So, who is behind the blog TenKeyPieces?
Kairee Tann is a wife and mother of three who works full time in the commercial construction industry.
Kairee initially started the blog TenKeyPieces as a personal style blog. TenKeyPieces has now grown to include a vast community on social media as well as sponsored posts and designer and influencer collaborations.
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What is Ten Key Pieces blog about?
The Mission of Ten Key Pieces blog is to arm fashion lovers and those new to fashion with tools to build a chic and functional wardrobe that inspires and excites. We accomplish this through regular blog posts and newsletters backed by brand research, designer collaboration, fashion trend analysis, and influencer networking. My 10 core wardrobe essentials infused with flexible trend pieces provide attaining a wardrobe that will never go out of style.
Kairee’s 10 Key Wardrobe Essentials for all seasons
- Statement Coat or Jacket
- Button Down Shirt
- Breton “striped” T-shirt
- Midi Skirt
- Jean (Skinny, Boyfriend, and Flared)
- Pointy Flat
- Black Pumps
- Ankle Boot
PLUS!! an 11th Trend Piece
Combining these 10 pieces with 1 or 2 carefully curated trend pieces each season is essential for a wardrobe from which one can build infinite possibilities.
Seriously!?! You fashion blog in your spare time?
Given my background, many would consider it “frivolous”to spend time writing about Ten Key Pieces. Being a numbers person for most of my life (I have a degree in Civil Engineering) and having pursued a career in a male-dominated industry, I feel it’s within reason to spend a bit of my time on a creative hobby such as fashion. While in engineering school I took a Psychology of Clothing elective class. In this course I learned the important role clothing and style plays in our lives. Despite whether we realize it or not, condone it or not, we identify with others primarily based on what they are wearing.
On the jobsite I have had to wear a hardhat, however I don’t need to look like one of the guys to be good at what I do (plus I did that for many years!). Once people realize that you are the person in charge of a project, what you are wearing is secondary. At the end of the day it’s about your work product, your ability collaborate with others to solve problems successfully.
Also, life is about balance. No matter how serious our day jobs are we all need down time to pursue hobbies without the pressure to make a difference or be the best. If you need people to see your accomplishments, LinkedIn is a great place to track all of that.
What is your style?
My style is minimal, with an occasional dose of bohemian and sometimes a little tongue-in-cheek. I love making people smile because of the humor in something I’m wearing, like scuba pants or shiny shoes. Since I come across as very serious, and fashion helps to break the ice and reminds me not to take myself too seriously.
I also love vintage from the 20’s, 30’s, & 40s. And of course, being a teen of the 80’s, I sometimes incorporate classic sytle from this era as well as the 70’s.
How do you dress at work being that you work in construction?
“I pretty much stick to my aesthetic, wherever practical. Skirts and dresses are my LOVE, but can be a challenge to wear on a jobsite (I keep a pair of jogging pants at my desk just in case). I spent the first 10 years of my career wearing chinos and company logo polo shirts. This wasn’t a requirement, rather I just didn’t have a sense of my own personal style back then. I was a pretty terrible dresser!.”
Today, my approach to dressing is pretty technical; I don’t consider myself to be “artistic” and I need a formula or else I will step out looking like a hot mess. Therefore I build my seasonal capsule wardrobes from a foundation of 10 basic essential or “key” pieces. I like to look great without spending a ton of time putting a look together.
Kairee Tann, TenKeyPieces