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!

Masks and Makeup Choices

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It appears we’ll be wearing masks for months into the future, so let’s do it with intention.  Some like to use a mask as a mini-billboard for their social justice cause.  Others want to match a mask to their outfit of the day.   I like the subtle approach – a plain mask that blends with the natural color of my client’s face.  And I have a favorite now lip stain that won’t come off on a mask.  Read on …

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Making the Most of Markdowns.

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YOU ARE WORTH FULL PRICE  I consistently see women’s closets full of item after item that they insist was “such a bargain I couldn’t pass it up” … and the tag is still on the garment to prove it.  I love a deal too – but at any price, it’s only a deal if the item is right for YOU and your wardrobe…

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Crazy for Cardigans

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I’m practically obsessed with cardigans these days.  They polish an outfit without looking stuffy or feeling as confining as a jacket.  Worn unbuttoned (and would you really wear one any other way?) they create an elongated, sleek silhouette.  They give you 3-piece-combo options that multiply your mix-match exponentially. They span seasons, taking your summer garments into cooler weather.  The fit is less precise, so shopping online for them isn’t such a gamble. And some great ones are on crazy sales right now, so it’s time to stock up – selectively, of course.

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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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