If you’ve been reading my blog since I began writing in December, you know that I admire and respect Tim Gunn. Tim is known for his Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials that continue to be important and relevant from year to year.
Over the next week, I will go into detail about each of these essentials – a little human interest about each one, plus some tips on where to find each and how to put them together. I might even disagree with Tim on a couple of his essentials and give you my version.
But first, let’s look at the list:
1) Classic Blazer
2) Dress pants
4) Classic white shirt
5) Day dress
6) Good pair of jeans
7) Basic black dress
8) Cashmere sweater
9) Alternative to the sweatsuit
10) Trench coat
Sound too common sense? If so, go back through the list and check off how many of these you have in your closet that fit you well and that are in good shape. For example, if the lining of your pencil skirt is showing, doesn’t count. If the dress pants don’t make your butt look great, doesn’t count. If the blazer won’t button or has patches on the elbows (LOL), doesn’t count. And Mom jeans…well, don’t get me started!
These 10 items can build an entire wardrobe, for both work and play. It doesn’t have to be expensive, either. However, for these 10 items, spend as much as you can afford. You’ll be wearing these often, and you want them to last.
Once you build this foundation, you can go out and spend your money on the really fun things to go with them – the yellow patent flats (in my closet); the leopard booties (on my wish list); or the turquoise bubble necklace (just arrived today!).
So let’s get started!!