Strategic Style

Welcome

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 1 – Shoulders

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I recently read a list of “100 ways to look fat” from a stylist who’s often quoted in O-Magazine.  Some of them were spot-on, but a number of them were baloney. Sadly, when women follow inaccurate style advice … and predictably don’t get the result they wanted … they don’t discredit the advice.  Instead they believe that THEY are just not attractive.  So let’s debunk some of that misinformation here and now…

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Mark-down Mania – Finding the Best Buys

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Before you head out into “Extra 30% off Already Reduced Prices” and “Doorbuster Specials Before Noon”, be sure you know how to take advantage of end-of-season bargains – without being taken advantage of yourself.  Here are the seven strategies I use with personal shopping clients to insure for sale-season success.

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Essential Undergarments

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Step 4 in our Instant Update series is: Opt for Better Underwear.  Your clothes can only look as good as the shape your undergarments create inside them.  Your first step may well be replacing a worn-out or ill-fitting bra with one that gives you the smooth, proportional, lifted look that makes the most of your figure.

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Easy Updates For Your Current Clothes

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An immediate – or at least speedy – way to update your wardrobe is to invest in quick alterations and style tweaks to the clothes you already own. A simple adjustment to the fit, or a change of buttons can make a world of difference in the flattery. Your neighborhood dry cleaners probably offers alterations or can recommend a tailor. And if can do the work yourself, even better.

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Look Taller & Trimmer: Emphasize Your Shoulders

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Another Instant Update for your wardrobe and your body is to emphasize and enhance your shoulders! REALLY!  Don’t tune me out here.  Women complain to me all the time about their huge shoulders … but 99% of those complaints are simply WRONG.  (The other 1% are right about having strong shoulders, but mistaken to think it’s a liability.) A strong shoulder-line makes clothes hang better and minimizes any body areas you wish were trimmer — hips, thighs, tummy, whatever.  It can also visually lift a bust that is – shall we say – being impacted by gravity.  And make you…

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