Strategic Style

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Welcome to "Strategic Style".  It’s different from most fashion blogs.  It doesn’t feature pictures of how great I look in the hottest new trends for the season. Although I sometimes use my own wardrobe as an example, this blog isn’t really about ME at all.

It’s about YOU. It teaches how classic design principles can guide you to wardrobe choices that showcase the things that are fabulous about you.  That knowledge lets you shop strategically, dress effortlessly and feel confident about your appearance no matter your lifestyle, age, size or budget.

I believe it is the clothes’ responsibility to make you look good  -- not the other way around.  Each woman looks her personal best in clothes and accessories that have “points of connection” to her.  The more characteristics that exist in common between you and the things you wear, the more fabulous you will look. Your stuff will look more fabulous too, based on the design principle of repetition.

And things that connect with you will also connect with one another, right?  So you quickly develop more mix-and-match than you ever thought possible.  Shop less, spend less (or at least not any more) and feel great about how you look every day.

Then you can put wardrobe worries on the back burner where they belong, and march out the door every day with confidence to play your valuable role in the world – whatever that happens to be.  Welcome aboard!

Donna’s Makeover

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Donna’s dominant upper body looks top-heavy in a white double-breasted jacket.  The jacket’s shaped fit makes it look too tight, while the baggy, too-long sleeves add visual pounds. Changing to a straighter jacket style in a darker color minimizes her top proportions, and the print skirt fills out her lower body to create a balanced look.  Wearing the jacket open over a bright red shell creates a vertical line that further slims her figure. You can see the new confidence in her expression and her body language, can’t you?

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Christine’s Makeover

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Christine has gorgeous warm coloring, a great head of hair and a willowy figure, but her basic black “uniform” didn’t do anything showcase those assets. The camel suede blazer warms up the look and the scarf visually connects the garment colors and her hair tones. Pairing the same jacket with a print skirt – which was already in her wardrobe – and a chocolate brown turtleneck adds richness the look and also repeats her eye color. Dark brown tall boots complete the coordination.

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Amy’s Makeover

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Between the badly-fitted pants, the unstructured shoulder-line of the sweater and the unflattering colors, Amy wasn’t doing justice to her naturally lovely appearance.  The new chocolate pantsuit and blush-pink shell make her skin glow.  Professional tailoring narrowed the pant legs and jacket sleeves for a much more flattering fit.  She was so excited to show off her new look. that she could barely wait for us to take her “after” photo.

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Melissa’s Makeover

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Melissa’s too-long skirt, too-long sleeves and boxy shirt all dragged her look downward and the drab colors drained her. First we fitted the skirt properly, tucked in the shirt and pushed up the sleeves – an amazing difference in the same clothes.  The crisp contrast and shaped lines of the new pantsuit balance her color pattern and tastefully emphasize her shapely, youthful figure.  The same pant and shell get a casual but professional feeling with the sleek cardigan instead of the tailored jacket.  At work the next day, even her good friends walked right past and didn’t recognize her.

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Style Dilemma: How should I wear my new Infinity Scarf?

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Style Solution:  Try one of these easy techniques. An Infinity Scarf is essentially a tube of fabric.  Begin by folding the tube in half widthwise, creating a double-layer of fabric half the original width. Then fold again, creating a tube that is narrower yet. Drape the tube around your neck, hanging to the front (A).  Make a simple figure-8 twist in the hanging portion and bring it over your head to the back of your neck (B).  For a variation, lift the back section of one loop and drape it over your head as a hood (C).   Or bring…

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