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!

Silver Linings in Social Isolation

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These are scary times – disease, financial stress and isolation can be a toxic mix.  My friends in social work and mental health fields remind us that, much as we want to help those in tougher situations,  “you can’t pour from an empty pitcher”.  Self-care is a critical part of  our response to Coronovirus.  Here are  10 practices that are helping me, and I hope you’ll share the things that are keeping you on an even keel too …

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Closet Cleanout? Now Do the Donations Right

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Lots of closets are getting cleaned out during this shelter-at-home period.  But now what are you going to do with those discards?  The good news is that many non-profits – the organizations that will do great things to help in the recovery –  derive a big percentage of their operating budgets from sponsoring resale stores.  So you can make a meaningful contribution to your own community without spending a dime. But please don’t  just drop it all on their doorstep Day 1 after quarantine ends.  You have time now to sort and prioritize those items.  So here’s a better idea…

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Continuing Quarantine Couture …

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As quarantine continues, our family is grateful for personal health and safety … and I’m clinging to my wardrobe challenge as a mental health practice – keeping my mind occupied and my hands (mostly) out of the cookie jar.  Hope you’re seeing how owning good solid-color basics and sticking to a consistent color range produce wardrobe magic.  Are you finding the same in your closet?

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Stitching in Seclusion

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Isolated by the COVID outbreak, I’ve resolved to sew a garment each day using only materials I have on hand.  (In addition, of course, to making protective gear to donate.) Do I really need new clothes right now?  Of course not!.  But I DO need the mental health benefits of exercising my creativity,  focusing on a project and comparing tips with a community of like-minded women. Even if you don’t sew, you’ll learn from the wardrobe rationale of these garment choices.

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Color of the Year – Classic Blue – To Buy or Sew Yourself

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Each year the Pantone color institute designates one color they feel really expresses the essence of the year and will be trending strongly in apparel.  This year’s choice is Classic Blue, a clear true royal softened just slightly.  If it’s a favorite for you – as it is for me – you should find a wide seletion of items featuring it.  One of my favorites is the grouping Talbot’s is doing with O Magazine as a fundraiser for Dress For Success.

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