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…)

Amy’s Makeover

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Between the badly-fitted pants, the unstructured shoulder-line of the sweater and the unflattering colors, Amy wasn’t doing justice to her naturally lovely appearance.  The new chocolate pantsuit and blush-pink shell make her skin glow.  Professional tailoring narrowed the pant legs and jacket sleeves for a much more flattering fit.  She was so excited to show off her new look. that she could barely wait for us to take her “after” photo.

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Melissa’s Makeover

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Melissa’s too-long skirt, too-long sleeves and boxy shirt all dragged her look downward and the drab colors drained her. First we fitted the skirt properly, tucked in the shirt and pushed up the sleeves – an amazing difference in the same clothes.  The crisp contrast and shaped lines of the new pantsuit balance her color pattern and tastefully emphasize her shapely, youthful figure.  The same pant and shell get a casual but professional feeling with the sleek cardigan instead of the tailored jacket.  At work the next day, even her good friends walked right past and didn’t recognize her.

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Style Dilemma: How should I wear my new Infinity Scarf?

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Style Solution:  Try one of these easy techniques. An Infinity Scarf is essentially a tube of fabric.  Begin by folding the tube in half widthwise, creating a double-layer of fabric half the original width. Then fold again, creating a tube that is narrower yet. Drape the tube around your neck, hanging to the front (A).  Make a simple figure-8 twist in the hanging portion and bring it over your head to the back of your neck (B).  For a variation, lift the back section of one loop and drape it over your head as a hood (C).   Or bring…

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Style Dilemma: How can I get more mileage from the clothes I buy?

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Style Solution:  Plan your wardrobe in Capsule Groupings like these:   Mix-and-match groupings called “capsules” are the smart way to dress well on a budget. When each item in your wardrobe works at least 3 ways with other pieces, the results can be MAGIC. Check out these guidelines to get you get started.  Then scroll down to see some examples from the closets of real-life clients.

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Style Dilemma: I have some great scarves … and no idea how to tie them.

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Here are ten easy-to-tie and easy-to-wear variations for you to try.  Scarves are absolutely magic in your wardrobe, creating focal points far away from figure challenges and linking surprising colors into fashionable combinations. You can read the directions below, or watch the video version if you prefer. Before you wear a new scarf — regardless of how you plan to tie it — start by carefully cutting off the tag.  You’ll look far more fashionable.

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