Speaker, Author, Teacher
Shari Braendel has become the nation's most sought-after Christian speaker on the topic of fashion, beauty and modesty. As a successful image consultant, she saw firsthand that women didn't recognize the beauty that God gave them and lacked the knowledge of how to dress themselves with confidence so their outside appearance represented who they were on the inside. Shari knows that women often judge themselves based on the world's standards and are forever coming up short. As a result she began speaking to women’s groups on "what TO wear". From that, her popular Fashion Meets Faith Women's Conference was born!
As a fabulously fun fashionista, Shari takes women on a trip through the fashion DO's, explaining why it's important to dress the body God gave you, not the one so prominently displayed on the cover of the latest fashion magazine. But more importantly, Shari delivers the message that "the King is enthralled with your beauty" (Psalm 45:11) and that women no longer need to conform to the pattern of this world, but can be transformed through the love of Christ (Romans 12:2). With an encouraging heart and vibrant effervescent spirit, Shari warns some women to stay away from black, begs others to throw away their "mom" jeans and inspires all women to new levels of confidence regarding their outer appearance.
In addition to the Fashion Meets Faith Conference, Shari also hosts the high energy teen conference and fashion show, Modesty Rocks. In this event, Shari teaches young women that modesty is not an old-fashioned idea, but an ideal that they should aspire to. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24- year olds, with girls thinking about and attempting suicide almost twice as often as boys. With that in mind, Shari helps young women boost their self esteem by teaching them how to dress fashionably without showing off all their assets. Her talk is grounded in the knowledge that God made us each a beautiful, unique creation, and from that, we are transformed. She brings this message with humor, grace and a healthy dose of laughter.
Shari's book, Good Girls don't have to Dress Bad is a full color style guide for every woman. Not only will you learn about the best haircut and makeup for you, but you'll discover the most flattering jeans and swimsuit. All this and your very own shopping guide leading you to the right stores and brands just for you, based on your specific body type.
Shari has been honored to share the stage with Nicole C. Mullin, Lysa TerKeurst, and Karen Kingsbury, just to name a few. As an authority in the field, women from around the world, from all walks of life, seek her advice. Shari is the "go-to" expert. Following the Titus 2 model, she has also developed a mentoring and training program for women who want to take the message of fashion and beauty to the Christian community at large.
Shari has been featured on Focus on the Family, The Total Christian Television Network (TCT), K-Love, Crown Financial Network and over 50 radio stations and magazine features.
When she is not speaking and writing, Shari enjoys life with her husband Dave and son, Luke.