Strategic Style

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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!

Retail Reconnaissance – Oct 20

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This new blog feature  – “Retail Recon” for short – is a quick report on particularly interesting finds I spot on the retail scene.  This week I was picking up some charity donation samples at Soft Surroundings (which just happens to be headquartered about a half  mile from my house) and spotted this gorgeous tunic  ..

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Summer’s Over – What Comes Out of My Closet?

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I’m a firm believer in Season-Spanning Wardrobes, but with a hint of Fall in the air, it’s time to rotate out of my closet the items that are clearly “summer-only”.  Forget the old “no white after Labor Day” guideline.  It’s the mix of color, fabrication and styling that combine to define seasonality.  Your decisions may differ a lot from mine, but hopefully my PROCESS can help inform yours …

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Tiny But Terrific Closet Tip

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Sometimes the smallest things – things you might never even think about – can make a very big difference.  That’s the case with this tip a professional organizer shared with me the other day …

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Play Paper Dolls in Your Fall Closet

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After you rotate the cold-weather items back into your closet, it’s great to spend some time experimenting with new combinations you may not have worn before.  I lay out mixes on my bedroom carpet, finish with the accessories and snap a quick cell-phone pic of each combo for future reference, like this…

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Summer Sweater Goes Year-Round Stylish

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Mid-tone cardigan/shell combos, made in breathable fibers, can be 12-month wardrobe staples in almost any climate.   This rich, deep pink set from Chicos was a summer favorite – shading my arms from extreme sun outdoors and balancing out extreme air conditioning indoors.  Now it’s the basis of several cool-weather outfits … with the added benefit of no itchy wool against sensitive skin.

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