Work Your Wardrobe With Karen: Image Sabotage Or Image Savvy?


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Your image is either holding you back – or propelling you forward. Check how you’re doing on this Image Insight Scale. I feel…

1. Sabotage

  • Stuck in a rut
  • I’m not getting all the opportunities or relationships I want
  • Undervalued and unnoticed

2. Status Quo

  • Comfortable and sometimes a little bored
  • Good about myself, but I want to be more
  • I want others to see something more in me

3. Savvy:

  • Excited about my potential and the opportunities that just keep getting better
  • I am a valuable person who makes the world a better place
  • Others see the best in me and respect me

How did you do? If you checked at least one in #1 or #2, you may need an image consultant like myself to help guide you in the right direction! My next article will teach you how to work your wardrobe from 9-5 and outline the do’s and don’ts of dressing in the office, so stay tuned!

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Karen Brunger, BHEc, AICI CIP
President, International Image Institute Inc.
Past-President, Association of Image Consultants International

Work Your Wardrobe With Karen: From Superdud To Superstud


’It’s not how you look on the outside that’s important. It’s how you are on the inside.’ You are likely familiar with this belief that has become a cliché. And I believe it too! Except how you look on the outside can actually affect who you are on the inside. I think this story of one of my clients is a great illustration.

I had met James before. He was a very nice man – kind, gentle and compassionate – if not too exciting. In looks, he was very ordinary – even less than ordinary. He was very slim and wore clothing that made him appear even thinner. His hair was blow-dried back into a helmet-like structure. He had a big bushy moustache, and large eyewear frames. (He actually looked like the Simpson’s neighbour, Ned Flanders.)

I was invited to do ‘make-overs’ at a workshop given by Robert Kiyosaki. I didn’t realize that James was in the audience, until the next day when he called. “Karen, after seeing what you did, I’ve started changing myself. Can you help me get this right?”

I arrived at James’ house, and the most incredibly gorgeous man answered the door. It wasn’t just his chiselled James-Bond type looks and intense blue eyes – the charisma was overwhelming. As I blushed and attempted to put my tongue back in my mouth, he invited me in.

James had merely let his hair be natural, shaved off his monstrous moustache, and replaced his outdated eyewear with contact lenses. But how could this explain the shift in his energy – from a mild-mannered, nerdish, boring type to an exciting, dynamic and highly charismatic ‘hunk’??

James revealed to me, “When I looked in the mirror and saw who I really was, it was so terrifying that for an entire night I lay curled in a ball shaking with the feeling of my personal power.”

When James felt his power, those around him could feel it too.

If you’re interested in learning more about James’ story or the services Karen offers as an Image Consultant, feel free to reach out to her through her website:

And if you’re wondering what James is wearing these days, he’s loving Versace! Feel free to hop on Spread to shop some seasonal favourites:


Work Your Wardrobe With Karen


Hi everyone! I’m Karen Brunger, the newest addition to Spread! I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining this passionate community, and can’t wait to share some of my knowledge and expertise with all of you.

To share a little bit about myself, I’m the Founder and President of the International Image Institute and Past-President of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). I’m also responsible for the Image Consulting Program at George Brown College in Toronto.

If any of you have struggled to find your own look and personal style, don’t worry because I’m here to help! I have 28 years of experience as an image trainer and consultant, and can’t wait to share my holistic approach with all of you!

So follow along my new segment on Spread, Work Your Wardrobe With Karen, and let’s work together in creating a more polished, fearless and self-confident you!