Strategic Style

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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!

Style Stretching Strategies: Color Columns

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I recently summarized my favorite wardrobe tricks to describe the strategy behind a 10-piece collection in brown and plum that I added to my own wardrobe. Then I realized I haven’t ever itemized them succinctly on this blog.  So here goes … Trick #1 is building color columns.  In a client’s key neutral colors, I try to add a color-matched top with every bottom.  Even better – two different bottoms, an under-layer top and over-layer top all in that neutral.  Watch the magic those pieces can do …

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Style Stretching Strategies: Reversibles

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Nothing says “double duty” like garments that are actually reversible.  And you may have reversibles hanging in your own closet and now even recognize them …

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Style Stretching Strategies: Over/Unders

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Another way to get more bang for your wardrobe buck is to include garments that can be worn both as an Under-layer and an Over-layer depending on the outfit.  Here’s how those dual-duty pieces can work in your closet …

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Style Stretching Strategies: Two-fers

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A “two-fer” is a pair of garments in the same fabric and/or color that can be worn as a set or separated and worn with other pieces to create a range of outfit options.  If the color or pattern looks great on you one way, it will logically look equally good in other ways, right?

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Style Stretching Strategies: Color Links

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“Everything goes with Black”  — or so we’re told by many so-called style gurus.  But the truth is that within any woman’s range of mountain-top best colors, nearly everything goes with everything.  We just haven’t been taught to see the possibilities.  Links are a great way to get started …

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