Strategic Style

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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!

New Concept for Coordination

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A recent contest on Pattern Review.com gave me a new way to make the most of a wardrobe – mine or a client’s. Whether you sew your clothes, buy ready-to-wear or mix the two, I think you’ll enjoy playing this game yourself – especially if you need a little emotional boost to handle the prospect of more weeks of stay-at-home.

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Wardrobe update for those new “silver highlights”

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In the past few months, lots of cool brunettes have been discovering – and often celebrating – the un-pigmented strands of hair they have long been coloring over.   If you are one with this wonderfully mixed hair color, consider shifting your Key Neutral to taupe ( a grayed brown … or a brown-y gray, whichever way you want to think of it).  Taupe is a sophisticated, complex, Armani-type neutral that looks great on women with color patterns like this: 

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Great Buys on Great Hues

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After months of intermittent store closures, it’s no surprise to see huge mark-downs on women’s Spring/Summer clothing.  And many of us are more than ready for a wardrobe refresh.  But shelter-at-home has convinced  us that we don’t need MORE clothes; we need the RIGHT clothes.  Here’s my first round of picks …

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Breaking the “Rules” & Getting Away With It

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I’m pretty much a maverick – not a fan of rules at all – especially when it comes to styling my clients and myself.  I seldom even use the word, preferring to think in terms of “guidelines” instead.  Even so, when this dress violated every principle I usually follow, I wanted to identify the loopholes that made it work …

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Dresses Worn 3 Ways

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My wardrobe strategy – for myself and for every client – is that each new item work in at least 3 combinations with existing pieces.  Solid separates function easily in this system, provided they are chosen in a unified color theme.  But what about one-piece dresses? That’s where accessories come into play – making the same garment feel dressier or more casual.  Experimenting with new looks is a great spirit-booster during a quarantine. Here are some examples of variations I created …

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