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!

Plus Size Makeover

Posted in
makeover,wardrobe consulting, image consulting, style, fashion,color analysis, color consulting,

  There’s no reason to insist on losing weight before upgrading your professional appearance.  This Human Resources professional communicates far more sophistication and authority – as well as a trimmer look – in a sleek tailored suit.  The jacket’s buttons keep the visual emphasis vertical and the brown color is just as slimming as black but much more flattering to her personal color pattern.  The low-vamp shoe makes her legs look longer by exposing the top of her foot.  And notice how something as simple as combing her hair behind her ears slims her face and creates the illusion that…

continue reading ...

What Your Wardrobe Says in an Interview

Posted in

The right interview outfit can pay dividends well beyond its price.  Although no company is likely to base a hiring decision directly on an applicant’s outfit, decisions are made every day based on the beliefs one’s appearance causes an interviewer to form. Newest research reveals it takes as little as 7 seconds for someone to form a whole laundry list of impressions of you, and you want to be sure they are all positive ones.  And the same goes for influencing clients, bosses and peers once you land the job. Despite what many so-called experts promote, a navy blue suit…

continue reading ...

Style Dilemma: If color selection is as important as you say, why doesn’t everybody pay attention to it?

Posted in

Style Solution:  I’m so glad you asked that question. Many, many stylists don’t understand this important concept, so you’ll often see celebrities and even the fashion press having a hit-or-miss approach to color flattery. Learn to use celebrity photos and magazine layouts to train your eye to spot optimal color choices … and non-optimal ones too.  Consider these photos of actress and mid-life phenom Helen Mirren:

continue reading ...

Style Dilemma: I’m tired of black – and it doesn’t look that great on me anyway. What other neutral should I use in its place?

Posted in ,

Style Solution:  Try a different neutral – ideally one that is closely related to your hair color. Although retail and the fashion press promote black as the universal choice, it really is flattering to only a small minority of women — those with very dark hair and high-contrast coloring. Black mixes best with clear, bright, cool accent colors. Women with color patterns like these look good in black:

continue reading ...

Style Dilemma: How can I create a personalized look with classic, basic navy blue?

Posted in ,

Style Solution:  Navy can be an effective, flattering neutral for just about everyone.  For the optimal, personalized look, accessorize a basic navy outfit with elements that repeat or relate to your hair color. Here are examples for blondes, red-heads and silver-haired gals …

continue reading ...