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!

More & More Warm-Weather Solutions

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The weather has been utterly unpredictable in the Midwest, so I’ve been creating combos for warmer and cooler days.  I hope you’re learning some tricks to help you make the best use of the items in YOUR closet…

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Matchey-Matchey Combos Extend Wardrobe Options

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There’s absolute magic in building wardrobe versatility with pairs of matching  pieces.  So when my favorite sewing site – PatternReview.com – introduced a contest based on matching pieces I couldn’t resist jumping in.  Whether you sew or not, I think you’ll find some inspiration for your own closet in the results …

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More Warm-Weather Combos & Why They Work

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I really AM enjoying my warmer-weather clothes, once I put my mind to it.  Check out the next 4 days of outfits created from garments & accessories already in my closet.  I hope they’ll inspire you to do the same …

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Outfit Challenge: I Don’t Like Summer Clothes

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I’m really a cold weather girl.  And I really like fall and winter clothes.  Summer clothes – not so much.  So I challenged myself – starting April 1 (no fooling) to enjoy my warm weather wardrobe more by putting together a different combination of the garments every day for as long as I could manage without repeating an outfit…

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Double Denim – On Trend Again!

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After years of being reviled as a “Canadian Tuxedo” the idea of mixing denim pieces within an outfit is not only acceptable, but a leading trend for Spring ’24.  And it’s a look that you can easily create with pieces you already own.  Here are some guidelines to make it work …

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