What To Wear To A Spring Wedding For Every Dress Code

Do you have a spring wedding to go to this year?

If you’ve googled what to wear to a wedding, most of the things that pop up are not very helpful. They have lots of specific, (and usually expensive) dresses you can buy, and that’s about it.

That’s frustrating, because you want to look and feel extra gorgeous and confident at weddings!

Click here to read 3 simple steps I shared over on River Road Chateau’s blog you can follow to look chic and polished at every single wedding you’re invited to– without having to spend an arm and a leg!

You’re going to look gorgeous!

XO,

Cladwell Outfits App Review: Pros, Cons, + 3 Specific Ways You Can Use It To Grow Your Style

Hi sweet friend!

I hope your day is off to the best start!

Have you ever wished you had a personal stylist who would lay out your outfits for you every day?

Wouldn’t that be amazing? They’d save you time + you’d feel put together no matter what you had going on, plus, you wouldn’t have to worry about whether or not you just wore that outfit.

If you’re stuck in an outfit rut or you’ve tried a bunch of style challenges and are always wanting more, the Outfits app might be what you’re looking for!

I tested Outfits before launch day (today!), and here are 3 short lists to help you decide if you want to give it a try yourself!

  1. The pros.
  2. The cons- plus ways around them.
  3. And 3 specific ways you can use Outfits to grow your style.

First, the pros:

  • The app is simple, with a clean look, and it’s super easy to use.
  • If you enable weather and location as you’re setting it up, Outfits will automatically check the weather for you.
  • And if you enable notifications, it will pop up automatically every morning, reminding you to pick your outfit and even giving you a little encouragement as you start your day! Love!
  • Every morning, the app will give you 3 outfit ideas. It’s a little like having a stylist lay out 3 options you can pick from! Not a fan of what it gives you? Just reset the daily outfit options in the app settings for new ideas.
  • Outfits will show you combinations you wouldn’t normally pick to help you stretch your closet further.
  • The app tracks what you wear most and least, and gives you outfits based on that.
  • It also helps you avoid wearing the same thing over and over + you can see what you’ve chosen in your log.
  • Outfits will probably save you time that you can use for something else. I especially love that they encourage you to use that time to make more of the things that matter to you happen!
  • And at $5/month, Outfits is a lot more budget-friendly than any other style challenges I’ve seen.

Overall, I think it’s a great system you can use to see what you have, stretch yourself to mix and match your closet, and figure out what you could add to make your closet more versatile- especially for the price!

Here’s a peek inside the app.

There were a few things I found challenging. Here are some suggestions you can use to get around them!

The cons:

  • When you’re setting up your closet, Outfits suggests you not worry about the specifics, but focus on the cut and color to choose your similar pieces. The app’s pieces are mostly neutral, and I have a lot of color and print, so I didn’t feel like my closet was accurately shown. Solution: I picked as many print and color options as possible and less neutral pieces. They aren’t exactly my pieces, so I have to think a little more, but it makes the overall balance better.
  • If your goal is for all the thought to be taken out of getting dressed every day, Outfits might not be the right choice for you. Because the pieces aren’t exactly like yours, you still have to think some about your outfit + add in your accessories. The outfits are also usually pretty simple, which sometimes can feel boring. The fix: use the pieces you’re given + focus on two style strategies to pull the outfit together and make it feel more polished: the Rule of Three and adding color, texture, pattern, and shine
  • If you really enjoy the process of putting together your outfits, you probably won’t use Outfits. Because that’s something I love to do, using the app made me feel like I was stifling my creativity. I also felt like it took me longer to get dressed because I have my own system down already, so thinking about which of my pieces were represented by the app and then completing the outfit took more time and energy. Remember: the goal of systemization is to free you up to do more of what matters, and it’s better to find something that works pretty well and DO it v. wait for the perfect version and never get around to it!
  • Right now, there are more casual clothing options v. workwear in Outfits. Personally, I wear mostly work clothes, so out of the 3 daily choices, I usually had just 1 option. The quick fix: if it wasn’t a fit for that day, I just refreshed the day’s outfits in the app settings to try again. Keep reading for another option!
  • Outfits doesn’t teach you why things go together so you can do it yourself. To be fair, I don’t think this is their goal. They want to give you a tool that helps you get dressed faster and save time, and they definitely provide a system that can help you do that!

