Strategic Style

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Welcome to "Strategic Style".  Unlike most fashion blogs. it doesn’t spotlight how great I look in the hottest seasonal trends. I occasionally use my clothes as examples, but this blog isn’t about ME - or about trends either.

It’s about YOU, and classic design principles to determine wardrobe choices that showcase the fabulous things  about you.  Then you'll shop strategically, dress effortlessly and feel confident about your appearance no matter your lifestyle, age, size or budget.

It is the clothes’ responsibility to make YOU look good  -- not the other way around.  You'll look  best in clothes and accessories that have “points of connection” to you.  The more characteristics in common between you and your clothes, the more fabulous you'll look. Your stuff will look classier too, based on that repetition.

Things that connect with you also connect with one another, creating more mix-and-match than you ever imagined.  Shop less, spend less and feel great about how you look every day. Put wardrobe issues on the back burner and head out the door every day with confidence to play your special role in the world!   Welcome aboard!

The Real Skinny on Dressing Slim – Part 9 – Knit Jackets

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From the list of 100 Ways to Look Fat: Baloney Concept #9 – Knit Jackets make you look fat.  What does that even mean?? There are so many different knit fabrics and so many different jackets made from them that you can’t make any general statement that includes all of them.  So let’s explore the two components separately.

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The Real Skinny on Dressing Slim – Part 7 – Jumpsuits

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From the list of 100 Ways to Look Fat: Baloney Concept #7 – Jumpsuits make you look fat.  That’s nuts! A jumpsuit – a hot trend right now – may or may not be your look.  Don’t write it off if you haven’t tried it. And certainly don’t say “NO” just because somebody told you it will make you look fat.

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The Real Skinny on Dressing Slim – Part 6 – Plaids

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From the list of 100 Ways to Look Fat: Baloney Concept #6 – “Plaids make you look fat.” – NOT ALL OF THEM! Just like with prints, a big bold, bright, high-contrast plaid commands all the attention in an outfit and can make the part of your body it covers look heavier.  But that doesn’t mean you need to avoid all plaids all the time.

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The Real Skinny on Dressing Slim – Part 5 – Turtleneck Tops

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From the list of 100 Ways to Look Fat: Baloney Concept #5 – “Bright turtlenecks make you look fat.”  WELL NO! Two separate items here: BRIGHT and TURTLENECK. A turtleneck is a “pounds-on” look only if you have a very wide face or short neck … otherwise the neckline is perfectly flattering.  Also warm and cozy on a chilly day.  The perfect backdrop for a great scarf or necklace.  And an easy style to layer under jackets and cardigans without “collar conflict”.

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The Real Skinny on Dressing Slim – Part 4 – Cap Sleeves

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From the list of 100 Ways to Look Fat: Baloney Concept #4 – “Cap sleeves make you look fat.”  Usually NOT! A cap sleeve actually creates a visually dominant horizontal right where you want it – at the top of your figure.   See how, in the picture below, the extended shoulder line forms the top of a visual “inverted triangle” and makes everything below it look smaller? 

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