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!

Flattering – REALLY! – Patchwork Jackets

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Headed home from 2 days of in-person style workshop for a darling sewing/quilting/machine shop in Charleston and Savannah and totally inspired by their line of patterns for Figure Flattering Quiltwear.  If you’re a sewing enhtusiatn I think you’ll love what you’re about to see …

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Outfit Formula – Neutral Color Column PLUS …

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The growing emphasis on sustainability in wardrobes is a great incentive to look for new ways to combine the pieces we already own into outfits we love to wear.  That’s the focus of the next 6 weeks in our subscription online community LOOKING GOOD TOGETHER.  I’ll demonstrate examples of the week’s formula and Community members will post outfits of their own for mutual inspiration.  I want to share a quick sampling here…

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My Perfect Travel Outfit …

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Have you noticed that most people at the airport today appear to be wearing their pajamas?  And that by dressing a notch or two up, you get consistently better service?  So the question is how to combine chic and comfortable into the same outfit.  I think I’ve found an answer … 

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One New Top – 10 Holiday Outfits

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Ready for a holiday wardrobe refresh, but don’t want to spend a lot on fancy new duds that you know you won’t wear all that often? See how this single sleeveless turtleneck in a blackened silver metallic — $8 at my favorite resale shop — let me create 10 new outfits, plenty for all my holiday activities.

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Mix & Match Combos With NAVY

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Navy blue is an extremely versatile wardrobe neutral, able to be blended into nearly any woman’s personal coloring, depending on the accent colors she chooses to complete the outfit.  Here are some examples …

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