Strategic Style

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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!

Holiday Looks Hiding in Your Closet

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This Thursday is arguably the biggest party night of the year, and “I have nothing to wear” is a resounding refrain.  If your New Year’s event is a ball, only a ball gown will suffice.  But for many other celebration styles you can skip a trip to the mall and find festive fashion options right in your own closet.  Here’s how to spot them …

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If You Hate To Shop For Clothes …

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Hate to shop for clothes?  The majority of women tell me they do,  and each of them seems to think she is a real oddity.   And in truth I don’t enjoy the process all that much either, but I DO love seeing a client’s joy with the results. I’ve spent 25 years taking the pain out of shopping for clients, and this Fall I’ve been itemizing exactly what I do that  differs from how women shop on their own.  Try these tips and you can greatly simplify your process.

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Color Value Can Make You Look Slimmer

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The most slimming way to dress is a “column of color” – one color (or closely related colors) head to toe – a suit, pantsuit, matched pant and sweater , etc.  Adding accent color tops under that jacket, or accent layers over the pant and shell keeps the look fresh and varied. The colors you choose for this head-to-toe effect need to be about the same color value as your facial color pattern.

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Closet “Hang-Ups”

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The hangers you choose for your clothes can make a big impact on how well they retain their shape and good looks.  Which raises the question: What kind of hangers can do the same for MY shape and good looks, right?  But for today, we’ll focus on garments.

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More Closet Consultation Insights

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Many readers had comments and questions about the recent Closet Consultation post, so here are some of my favorite resources and organizing tips: 1. That RACK – the one we put all the client’s clothes on so we could “shop” from the items she already owned – is available from storesupply.com.  It is heavy duty, height adjustable, has telescoping rod ends and collapses easily – flat enough to slide under the bed and out of the way.

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