Wardrobe

A New Concept for Closet Clean-outs

Last weekend I was doing a Color Certainty consultation and closet clean-out with a new client  — an artist, a fan of vintage designer garments and a sewing enthusiast with exquisite skills.  She had a personal story behind every item in her closets and drawers … each one was like a dear friend, and letting…

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One Fall Trend With the Lifespan of a Classic

Most trends these days are so extreme that they have about a 30-minute lifespan before starting to look dated. But one item coming to the fashion forefront for Fall ’18 is already a classic.  Skin prints are always on the style radar, but this year they are much more that a blip.  And embracing the…

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Wild Animals at Your Local Mall

Cat-skin prints are lurking in many department stores and women’s specialty stores this fall.    Here are a few that looked interested as I was shopping with  clients this week … as well as some tips on the most flattering ways to wear them.

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Sew-It-Yourself Skin-Print Cardigan

One challenge of this season’s skin print trend is finding an option that suits your own coloring.  So we were excited to find this lightweight sweater knit yardage in a range of neutral color options from caramel to chocolate, taupe and gray.  A quick-to-sew cardigan was the obvious garment to make from it.  I chose…

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Allergic to Metal Jewelry?

A recent post about necklaces prompted a few reader questions about how to use those concepts if a woman has an allergy to metals.  So I played around with my collection of pendant drops to find ways to wear them on something other than a traditional chain.

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Scarf Designs – Your Help Requested

So many of you have commented on my scarf design “consulting” project – both in the comments section and in direct email messages – so I’d love to have your input for future seasons. 

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Welcome

Welcome to my Strategic Style blog.  You’ll find it’s different from most fashion writing in the blogosphere.  It doesn’t feature pictures of how great I look in the hottest new trends for the season. In fact this blog isn’t about ME at all. It’s about YOU and the other slightly imperfect women who populate the real…

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Scarf Print Finalists

Did you pick some favorites or suggest some improvements to the proposed scarf designs from my wholesale supplier that I shared on the blog a while back?  Well they sent me drawings of some of the designs in colorways they updated based on my input.  I’d be interested to hear what you think of these…

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Accessories Accelerate a Color Transition

When Gretchen traveled from California to St Louis for a conference, she stayed over an extra day to fit in a color consultation.  She had already had her colors “done” multiple times, but felt they still weren’t quite right.  As a coach for high-level executives, she needs to quickly establish both respect and rapport and…

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Mother/Daughter Mini-Makeover

What a great birthday surprise:  One cool Atlanta mom recently flew her adult daughter from New York City to St Louis for a girls’ getaway weekend and mystery birthday surprise –  a color consult and mini-makeover.  A couple of things that came up in that session might apply in your life too.

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