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!

Corporate Makeover

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  A major weight loss motivated this gal’s wardrobe makeover.  See how pale and tired she looks in the “Before” black and white striped tee shirt?  (Do you sense a theme here?)  Her green eyes, peachy skin and gorgeous auburn hair are just asking to be showcased in similarly warm tones of olive, rust and camel.  The bias cut keeps the bold plaid from adding visual pounds.  When she skips the jacket and substitutes a paisley pashmina shawl and mixed-stone necklace the same top and pants are ready for date night with her hubby.

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Petite Makeover

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  Her petite stature made it easy for this bright young scientist to look like a student intern when she wore her typical polo shirt and hoodie.  An equally comfortable fine-gauge turtleneck sweater and contrasting cardigan communicate the presence her credentials deserve.  We added ruching to the side seams and sleeves of the red top to add a styling detail while also shortening it for her body proportions.

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Corporate Makeover

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  This woman’s soft, warm coloring wasn’t being enhanced at all by her black pants and sweater.  See how her skin and hair glow when she changes into the cardigan in a range of camel and brown tones.  The shell underneath is a more muted teal than it looks in the photos, perfectly matching the teal in the cardigan.  The sweater’s straighter shape is ideal for her rectangular body type.  After the event we took the pants to a tailor to remove extra fullness from the legs for a sleeker fit.

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Plus Size Makeover

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  There’s no reason to insist on losing weight before upgrading your professional appearance.  This Human Resources professional communicates far more sophistication and authority – as well as a trimmer look – in a sleek tailored suit.  The jacket’s buttons keep the visual emphasis vertical and the brown color is just as slimming as black but much more flattering to her personal color pattern.  The low-vamp shoe makes her legs look longer by exposing the top of her foot.  And notice how something as simple as combing her hair behind her ears slims her face and creates the illusion that…

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What Your Wardrobe Says in an Interview

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The right interview outfit can pay dividends well beyond its price.  Although no company is likely to base a hiring decision directly on an applicant’s outfit, decisions are made every day based on the beliefs one’s appearance causes an interviewer to form. Newest research reveals it takes as little as 7 seconds for someone to form a whole laundry list of impressions of you, and you want to be sure they are all positive ones.  And the same goes for influencing clients, bosses and peers once you land the job. Despite what many so-called experts promote, a navy blue suit…

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