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Tips for Your Travel Tales Entry

Because so many of you have shared your adventures while wearing Sympatico, I was inspired to create Travel Tales — a semi-regular email feature.Send me your Travel Tale along with one or more pictures of you in your Sympatico wear and I’ll send you a $100 gift certificate if I use them.  Email me with the [...]

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Mix it? Match it? The Sympatico color palette

The underlying idea of Sympatico’s color scheme is straightforward. Classic colors such as Graphite, Natural and Grey Fog work like neutrals and form the base of the Sympatico wardrobe. My fashion colors, in this case, Peach, add panache. Shades must communicate and work with each other to make the cut in my color scheme. Mix and [...]

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Tencel's the "good rayon," but doesn't get respect

“What is Tencel, anyway?” I get that question a lot at the Lithia Artisans Market where you’ll find me most weekends through October. Even though it’s been around since the 1970s, I find Tencel is far less well known than other modern fibers. And that’s a shame, given its sustainable, Earth-friendly production and wonderful look and [...]

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Presenting Peach—Sympatico's newest shade

Direct from the dye bath, here’s my newest shade: Peach! With the promise of summer just ahead it’ll inject a colorful note into the warm months ahead. As with all my new shades, my aim was to come up with a shade that coordinates well with the rest of the Sympatico palette. Peach hits that [...]

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Understanding ease: Get a great fit shopping for women's clothes online

Like snowflakes, DNA, and fingerprints, no two figures are quite alike. As a result, coming up with size schemes that make sense on actual bodies is a challenge that has never been satisfactorily solved by clothing makers. Toss in the question of how much ease you need, and shopping for women's clothing online becomes pretty [...]

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Earth Day every day: Eco-friendly hemp & Tencel clothing

I love how Earth Day underscores how doing the right thing environmentally calls for a genuine mindset instead of just a day’s celebration. It requires a fundamental love for the only home we have. Earth Day has been inspiring us toward that for 48 years, and though at times it seems we’ve made too little [...]

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Travel Tale: This archaeologist digs Sympatico

Like so many Sympatico customers, Rebecca Allen is a frequent traveler. In putting out my call for entries for our recurring feature, Travel Tales, Rebecca responded with the following account of a recent New Orleans trip.Rebecca A, ready for her trip, in her Angled Skirt.I’m an archaeologist, which means that much of my wardrobe has [...]

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Fickle spring weather’s made for layering

Layered looks make sense when you don’t know which way the wind may blow. Up here in the Northwest, when we saunter out on a spring day, we dress for three seasons. That’s why versatility is a key ingredient in my design objectives: many Sympatico styles are created to dress up or down, and maybe more [...]

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Pack light & look great on your next travel adventure

Don't pack too much!It slows you down, tires you out and leaves no room for purchases. What's essential: passport or ID, money, good shoes, medications. What's smart: a coordinated wardrobe that looks stylish, feels comfortable and is culturally appropriate. Check the weather for your destination: what's the norm and what's currently happening? Look at photos on the internet to see how the [...]

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Finding the sweet spot between style & comfort

Cleaning out some files recently, I stumbled upon some amusing old photos. The walk down memory lane was fun, but also instructive about how fashion, body shape and comfort have influenced my perception of fit over the years.This snapshot of my uncle and me taken in 1972 at a cousin's wedding depicts a dress length [...]

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