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!

Fall 19 Colors – the Good-News Greens

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If you’ve tried a wrong green and vowed to avoid that color family entirely, this is the year to revisit that decision.  Color temperature is usually the culprit in a mis-match, and this year you’ll find gorgeous choices in warm greens, cool greens and everything in between.  Here are some ideas to get you started …

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Fall ’19 Colors – the Bad News

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In personal styling, my motto is “Never say never; never say always.”  For just about every color or style there is somebody on whom it is wonderful.  I’m about to make a BIG exception!  This Fall there is an acidic  yellow-green color (or maybe you’d call it a greenish yellow) that absolutely NOBODY should wear, even though it’s featured everywhere and at every price point.  Here’s why …

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Smart Shopping at Summer Clearance Sales

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Do you love shopping the sales, but find too many of those so-called bargains end up gathering dust in the back of your closet. Want to be a more savvy sale shopper?  Here’s how:  to take advantage of end-of-season bargains – without being taken advantage of yourself – you’ll want to SWAP.  No, I don’t mean exchange the things you bought earlier … I mean Shop ­With ­A Plan. Get it?   S. W. A. P.

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Multi-Purpose a Classic Suit

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A beautiful suit is a treat to wear, but maybe there  aren’t many occasions when you need to dress quite that formally.  I spent some time the other day playing with my royal blue skirt suit and found 3 new ways to wear those pieces in a variety of looks.  Here’s how …

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30 Outfits in a Carry-on Bag

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Lots of you have asked for tips on travel wardrobes.  Whether you are squeezing a quick family trip into the waning days of summer, planning an extended big city weekend this fall or have a business conference in your future, packing for travel gives many women stress-induced heartburn.  Here are some tips to make it easier to plan your travel wardrobe.

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