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!

Pale Pink – of All Things – Gets an Autumn Flavor

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The whole pink family — light to darker —  is a fashion favorite at the moment, and its versatility makes it a favorite every season for me and for my client work.  We don’t typically think of this blush tone as a cool-weather option, but just see how beautifully it really can work …

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Updating for Fall – Jade Green Cardigan

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Still playing paper dolls – this time with a feather-weight jade green swing cardigan that I”m carrying forward for Fall.  This colorway — first cousin of teal/turquoise blues – is flattering to nearly everyone, although women with paler coloring may prefer a toned-down version. Here are some lessons from mix/matching it …

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Happy Summer Legs & Feet

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Summer brings some special challenges for looking good and feeling comfortable in our shoes – especially after a year or more of mostly being home in our bunny slippers.  “Real” shoes – open toes, sling backs and bare sandals – all elongate our legs by leaving more skin visible.  But they can rub uncomfortably, and they often mean we won’t be smoothing our leg color with  hosiery. Here are some tips to solve those problems and step out in style this summer:

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How to Tie an Up-sized Scarf

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Our new collections of super-sized rayon scarves are the perfect accessory to update your Summer wardrobe.  You’ve asked for suggestions on fun ways to wear them, so here are some of my favorites  …

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(Almost) Instant Kimono – Here’s How …

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With the most basid sewing skills you can turn a 72×44″ scarf into a stylish kimonio … and still wear it as a scarf on another day.

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