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!

Lessons From a Closet Audit

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My client – I’ll call her “Travelling Trainer” or TT for short – was complaining recently about her over-stuffed closets so we set a date for a closet audit to get the situation under control. And she agreed to let me document some of our process with photos to share with you. I brought along a collapsible garment rack to we could pull out entire sections of her closet contents and approach those items as if we were shopping — deciding what items we liked well enough for her to “buy” again (replace in her closet).

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Styles to Showcase Your Body Shape

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Style Solution: Each body type looks best in styles that follow it’s general outline and balance its proportions so that no one area appears disproportionately larger or smaller.  Scroll down to find specific tips for your own shape. Not sure which shape you are?  Check our easy assessment process before reading any further.

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Figuring Out Your Figure

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Style Dilemma:  I don’t know what styles are going to look best for my shape. Style Solution:  Start by determining which of these 5 body types best describes your figure. First clear you mind of whatever you already believe about your shape.  Many many women in my workshops feel certain they are one shape and learn that they are actually another – sometimes the exact opposite of their first assumption. 

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The Real Skinny on Dressing Slim – Part #11 – Nude Hose

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From the list of 100 Ways to Look Fat: Baloney Concept #11 – Nude hose make you look fat.  Hardly! Some women love their panty hose; others hate them.  And there is a big push by a few New York designers to declare them hopelessly old-lady.  Their comfort and fashion merits are topics for another day, but they certainly DON’T add visual pounds – not a single one.

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The Real Skinny on Dressing Slim – Part #10 – Shirt Dresses

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From the list of 100 Ways to Look Fat: Baloney Concept #10 – Shirtdresses make you look fat.  No they don’t. Shirtdresses are an easy-to-wear style that can be very figure-flattering.  It’s gentle shape is more forgiving than a fitted sheath.  As always, the degree of flattery relates to the fabric, shape and design details.

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