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Tim Gunn's 10 Essential Wardrobe Items

Visual ideas for the 10 items every woman should have in her closet: • Basic black dress • Trench coat • Classic dress pants • Classic white shirt • Skirt • Blazer • Day dress • Cashmere sweater • Jeans • A comfortable alternative to a sweatsuit

Tim Gunn's 10 Essential Wardrobe Items

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Mix and match your essentials, then pair with trendier items: white dress shirt, belted cardigan and striped skirt.

Combines 3 essentials: awesome pair of jeans+crisp white shirt+classic blazer/jacket.

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A whimsical take on the classic white dress shirt.

Perfect day dress or sweatsuit alternative.

Reiss White Fit and Flare Dress

Cool jacket shirt

Sweatsuit alternative: khaki shorts, belted, with classic white shirt. Make these shorts 10" longer and they're perfect for running errands or relaxing on the weekend.

A sweatsuit alternative: corduroy pants in a pop of color!

If you have the figure to pull them off, these matchstick jeans are so chic!

Matchstick jean in classic rinse wash

Have always loved J. Crew's classic denim jeans.

Vintage straight jean in old faithful wash

Combines two essentials: a great belted sweater and classic black skirt.

Classic sweater. For work or cool evenings.

Only Mine V-Neck Cashmere Sweater | Nordstrom

Timeless Day Dress. Can be dressed up with different belt, heels and fur coat. Or stay business appropriate. Or dress down with espadrilles or flip flops, hobo bag and sun hat.

More casual wrap dress by DVF.

Charming day dress.

Milly Printed Skirt Dress | Nordstrom

A blazer is a must. This belted blazer is a must-have!

The blazer and skirt on the left are classic shapes that will be chic for years to come. Definite essential.


Who doesn't love a main staple, like the pencil skirt, in leather? Yum!

I like the added detail on the classic white dress shirt.

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Victoria's Secret even has a take on the classic black dress pant. Very sexy!

Express makes some great classic dress pants.

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How many ways can you say Little Black Dress?

Burberry's update to the classic trench coat.

Burberry - Iconic British Luxury Brand Est. 1856