Tim Gunn's Style Must-Haves for Every Woman
Happy birthday, Tim Gunn! The fashion consultant, who is best known as a mentor on Project Runway, turns 61 today. Gunn has worked as a stylist for years, and even took a stab at dressing the ultimate icon, Barbie, in chic separates back in 2012. Need help revamping your wardrobe? Let this style guru walk you through the basics you need to spice up any outfit.
Little Black Dress
Tim says, "When I'm asked, 'What's the one wardrobe must-have?' this is it. It's unbeatable."
Tim says, "This is the one item of outerwear that looks as appropriate at the grocery store as it does at the opera. Furthermore, it's crying out to be personalized. Yes, the khaki belted trench is, indeed, a classic. But if it suits you, then why not try a shrunken version in red patent?"
Classic Dress Pants
Tim says, "Whether in black, navy, charcoal or chocolate, a wool or silk pant that falls straight from the widest part of your hip is a wardrobe must. It can be worn with a chic blouse or a cashmere sweater, and by adding a blazer you can wear this look anywhere."
Tim says, "This is a skirt that you can dress up with a blazer or dress down with a denim jacket. The hem should be no longer than the bottom of your kneecap and no shorter than just above the knee."
Tim says, "No single item of apparel dresses up a look better than a blazer. You're doing Saturday catch-up at the office in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, when your boss calls to thank you with an invitation to lunch. Can you think of a better save?"
Classic White Shirt
Tim says, "Whether paired with dress pants, a skirt, or jeans, this item is always polished and sophisticated. Just be mindful of the proper clothing maintenance!"
Tim says, "This is by definition a sportswear look, not a cocktail alternative. My style favorites are the classic shift (thank you, Michelle Obama), the never-fail shirt-dress, and the wrap (thank you DVF!)."
Tim says, "This is the only clothing item to which I attribute a "luxury" textile, because cashmere has become very affordable and can last years in one's wardrobe if properly maintained. It can be a cardigan, v-neck, or turtleneck, but please be mindful of crews-very unflattering on many."
Tim says, "Why is it so difficult to find the right fit in denim? I find that the most universally forgiving style is a dark wash (this offers more versatility, such as going out at night) with a lower rise (fit your hips, not your waist), and that falls straight from the widest part of the hip. But in any case, TRY IT ON!"
Alternative to the Sweatsuit
Tim says, "This isn't gym-wear; it's a walking the dog outfit that's easy, feels comfortable, and looks great. It can be jeans and a crisp white tee and a cashmere cardigan or a cotton jersey day dress. It's whatever suits your lifestyle and says 'casual' with sophistication."
Tim says, "Indulge occasionally in a $20 something or other."