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!

I Love a Color That Doesn’t Love Me Back

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Just got this question from a viewer of my Bluprint video class* on wardrobe development and thought it might apply to lots of folks.   “Nancy, I probably like colors that don’t look good on me, such as clear, intense reads and blues. Can I still look good in them if I keep them far from my face, such as in a skirt or pants?”

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Fashion Formulas – Making Style Simple

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I was kvetching (complaining) to a friend the other day that I seem to buy, sew and wear the same things over and over.  Then I suddenly realized that’s not a bad thing!  We all have certain colors, styles, etc. that look best on us — so why would we choose less-enhancing ones just for the sake of variety?  Let’s stop thinking of it as “being in a rut” and think of it as “finding my groove”.  I’ll show you mine if you’ll reply and show me yours …

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Brown Coordinates for Cooler Coloring

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At a recent ASG event,  a woman with beautiful dark brown hair like this asked how she could wear her Key Neutral – chocolate brown – in combinations that didn’t get too warm and Autumn-y (which she was certainly NOT).  I often get this question from people who asume that only the warmest accent colors work with brown.  So I put together some samples of fabrics and accessory combination to accomplish that goal.  Whether you sew your wardrobe or buy ready-made, these combos should provide inspiration for all brunettes to walk away from a steady diet of black, black and…

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More Brown-Based Wardrobe Mixes …

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As I was putting away the accessories from the chocolate brown mix-and-match photos, I spotted even more coordinate options. It really does happen that everything that works together, works together – odd as that sounds.  With so many combinations, she can be the best-dressed woman in the group every day.  Somebody’s got to do it, right?

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Fall ’19 Colors – Enticing Earth Tones

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Finally- after nearly a decade’s absence –  the beautiful earthy browns are making an appearance in stores this Fall. Chocolate, Caramel, Camel and Sand are in the spotlight … and not exclusively for women with warm coloring.  See mix-match options for a cool Chocolate-based wardrobe HERE.  And read on for more ideas …

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