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!

Party Panache Hiding in Your Closet

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Need to take the look of a simple dress or pretty separates from every-day to dress-up?  Accessories are absolutely the key.   Statement necklaces are an easy way to add party power, but rather than investing in one all-out glitzy piece, take a look in your current jewelry wardrobe for necklace pairs you can “stack” to create a more dramatic presence now, then revert to their more relaxed persona when the parties are over.

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Still Stylin’ Over Sixty …

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It is totally possible to look Fabulous Over Fifty (and even Sexy Over Sixty … or Seventy!) We just need to rethink our style savvy.  Women often ask what’s “age appropriate”.  I just don’t believe in that whole concept. I see far more women dressing too old for their age than dressing too young. If a look flatters you — has those critical “points of connection” with your own characteristics — then I’m betting it will automatically look appropriate.  (It goes without saying that certain anatomical features shouldn’t be bared … but that applies at any age.)

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Professional Denim – and How to Do It

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Your company’s dress policy should clarify the when – and whether – jeans are officeappropriate.  But whether your office allows jeans every day or just on Fridays, it’s important to polish the look to maintain your professional presence. Jeans — by the way — are defined by the styling, not by the blue denim.  Details like a back yoke, rear patch pockets, stitched-down seams, bar tacks or rivets reinforcing the stress points and contrast topstitching typically put a pant into the “jeans” category, whatever the fabric or color.

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Simple Steps to Up-Style Your Classic Wardrobe

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Try one – or several — of these easy strategies to give your traditional pieces a more edgy, contemporary feeling. Best of all,  you can probably apply them to clothes you already own. Experiment with pattern mixing .  The easiest way is to use one tiny pattern – something that looks almost like printed texture – and combine it with a larger print, plaid or – in the example below – lace.  The repeated berry color gives it continuity.  These splatter-bleached jeans add yet a third pattern to the mix, but if that‘s too big a stretch you could certainly…

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The REAL Magic of a Wardrobe Makeover

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Everybody seems to love before & after photos. But as you look at these examples, remember that our work isn’t about looking good once for a photo.  It’s about having a whole closet full of inter-coordinated outfits just as flattering as the looks you see here. Melissa’s too-long skirt, too-long sleeves and boxy shirt all dragged her look downward and the drab colors drained her.

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