Strategic Style

Welcome

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.

I believe it is the clothes’ responsibility to make you look good  -- not the other way around.  Each woman looks her personal best in clothes and accessories that have “points of connection” to her.  The more characteristics that exist in common between you and the things you wear, the more fabulous you will look. Your stuff will look more fabulous too, based on the design principle of repetition.

And things that connect with you will also connect with one another, right?  So you quickly develop more mix-and-match than you ever thought possible.  Shop less, spend less (or at least not any more) and feel great about how you look every day.

Then you can put wardrobe worries on the back burner where they belong, and march out the door every day with confidence to play your valuable role in the world – whatever that happens to be.  Welcome aboard!

Sheer Summer Toppers

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Kimono-style toppers in sheer fabrics and striking prints are a classic look that is especially on-trend this summer and likley to continue into cooler months.  They add pizzazz to various combinations of solid-color separates.  And they camouflage a multitude of “middle management” issues.

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Calibrating Your Visual Message

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This video commentary about the wardrobes of female presidential candidates has lots of thought-provoking advice for the rest of us too.  Whether you’re running for office, making a business presentation,  leading a Sunday School discussion or PTA meeting, soliciting  good service from a store clerk or just hanging out with friends, I’m betting you want to be regarded with respect and have your input taken seriously in discussions. Designer Nina McLemore shared some tips with NBC News … and I have a few “Yes, but …” additions to the discussion

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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 can 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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Match Your Shoes Contest

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PatternReview.com is kicking off a contest to make an outfit to coordinated with a pair of shoes.  After looking a about a zillion pairs of multi-colored, embellished shoes that I could coordinate with, I realized that I’m not a person who wears embellished, statement clothes. (UPDATE: My green dress took 2nd place in the reader voting.  So honored!  Love how these contest deadlines get projects off my to-d0 list and into my closet.)

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Instant Wardrobe Update: Accessorize!

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Accessories are the icing on your wardrobe cake.  They add polish to any look – casual, career or cocktail. They adapt the mood of your clothes to the occasion at hand.  They provide clues to your inherent personality.  And they also tell everyone what part of your body they should focus on and what parts you’d prefer they skim right over.  Here are some tips to consider as you make you accessory choices each morning.

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