Now that I’m trying to refocus my professional attire (aka “Corporate Kim”) — I’m need a plan. While I’d love to go on an all out shopping spree – I’m pretty sure Jeremy would have a heart attack.
Obviously I thought of Tim Gunn (my imaginary best friend).
I own his book, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style (Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style) and while I recall it being a light, interesting read - I didn’t really want to thumb through the book again.
Then I remembered his short lived Bravo show Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style. In his show – he talked about the 10 essential wardrobe items every woman should own. A 10-item checklist? I can start with that:
- Basic Black Dress
- Trench Coat
- Classic Dress Pants
- Classic White Shirt
- Day Dress
- Cashmere Sweater
- Sweatsuit Alternative
- Bonus: One Indulgent Trendy Item Under $20
I own the majority of these items except for a Cashmere sweater (that I’ll never buy because I’m a vegetarian) and a trench coat.
I think, however, that I need to step up the classic dress pants, classic white shirt and a blazer. I have blazers but I think I need a good go to blazer that works with the majority of my items.
As for classic white shirt – I need a good, crisp white button up shirt. Preferably one that is stain resistant and doesn’t require ironing. :-)
Oprah featured a white, non-iron shirt, last year that I’ve been meaning to get. Its a bit pricey but it seems well worth it if I don’t have to iron. I have difficulty with getting button up dress shirts to appear crisp. (I am the world’s worst ironer)
I’m going to invest in a nice shoe polish/cleaner to “save” some of my current shoes but am also hunting for nude pumps.
Based on some of your suggestions – I’ll look into Target and Kohl’s for a trenchcoat.
I am well on my way!