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!

Color of the Year – Classic Blue – To Buy or Sew Yourself

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Each year the Pantone color institute designates one color they feel really expresses the essence of the year and will be trending strongly in apparel.  This year’s choice is Classic Blue, a clear true royal softened just slightly.  If it’s a favorite for you – as it is for me – you should find a wide seletion of items featuring it.  One of my favorites is the grouping Talbot’s is doing with O Magazine as a fundraiser for Dress For Success.

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Styling Softer Coloring

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If you have soft, gentle coloring you’ve probably already learned that so many fashion-favorite colors – the so-called “jewel tones” – can overpower you entirely.  But right now you’re in luck, with soft colors featurd prominently in several national women’s specialty stores and e-tailers.  Read on to meet one such woman, see her optimal colors and some shopping suggestions to keep her in the spotlight.

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Two Sewing “Oops” Projects, Rescued!

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I’m sewing more of my clothes these days, and even with a lot of background in that art I still occasionally make some dumb mistake that threatens to ruin the garment.  Here are two examples – both the oops and the save.  Enjoy!

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Another “Apocalypse” of Style

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After reading about Yvonne’s adventures weeding out her garments, accessories and stash of fabrics yardage, Kathy wanted to do the same. After a color  consultation at the SewEXPO event  last week, we evaluated samples of some of her fabrics based on those color recommendations, her tall and somewhat atheletic build and her relaxed lifestyle. Here’s a sampling of those decisions …

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Dive Into Dyeing

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As we increase our understanding of the environmental impact of wardrobe waste, we are looking for best ways to  Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.  Dyeing some of our current clothes to new, more flattering colors is one great way to head down the Re-use path, and it’s actually a lot of fun too.  Be aware that dyeing can be a little bit iffy – but if the item is one you aren’t going to wear in the current color you really have nothing to lose right?

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