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!

Wk #13 – And What About All the Bright White?

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What is it about fashion’s obsession with bright optic white?  There are multiple companies devoted entirely to the manufacture and marketing of this supposed Must-Have.  But the crazy thing is that it seriously overpowers the vast majority of women. Need proof?  Check out the collage below.  Ask yourself which woman actually shows up in the photo (CLUE: the cream shell bottom right) and which squares are just pictures of optic white shirts, with the women wearing them virtually unnoticed.

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Picking Flattering Plaids

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Even as plaids cycle in and out of the fashion spotlight, some style gurus hold the opinion that they are generally unflattering and add visual pounds.  But when you explore the issue more closely you’ll find that certain characteristics can make  plaids much more flattering … or less so.

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Shape, Scale & Strategic Placement

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Prints really call attention to themselves in an outfit.  And there’s more to picking an optimal print than just the color scheme.  You also want the design to echo the angularity or curved nature of your facial features and to harmonize with the scale of your body.  So let’s consider those characteristics one by one.

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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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