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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.

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!

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 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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I Love a Color That Doesn’t Love Me Back

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Just got this question from a viewer of my Bluprint video class* on wardrobe development and thought it might apply to lots of folks.   “Nancy, I probably like colors that don’t look good on me, such as clear, intense reads and blues. Can I still look good in them if I keep them far from my face, such as in a skirt or pants?”

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Fashion Formulas – Making Style Simple

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I was kvetching (complaining) to a friend the other day that I seem to buy, sew and wear the same things over and over.  Then I suddenly realized that’s not a bad thing!  We all have certain colors, styles, etc. that look best on us — so why would we choose less-enhancing ones just for the sake of variety?  Let’s stop thinking of it as “being in a rut” and think of it as “finding my groove”.  I’ll show you mine if you’ll reply and show me yours …

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Brown Coordinates for Cooler Coloring

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At a recent ASG event,  a woman with beautiful dark brown hair like this asked how she could wear her Key Neutral – chocolate brown – in combinations that didn’t get too warm and Autumn-y (which she was certainly NOT).  I often get this question from people who asume that only the warmest accent colors work with brown.  So I put together some samples of fabrics and accessory combination to accomplish that goal.  Whether you sew your wardrobe or buy ready-made, these combos should provide inspiration for all brunettes to walk away from a steady diet of black, black and…

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More Brown-Based Wardrobe Mixes …

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As I was putting away the accessories from the chocolate brown mix-and-match photos, I spotted even more coordinate options. It really does happen that everything that works together, works together – odd as that sounds.  With so many combinations, she can be the best-dressed woman in the group every day.  Somebody’s got to do it, right?

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