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: If color selection is as important as you say, why doesn’t everybody pay attention to it?

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Style Solution:  I’m so glad you asked that question. Many, many stylists don’t understand this important concept, so you’ll often see celebrities and even the fashion press having a hit-or-miss approach to color flattery. Learn to use celebrity photos and magazine layouts to train your eye to spot optimal color choices … and non-optimal ones too.  Consider these photos of actress and mid-life phenom Helen Mirren:

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Style Dilemma: I’m tired of black – and it doesn’t look that great on me anyway. What other neutral should I use in its place?

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Style Solution:  Try a different neutral – ideally one that is closely related to your hair color. Although retail and the fashion press promote black as the universal choice, it really is flattering to only a small minority of women — those with very dark hair and high-contrast coloring. Black mixes best with clear, bright, cool accent colors. Women with color patterns like these look good in black:

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Style Dilemma: How can I create a personalized look with classic, basic navy blue?

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Style Solution:  Navy can be an effective, flattering neutral for just about everyone.  For the optimal, personalized look, accessorize a basic navy outfit with elements that repeat or relate to your hair color. Here are examples for blondes, red-heads and silver-haired gals …

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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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