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!

Color-Based Capsule Wardrobes

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Rachel asked – during a VIRTUAL Style School session – if she could build a capsule wardrobe grouping around a fashion color instead of a traditional neutral.  Of course she can – and so can you.  It may not be quite as versatile, but it still work fabulously.  Here’s an example I shared with the class …

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Trend-tracking in a Pandemic: Wear? Or Be-ware?

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Wardrobe building is a long-term effort – watching for your most flattering colors and styles to cycle into the stores.  Seasonal trends define what will be available in coming months  – often at tempting markdowns as retail disruption continues.  So here are some tips to help you spot the ones that are worth investing in now and the ones to avoid – so you’ll be stylish – not dated – when “shelter at home” is a thing of the past.

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Stress? What Stress…

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Even before COVID, social unrest, forest fires, and hurricanes  —  94% of us were already experiencing stress. Now with isolation, kids and spouses in “our” space and safety concerns —  it can be tempting to hide under the bed and watch cat videos.  To help you move from chaos to control, here are some easy tips to help control your stress.

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10-Piece Coordinate Contest

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“Most pieces go with most other pieces” is my standard criteria for a versatile wardrobe capsule. Then the sewing website PatternReview.com announced the 2020 Wardrobe Contest – 10 pieces including one accessory — and EVERYTHING has to go with EVERYTHING else – geez!  Still I knew I had to give it a shot…

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A Moment of Enjoyment: Timeless Style

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In case we need more proof that Style can be timeless, I thought you’d enjoy these images of garments by Kenzo Takada, the truly iconic Japanese designer who died of COVID-19 this week. They span nearly 50 years, but any one of them would be a stunning choice today – on the right woman, of course.  Scroll down for a few moment of sheer beauty …

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