Thinking about trying Outfits for yourself? Here are 3 specific ways you can use it to grow your style:

  1. Do you struggle more with putting together casual or workwear outfits? Pick only those pieces to fill your Outfits closet so you get more specific outfit ideas.
  2. Is your closet full but you’re afraid to get rid of something because you might need it one day? Outfits will show you what you actually wear. A few months down the road, pull the pieces you’re not wearing + donate or sell them so someone else can love them. Yay for less mental and physical clutter!
  3. Want to know what to add to make your closet more versatile and avoid buying things that just hang in your closet? Use the Discover piece of Outfits to help you spot the holes you can fill to get more outfit ideas- and see the potential options right there!

Want to see Outfits in action or have a question about it? Follow along with me on Instagram to see how my suggestions turn into outfits over the next few days!

Or, click here to get started and try it for yourself! Disclosure: if you choose to purchase the app, Greater Than Rubies will receive a small commission. 

Have the best day, lady!

XO,

How to Shop Your Closet for Spring 2017 Trends

Does a new season make you feel like you need to rush out and get all the new pieces so you feel put together?

During my year without shopping, I realized that most “trends” are just new ways of pairing classic pieces. 

Now, for every season, instead of feeling like I need a total closet makeover, here’s the simple process I follow to create new looks: 
  1. Do a little research to figure out what the trends are this season.
  2. Shop my closet to create new looks around them.
  3. Think about a few pieces I could add to make my closet even more versatile and fun!

Do you want to use what you have better this season + make a few purposeful additions you love?

Let’s walk through the process together!

One: Do a little research to figure out what the trends are this season. 

I did all the legwork for you on this one, so just sit back with your fave drink + become a spring style guru in the next 3 minutes! 😉 Let’s look at colors, prints, fabrics, and styling you’ll see in magazines, on blogs, and popping up everywhere on Pinterest.

Colors: Pastels, pink and red, blue and red.

Pastels are always a safe bet for spring. I love pairing them with jewel tones to transition them from winter. Plus, jewel tones are super classic + look good on every skin tone!

Y’all know I get all the heart eyes over pinks and reds, so I’m really excited about the pink + red trend! You could go really bold with this, like I did here or dip your toe in by wearing a red lip with a pink piece of clothing or vice versa.

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Red and blue is another combination you’ll see everywhere. I love America, but I don’t really want to look like I’m wearing a flag unless it’s the fourth of July. Try pairing a mix of hues, like a pale icy blue and bright red, or cobalt and coral.

Patterns: florals, stripes, gingham, and novelty prints.

Florals are almost always a big trend for spring. If you’ve never felt like you could pull them off, try to find a print made up of natural colors, like a flower or plant you’d actually find in nature. Most prints are crazy colors, so they look out of style quickly. Stick to classic floral prints for pieces you can pull out year after year!

Stripes are in (they’re classic enough you can always wear them!) but big, bold stripes are where it’s at this year.

Gingham is another super-classic print that you’ll see all over the place.

And novelty prints, like fruit, animals, and more are popping up like daisies!

Fabrics: ruffles, embroidery, eyelet, and tassels.

Think girly, delicate details!

Pull out your pieces that have ruffles, embroidery and eyelet, and pair them with basics like black work pants, jeans, or a neutral sweater to let them be the focus of your outfit. Finish the look by combining trends and wearing a tassel necklace or earrings.

Styling: it’s all about the opposites!

For a fresh spin on your go-to outfits, try these trends:
  • Mix shine into your daily look. Add a touch of metallic in a shoe or bag, or reach for a statement piece of jewelry.
  • Pair your sporty pieces with something girly, like a baseball hat with pearls, florals, or pastel.
  • Wear skinny pants with a top that has over-sized sleeves.
  • Mix textures, like a floaty spring dress with your suede booties or layer a chunky knit cardigan over a silky blouse and boyfriend jeans. (This is also a perfect way to dress for those not-quite-spring not-quite winter days!)

