Thursday, July 8, 2010

Welcome! - And Tim Gunn Advice


A number of assorted reasons (that shall be addressed in future blog posts) led me to create this blog. If you know me, you know that I work for a corporation and, as the title implies, I'll be sharing my thoughts on style for the corporate world. Now, don't get me wrong: I don't think in any way that I'm the end all be all of corporate style... but I do have some thoughts on the subject. ;) So, welcome everyone, and I hope that my tips and tricks will be helpful!


Another aspect of the title is also a nod to Tim Gunn. I really loooooooooove the guy. For about two seasons, he had his own show on Bravo (not sure how many people knew about this) and I thought that it was fabulous. It was a mix of What Not To Wear (WNTW) but nicer. What Not To Wear has *some* valuable input but, in the end, everyone ends up looking like a suburban mom... whereas Tim Gunn was all about keeping the person's personal style relatively intact... just modernized. As part of the show, they also would take a picture of the person getting the makeover and then they had this software that enabled Tim to show different clothing option on that person's very body and he could also draw to show where lines were supposed to hit. It was very enlightening.

Another thing that they did differently than WNTW was that, instead of making people get rid of the whole wardrobe, he made the lady go through the closet and make 3 piles: keep, mend/tailor, and throw. He would provide advice and guidance (and so would whoever was his co-hostess for that season) but, ultimately, the decision was up to the person. I thought that it was a nice touch.

You can find episodes from that series on Hulu and on .

I recently got a new job within my company (back in March) and went through my closet and analyzed what I wanted to keep, mend/tailor, and throw. That was highly enlightening. There were items that I had kept in there for assorted reasons and, really, it was time to part ways. I strongly encourage you to do this from time to time... once a year is a good idea.

One rule that I also add to the closet cleaning is: if I haven't worn the item for 2 years, it's time to part ways. Now, if the item is too hard to part with, there is the possibility of a 'probation' period... where I tell myself that, if I wear the item within the next 6-12 months, I can keep it... if not, we will part ways at the next closet cleaning.

Another Tim Gunn advice is to read his book titled A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style. It has lots of great advice... and if you're a Tim Gunn fan, he talks about his early years at Parson's and other tidbits of Tim Gunn history. It's very much written in a way that you could hear him talk like that. Many libraries have the book if you don't want to invest in it. There's a list of 10 items that he feels every woman should have in her wardrobe. It's good advice there... his point with the list of items is that, if you have those, then you can pretty much go wherever the occasion calls for. You can find the list at this link if you don't want to look up the book:

Also as part of the Guide to Style series, the first co-hostess, had some advice on the site... and there's one in particular that I heed now. It is very simple and basic and we all should have that in the back of our heads but we sometimes forget: have a plan BEFORE you go shopping. Her point was that, if you don't have a plan, then you'll end up spending your money on stuff that you don't need so, unless you have money to burn (who does, really?), have a list of items that you need to purchase. And she did advise so have a list... because, as we all know, if you go shopping with the sole intent of finding pants, you won't find any you like but you'll fall madly in love with a dress that you really don't need... so if you know that you need like pants, a shirt, and/or a dress that should have about XX specs, then it will make your shopping easier... 'cause you'll steer away from the frou frou dresses. ;)

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