Modernize the Classic Cannon

In my latest book, Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget (out now in paperback!), I outline the 16 key pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe. If that sounds sort of limiting, it’s because you’re not considering the mix & match factor: Pop in a few trendier items and you can’t help but look timely. Don’t believe me? Consider these two remixes on classic pieces.

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Trench Coat

  • Dress it up… With an oversize button-front shirt, leather-look pants and pointy-toed pumps.
  • Dress it down… With a striped tee, boyfriend jeans and slip-on sneakers.
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Little Black Dress

  • For the office… With a jean jacket, nude bootie, ladylike bag (we’re loving rich fall shades like aubergine) and a masculine watch.
  • For a night out… With a patterned pump, statement necklace, graphic bag and wine-stained lip.

Sources: Trench, Coach; Printed Shirt, Mango; Leather-look Pants, H&M; Pumps, Nine West; Striped Shirt, Zara; Jeans, Madewell; Sneakers, Vans; Little Black Dress, BCBG; Jean Jacket, Macy’s; Bootie, Vince Camuto; Bag, Steve Madden; Watch, Michael Kors.


#fbf to 1994 (ish) with my buds, @richardwiese and @wendirogerstv Bought that sport coat on sale for about 20 bucks because that’s all I had in the bank. Was 10% wool and 90% “other.” Got caught in the rain with it and smelled like wet dog ass all night.

Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

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