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!

Wardrobe Re-Boot Roadmap

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I’ve been reading the book “The Slight Edge” about the power of small changes sustained over time.  And thinking about how it applies to our wardrobe and appearance. Makeovers you see in magazines and TV shows are usually a great showcase for the skills of a hair colorist, stylist and makeup artist.  Before & After photos are dramatic, but the lasting impact for the woman is negligible at best. By contrast, small changes are relatively easy for a woman to do – nothing huge and dramatic- but cumulatively they add up to a sustained boost in confidence and a wardrobe that really…

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Choosing Your Most Flattering Prints

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Prints are a big direction for Fall fashion.  Whether you’re buying garments or sewing your own, finding mountain-top choices in prints can be a huge challenge.   Here are some examples of prints that showcase the wearer, and some tips on how to find those perfect prints for yourself. 

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Essential Undergarments

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Step 4 in our Instant Update series is: Opt for Better Underwear.  Your clothes can only look as good as the shape your undergarments create inside them.  Your first step may well be replacing a worn-out or ill-fitting bra with one that gives you the smooth, proportional, lifted look that makes the most of your figure.

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Melissa’s Makeover

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

Melissa’s company hired me to update the image of their client-facing staff. She arrived that day in a too-long skirt, too-long sleeves and boxy shirt — all of which dragged her look downward — and drab colors that drained her bright coloring…

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