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!

Dive Into Dyeing

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As we increase our understanding of the environmental impact of wardrobe waste, we are looking for best ways to  Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.  Dyeing some of our current clothes to new, more flattering colors is one great way to head down the Re-use path, and it’s actually a lot of fun too.  Be aware that dyeing can be a little bit iffy – but if the item is one you aren’t going to wear in the current color you really have nothing to lose right?

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Editing Yvonne’s Creative Closet

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Every closet audit is exciting in its own way.  And the more a client’s personal characteristics and wardrobe tastes differ from my own, the more of an adventure the process becomes – at least for me.  So when Yvonne brought me to her lovely home in Nashville to help refine her extensive collection of artisinal garments and accessories it was certainly an adventure, with ideas we can all learn from.

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Yvonne’s First Week After “Wardrobe Apocalypse”

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Yvonne wisely undertook her major wardrobe overhaul while her Mr. Wonderful was out of town, and by the time he returned she had accomplished some serious reorganizing.  You can see pictures of her new purchases and her newly ordered closet below …

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The Benefits of Blush – the Color That Is …

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Today at an all-day leadership training session, 5 of the female participants were wearing variations of the soft neutral, blush pink that makes Caucasian skin tones positively glow.  This fresh color is a wonderful substitute for ordinary white blouses and T shirts and mixes with nerly any neutral – black, brown, navy, taupe and sage green for example.   Each woman personalized the blush to flatter her individual color pattern.  Here are three of them …

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Purging Yvonne’s Fabric Stash

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Even though Yvonne had barely sewn a stitch for nearly 20 years, that didn’t stop her from buying fabric.  Sound familiar anyone?  Now that a lifestyle change has her focused on using her sewing skills toward a wardrobe update, one big question is “which fabrics  do I tackle first”.  Take a look at how we narrowed down to her first 30 – yes thirty! – pieces to add to her closet.

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