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Crisis Averted. Thank you, Tim Gunn.

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In 2009, I started The Style Geek Book Club, a book club that meets both virtually and in real life to discuss the books we read and how they affect our every day life.  Below is the first post I made about The Style Geek Bookclub’s first read: Tim Gunn’s Guide to Quality, Style and Taste.  

Was I supposed to make a post about chapters 1-2 on Monday or today?? Is it just me or is this week flying by? Great news, though: Two more people have joined the SG Book Club! Since they’ll need a little time to catch up, (No worries! Better late than never!) I’m postponing our discussion of the first two chapters until next Wednesday, November 18.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share how Tim Gunn (TG for short) impacted my trip to Vegas last weekend.  Hopefully this will inspire more of you to join the Club…or at least the discussion!

On the plane to Vegas, and I’m about to have a mild panic attack.  No, not because we’re experiencing turbulence. (We’re still on the runway.) But, because I’m pretty sure I’m about to experience a major fashion failure.  (Or, in Twitter lingo, a #fashionfail.)

It took me 90 minutes to pack my suitcase last night.  I went through a mental checklist of what Husband and I would be doing all weekend and chose my outfits accordingly.  Flight: Trusty jeans, go-to scarf, hipster vest, booties.  Saturday afternoon excursions: Skinny jeans, boyfriend cardigan, knee boots. Saturday evening: Royal purple BCBG dress (need I say more?). Return flight: Trusty jeans, pilot jacket, booties (If my feet aren’t screaming too bad.  Otherwise it’s tennis shoes and a prayer that no one judges me too harshly for wearing white Asics with jeans.)

Am I missing anything? Apparently I didn’t think so when I was packing.  But now, as I sit on the runway in eager anticipation of the evening ahead, I realize: I FORGOT TO PACK FOR THE EVENING AHEAD!

What am  I gonna wear tonight?  I can’t wear my flying clothes–much too casual.  Don’t wanna wear the purple BCBG–the only thing worse than sneakers with jeans is wearing the same outfit two nights in a row!

Yes. This is an all out #fashionfail. (By the way: We just took off and the woman beside me is literally having a panic attack. She’s huddled underneath the airline blanket breathing swift and shallow.) But back to my crisis…

I’m running through the list of what miscellaneous items I threw in my suitcase (true fashionistas always overpack), and I’m still coming up empty. Wait. What’s that I hear?

“Make it work!”

Is TG wiring a message to my brain? (SG Book Clubbers and Project Runway fans know exactly what I’m talking about.)

“Make it work!”

Now I’m starting to chant the immortal words!

“Make it work…”

And so I did.  As soon as I got to Vegas I opened my suitcase and pulled out each item of clothing in my suitcase and laid it out on the couch.  Then, I assessed each article and paired them together with one another in “uniforms” that I knew would work for me.

According to TG, that’s the key: “Having a cache of categories of separates that can successfully interact” and being confident in which of those separates you pair together “because you know which articles of apparel look good on you.”

Oh how I could wax eloquently on the other gems found in the book, but I’ll wait for next week! For now, keep on reading, Clubbers, and remember to “Make it work!”

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