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!

Maximizing Mix & Match for Any Lifestyle – Part 3

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We’ve seen how useful a column of color can be, so let’s build another one by adding a pant to blend with the tan faux suede cascade jacket.  It mixes easily with the navy shell and all the same accessories. Now let’s see what else we can do with those “outside columns” – the skirt +topper and pant+topper.  And don’t overlook the chance to make another column by pairing your navy topper with dark-wash jeans.

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Maximizing Mix & Match for Any Lifestyle – Part 2

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Last week we created the start of a 12-piece wardrobe with a Core Four in navy blue.  Now let’s layer some accent-color over-tops onto the pants+shell and the skirt+shell columns and link the color combinations with accessories to polish off each outfit.

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Color Certainty on MyBluprint.com

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In my  video on the MyBluprint.com e-learning platform, 3 models helped me demonstrate the factors that determine any woman’s optimal wardrobe colors. After the rush of the taping was over, I had a chance to create full Color Fans for each of them … and thought that seeing the results could help YOU evaluate color swatches you may have from a previous consultation. The goal of color advice is to showcase the individual woman – to have the outfit and the person blend into a single unified visual composition.  It’s the difference between “What a great dress”  and “You always look so fabulous”.…

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Happy Summer Legs & Feet

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Summer brings some special challenges for looking good and feeling comfortable in our shoes.  Open toes, sling backs and bare sandals all elongate our legs by leaving more skin visible.  But they can rub uncomfortably, and they often mean we can’t wear hosiery. Here are some tips – shared by my buddy (and go-to product junkie) Kim Venton – to solve those problems and step out in style this summer:

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Maximizing Mix & Match for Any Lifestyle – Part 1

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Have you repeatedly been seduced by a “great bargain” or “it looks darling on the mannequin”  or “honey, it’s YOU” … and ended up with a closetful of “nothing to wear”? Let me show you exactly how easy it can be to develop a real wardrobe – the kind that lets you reach into your closet blindfolded, pull out any item and readily build at least 3 great-looking outfits around it.

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