Strategic Style

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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…)

Taming a Too-Large Print

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Print garments can be exciting additions to our wardrobes, but they can easily take over the entire look, leaving the individual woman pretty  much out of the picture.  This bold tropical print shell is a perfect example.  It’s colors make a lot of sense in my wardrobe, but it an easily become too much of a good thing and overpower me entirely.  Here are some tips to remedy that situation when it pops up on your own wardrobe:

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It’s Not Fashion if It Doesn’t Fit

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I often joke with workshop groups that the word “fit” doesn’t mean “I can zip it” or even “it’s the right size”.  True FIT has a lot more nuance.  “Fit” skims your shape without hugging, but without excess bulk either.  “Fit” means the garment itself and it’s various elements — sleeves as well as hemlines — end at flattering positions on your body.  “Fit” is unlikely to exist in a garment right off the rack, without a few strategic tweaks.  And those tweaks can make a world of difference. Just check out this example …

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Sneaky Fix-It In a Bottle

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The recent post about fixing marred leather goods with a felt marker got a ton of reader responses (almost as many as the item I posted last year about showing up at an event wearing my dress inside-out.)  Many of you had your own stories and tips to share.  A few days ago a reader approached me at a birthday party and shared this clever fix-it …

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Wardrobe Challenge 29-38 – What I Wore and What I l Learned

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This group of mixed-and-matched outfits takes us well into February. You’ll quickly see that I haven’t gotten any better at taking selfies.  But I’m learning a lot about my clothes and accessories – hope you are having a similar experiences mixing and matching in your own wardrobe.  It’s fun to re-discover old favorites, and equally worthwhile to identify things that just don’t work  and need to be updated, or cycled out, and in some cases replaced.

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The Easy Way to Make a Style Collage

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Quite a few readers have emailed, asking how to create a collage of their outfit photos.  There are many ways to do that with specialty programs and apps, but my favorite, easy way uses  plain old Powerpoint.  Within that one program you can manipulate your pictures in so many ways – cropping, re-sizing, re-positioning, aligning – with grid lines to make layouts easy and little or no guesswork.

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