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!

Mix & Match “Roadmaps” for Brunettes

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The easiest way to spot mix/match combinations in your closet is to start with a multi-color element that includes your hair color. For most brunettes and gals with auburn hair that means some shade of chocolate brown. Here are some ideas to get you started, whether you’re thinking of yourself or of someone on your holiday gift list …

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Outfit “Roadmaps” for Blondes

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The easiest way to spot mix/match combinations in your closet is to start with a multi-color element that includes your hair color. For blondes that means some shade of camel or caramel. Here are some ideas to get you started, whether you’re thinking of yourself or of someone on your holiday gift list …

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Traveling in (Casual) Style

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Mr Wonderful and I had to cancel our plans for a South Dakota road trip due to his 100-year-old dad’s health issues.  (He’s doing better – thanks for asking.) But the planning forced me to put more thought than usual into my summer-casual outfit pairings.  I was inspired by CJ – one of our Community members.  She managed 2 weeks in Hawaii – one week of business and a second week of tourist-ing – from a single suitcase.  So here’s how I planned for my 10 days of state-side touring.

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Scarf Savvy for Summer

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Kate took me up on my offer – within our LOOKING GOOD Together Community – to provide members with personalized scarf recommendations.  While we’re all suffering thru these sweltering temps, she only wanted lightweght, natural fiber suggestions.  She graciously agreed to give you all a look at what we found:

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More Print Mixing Thoughts

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My long-time friend and colleague Ann Gosch — she headed the education department at Bernina back when I had the same role at Baby Lock — shared a couple of her print-mix projets that I think you’ll enjoy seeing …

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