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!

Style Dilemma: OK, so my key neutral is BROWN. Now what do I wear with it?

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Style Solution:  Brown – in it’s various versions – is flattering to far more women than black, and because it’s unexpected, it is more interesting too. Many, many less saturated colors look wonderfully sophisticated with brown. Women with color patterns like these look gorgeous in various shades of brown:

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Style Dilemma: I’m getting “silver highlights” in my brown hair; what is my Key Neutral now?

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Style Solution: Women with this wonderfully mixed hair color usually look best in the shade of taupe ( a grayed brown … or a brown-y gray, whichever way you want to think of it).   Taupe is a sophisticated, complex, Armani-type neutral that looks great on women with color patterns like this: 

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Style Dilemma: How can I make my key neutral – gray – look more exciting and sophisticated?

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Style Solution:  Mix gray separates with accent pieces and accessories in clear, cool, softly-bright colors. Pinks, blues, blue-based greens and purples play happily with both light and more mid-tone grays.  Keep any metallic details – buttons, jewelry, handbag closures, decorative zippers – in silver or pewter rather than gold.

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Style Dilemma: How can I create a personalized look with classic, basic navy blue?

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Style Solution:  Navy can be an effective, flattering neutral for just about everyone.  For the optimal, personalized look, accessorize a basic navy outfit with elements that repeat or relate to your hair color. Here are examples for blondes, red-heads and silver-haired gals …

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Style Dilemma: I’m moving up to nicer quality clothes, but not sure about caring for them. Any tips?

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Style Solution:  Explore these tips about steaming wrinkles away, ironing safely and efficiently and newer at-home dry cleaning processes. STEAMING is a great way to freshen a garment without a trip to the dry-cleaners. After a day’s wear, hang your garment and remove sit-down wrinkles and elbow creases with a strong but gently flow of steam. It’s also great for re-setting pleats and creases.  Steaming takes just moments, and avoids any scorching or shine that can develop when you use a conventional iron, especially on delicate fabrics.

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