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!

Just for Fun … “Crown” Costumes

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In our household, The Netflix series “The Crown” has been a much-needed diversion from current events — as much for the costumes as for the historical value or the gossip-y bits.  In the video below, fashion historian Raissa Bretaña fact checks and disects … … several of the most memorable styles from the series – right down to the historically accurate undies.  Enjoy!!

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Totally Taupe

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As COVID restrictions move many brunettes  away from coloring their hair – allowing  unpigmented strands  to mix in – they find the overall softening effect moves their Key Wardrobe Neutral from the previous Chocolate Brown or Soft Black toward Taupe.  Now that’s a very sophisticated Neutral, but not always an easy one to find.  I can help …

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Presto! Refresh!

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About this time of year, many of our dark washable garments may start to look a little faded and drab.  No need to replace them.  Just refresh them.  Here’s how:

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The High Cost of Cheap Clothes

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It’s shocking: Second to petroleum – fashion/textiles is the most polluting industry in the world! Prompted by Reanna’s comment about my “Bargain Blazer”, here are some jarring statistics and some painless but powerful things YOU can do to make a difference.  And actually dress BETTER in the process.

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“Cost-Per-Wear” Analysis Re-imagined

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Wardrobe consultants have long endorsed the value of establishing a cost-per-wear calculation to assess the true value of an item.  Divide the price you paid by the number of times you wore the garment over its useful life.  The result = CPW. Problem is, with this season’s crazy clearance price, a low CPW isn’t an adequate filter.  And it’s speculative anyway. Who knows how many times you’ll actually wear a new item?  Here’s a new way to think about value:  CPO.

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