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YP Connections: Q&A

What fashion piece can you not live without?

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Each month metroMAGAZINE, in cooperation with The Greater Omaha Young Professionals, polls a group of "YPs" to obtain a brief glimpse into their lives and their insights on our community. Following are the answers which were provided to this months' Q&A.



Karie Milford

Ideal Construction • Director

The article of clothing I can't live without would have to be my favorite suit.  It's my "power suit." I feel very put-together when I wear it.  I think when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you perform at your highest level.



Rachael White

Special Events Manager • The Salvation Army Kroc Center

I would have to say my black cardigan sweater is the most useful part of my closet. I see it as the little black dress of the next generation. I can wear it with almost anything and make it both casual and dressy. I feel most comfortable in a sweater over a suit jacket because it feels more relaxing. When you sit at a computer most of the day it is easier to have a sweater on, however, you never know when a last-minute client will show up and you need to look your best. The hard part is keeping it clean and looking new. I tend to wear it at least twice a week and have to avoid pet hair and lint. I have tried to find a second one however it is hard to find just the right one.

Paul Haskell

Director of Internet/Social Media and Marketing • Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands

I really don’t think I could live without my watch – it is the one item that I consistently use throughout each and every day. I have a tough enough time remembering what time it is, let alone the date, so my watch is always there to keep me on track. I may not like what it is telling me (“hurry up, you’re late”), but without it I know I would be completely lost. I wear one of two at all times, a titanium Swiss Army chronograph for both work and casual events, and a black Nike athletic for bike rides, the gym and working outside. The Swiss Army, a present from my wife, was given to me because she was tired of me wearing my bulky, rubber Nike with dress shirts and out on dates with her – thanks again, sweetheart.

 Becki Wiechman

Interior Designer • The Interior Design Firm

I can't live without the LBD- Little Black Dress. Actually this article of clothing is one most women can't live without. Even defined so by Wikipedia, it's long lasting, affordable and accessible to everyone. The costs vary from affordable to enviable; and look perfect on anyone. My wardrobe is made up of several of these dresses. They are so versatile I always have an option for the season. It works for the office or cocktails or any dressy occasion. It's always the answer to "what should I wear?" The color is always in, always in style because the concept never changes.  All I need to do to change it up is throw on different shoes, add a scarf or top it off with jewelry.  Thank you Coco Chanel for coming up with this "perfect" answer  back in 1926!


Trisha Clark

State Senator’s Aide • Jeremy Nordquist

There are many articles of clothing I cannot live without, but when it comes down to it, much of what I wear on a daily basis is not that special. I do, however, own a piece of jewelry that I really treasure. My great-grandfather Azize immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1912. He made a home in Omaha and split his time between here and Colorado Springs. From the early 1930’s to 1942, he owned and operated “Saidy’s Linen Store” which was located on 16th and Howard, and he added another location at 15th and Farnam. He moved to America in a time where it was still very possible to achieve his “American dream”. Not everyone is so lucky today. My grandparents recently moved into a retirement community, so as a family we have been going through their home. While doing so, we found a few boxes with items from the stores that my grandmother had kept all these years. We divided up the beautiful linens and also found some jewelry from the stores packed within the linens. I was lucky to inherit a pretty silver bracelet. It means a lot to me to have this little reminder of my family history, and also a bit of history from the earlier days of Omaha.


Aron Coit

 Financial Services Professional • Continuum Financial

I cannot functionally live without an undershirt. Well, I can live without it, but I cannot enhance my comfortability without it. Whether I am wearing another t-shirt, a polo, sweater or dress shirt, I am always wearing a shirt underneath of it. As a military brat growing up, my attire was influenced by my father, an officer for almost 23 years in the US Air Force. As a child, everyone wore t-shirts, even on the hottest days of the summer; I wore two, an undershirt and a shirt over it. Now as an adult I still always wear an undershirt. White has always been the color of undershirt I prefer. Most people feel naked without their watch or their wedding ring, I feel that way if I am not wearing an undershirt.

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