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!

Anna Wintour Style … Stolen (Sorta)

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Anna Wintour is the legendary editor of Vogue magazine and the woman on whom the boss in “The Devil Wears Prada” is loosely based.  As one might expect, her style choices are impeccable and enviable.  Lacking her leg length and her pocketbook, I was still able to approximate the look in my own wardrobe.  Here’s the original, plus my own interpretations:

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Print Shirts & Tops – Why I Chose Them. How I Wear Them

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As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of solid color clothes for their versatility.  But recently I’ve been pushing myself to experiment with using prints strategically.  During the current quarantine I’ve been sewing like a fiend, but the concepts in this post apply just as readily to print tops your might buy ready-made.  Here’s what I’ve found …

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Closet Cleanouts: the Movie

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Some people would just rather watch the movie than read the book.  If that’s you, here are links to the video version of my best tips for cleaning out and organizing the contents of your closet.  Grab some popcorn if you want, and check out these tips …

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Closets: Don’t Just Organize … OPTIMIZE!

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With all the increased time at home, many women are directing energy toward their  closets. Having your stuff organized is a good thing.  But having a closet full of the RIGHT STUFF is the real win.  So how do you make the very best decisions about what stays and what goes?  The acronym FETCH defines the entire process.  Here are some guidelines …

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Find “GOLD” in Your Current Closet

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You’ve weeded out the clunkers from your closet – the things that obviously needed to go – but how do your evaluate all those “MAYBE” pieces to be sure you’re keeping the things that can become foundation for a truly effortless wardrobe into the future?  Think about it as a treasure hunt.  It’s not about what to get rid of, but about what great items to keep.  The specific choices are unique to each woman, but here are some guidelines – a treasure map if you will – to point you in the right direction.

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