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Monday, April 4, 2011

Wardrobe Essentials: The Experts Weigh In

Now is the time to refresh your wardrobe and shop for new spring and summer clothes. Before you head to the stores, I recommend that you conduct a wardrobe audit. That's a fancy name for looking in your closet and preparing a list of what you have and what you need. All too often, women end up with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. A major reason for this closet conundrum has to do with a failure to build a wardrobe from the ground floor up by investing in core pieces. Think of your wardrobe core as the structural foundation that supports your house. If the structure isn't sound, you will encounter stress and endless expense to right this fundamental problem.

Do you need help in deciding what your wardrobe essentials should be? Well, let's see what the three great minds of style put on their lists of top ten clothing basics:

Nina Garcia, author of Little Black Book of Style, fashion director of Elle Magazine, Project Runway Judge
Little Black Dress
A Classic Men's White Shirt
Cashmere Cardigan
Trench Coat
A Man's Classic Watch
Ballet Flats
A Classic High Heel Pump
A Terrific Purse

Isaac Mizrahi, author of How to Have Style and designer for Target
Little Black Dress
Pencil Skirt
White Jeans
Sweater Set
White Button Down Shirt
Sunglasses that suit your face
Tailored Blazer
High Heeled Sandals
Well fitting Bra

Tim Gunn, author of A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, star of Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style on Bravo and Project Runway’s style mentor
Black Dress
Trench Coat
Dress Slacks
White Shirt
Day Dress
Cashmere Sweater
Nice Workout/leisure Outfit
Additional Fun item under $20

How many of these pieces do you own?


  1. I am thinking about revamp my wardrobe so this post really speaks to me. Great job!

  2. I'm so glad you found the post helpful. I will be writing more on tips for building your wardrobe soon so I hope you visit again.