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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, read more

  • 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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