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…)

In Praise of Pantyhose … or Not

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I’m well aware that certain designers and stylists heavily promote the idea that panty hose are the worst thing that ever happened and no woman should ever wear them.  If you actually agree with that, I’m not about to argue that you should do otherwise.  But if you are just being pressured into following this “new rule”,   here are a few good reasons to think the opposite as well as some alternatives.

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How to Tie Silky Square Scarves

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We LOVE LOVE LOVE scarves for the way they add pizzazz to any look and link unexpected color combination into congruent outfits.   A new (revived) addition to the scarf scene lately is the 26-28″ silky square – bigger than the bandana size,  but smaller than the shawl. We just added some great ones to our web store.   These are typically designed with a center motif and decorative border, so the ideal ways to tie them showcase both elements.  Here are four options for you to try …

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Challenge 77-85 – Prints Point to New Possibilities

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A  great print garment or scarf can often be the inspiration for combining solid garments in new ways.  Just yesterday I began a client’s closet consultation with a purge of her scarves, keeping only the ones that were her best colors, scale and contrast level.  After we weeded out her garments in the same way, we used the scarves to point her toward some great outfit possibilities she had never spotted before.  Here’s how that same concept applied in my personal closet …

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Challenge 67-76 – Outfits Outside of the Box

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This week I’ve pushed myself to think outside the box … pulling into service some of the pieces I think are cute, but just never reach for in the morning.  But after all, that was the point of this challenge in the first place.  It’s so easy to get lazy and just “always wear what I always wear”.  Read on to see some examples of stretching my conservative, classic comfort zone a little bit …

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Wardrobe Challenge 58-66 – Still Going …

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Still building new combinations — and really appreciating the versatility of solid-color garments and the importance of accessories to add polish to an outfit and to increase or decrease the dressiness of a combo.  Just the change from a sleek to a chunky shoe or from a silky scarf to a crinkle gauze one can entirely redefine the mood of an outfit and make it right for a different occasion.

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