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!

Still Stylin’ Over Sixty …

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It is totally possible to look Fabulous Over Fifty (and even Sexy Over Sixty … or Seventy!)  Women often ask what’s “age appropriate”.  I  don’t believe in that concept. I see far more women dressing too old for their age than dressing too young. If a look flatters you — has those critical “points of connection” with your own characteristics — then I’m betting it will automatically look appropriate.  

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Pro Shopping Strategies Shared …

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Hate to shop for clothes?  The majority of women tell me they do,  and each of them seems to think she is a real oddity.   And in truth I don’t enjoy the process all that much either, but I DO love seeing a client’s joy with the results. I’ve spent 25 years taking the pain out of shopping for clients, and this Fall I’ve been itemizing exactly what I do that  differs from how most women shop on their own.  Try these tips and you can greatly simplify your process.

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Closet “Hang-Ups”

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The hangers you choose can make a big impact on how well your clothes retain their shape and good looks. Do yourself and your clothes a favor and get rid of those skinny wire hangers from the dry cleaner.  You can do it with a clear conscience if you take them back for recycling. You’ll be amazed how soothing it is to never again battle with their bending, tangling mess.

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More Closet Consultation Insights

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Many of you had comments and questions about the recent Closet Consultation post, so here are some of my favorite resources and organizing tips: 1. That RACK – the one we put all Sue’s clothes on so we could “shop” from the items she already owned – is available from storesupply.com.  It is heavy duty, height adjustable, has telescoping rod ends and collapses easily – flat enough to slide under the bed and out of the way.

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12 Garments Can Yield Nearly 100 Outfits – Here’s How …

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I know it sounds crazy, but it’s TRUE.  If every piece mixes with every other piece, just these 12 garments can give you enough options to dress for an entire season without duplicating an outfit. Of course I’m not expecting you to live with only 12 garments in your closet. But if you start with this wardrobe foundation, each future item you add will give you an amazing pay-off in added versatility.  Pretty soon you’ll be complaining that you don’t go enough cool places to show off all those great outfits.

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