Two: Shop your closet to put together outfits using these trends!

Feel free to get creative, but here are 8 specific outfit ideas you can steal + shop your closet for!
  1. Pair something red with something pink.
  2. Put together a look using a new red and blue combo.
  3. What “in” prints do you have? Create a new outfit around one of your floral, striped, gingham, or novelty patterns.
  4. Be bold! Try mixing a floral piece with stripes.
  5. Freshen up your every day staples with a girly detail. Take your pick from ruffles, embroidery, eyelet, or tassels.
  6. Mix and match new textures!
  7. Add an extra touch of shine to your day look. If you haven’t, pair a basic tee and jeans with a statement necklace. This is one of my fave weekend looks!
  8. Create an outfit with at least one pastel piece and one jewel tone piece.

Three: Think about a few pieces you could add to make your closet even more versatile and fun!

I usually get a few pieces each new season. My favorite thing to do is pull pieces I don’t wear anymore and sell them back to a consignment shop. I try to use that money to cover my new pieces!
The things I typically add are:
  • Anything that’s worn out and needs replaced.
  • A new statement necklace. It makes all my favorite basics feel fresh and fun!
  • A unique completer piece, like a cardigan, jacket, or blazer. This is one of the biggest holes in most women’s closets, and adding one piece gives you a ton of new outfit combinations.
  • Then, if there’s a trend that I really like, I’ll try to find it in a classic shape, like a button up or a shift dress so that I can re-wear it even after the season has passed.

Here are a few pieces I think are great options:

Super simple, right? Now you’ve got the tools to refresh your wardrobe for spring without spending a ton!
  1. You know what’s in for spring.
  2. You’ve got outfit ideas to try!
  3. And you know the types of pieces that could be a good addition to make your closet more versatile.

Have fun + if you have any questions, let me know in the comments or shoot me a note. I’d love to be a second set of eyes if you need it!

Meet A Gem! Linda’s Style + How Figuring It Out Is Helping Her Leave A Legacy

Hey lady!

I hope you’re having the best day!

We’re so excited to introduce you to Linda! We got to know her better during last year’s Piece of Cake Closet Challenge, and were so inspired by her style, we asked her to share it with you!

Linda is such a doll, and has so many gems to share about:

  • Why she felt at home in some looks and self-conscious in others (+ how she changed that!);
  • Tips + tricks for women with long legs + a shorter torso;
  • And how figuring her style out helped her focus less on herself and more on others!

Here’s a little bit about Linda!

I grew up in Iowa, Minnesota, and western Nebraska—a real midwestern girl! I met my husband, Bruce, my sophomore year in college. We got married at the age of 20, and I like to joke that “then we grew up!”

We spent five years working with a college campus ministry in Alabama, California, and Ohio; and then spent 4 1/2 years in seminary in Dallas. For three years he was an associate with a church in Kansas and then we were part of starting a church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where we served for almost 33 years.

During the course of these adventures, I taught school for ten years (junior high and high school English, speech, and developmental reading), and then supplemented our income working for a secretarial service, doing inside sales for a pump company, working as a travel agent, and doing billing and collections for a counseling service and a dental office…all while raising two children!

Bruce now works half time for Dallas Theological Seminary as a special assistant to the president/alumni relations. We travel visiting alumni couples keeping them in touch with the seminary, coaching and encouraging them. In the process we get to make new friends and take them to lunch or dinner…dream job!

Our son, Kip, is a successful automobile engineer who has spent the majority of his career with Ford Motor Company and now is chief engineer with Karma Automotive. Our daughter, Sheila McCarter (an interior architect), is a senior project manager/designer with lauckgroup in Dallas. We have four beautiful grandchildren (an “almost 13 year-old” grandson in Detroit; and 13 year-old granddaughter, 15 and 16 year-old grandsons in Dallas).

How would you describe your style?

