Strategic Style

Welcome

Welcome to my Strategic Style blog.  You’ll find it’s different from most fashion writing in the blogosphere.  It doesn’t feature pictures of how great I look in the hottest new trends for the season. In fact this blog isn’t about ME at all.

It’s about YOU and the other slightly imperfect women who populate the real world.  I call it “Strategic Style” because 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…)

A New Concept for Closet Clean-outs

September 9, 2018 | 7 Comments
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Last weekend I was doing a Color Certainty consultation and closet clean-out with a new client  — an artist, a fan of vintage designer garments and a sewing enthusiast with exquisite skills.  She had a personal story behind every item in her closets and drawers … each one was like a dear friend, and letting even one of them go was obviously stressful, a bit frightening, even painful. It quickly became obvious that the normal culling process just wasn’t going to work for her.  And since the so many of her pieces were too bright and cool for her slightly…

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One Fall Trend With the Lifespan of a Classic

September 8, 2018 | 2 Comments
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Most trends these days are so extreme that they have about a 30-minute lifespan before starting to look dated. But one item coming to the fashion forefront for Fall ’18 is already a classic.  Skin prints are always on the style radar, but this year they are much more that a blip.  And embracing the trend – even in small ways – can give your classic garments a bit of added edge.  Even if you think you aren’t an animal print type … check this out.

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Wild Animals at Your Local Mall

September 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Cat-skin prints are lurking in many department stores and women’s specialty stores this fall.    Here are a few that looked interested as I was shopping with  clients this week … as well as some tips on the most flattering ways to wear them.

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Sew-It-Yourself Skin-Print Cardigan

September 8, 2018 | 7 Comments
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One challenge of this season’s skin print trend is finding an option that suits your own coloring.  So we were excited to find this lightweight sweater knit yardage in a range of neutral color options from caramel to chocolate, taupe and gray.  A quick-to-sew cardigan was the obvious garment to make from it.  I chose McCall 6996 (View C-D) for a couple of reasons …

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Allergic to Metal Jewelry?

September 7, 2018 | 3 Comments
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A recent post about necklaces prompted a few reader questions about how to use those concepts if a woman has an allergy to metals.  So I played around with my collection of pendant drops to find ways to wear them on something other than a traditional chain.

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