By Tracy Steffenson
It seems that everywhere we look we run face first into fashion. This, of course, isn’t a new thing since the fashion industry rakes in billions of dollars every year, but many woman still don’t know where to begin.
Tim Gunn, a fashion authority and the host of ‘Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style’ has been transforming fashion victims into stylish individuals for decades! He offers his clients a list of 10 must haves that every woman should have in their closets in order to establish a fashionable wardrobe.
#1: A Tailored Black Blazer - It is a classic and feminine look that is great for every body type. You can pair it with anything from jeans to a dress or trousers. The one thing that every fashion adviser seems to stress is to make sure you find one that fits you well and accentuates our waist - You don’t want it to look like it is swallowing you!
#2: The perfect jeans - We hunt for them our entire lives and when we find them you may as well get ready to pry them from our cold, dead hands. Fashion experts do suggest trying a Flared Jean as they are flattering for most body styles and are easy to dress up or to keep your look cool and casual.
#3: Classic Trench - Think of it as an investment piece. You’ll wear it forever and it will never go out of style! Plus, even if you gain weight, it will still be a functioning piece of your wardrobe. Look for a classy A-line silhouette that will cinch you in at the waist. You can wear it over everything, including suits or jeans.
#4: The LBD - The perfect little black dress is something that every woman dreams about, even if she doesn’t want to own up to it. It’s important to invest in one that is special to you! Look for a dress with a detail, special sleeve, embellished neckline or exquisite belt to make it stand out. And remember that the most important thing above all else is the fit! Don’t buy something simply because you like the look, make sure that it really fits you as well.
#5: Classic dress pants - You know the ones I am talking about. The black, or navy blue, wide-legged dress pants that fall off your butt and making it look perfect! Need I say more?!
#6: Classic white shirt - Whether you like to wear white or not, a classic white shirt is a must for any woman’s fashion collection. You might not be able to picture a time in your life where this item would be your go to shirt but trust me, it never hurts to have one and you will wear it more then you would think.
#7: The ideal skirt - For that last minute professional look on the go a classically shaped skirt can help you get ready in a pinch! Pair it with your classic white shirt and your tailored blazer and you are ready to take on the world! One thing to keep in mind, make sure the skirt is age appropriate (length) and will fit with your lifestyle (cooky owls on a lawyer might not look quite right).
#8: The day dress - This is one of the items I tend to argue with, as I am not much of a dress wearer, but it does stand to reason that it would come in handy to have one standing by in your closet for that last minute baby shower, special date, surprise casual meeting and so on. I guess it never hurts to be prepared!
#9: A cashmere sweater - Designers love cashmere for its pure luxury; you'll love the cozy softness and classic elegance. Look for timeless styles that you can wear every winter to stretch your budget (cashmere may be everywhere, but it isn't cheap) or splurge with trendy looks for extra pampering. Pure cashmere a little to rich for your blood? That’s ok too, try a cashmere blend to make that cash stretch!
#10: A comfortable alternative to the sweat suit - No one wants to be caught running around town in stained up sweats. This is when a comfy alternative would be the perfect thing to grab out of the closet! It doesn’t have to be covered in bling but a little extra sparkle never hurts.
Versatile and timeless pieces that can work for almost any occasion, sounds a little boring doesn’t it? Well once you have your staples, that is when the fun begins and you can start personalizing your wardrobe with fashion scarves, brightly colored flats, statement jewelry and fun alternatives to the classic pieces. Happy shopping!