Strategic Style

Welcome

Welcome to “Strategic Style”.  It’s different from most fashion blogs.  It doesn’t feature pictures of how great I look in the hottest new trends for the season. Although I sometimes use my own wardrobe as an example, this blog isn’t really about ME at all.

It’s about YOU. It teaches how classic design principles can guide you to wardrobe choices that showcase the things that are fabulous about you.  That knowledge lets you shop strategically, dress effortlessly and feel confident about your appearance no matter your lifestyle, age, size or budget. (more…)

Resolution: Saved by a Single-Edged Razor Blade

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Maybe I’m just sensitive, but a scratchy label is enough to keep me from enjoying a garment.  Even when I occasionally buy a prestige brand, the ego stroke isn’t enough to overcome the annoyance of that darned label. But I’ve ruined a few garments by cutting the fabric instead of the thread when removing a label.  Then a professional seamstress showed me this trick.

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Wardrobe Resolution: Design on a Dime

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It’s embarrassing to admit, but it’s true: I am just about the laziest person you can imagine when it comes to my wardrobe.  It is too easy for me to get stuck in a rut – wearing the same few outfits over and over while lots of other great options are hanging in my closet.  I’ve identified two causes.  (1). Sometimes an item that would make a new combination needs some little fix-it before it is ready to wear.  And (2). I just don’t push myself to think past those tried-and-true combos.  For 2019 I’m resolving to blast past both…

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Resolutions: Saved by a Sharpie

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As I was checking the wearability of every item in my closet I noticed that several favorite shoes were scuffed in the toe area.  Not ready to kiss them good-bye, but not willing to wear them that way either, it dawned on me that a felt marker could be an instant repair tool.  The black ones were easy – I had black markers on hand.

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Stretched-Out Sweater Shoulders?

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This luxurious, weighty, off-red cardigan and matching shell followed me home from my favorite ReSale Shop – if you’re a St Louis gal you know the one – but it had a problem.  The weight of the  knit caused the shoulder area to stretch completely out of shape from the hanger.  Fortunately there’s an easy fix – one you can use when you have this same problem.

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Shop Smart: 1 New Sweater Set = 29 New Outfits

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My rule for a new item is that it has to work at least 3 ways with garments I already own.  The red color family is magic that way.  Whether your best “red” is the classic bright one, a softer pink version,  more rusty/peachy, or somewhere in the middle, it will work with nearly any neutral in your closet. I made 29 new outfits from this set …

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