Strategic Style

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Welcome to "Strategic Style".  It’s different from most fashion blogs.  It doesn’t feature pictures of how great I look in the hottest new trends for the season. Although I sometimes use my own wardrobe as an example, this blog isn’t really about ME at all. It’s about YOU. It teaches how classic design principles can guide you to wardrobe choices that showcase the things that are fabulous about you.  That knowledge lets you shop strategically, dress effortlessly and feel confident about your appearance no matter your lifestyle, age, size or budget. (more…)

Wardrobe Challenge – Day 39-48

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Yep … still going.  And loving it!  It’s fun to see how my basic bottoms and shells keep repeating with various over-layers  and accessories making the difference.  And then the over-layers cycle back again over other bottoms.  Seeing the photos and actually wearing  the combos helps me evaluate the items in a much more intelligent way that just laying them out on the bed or putting them on a dress form.  Here are some of the things I learned – hope they are helpful for your own mix/match efforts …

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Do Your Pants Need Tapering? Here’s the Test

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As part of my personal wardrobe challenge, I found myself one day in a fun pair of black and white tweed pants  that I hadn’t been wearing because I thought they’d be too tight.  They weren’t, actually, and with a bright top and black faux leather jacket – created a fun look.  But I felt chunky in the outfit, and it took me a while to figure out why.  Then I did the Taper Test … and you an do it too.

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Shaped Jacket Styling for Short-Waisted Bodies

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Hourglass bodies look their best in styles that allude to their waistline curve.  But when the distance from waist to shoulder of the garment doesn’t match that dimension of the woman’s body the results can be pretty awful, as these pictures clearly illustrate.  It can easily become what I call the “link-sausage approach to fashion”…

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Boxy Top Made More Body-Conscious (No Sewing Required)

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I sewed this teal top (Pamela’s Patterns #119) because I loved the asymmetrical neckline design and thought it was a great way to showcase an interesting piece of jewelry.  Maybe you have a similar tunic silhouette in your own closet – custom made or ready-to-wear. Cabi  (a RTW line often featured in my posts) offers similar styles nearly every season.  It is comfy as can be, but felt a little too unstructured for my curvy shape.  Hair scrunchie to the rescue! 

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“Make” a New Necklace to Fit Your Neckline

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You know that frustrating thing when the “perfect” necklace for an outfit doesn’t quite work with the shape of the neckline?  It can be surprisingly easy to modify.  I loved this golden-oldie strand of teal and black beads to link my teal top to black leggings, but its length wasn’t right to fit into the neck opening. Doubling it seemed like the logical solution, but that still wasn’t short enough …

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