Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style
October 30, 2008
This episode was particularly interesting in that it started with a woman who had enough clothing to “run a boutique” out of her closet. She had approximately 280 items including 54 pairs of pants. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK! Instead of tossing everything and sending her out shopping they first inventoried and edited her closet. At the InStyle studio they had her accessorize a dress she already owned. They still gave her a present, which is great for her, but can’t they just send me some jewelry too?
I usually really want to join them on the visit to the designer, but the outfits they had her try on weren’t my favorites, and with dresses retailing for thousands of dollars I would be afraid to sneeze. The one the designer, Naeem Khan, gave her was by far my favorite out of the bunch. The dresses looked heavy
We end with Diane receiving a gift of diamond and white gold earings. Tim and Greta give the best presents.
Tim Gunn’s basic rule is “every woman needs 10 essential items in her wardrobe.”
1. Basic Black Dress
2. Trench Coat
3. Classic Dress Pants
4. White Shirt
6. Cashmere Sweater
8. Day Dress
10. Sweat suit Alternative
Bonus: Indulgent Trendy Item
I really like his list. I think it’s practical and can be frugal (with the possible exception of the cashmere).
I really like this show. I don’t think I need Tim’s help, but would he think so? I decided to evaluate my own wardrobe using Tim’s rules (after the show was over of course).
 Photo courtesy of NY Magazine
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I went Columbus Day shopping looking for a coat, but I also wanted to keep my eyes open for Christmas presents.
The only coat I really liked was 55% off, but unfortunately, it was still $81. I've decide
d to wait for after Thanksgiving specials. I don't think I'll need it until December anyway.
The coat was similar to this one, but it had an inner vest layer that you could zip up and leave the outer zipper open. It was warm and didn't make me feel like a plump penguin, but I’m not ready to spend that much until I check out other options.
What I did find was the most adorable little girl outfit for my soon to be arriving niece. It’s so much fun to buy for little girls! I already have some great outfits I picked up at an outlet store for 40% off, but this outfit was an even better deal. I found it at Macy's. It was reduced to $4.99 from $32.00. That's a savings of just about 85%. :)
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I went camping two nights ago. I was cold the entire time. Not only did the temperature dip into the 30s it was WINDY. It is especially cold when the warmest thing you’ve brought is a hoodie you’ve borrowed from your husband. I have plenty of cute little jackets and one black trench coat that I got 6 years ago for $40 at a T.J. Max, but none of these items are warm enough – or functional enough for a camping trip. I do live in San Diego, but I’ve already needed a warm jacket several times in the last year.
I’m going to go shopping Columbus Day sales tomorrow, but to make sure I know what is a good deal. I decided to start with a little research. From the Sunday paper I learned that JCPenney has a sale of 55% off women’s outwear. Macy’s advertised a big sale and included a 10-15% off coupon.
Next I went on line and found -
Burlington Coat Factory has coats at $30 for about 60% off.
Sears – outwear 50% off
I’ll report back tomorrow!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Today’s Challenge: Work looks for $50 or less
Bonus: Weekend clothes without having to buy any more pieces.
The outfits are organized from most conservative (perfect for a business meeting) to casual Friday.
The weekend look is made by remixing the work day items for a more casual look.
Total Cost = 218.41
Cost per Day: 31.20
Total Number of Pieces: 18
Nearly every piece is currently on sale, but I did my best to make sure there is a range of sizes still available for each piece.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Fashion: a prevailing custom or style of dress
Philosophy: a system of principles for guidance in practical affairs
Reality (philosophy definition): something that exists independently of ideas concerning it
Fashion: I love pretty things, but I don’t want to look like everyone else.
Philosophy: Clothing affects how others perceive you and may even affect how you perceive yourself.
Reality: I have a tiny non-essential budget ($50 a month).
What Does Affordable Fashion Mean?
Is it possible to build a fashion conscious wardrobe with that budget? According to the fashion magazines I read it is not possible. I disagree. This blog is all about looking great in the real world.
Affordable Fashion is turning into quite the popular phrase. A lot of fashion magazines focus on the fantastical (a $82,000 brooch) and the merely expensive (watches ranging from $425-$9,950). As fun as these items may be to look at they are impossible to fit into a sensible, working person’s budget.
Fashion editors and talk show hosts have decided they might increase their readership and viewership if they provided more options applicable to women who operate on a budget, unfortunately, their idea of a budget does not translate into my real world. A two hundred dollar outfits does not equal “affordable fashion” even if Tyra Banks says it does. If I had her salary perhaps I could consider that affordable.
How about Oprah’s “Fall Fashion Steals?” All items are under $100, which is pocket change to Oprah, but for me a $58 dollar scarf is only a fashion steal if I literally stole it. The $25 dollar ballet flats from Old Navy I can consider, however, I know they’ll probably be on sale soon (which they currently are for $9.99).
One of the blogs on the Lucky Magazine online site is Elise Loehnen’s. She writes about “style steals.” She wants a pricey leather jacket but isn’t sure she’ll get enough use out of it. Her solution is to buy the cheap ($128!) version first. Thrifty – I don’t think so. In the same vein the “Under $150 Bag Guide” or the “Fall Classics Under $100” from the September 2008 issue do not make my heart leap for joy.
So what is a “I-have-$50-dollars-and-want-to update-my-wardrobe-girl-to-do? Stay tuned!