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!

Finding Color Value Balance

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“Value” means how light or dark a color appears.  Your personal color pattern has value too.  When the two don’t connect, your head looks disconnected from your body – that’s kind of weird, no?   And it makes you look shorter and heavier – not too many woman are looking for that effect! Here are two pretty jarring examples of the disconnect, taken from celebrity photos in a popular fashion magazine.  See how their heads seem to be almost floating away?  Just not really part of the same picture with the outfit? 

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Color Certainty is the Key

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Nothing – absolutely nothing – is more critical to looking your personal best than defining your unique group of most flattering colors.  Color is the first thing people notice about what you are wearing.  It’s more important that than the figure-flattery of the style.  More important than the fit.  More important than the price tag or the designer name.  Some of those other things are important … but NOTHING is more foundational than getting the color right.

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Finding Your “Key Neutral”

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Although the retail fashion world insists that every woman should choose black as her base neutral, they do that to make their inventory management more profitable, not because it makes us all look our best.  In truth, the more enhancing neutral for a woman’s wardrobe nearly always relates closely to her hair color. We are talking about the hair color people see, whether that is natural or enhanced. (The exception: if you’ve colored your hair some far-out shade that doesn’t relate to the rest of your coloring. Then we need to talk.)

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What’s the Point? Connections!

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The ideal wardrobe for any woman is made up of many tiny decisions.  Early in my career I made choices intuitively, often not realizing WHY a certain thing was going to showcase a client perfectly … just somehow knowing that it would. Eventually I  recognized the underlying theme – points of connection!  The more elements of the outfit that repeated the woman’s inherent characteristics, the more fabulous the pairing. Both the client and the garment looked more attractive because of the repetition. The focus went to her – not the specific item she was wearing.  People didn’t say “what a great dress” but instead started…

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Closet Customization

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How about some quick upgrades to the structure of your closet to better accommodate the wonderful new wardrobe you’re going to create?  It doesn’t have to be a full build-out (not that you aren’t entitled to that if it’s your choice).  But just a few simple, budget-friendly DIY tweaks can make a big improvement in the practicality of the storage space. To improve visibility, remove the ceiling light’s decorative cover for maximum light.  Trade out the old bulbs for new, cooler LEDs or CFLs and get much brighter lighting with comparable wattage.  No more mistaking the black pants for navy in dim lighting.

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