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!

New Concept for Coordination

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A recent contest on Pattern Review.com made me appreciate a new way to make the most of a wardrobe – mine or a client’s. Whether you sew your clothes, buy ready-to-wear, or mix the two, I think you’ll enjoy playing this game yourself – especially if you need a little emotional boost to handle the prospect of more weeks of stay-at-home.

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Casual Jackets = Practical Poise

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Whether you want a jacket for variable temperatures or to polish your look on seemingly endless ZOOM calls for your career or community leadership roles, today’s world seems to call for something other than a traditional tailored look.  Here are two terrific options:

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Comfy Needn’t Mean Dumpy

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Working from home allows many of us to forego “dressing up” in favor of more comfy attire these days.  But – for our professional image or just our positive sense of self – staying in jammies all day probably isn’t the best choice.  Here are some cozy items that can look good while they feel good.  Plus they are on crazy markdown pricing and will carry seamlessly into cooler months ahead, so now is a good time to invest.

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Wardrobe update for those new “silver highlights”

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In the past few months, lots of cool brunettes have been discovering – and often celebrating – the un-pigmented strands of hair they have long been coloring over.   If you are one with this wonderfully mixed hair color, consider shifting your Key Neutral to taupe ( a grayed brown … or a brown-y gray, whichever way you want to think of it).  Taupe is a sophisticated, complex, Armani-type neutral that looks great on women with color patterns like this: 

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Great Buys on Great Hues

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After months of intermittent store closures, it’s no surprise to see huge mark-downs on women’s Spring/Summer clothing.  And many of us are more than ready for a wardrobe refresh.  But shelter-at-home has convinced  us that we don’t need MORE clothes; we need the RIGHT clothes.  Here’s my first round of picks …

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