Strategic Style

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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. (more…)

The Easy Way to Make a Style Collage

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Quite a few readers have emailed, asking how to create a collage of their outfit photos.  There are many ways to do that with specialty programs and apps, but my favorite, easy way uses  plain old Powerpoint.  Within that one program you can manipulate your pictures in so many ways – cropping, re-sizing, re-positioning, aligning – with grid lines to make layouts easy and little or no guesswork.

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Wardrobe Challenge – Days 11-19

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Still going strong with my goal of a new outfit each day using garments and accessories I already own. It’s so much fun to have something new to wear without spending a dime.  And I’m rediscovering old favorites that I’d been overlooking just because of sheer laziness.  Here are nine more combinations and the lessons I’m learning from this exercise.

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Wardrobe Challenge – Days 20-28

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Evan as a professional, I’m learning a lot about my own wardrobe by pushing myself to build new combination and by snapping selfies of how they turn out.  For one thing, I’m more fully appreciating value of owning mostly solid garments – they have lots more mix/match versatility than print/plaid/stripe pieces.  And there’s also the wonderful way accessories can change the mood of a look.  Adding a necklace or scarf immediately elevates a look from just garments to “style”.  And changing the shoe choice can make the very same garment combo feel significantly more casual or polished.  Here are some…

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Resolution: Saved by a Single-Edged Razor Blade

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Maybe I’m just sensitive, but a scratchy label is enough to keep me from enjoying a garment.  Even when I occasionally buy a prestige brand, the ego stroke isn’t enough to overcome the annoyance of that darned label. But I’ve ruined a few garments by cutting the fabric instead of the thread when removing a label.  Then a professional seamstress showed me this trick.

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Wardrobe Challenge: Shop in Your Closet

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It’s embarrassing to admit, but it’s true: I am just about the laziest person you can imagine when it comes to my wardrobe.  I get stuck in a rut – wearing the same few outfits over and over while lots of other great options hang in my closet.  I’ve identified two causes.  (1). Sometimes an item that would make a new combination needs some little fix-it before it is ready to wear.  And (2). I just don’t push myself to think past those tried-and-true combos.  For 2019 I’m resolving to blast past both of those barriers:

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