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!

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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Style Dilemma: I get the idea of wearing my hair color or eye color, but what about my skin color?

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Style Solution: For Caucasian women, clothing and accessories in colors related to skin tone can soften a look, making the effect more feminine and/or approachable.  For women of color, clothing that includes skin tones creates the same POP of visual connection that hair color creates for Caucasians. A repeat of most Caucasian skin tones is Soft Blush.  Not exactly pink … not quite peach … just a dusty and subtle Blush.  One amazing attribute of this color is its ability to work in combination with virtually every neutral and most pseudo-neutrals too. Replace your standard white shirt with a blush…

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Corporate Makeover

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  A major weight loss motivated this gal’s wardrobe makeover.  See how pale and tired she looks in the “Before” black and white striped tee shirt?  (Do you sense a theme here?)  Her green eyes, peachy skin and gorgeous auburn hair are just asking to be showcased in similarly warm tones of olive, rust and camel.  The bias cut keeps the bold plaid from adding visual pounds.  When she skips the jacket and substitutes a paisley pashmina shawl and mixed-stone necklace the same top and pants are ready for date night with her hubby.

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Petite Makeover

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  Her petite stature made it easy for this bright young scientist to look like a student intern when she wore her typical polo shirt and hoodie.  An equally comfortable fine-gauge turtleneck sweater and contrasting cardigan communicate the presence her credentials deserve.  We added ruching to the side seams and sleeves of the red top to add a styling detail while also shortening it for her body proportions.

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Corporate Makeover

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  This woman’s soft, warm coloring wasn’t being enhanced at all by her black pants and sweater.  See how her skin and hair glow when she changes into the cardigan in a range of camel and brown tones.  The shell underneath is a more muted teal than it looks in the photos, perfectly matching the teal in the cardigan.  The sweater’s straighter shape is ideal for her rectangular body type.  After the event we took the pants to a tailor to remove extra fullness from the legs for a sleeker fit.

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