You must have seen Tim Gunn’s Ten Essential Items for every woman’s wardrobe. I love Tim Gunn, he is my pretend best fashion friend and we go shopping together in my dreams. He is strict with me and gives me that raised eyebrow when I err. Then we have tea in nice china cups and gossip about fashion.
In future posts I’ll discuss my thoughts on Tim’s list and how it suits the modern work/casual woman. Today I’ve been ruminating on Tim’s “bonus” piece: One Indulgent Trendy Item. I scratch my head. What would that be for me, a midlife, Not Dead Yet professional-yet-casual woman with a modest budget? I’m not terribly inclined to indulge myself, having grown up with Good Work Ethics and all. And trendy is not a word frequently used to describe my wardrobe.
But let’s have some fun! I have some wonderful readers and commenters, whom I love to hear from. Let’s take a vote on which Trendy Indulgent Item we’d add to our wardrobe if money were not an issue. I’ve kept all the items at around $200- $300, which is high-limits for me but doesn’t get into J-Lo territory:
Colorful cowboy boots. Sal at Already Pretty owns these and I have been swooning over them. They look swoon-y with a dress or with jeans. Are they trendy? I think the design is classic and the color makes them of-the-moment.
Leather bomber jacket. This is another item I’ve longed for, but never took the plunge. I love the look with all kinds of outfits, especially with feminine dresses and blouses. Steph at The Dashing Eccentric really rocks this mixed-texture look. I am a tiny bit squeamish about all the leather, as I’m a vegetarian. I do own leather bags and shoes, so I am far from devout. I’m working it out.
|Andrew Marc jacket via Zappos.com|
Anthropologie skirt. I always ogle these beautiful floral and abstract skirts. I even put them in my shopping cart, then talk myself out of them. I say, “Self, you could buy new sheets, pillows and new workout shoes for that money!” But observe the beauty:
A fabulous tote bag. Again, I look and love, but do not buy. I carry my work papers in a cute purple tote that suits me, and cost about $25 at Ross. But for the Indulgent Item, I wouldn’t mind one of these dreamy totes and I would give it a workout, I promise.
|L.A.M.B. Tote via Nordstroms|
So help me out ladies, and share your picks for One Indulgent Trendy Item. Would it be similar to any of mine? What other goodies would you indulge in? Or are most of us too gosh-darn practical to splurge on ourselves? Have a wonderful day.