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!

Helpful Horizontals … REALLY!

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Horizontal design lines and details often get a bad rap for making your body appear wider.  But that ugly reputation is often undeserved. First let’s consider horizontal stripes. Bold rugby-style stripes – especially in even spacing with bright colors like these and high-contrast combinations – can indeed draw the viewer’s eye across your body.  But if you want to make your top half look more filled out to balance wider hips, that can be a good thing, not a bad one.

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Diagonal Design Details

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Of all the directions design line can move … diagonals may just be the most figure flattering.  Graceful and sensual, they lead the viewer’s eye gently across your body and away from any figure challenges while adding visual interest to a basic silhouette.  Each garment below takes advantage of diagonal lines to create the illusion of a smaller waistline and a shaplier figure. Important Note:  the closer a diagonal is toward vertical the more slimming it is likely to be.  The closer to horizontal … not so much.  Look for diagonal lines that create at least a 45-degree angle across your body. 

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Horizontals That Add Pounds

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While most women scrupulously avoid any and all horizontal stripes — unnecessarily in my opinion, but more on that another day — we often overlook other horizontals design elements — especially those low on the body — that can sneak up and sabotage a look. Hemlines form unexpected horizontal lines, and the fuller the skirt, pant leg or top, the more horizontal the effect.  Keeping garments narrower, dressing in color (or color value) columns and color-toning hosiery to the garment can minimize that widening effect.

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The Elongating Value of Verticals

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Any area, divided vertically, looks narrower.  That’s why vertical design lines are such a powerful way to look taller and trimmer in your clothes.  A vertical can extend the length of your entire look, or can be used just on the parts you’d like to visually narrow. The vertical strip of red sweater showing between the front edges of Donna’s jacket minimize the width of her upper body and make her inverted triangle figure look more balanced. That is one of the things that makes me such a fan of 2-layer sop combinations.   

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Dressing 2″ Taller & Sleeker

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If your “get ready for summer” diet hasn’t quite gotten you to your ideal weight yet – take heart.  This week’s lesson will show you simple dressing tricks to make you look at least 10 pounds thinner … instantly. Most of these tricks apply to all the body types, so whether you’re an hourglass, triangle, rectangle, inverted or circle – get set to look and feel more sleek and svelte TODAY!  But first you may want to let go of a few things you already “know” about dressing slim – ‘cause they may not be as valuable as you have been led to believe.

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