Strategic Style

Welcome

Welcome to my Strategic Style blog.  You’ll find it’s different from most fashion writing in the blogosphere.  It doesn’t feature pictures of how great I look in the hottest new trends for the season. In fact this blog isn’t about ME at all.

It’s about YOU and the other slightly imperfect women who populate the real world.  I call it “Strategic Style” because 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…)

Mother/Daughter Mini-Makeover

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What a great birthday surprise:  One cool Atlanta mom recently flew her adult daughter from New York City to St Louis for a girls’ getaway weekend and mystery birthday surprise –  a color consult and mini-makeover.  A couple of things that came up in that session might apply in your life too.

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More Scarf Design Adventures

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Here’s another set of colorways my scarf supplier sent me to evaluate.  Often their designers put warm color motifs on cool backgrounds and the reverse.  Check out these combinations an my comments and see what you think.  Which ones do you like best?  Which do you think would be top sellers?

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Adventures in Scarf Print Design

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For the last couple of years – due to some import issues – all the companies that made the satin stripe scarves just quit making them.  They are a nearly magical link for building client outfits – so I really missed them. GOOD NEWS:  one of my suppliers has solved the mysterious  issue and is back in the game.  And when I called to say how pleased I was, he surprisingly asked me to advise them on print designs and colorways.  Trying to put into words exactly the things that make a good print turned out to be tougher than…

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Courtney’s Capsule Wardrobe

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It’s always fun to see how my readers, viewers and class participants put the information to work in their own closets.  Courtney is a textbook example of designing a wardrobe capsule.  When she discovered that we lived in the same city – St. Louis – she drove right over, fabric shopped in my basement workroom and is now sharing the results with all of us.

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Oh, Honey … it’s YOU! And other more effective compliments.

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“I’m getting so many compliments on my new look!  Can you do a blog post on the best way to respond?” That’s one of the nicest requests I could hear from a client, so thank-you to the reader who asked. And yes, of course, I have some thoughts on the subject of receiving a compliment graciously.  And some thoughts on giving the best compliments too.  

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