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The Top 10 Essentials, According to Nina Garcia

I just wrapped up Nina Garcia's Little Black Book of Style and it was a truly lovely read. It would make a great gift for any woman looking to up her style ante. It's easy to read, and easy on the eyes, and is full of juicy fashion learnings.

Last week I talked about the 10 fashion essentials, according to Tim Gunn and you all added your two cents. Well, Nina, being a Project Runway judge and fashion director at ELLE, has an opinion on the 10 essentials as well. You will notice quite a difference between hers and Tim's — although some items make both lists, ie. LBD, white shirt, cashmere and trench. Nina's essentials are a bit more womanly and include luxe accessories; the gal certainly has taste. And, as she puts it: "Go a little crazy. Be a little dramatic. Have a lot of fun." Amen.

To see what Nina's 10 essentials are,

  • The Little Black Dress
  • A Classic Men's White Shirt
  • Cashmere Cardigan or Turtleneck
  • A Trench Coat
  • Denim
  • A Man's Classic Watch
  • Diamonds
  • Ballet Flats
  • A Classic High Heel Pump
  • A Great Bag
  • Bonus: A Dramatic Piece, Like a Cocktail Ring

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eaglewing eaglewing 5 years
LOVE THE LIST, EXCEPT I WOULD MODIFY THE BALLET FLATS TO INCLUDE SFT LEATHER OR SUEDE DRIVING MOCS~! ESPECIALLY LOVE THE MAN'S CLASSIC WATCH and SHIRT - EXACTLY LIKE PRINCESS DIANA, WHO ALWAYS WORD A MAN's CLASSIC TANK WATCH AND A MAN's PINK OXFORD BUTTON DOWN SHIRT - GREAT TASTE~!
MissACY MissACY 7 years
i too have been wearing a men's watch for some time and i love it. im a bit of a drama queen so sometimes i even wear two men's watches (choice: Cartier) at the same time - same wrist! - like bangles. and personally i reckon if you were supposed to write top 10 essentials, its not like you can write Wellingtons, caftan, brooch...etc. the 'essentials' seem boring and predictable to any fashion-sensible gal of course. theyre called 'essentials'/(basics) for a reason and i almost totally agree with garcia. although it wouldve been great to see Spanx up there ;)
MissACY MissACY 7 years
i too have been wearing a men's watch for some time and i love it. im a bit of a drama queen so sometimes i even wear two men's watches (choice: Cartier) at the same time - same wrist! - like bangles. and personally i reckon if you were supposed to write top 10 essentials, its not like you can write Wellingtons, caftan, brooch...etc. the 'essentials' seem boring and predictable to any fashion-sensible gal of course. theyre called 'essentials'/(basics) for a reason and i almost totally agree with garcia. although it wouldve been great to see Spanx up there ;)
jezrel jezrel 8 years
great picks! the men's shirt and men's watch are not my thing but all the rest i'd agree are essentials. at least for me.
jsknutson jsknutson 8 years
I don't like this list much- its so obvious. Who is this list and/or Tim Gunn's list for? The woman who works only one day a week? Are they simply meant to be building blocks? I guess that's it. It just seems lacking. The whole reason we all shop like we do is because as women, we have a million different life senarios that we need to dress for.
GibsonGIrl GibsonGIrl 9 years
I just don't understand the men's watch trend. I personally prefer more delicate items on my wrist. Everything else on the list i have, but I use each item creatively. This list is definitely the basics of the basics.
nicky9988 nicky9988 9 years
essentials indeed =)
nicky9988 nicky9988 9 years
essentials indeed =)
Green Green 9 years
i have them all and have been wearing mens watches for years, my fav's are Kenneth Cole and Guess Collection, good luck!
artfashionmusic7 artfashionmusic7 9 years
hmm i hav a turtleneck :D lol. :P and a lil black dress. :D
artfashionmusic7 artfashionmusic7 9 years
hmm i hav a turtleneck :D lol. :P and a lil black dress. :D
emalove emalove 9 years
She's right on the $$ with those selections...I love them all!
Lala77 Lala77 9 years
great picks :)
Lala77 Lala77 9 years
great picks :)
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I look awful in white too, brendelwoman... I love most of the selection, especially the flats and the trench...but I'm a sucker for flats and trenches in general.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I look awful in white too, brendelwoman...I love most of the selection, especially the flats and the trench...but I'm a sucker for flats and trenches in general.
mirawilliams mirawilliams 9 years
I agree with catherela. I picked up her book and was also disappointed - there was nothing new in her offering. It got read in an hour and taken back the next day. I did learn that her mother convinced her seamstress to move in with her, but again - having a good tailor is not a new concept.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I don't think a white shirt looks great on everyone. I look horrible in white. So I tend to disregard that one.
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
I love all her picks!
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
I love all her picks!
geohiker geohiker 9 years
She looks great in this outfit; I love the orange dress - so colorful and bright!
Ava-Gardner Ava-Gardner 9 years
These lists are just about playing it safe. I'm so tired of them. They are fine to follow if you have a conservative work environment but real style is about idiosyncratic choices blended to give the wow factor. This is just the 1 to 10 of how to conform and fit in at the golf club. ;)
Ava-Gardner Ava-Gardner 9 years
These lists are just about playing it safe. I'm so tired of them. They are fine to follow if you have a conservative work environment but real style is about idiosyncratic choices blended to give the wow factor. This is just the 1 to 10 of how to conform and fit in at the golf club. ;)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I agree with most of her selections, especially about diamonds. :) They are a girl's bestfriend! Personally, I'm not a fan of wearing men's items. That's not me.
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