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.

I believe it is the clothes’ responsibility to make you look good  -- not the other way around.  Each woman looks her personal best in clothes and accessories that have “points of connection” to her.  The more characteristics that exist in common between you and the things you wear, the more fabulous you will look. Your stuff will look more fabulous too, based on the design principle of repetition.

And things that connect with you will also connect with one another, right?  So you quickly develop more mix-and-match than you ever thought possible.  Shop less, spend less (or at least not any more) and feel great about how you look every day.

Then you can put wardrobe worries on the back burner where they belong, and march out the door every day with confidence to play your valuable role in the world – whatever that happens to be.  Welcome aboard!

How NOT to Break Style “Rules”

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The idea of style “rules” is silly, but a recent post on a famous trend-focused fashion blog gave me heartburn by suggesting that the looks below prove that style guidelines – in this case advice from Vogue editor Anna Wintour – could be “broken” with impunity.  Interested to hear what you think …

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DON’T “Kondo” Your Closet

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It’s New Year’s Resolution time .. and closet clean-outs are high on many to-do lists.  Despite all the buzz about the Kondo method, it probably isn’t the ideal way to tackle your wardrobe.  I’m certainly not opposed to purging.  But plenty of things that don’t set your heart aflutter with joy can still be valuable parts of your ideal wardrobe.  Let me explain …

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Picking & Pairing Impactful Prints

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Since I’ve been teaching about print selection – and especially since my article on the topic for Threads magazine – I’ve realized that my own wardrobe was the opposite of most of my clients’.  The typical client’s closet has too many prints; my closet actually had very, very few.  I’ve worked to add more patterned pieces.  Here’s the result — and the reasoning behind each one …

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Closet Storage Hacks

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Your closet – maybe newly purged for the New Year – can serve you even better with these sneaky storage ideas, all of them bargain-priced and some of them entirely FREE:

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Smarter Online Shopping

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Point.  Click.  Easy.  That is … until the item arrives and it isn’t the color you thought it would be.  Or the fabric feels sleazy.  Or it’s itchy or it doesn’t fit right.  Then there’s the paperwork and the return trip to the Post Office and you’re back at Square One.  There has to be a better way.  Here’s my answer:

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