My personal style definitely leans toward the classics (with a bit of Oklahoma thrown in here and there I suppose.)

I’d love a wardrobe that channelled the sophistication of Grace Kelly and the casual ease of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy…but I’d probably be happy with Carolina Herrera’s white blouses and a pair of black pants with boots! 

A fun little fact: I copied a Jackie Kennedy dress for my bridesmaids and was beyond thrilled when that dress became the cover for Jackie: the Clothes of Camelot!

How did you figure out your style?

It took me a lot of years, but now I pay attention to the fact that I am so “at home” in some looks and so self-conscious and uncomfortable in others.

I made lots of mistakes because I could “make do” or something was a “bargain” that was too good to pass up. Because I didn’t have a plan, my closet was full of pieces that only went with one other thing. 

Now, I’m making a concerted effort to shop with a specific list, and to be intentional so I don’t continue buying because something is “good enough.”

And I have given myself permission to pay full price for something that is really special that I know I will love and keep, like:

  • A long braided leather belt;
  • A fringed suede wrap;
  • And my Frye boots.

The pieces I’m drawn to the most are simple cuts made with great fabric. I’ve also discovered that I gravitate to solid colors rather than prints. For some reason, prints make me feel “matronly,” and I want to avoid that at all costs!

How do you make a look feel like you? Is there anything you add or look for?

Necklaces and shoes!

I have a few necklaces that are my “go to” pieces. One is a vintage necklace that looks like the 1930’s and came from my husband’s grandmother. Another is made of amber beads my sister brought from Soviet Georgia with a pewter cross from a New Mexico artist, and the most recent is a gold vermeil chain with green chalcedony stones from a Colorado resale shop! They are all long because I’m tall, and I feel like small pieces “get lost” on me.

In the winter, I always wear boots, and mix it up between cowboy boots, riding boots, and booties. They make me feel like I’ve put some effort into the outfit! In the summer, white canvas shoes are my go-to!

What’s your favorite go-to outfit for a quick polished look?

My white jeans- I’ve gone through multiple pairs! 

In the winter, I pair them with a simple sweater or a chambray (denim) shirt, add one of my favorite necklaces, and finish the look with riding boots.

In the summer, I top off my white jeans and top with a long organic linen sweater or duster. 

What’s your favorite style trick?

The front tuck has become my favorite. I always wished I could tuck a shirt in; however, I am short waisted (maybe just “normal” in that area) but I have long legs—so a tucked in blouse or shirt always makes me look so out of proportion. I’ve discovered that I can do the front tuck and highlight a belt buckle, but leaving the rest untucked keeps the overall proportion good.

Where’s your favorite place to shop?

  1. My “pants place” is  J. Crew, because they have tall sizes that have a 35-37” inseam, and I know their pants fit me! The “tall girl” companies produce garments for women who are “tall” all over—longer torsos, longer in the stride; and I’m pretty average everywhere else.
  2. Dillard’s department stores carry a good selection of Ellen Tracy and Eileen Fisher, and I really like their classic and organic linen pieces. I definitely can not buy the brand at full price, but this store has great sales- 50% off usually, and on special days, an additional 65%. I have had to learn to take a deep breath and stick to my plan so I don’t just snap something up because it’s a “good deal.”
  3. I also love anything  Michael Kors, but again…it takes a sale!

What are your three favorite pieces and why?

  1. Have you guessed it? :) White jeans! I wear them almost year round and have several types of styles: boyfriend fit, skinnies, and straight legs + white cords for when it’s REALLY cold. 
  2. A vintage knit dress with matching sweater with a tag that says “Paris/Montecarlo”—either one is fine with me! I “inherited” it, and it is season-less and elegant!
  3. My black leather skirt. It’s slightly flared and has leather leaves appliquéd on a mesh background with a nude underskirt. I got it in a re-sale shop in Michigan and will wear it for the rest of my life!

What pieces are tricky for you to find and how do you get around that?

Pants that are long enough! It took lots of trial and error until I found J. Crew! 

I love dresses, but most are way too short for me and way too “young.” So unfortunately, the only solution has been to keep buying separates!

