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!

Laura’s Makeover

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  Laura has a casual lifestyle, juggling her job as office manager of a very informal accounting firm (informal in dress, not in accounting principles that is!) and playing mom to two young sons.  But she also leads a very sophisticated life, literally traveling the world with her husband.  She needed a wardrobe that could bridge both worlds, and these relaxed but polished separates fill the bill.  The softly-colored clothes let her equally subtle personal coloring glow.  The unstructured aqua blazer just pops her eye color and the muted red leather jacket is embellished with brass studs that match her…

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Suzy’s Makeover

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Suzy needed to rebuild her professional wardrobe after a major weight loss.  She came from a traditional professional background and was reflexively choosing dark, ultra-conservative clothes that gave her a hard-edged look entirely at odds with her warm, collegial management style.  We introduced her to softer colors and more stylish separates that maintained her professional credibility and added a friendlier and more youthful energy.  You can see the difference in her face, can’t you?

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Crystal’s Makeover

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Crystal was being considered for a big promotion to a client-facing position, and her mentor tactfully shared that a more polished appearance would significantly improve her chances for the job.  Solid colors, more structured silhouettes,  hair and makeup updates all contributed to her new look.  We helped her build an entire new professional wardrobe in a single weekend without breaking the budget.  Now she looks every bit the valuable employee she really was all along.

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Amy’s Makeover

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Amy orchestrated her own makeover – and was sweet enough to share pictures – based on concepts she learned from the LOOKING GOOD book and a workshop I presented in Washington DC.  What a difference!  She sewed both outfits, but the first one is overpowering her while the second is showcasing her instead.  The updates she put in place helped motivate her significant weight loss too.  Yes, it really is the same person, and she now has a closet full of the shaped styles and soft mid-tone colors that work so well on her.

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Donna’s Makeover

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Donna’s dominant upper body looks top-heavy in a white double-breasted jacket.  The jacket’s shaped fit makes it look too tight, while the baggy, too-long sleeves add visual pounds. Changing to a straighter jacket style in a darker color minimizes her top proportions, and the print skirt fills out her lower body to create a balanced look.  Wearing the jacket open over a bright red shell creates a vertical line that further slims her figure. You can see the new confidence in her expression and her body language, can’t you?

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