Strategic Style

Welcome

Welcome to "Strategic Style".  Unlike most fashion blogs. it doesn’t spotlight how great I look in the hottest seasonal trends. I occasionally use my clothes as examples, but this blog isn’t about ME - or about trends either.

It’s about YOU, and classic design principles to determine wardrobe choices that showcase the fabulous things  about you.  Then you'll shop strategically, dress effortlessly and feel confident about your appearance no matter your lifestyle, age, size or budget.

It is the clothes’ responsibility to make YOU look good  -- not the other way around.  You'll look  best in clothes and accessories that have “points of connection” to you.  The more characteristics in common between you and your clothes, the more fabulous you'll look. Your stuff will look classier too, based on that repetition.

Things that connect with you also connect with one another, creating more mix-and-match than you ever imagined.  Shop less, spend less and feel great about how you look every day. Put wardrobe issues on the back burner and head out the door every day with confidence to play your special role in the world!   Welcome aboard!

Breaking the “Rules” & Getting Away With It

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I’m pretty much a maverick – not a fan of rules at all – especially when it comes to styling my clients and myself.  I seldom even use the word, preferring to think in terms of “guidelines” instead.  Even so, when this dress violated every principle I usually follow, I wanted to identify the loopholes that made it work …

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Dresses Worn 3 Ways

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My wardrobe strategy – for myself and for every client – is that each new item work in at least 3 combinations with existing pieces.  Solid separates function easily in this system, provided they are chosen in a unified color theme.  But what about one-piece dresses? That’s where accessories come into play – making the same garment feel dressier or more casual.  Experimenting with new looks is a great spirit-booster during a quarantine. Here are some examples of variations I created …

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More Self-Care Strategies …

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As the COVID pandemic and stay-at-home continue for many and racial tensions pull at our hearts, the natural impulse is to ask “How can I help?”   Whether that means sewing masks, shopping for elderly neighbors, donating to food pantries or extending care and support to friends, we can only maintain effectiveness if we take care of ourselves along the way,  I asked my fellow board members in a large non-profit what they do to maintain their emotional equilibrium.  Here are some of the ideas they shared.

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Anna Wintour Style … Stolen (Sorta)

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Anna Wintour is the legendary editor of Vogue magazine and the woman on whom the boss in “The Devil Wears Prada” is loosely based.  As one might expect, her style choices are impeccable and enviable.  Lacking her leg length and her pocketbook, I was still able to approximate the look in my own wardrobe.  Here’s the original, plus my own interpretations:

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Print Shirts & Tops – Why I Chose Them. How I Wear Them

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As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of solid color clothes for their versatility.  But recently I’ve been pushing myself to experiment with using prints strategically.  During the current quarantine I’ve been sewing like a fiend, but the concepts in this post apply just as readily to print tops your might buy ready-made.  Here’s what I’ve found …

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