Strategic Style

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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!

Style Dilemma: I’m moving up to nicer quality clothes, but not sure about caring for them. Any tips?

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Style Solution:  Explore these tips about steaming wrinkles away, ironing safely and efficiently and newer at-home dry cleaning processes. STEAMING is a great way to freshen a garment without a trip to the dry-cleaners. After a day’s wear, hang your garment and remove sit-down wrinkles and elbow creases with a strong but gently flow of steam. It’s also great for re-setting pleats and creases.  Steaming takes just moments, and avoids any scorching or shine that can develop when you use a conventional iron, especially on delicate fabrics.

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Style Dilemma: How can I iron my nice clothes without damaging them?

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Style Solution:  You’re right that a wrinkled, messy look isn’t very stylish.  To avoid it, choose the right pressing equipment and follow these simple, time-saving tips: The ideal iron produces a good volume of steam, has a sole plate that glides easily and feels comfortable – not too heavy – in your hand.  The Rowenta Effective Comfort DW2070 meets those criteria at an affordable $50 – about a third the price of their top model.  It gives you burst of steam feature, steams in a vertical position too and has automatic shut-off.

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Style Dilemma: I’ve heard about at-home dry cleaning kits, but are they effective? And safe?

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Style Solution:  Great News!  At-home dry cleaning kits like Dryel are a great way to safely remove surface soil, wrinkles and odors like perspiration, second-hand smoke and perfume from hand-washable and dry-clean-only clothing at a fraction of the cost of a trip to the cleaners. Dryel is a home dry cleaning product. Woolite has a similar product, and I’ve seen house brands in some of the drug and discount stores.

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Corporate Makeover 2

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This woman was making the standard mistake of believing that black and white is the universal choice for a professional wardrobe.  But because the contrast between black and white is so much greater than the contrast in her facial color pattern, the clothing was stealing all the attention – totally overpowering her.  We kept her black pants and top, but introduced colors in the cardigan and alternate jacket that echo her skin tone and hair highlights.  See how much more readily you can focus on her face, and therefore her communications?

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Professional Woman’s Makeover

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  This young professional woman wanted to retain her wash-and-wear hairstyle, minimal makeup and understated color choices.  But none of those constraints kept her from increasing her credibility with a more polished look.  A precision haircut and quick lesson in product for her curly hair made a big difference.  A 5-minute makeup routine brought her facial features into focus.  And a sleeker suit silhouette moves the focus from her feet to her face.  Also great example of looking totally professional in a color other than black!

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