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!

The High Cost of Cheap Clothes

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It’s shocking: Second to petroleum – fashion/textiles is the most polluting industry in the world! Prompted by Reanna’s comment about my “Bargain Blazer”, here are some jarring statistics and some painless but powerful things YOU can do to make a difference.  And actually dress BETTER in the process.

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“Cost-Per-Wear” Analysis Re-imagined

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Wardrobe consultants have long endorsed the value of establishing a cost-per-wear calculation to assess the true value of an item.  Divide the price you paid by the number of times you wore the garment over its useful life.  The result = CPW. Problem is, with this season’s crazy clearance price, a low CPW isn’t an adequate filter.  And it’s speculative anyway. Who knows how many times you’ll actually wear a new item?  Here’s a new way to think about value:  CPO.

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Elevating a Bargain Blazer

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Yesterday – at Chico’s checking out pieces I thought might work for some clients – I spotted this cream/black/tan tweed jacket (one of my signature styles) marked down to a ridiculous $19.95. (I know it isn’t technically a blazer, but I loved the alliteration, sorry!)  I tried it in several sizes before settling on the Petite version.  But …

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Metallic Magic

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If your optimal metal choice is silver,  any gold trim on a shoe or purse would be out of sync with your jewelry or the colors in your wardrobe.  It’s easy enough to change a wrong button, but you can’t change accessory hardware.  But there is an answer …

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Preview an Online Purchase

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Another Style School participant pointed out that my demo technique for the class could work perfectly for “trying on” potential online purchases.  Just copy/paste your own face photo into a Powerpoint slide and add the purchase you’re considering.

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