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!

Elevating a Bargain Blazer

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Yesterday – at Chico’s checking out pieces I thought might work for some clients – I spotted this cream/black/tan tweed jacket (one of my signature styles) marked down to a ridiculous $19.95. (I know it isn’t technically a blazer, but I loved the alliteration, sorry!)  I tried it in several sizes before settling on the Petite version.  But …

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Metallic Magic

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If your optimal metal choice is silver,  any gold trim on a shoe or purse would be out of sync with your jewelry or the colors in your wardrobe.  It’s easy enough to change a wrong button, but you can’t change accessory hardware.  But there is an answer …

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Preview an Online Purchase

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Another Style School participant pointed out that my demo technique for the class could work perfectly for “trying on” potential online purchases.  Just copy/paste your own face photo into a Powerpoint slide and add the purchase you’re considering.

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Update: from Basic to Bravo!

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Last week I challenged each participant in my VIRTUAL Style School to put together an outfit demonstrating a technique they had learned in the class thus far.  This class member realized that her dress color was too pale to balance her stronger personal color pattern. Any of the deeper colors swatched along the left side of the image would be better.

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Two Tiny Style Tips

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I occasionally spot creative ideas from retailer and clients – things that seem to small for an entire blog post, but that I still imagine you would enjoy.  Little “stocking stuffer”  tidbits, if you will.  Here is a quick sampling:

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