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!

Picking Prints With Your Color Fan

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It’s relatively easy to use the strips in your Color Fan to guide the selection of solid color garments. But using one to help choose prints can sometimes be a little bit more confusing.  Here are three specific tests you can use to make the very best choices.

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More Creative Connections

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Yesterday I attended a fund-raising brunch for a fabulous local organization named Safe Connections.  More about their serious purpose later. But first … the woman seated next to me was a perfect example of our points-of-connection concept.  See how many connections you can spot between Lynn’s outfit and her own inherent characteristics.  Then look for the resulting connections within the outfit itself. I’ll share my answers after I tell you about the organization.  And I’d love to hear your answers in the COMMENT section below.  

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Picking Handsome Prints

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Picking prints for our wardrobes provides nearly endless opportunity to find connection points.  And then the prints themselves become links to connect our solid garments into dynamite outfits.  But because prints are very engaging in a retail setting, we often react to them based on emotion rather than artistic insight.  The results can easily be a look that is totally disconnected from the wearer, and very little mix/match in her closet.

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So What About All That Black in My Closet?

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So many women tell me they have a closet full of black clothing that they now realize doesn’t especially flatter them.  What to do?  There are several quick update options to use while you work on transitioning your wardrobe to a neutral that is more personally flattering.  Here are a few good ideas …

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Undercover Story – Your Best Bust Support

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Maybe – as they say – clothes make the man.  But I firmly (no pun) believe that under-clothes make the woman.   Supporting “the girls” properly  trims away visual years and pounds,  improves posture and takes strain off your neck and spine.  It makes your clothes fit better and look more expensive. But it isn’t always as easy as you might think. Because bra fit is more exacting that garment fit, even a slight weight gain, loss or shift can make a big impact.  It is often said that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size.

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