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!

How NOT to Break Style “Rules”

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The idea of style “rules” is silly, but a recent post on a famous trend-focused fashion blog gave me heartburn by suggesting that the looks below prove that style guidelines – in this case advice from Vogue editor Anna Wintour – could be “broken” with impunity.  Interested to hear what you think …

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DON’T “Kondo” Your Closet

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It’s New Year’s Resolution time .. and closet clean-outs are high on many to-do lists.  Despite all the buzz about the Kondo method, it probably isn’t the ideal way to tackle your wardrobe.  I’m certainly not opposed to purging.  But plenty of things that don’t set your heart aflutter with joy can still be valuable parts of your ideal wardrobe.  Let me explain …

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Picking & Pairing Impactful Prints

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Since I’ve been teaching about print selection – and especially since my article on the topic for Threads magazine – I’ve realized that my own wardrobe was the opposite of most of my clients’.  The typical client’s closet has too many prints; my closet actually had very, very few.  I’ve worked to add more patterned pieces.  Here’s the result — and the reasoning behind each one …

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Closet Storage Hacks

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Your closet – maybe newly purged for the New Year – can serve you even better with these sneaky storage ideas, all of them bargain-priced and some of them entirely FREE:

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Smarter Online Shopping

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Point.  Click.  Easy.  That is … until the item arrives and it isn’t the color you thought it would be.  Or the fabric feels sleazy.  Or it’s itchy or it doesn’t fit right.  Then there’s the paperwork and the return trip to the Post Office and you’re back at Square One.  There has to be a better way.  Here’s my answer:

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