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Strategic Style

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Welcome to "Strategic Style".  It’s different from most fashion blogs.  It doesn’t feature pictures of how great I look in the hottest new trends for the season. Although I sometimes use my own wardrobe as an example, this blog isn’t really about ME at all.

It’s about YOU. It teaches how classic design principles can guide you to wardrobe choices that showcase the things that are fabulous about you.  That knowledge lets you shop strategically, dress effortlessly and feel confident about your appearance no matter your lifestyle, age, size or budget.

I believe it is the clothes’ responsibility to make you look good  -- not the other way around.  Each woman looks her personal best in clothes and accessories that have “points of connection” to her.  The more characteristics that exist in common between you and the things you wear, the more fabulous you will look. Your stuff will look more fabulous too, based on the design principle of repetition.

And things that connect with you will also connect with one another, right?  So you quickly develop more mix-and-match than you ever thought possible.  Shop less, spend less (or at least not any more) and feel great about how you look every day.

Then you can put wardrobe worries on the back burner where they belong, and march out the door every day with confidence to play your valuable role in the world – whatever that happens to be.  Welcome aboard!

Best Jean Jacket Ever

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You know I think most supposed “Must Have” items are bogus (white shirts, little black dresses, etc)  but a jean jacket does seem to be an “Everybody” piece — and one I loved on other people but could never find for my own wardrobe.  Not for lack of trying; I’ve bought several over the years but never found them flattering or comfortable and eventualy donated them to my favorite resale store.  Then I found this one …

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Warm-Weather Wardrobe Stars!

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As much as I enjoyed mixing and matching my cold-weather separates, as the weather warms up my laziness takes over and I want an easy go-to formula.  For me, print matte jersey dresses are the answer – comfy, wrinkle-free, washable — what’s not to love. But I coudn’t find a good assortment of them until a friend pointed me to this unlikely source …

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In Praise of Pantyhose … or Not

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I’m well aware that certain designers and stylists heavily promote the idea that panty hose are the worst thing that ever happened and no woman should ever wear them.  If you actually agree with that, I’m not about to argue that you should do otherwise.  But if you are just being pressured into following this “new rule”,   here are a few good reasons to think the opposite as well as some alternatives.

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How to Tie Silky Square Scarves

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We LOVE LOVE LOVE scarves for the way they add pizzazz to any look and link unexpected color combination into congruent outfits.   A new (revived) addition to the scarf scene lately is the 26-28″ silky square – bigger than the bandana size,  but smaller than the shawl. We just added some great ones to our web store.   These are typically designed with a center motif and decorative border, so the ideal ways to tie them showcase both elements.  Here are four options for you to try …

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Challenge 77-85 – Prints Point to New Possibilities

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A  great print garment or scarf can often be the inspiration for combining solid garments in new ways.  Just yesterday I began a client’s closet consultation with a purge of her scarves, keeping only the ones that were her best colors, scale and contrast level.  After we weeded out her garments in the same way, we used the scarves to point her toward some great outfit possibilities she had never spotted before.  Here’s how that same concept applied in my personal closet …

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