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!

Finding Your “Key Neutral”

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Although the retail fashion world insists that every woman should choose black as her base neutral, they do that to make their inventory management more profitable, not because it makes us all look our best.  In truth, the more enhancing neutral for a woman’s wardrobe nearly always relates closely to her hair color. We are talking about the hair color people see, whether that is natural or enhanced. (The exception: if you’ve colored your hair some far-out shade that doesn’t relate to the rest of your coloring. Then we need to talk.)

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What’s the Point? Connections!

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The ideal wardrobe for any woman is made up of many tiny decisions.  Early in my career I made choices intuitively, often not realizing WHY a certain thing was going to showcase a client perfectly … just somehow knowing that it would. Eventually I  recognized the underlying theme – points of connection!  The more elements of the outfit that repeated the woman’s inherent characteristics, the more fabulous the pairing. Both the client and the garment looked more attractive because of the repetition. The focus went to her – not the specific item she was wearing.  People didn’t say “what a great dress” but instead started…

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Closet Customization

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How about some quick upgrades to the structure of your closet to better accommodate the wonderful new wardrobe you’re going to create?  It doesn’t have to be a full build-out (not that you aren’t entitled to that if it’s your choice).  But just a few simple, budget-friendly DIY tweaks can make a big improvement in the practicality of the storage space. To improve visibility, remove the ceiling light’s decorative cover for maximum light.  Trade out the old bulbs for new, cooler LEDs or CFLs and get much brighter lighting with comparable wattage.  No more mistaking the black pants for navy in dim lighting.

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Quick Closet Challenge

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My cutie-pie husband says (about our past dating lives, but it applies here I promise) “You figure out what you want by figuring out what you don’t want.” In wardrobe terms, we’ll be setting up a system of filters over the coming weeks, identifying your optimal clothing choices by ruling out things that aren’t so right.  Last week’s exercise was the first filter – defining the things you want to move away from in your wardrobe. So let’s start this week by getting them out of your closet … and your drawers and shelves and storage boxes under the bed ….

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Closet Curation

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Even though we’ll do more weeding out in future lessons, this is the ideal time to define a system for keeping your clothes organized and accessible.  Here’s the process I use when I work with a private client: Step 1 – Get everything that isn’t clothing out of your closet.  No more luggage, gift wrap, tennis rackets … nothing but clothes and accessories.

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