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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!

Taming a Too-Large Print

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Print garments can be exciting additions to our wardrobes, but they can easily take over the entire look, leaving the individual woman pretty much out of the picture.  This bold tropical print shell is a perfect example.  It’s colors make a lot of sense in my wardrobe, but it can easily become too much of a good thing and overpower me entirely.  Here are some tips to remedy that situation when it pops up on your own wardrobe:

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Match Your Shoes Contest

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PatternReview.com is kicking off a contest to make an outfit to coordinated with a pair of shoes.  After looking a about a zillion pairs of multi-colored, embellished shoes that I could coordinate with, I realized that I’m not a person who wears embellished, statement clothes. (UPDATE: My green dress took 2nd place in the reader voting.  So honored!  Love how these contest deadlines get projects off my to-d0 list and into my closet.)

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Instant Wardrobe Update: Accessorize!

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Accessories are the icing on your wardrobe cake.  They add polish to any look – casual, career or cocktail. They adapt the mood of your clothes to the occasion at hand.  They provide clues to your inherent personality.  And they also tell everyone what part of your body they should focus on and what parts you’d prefer they skim right over.  Here are some tips to consider as you make you accessory choices each morning.

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Stay-Cool Summer Cardigans

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I’m not a big fan of summer clothes – or summer weather, for that matter.  But I still want to dress with style.   For mixing & matching in warm weather, I still prefer  an under-layer/over-layer top combo.    So I was thrilled to find these lightweight, open-knit cardigans at my new favorite store.  Made from breathable cellulose fibers and with lacy, open knit patterns to allow for air flow, these are cool and comfy summer layering options.

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Why Teal is So Terrific

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I’m sewing more these days, largely because the retail selection is so frustrating.  But the style lesson from the jacket I just made applies even for those who buy their clothes. It primarily an homage to  TEAL BLUE – the most universally flattering color range for the vast majority of women.

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