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!

“Why do I need a Jacket if I don’t work in an office?”

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I get that question ALL the time from people – clients, blog readers, class participants – who are starting to work with our 12-Piece Wardrobe Planner.  Here’s the scoop … FIRST – an over-layer top doesn’t have to be a tailored jacket.  You can get an overview of the more casual options HERE.  We’re just going to call it a jacket for now because that’s easier than saying “over-layer top” again and again.

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Pattern Pick for Your 12-piece Wardrobe – Over-Layer Tops

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Over-layer tops (aka “jackets”) provide the greatest opportunity to customize the 12-piece wardrobe plan to your own lifestyle, taste and body type. And sewing your own lets you tap into the exact mix of color, style and fit that’s right for you.  From tailored blazers to jean jackets, draped cardigans, vests and even zippered hoodies, these over-layers literally double your mix/match options while they let you create a sleeker, slimmer look and camouflage figure challenges.  What’s not to like? Let’s start with the most casual iterations and move to more dressed up options.

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Pattern Picks for Your 12-Piece Wardrobe – Under-Layer Tops

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If you’re sewing your 12-piece wardrobe, your under-layer tops can take many shapes and styles — from tanks to turtlenecks, pullovers, button-ups and many more.  Since I’m a big fan of layering top garments, I usually prefer sleeveless or short-sleeved “unders” so I’m not struggling to fit a long sleeve under another long sleeve.  (However you can side-step that issue by choosing vests for your over-layers.)  Unders that fit relatively close to the body make layering easier, too.  And classic styling will give you more versatility than unders with too much bulky, frou-frou detailing.

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Pattern Picks for Your 12-Piece Wardrobe Bottoms

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It is amazing – but true – that just twelve well-chosen pieces can give you a wardrobe of nearly 100 different outfits.  And if you sew, it is far easier to create just the right pieces.  But with all the vast possibilities … where do you start?  Let’s begin with some pattern recommendations that will help you adapt our basic Capsule Wardrobe chart to your own lifestyle and preferences.  The drawings on the chart are just place-holders.  Think of them as Bottoms, Under-Layer Tops and Over-Layer Tops … not necessarily the specific items sketched on the diagram.

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Lessons From a Closet Audit

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My client “Sue” was frustrated with her over-stuffed closets, so we set an appointment to get the situation under control. And she agreed to let me document the process to share with you. I brought along a collapsible garment rack to we could pull out entire sections of her closet contents and approach those items as if we were shopping — deciding what items we liked well enough for her to “buy” again (replace in her closet).

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