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!

Great Style News for Triangle Bodies

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This falls into the “don’t knock it if your haven’t tried it” category, but the trend toward shorter jackets is a huge boon to women with lower body dominant shapes. To me, the value of following trends is simply to know when the things that most flatter you are readily available for you to buy.  Many women think in terms of covering up broader hips (or any other feature they don’t particularly like) BUT in truth, if you draw attention elsewhere, nobody will notice those so-called flaws anyway.  Here are multiple reasons why you might want to embrace this trend…

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Finding Flattering Pants

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Many women struggle to find pants that are a great fit — more than just “they’ll zip”.  And it’s often because they don’t understand the criteria that define flattering fit in the first place.  Know this: You may not find perfection right off the rack.   A well-fitted pant starts with the right style for your body type and ends with strategic alterations and the perfect length.  Let’s make this the year for your best-fitting pants ever …

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Snowed in and Sewing

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With an unusual number of snow days this month  I’ve used stuck-at-home time to dig into some sewing projects  piled  up in the creative part of my brain.  These choices – or course – relate to my own cool and high-contrast coloring, my short, hourglass body and classic personal style.  But I hope they’ll give you some ideas to adapt for your own personal characteristics.

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“Sage” Advice for Creative Mix/Match

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One of the most versatile neutrals – a graceful substitute for bright white – is pale sage green.  If I’ve developed a personalized Color Fan for you there is a good chance you’ll find a version of this color on your PN  (pale neutrals) strip.   It can be ridiculously difficult to find, but this season Chicos has an assortment of tops in this great coordinate color.  Here’s a sampling – plus ideas for mixing and matching this nearly-universal color …

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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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