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…)

Resolutions: Saved by a Sharpie

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As I was checking the wearability of every item in my closet I noticed that several favorite shoes were scuffed in the toe area.  Not ready to kiss them good-bye, but not willing to wear them that way either, it dawned on me that a felt marker could be an instant repair tool.  The black ones were easy – I had black markers on hand.

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Stretched-Out Sweater Shoulders?

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This luxurious, weighty, off-red cardigan and matching shell followed me home from my favorite ReSale Shop – if you’re a St Louis gal you know the one – but it had a problem.  The weight of the  knit caused the shoulder area to stretch completely out of shape from the hanger.  Fortunately there’s an easy fix – one you can use when you have this same problem.

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Shop Smart: 1 New Sweater Set = 29 New Outfits

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My rule for a new item is that it has to work at least 3 ways with garments I already own.  The red color family is magic that way.  Whether your best “red” is the classic bright one, a softer pink version,  more rusty/peachy, or somewhere in the middle, it will work with nearly any neutral in your closet. I made 29 new outfits from this set …

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One Pattern – Many Looks

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Half the fun of sewing is customizing a basic pattern to your own style, so when  PatternReview.com announced a contest for variations on a single pattern I  jumped in.  It was great fun getting to play designer and my sweet husband was happy to play fashion photographer. My starting point was a basic sheath dress (McCall 6920) fitted with shoulder princess seams.  Here are the looks I created …

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Classic Variation – Brown Ponte Sheath

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This is more detailed look at one of my three dress variations for the PatternReview.com contest.  Starting from my favorite sheath dress pattern — McCalls 6920 —  I wanted to create a classic dress I can wear for professional networking events, presentation and civic engagement activities.  I’ve been wanting to make a blush ponte jacket to wear over brown separates that I already have.  I planned to wear that outfit with this great reptile patterned shoe that I ordered online when  was stuck overnight in an airport.

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