Strategic Style

Welcome

Welcome to my Strategic Style blog.  You’ll find it’s different from most fashion writing in the blogosphere.  It doesn’t feature pictures of how great I look in the hottest new trends for the season. In fact this blog isn’t about ME at all.

It’s about YOU and the other slightly imperfect women who populate the real world.  I call it “Strategic Style” because 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…)

Allergic to Metal Jewelry?

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A recent post about necklaces prompted a few reader questions about how to use those concepts if a woman has an allergy to metals.  So I played around with my collection of pendant drops to find ways to wear them on something other than a traditional chain.

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Scarf Designs – Your Help Requested

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So many of you have commented on my scarf design “consulting” project – both in the comments section and in direct email messages – so I’d love to have your input for future seasons. 

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Do My Colors Change if My Hair Grays?

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I’ve had a number of questions lately about how the change in a woman’s hair color through the years affects the range of wardrobe colors that are her mountaintop best. Back in the old 4-Seasons days, we were taught that a woman’s color classification would never change through the course of her life.  “Once a Winter, always a Winter” was the mantra.  But how silly!  Of course things change.  Here’s how …

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Scarf Print Finalists

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Did you pick some favorites or suggest some improvements to the proposed scarf designs from my wholesale supplier that I shared on the blog a while back?  Well they sent me drawings of some of the designs in colorways they updated based on my input.  I’d be interested to hear what you think of these …

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Accessories Accelerate a Color Transition

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When Gretchen traveled from California to St Louis for a conference, she stayed over an extra day to fit in a color consultation.  She had already had her colors “done” multiple times, but felt they still weren’t quite right.  As a coach for high-level executives, she needs to quickly establish both respect and rapport and she sensed that color could contribute to both. (Whether you need to enhance trust and connection with a client, friend, spouse, boss or sales prospects, these same techniques can work for you.)

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