion.

Notwithstanding one’s socio-economic status, not caring about neatness, hygiene, etc., will turn others away even when one has several commas in their pay grade. People “buy into” people and want to see those whom they trust or those presenting integrity, especially during an initial impression and must at least look as they fit that bill. Example, showing up to a baseball game in a full business suit and tie doesn’t lend credibility on a baseball field or in the dugout, just as claiming to be a model but your smile is brown from smoking doesn’t exactly lend credibility, as well as using poor grammar but professing to be a stellar author doesn’t go over well..

It’s not my intention to astound my followers with this next statement, but your image does not simply thrive off of your clothing design, form, or characteristics. Your communication approach, your behavior, listening and you’re thinking process are major factors in this game. If you are a person who looks the part, but the behavior you exemplify is belittling, judgmental, gossipy, or negative or you cut others off mid-sentence without a reasonable purpose, thus you impact your image and your personal brand.


For a consultation on existing style and strengthening tactics: Dr. Chris Michelle can be reach at thelifeandstyleexecutive@gmail.com and Dr-Chris Michelle on Facebook.