Strategic Style

Welcome

Welcome to “Strategic Style”.  It’s different from most fashion blogs.  It doesn’t feature pictures of how great I look in the hottest new trends for the season. Although I sometimes use my own wardrobe as an example, this blog isn’t really about ME at all.

It’s about YOU. 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…)

Casual Variation – Color-Blocked Gray Dress

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I’ve often joked in workshops about building an outfit around a great zipper color — but this time a really did exactly that.  I found an amazing zipper source on a recent NYC trip (Botani Trims – 263 W 36th – find them online if you can’t visit in person).  I bought a teal separating zip, intending to use it as a closure for a teal ponte cardigan jacket, extending the zipper teeth as a piping along the V neckline.  Bet you can already guess that the cardigan hasn’t happened yet, so the zip inspired a teal and gray color-blocked…

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Cocktail Variation – Winter White Sheath

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My third variation for the Pattern Review contest took my basic sheath pattern in a dressier direction, pairing winter white ponte knit with a set of 4 black lace motifs I’ve had on hand for a long time.  Of course – and you may be sensing a theme here – I had a project in mind for them:  A white quilted-look knit  Chanel-shaped jacket with a variety of embellishments. Not only had that project never happened, but I have the same motifs in white and the same quilted knit in black, so I can still actualize that concept when the…

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Tips for Tapering

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Despite what you may have heard on TV makeover shows, tapering is an almost sure-fire way to make you figure look more sleek and trim.  This optical illusion will help you understand exactly why …

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A New Concept for Closet Clean-outs

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Last weekend I was doing a Color Certainty consultation and closet clean-out with a new client  — an artist, a fan of vintage designer garments and a sewing enthusiast with exquisite skills.  She had a personal story behind every item in her closets and drawers … each one was like a dear friend, and letting even one of them go was obviously stressful, a bit frightening, even painful. It quickly became obvious that the normal culling process just wasn’t going to work for her.  And since the so many of her pieces were too bright and cool for her slightly…

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One Fall Trend With the Lifespan of a Classic

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Most trends these days are so extreme that they have about a 30-minute lifespan before starting to look dated. But one item coming to the fashion forefront for Fall ’18 is already a classic.  Skin prints are always on the style radar, but this year they are much more that a blip.  And embracing the trend – even in small ways – can give your classic garments a bit of added edge.  Even if you think you aren’t an animal print type … check this out.

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