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!

Smart Sale-Shopping Strategies

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Can you hear it?  The siren song of major season-end markdowns is blaring full force.  And the continued disruption of supply chains has caused many cold-weather item to hit the stores late in the season – just in time for price reductions. That can be a great way to update your closet.  Or a temptation to ill-advised purchases that will still have the tags on them in 2023.  How can you decide which is which?

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Retail Recon: Brown Bonanza

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If you are one of the many women who looks your best in Espresso Brown and struggles to find coordinates in that key neutral – Chico’s is your new best friend!  Not just one item — but a full set of coordinates you can use to create Color Columns that are the basis for tons of outfits from the garments you already have in your closet …

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Retail Recon: Better than Basic White

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I often talk about how harsh and draining a bright white shirt or tee looks on almost everybody.  A subtle blush-pink is so much more flattering.  But I hear back from all of you that it is nearly impossible to find.  Good News:  I just found a terrific option!

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I Forgot How to Accessorize …

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A lot of my basic life skills got rusty during months and months of staying home every day.  I forgot how to walk in my tall shoes and looked like a prom girl in her first pair of heels until I practiced for a while.  I forgot how to drive confidently in traffic.  And – horror of horrors! – I recently realized I’d forgotten how to ACCESSORIZE.

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Reconfiguring Edna’s Closet

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With a fantastic body to showcase clothes and a genuine love of dressing beautifully, Edna has been a fun client for many years and we’ve built an extensive wardrobe over time.  Recently she decided to consolidate from multiple closets upstairs to a single walk-in on the main level of her lovely home. That meant some serious discussion about ways to organize garments and accessories for efficiency and visibility …

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