What are you passionate about making happen?

I have the advantage of seeing life from the perspective of writing the “final chapters” (and I hope there are lots of them).

I’ve been married for 54 years, 52 of them spent in some form of Christian ministry. I’m more passionate than ever about leaving a legacy that has eternal significance and influencing people in ways that go beyond the material.

Even though I’ve always been conscious of spending, I look at my home and closet and wish I had placed less importance on acquiring and more on influencing.

Greater Than Rubies has given me a framework for getting control of my closet, and giving me the freedom to give away the things I don’t love or never wear.

Has having your style figured out made it easier to make what matters to you happen? How?

Perhaps we all struggle with insecurities in one area or another or are merciless in the way we compare ourselves with others. Having my style clarified has helped me become much less “self” conscious and free to be more “others” conscious.

I don’t want to walk into a situation fretting about whether I’m wearing the “right” thing, worrying that I stand out for the wrong reason, focused on myself.

Figuring out my style and decluttering my closet is giving me such freedom to relax and really see someone besides myself! Caitlin, you really can “teach an old dog new tricks!

Follow along with Linda on her new blog!

Rachel’s Style & What She’s Making Happen! + A New Mama Style Guide Flash Sale!

Happy Sunday, lady!

How’s your weekend going? We are in full Christmas swing here- finishing Christmas cards, making goodies for a family get together today + wrapping up presents!

But I wanted to take a break and introduce you to one of my dearest friends in the whole world!

Rachel is an absolute gem, and we met at the Making Things Happen Conference last year. It was in North Carolina, so when we realized we only lived an hour away from each other back in Texas, we were tickled pink!

We’ve gotten together almost every month since then, and her heart and wisdom have been the biggest blessing- I know they will be to you, too!

Here’s a little bit about Rachel!

Hi y’all! My name is Rachel Anne Hopper, and I am a wife, mom, friend, encourager, and a believer living life with an attitude of grace, gratitude and grit.

I have a wonderful family, strong and beautiful friends, and I love my work as a college administrator.

I was born in Iowa, raised in Missouri and after completing graduate school in South Carolina, I finally found my roots in Texas.

How would you describe your style?

I like to say my style is contemporary classic.

I feel great in classic pieces, like a white button up with tan blazer or a ruffled shirt with a cardigan.

I also pull some contemporary pieces into my outfits, like my leopard prints or a statement necklace.

My clothing choices make me feel like the real me, and sometimes that even means that Saturdays are spent with my white sneakers and Patagonia pullover!

How did you figure out your style?

This was always hard for me to answer until I chatted more with Caitlin! She helped me define my style after asking what pieces make up my monthly attire.

I also asked her opinion on what she thought my style may lend towards. Classic is what we came to the conclusion on!

How do you make a look feel like you? Is there anything you add or look for?

I love when Texas dips below 60 degrees (which is only like 13 days of the year :)), because I can grab my favorite vest to throw on with my outfit. I instantly feel more like myself.

During the warmer seasons, I enjoy accessorizing with a necklace or earrings.

What’s your favorite go-to outfit for a quick polished look?

A favorite outfit for me is my camel colored turtleneck with black or dark jeans and my leopard flats. I usually add a statement necklace to my outfit. I feel comfortable and confident in it.

What’s your favorite style trick?

I enjoy the front tuck on shirts when I want to show a bit of my belt off with my outfits.

Where’s your favorite place to shop?

J. Crew and Loft.

What are your three fave pieces and why?

  1. My camel turtleneck. It’s versatile for work or on a Saturday afternoon with the family!
  2. My leopard print belt. Leopard is a neutral, and I love wearing my belt with lots of fun tops and pants.
  3. My white jeans and winter white cords. I know I am old fashioned here, but I don’t wear my white jeans before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. So I break them out for my favorite outfits during the summer- always with a pop of a bright color or a classic navy top. Then, during the fall and winter, I wear my winter white corduroys with soft neutrals.
  4. My VESTS! You asked me for three favorite pieces, but I had to add a fourth one on here. My friends laugh when they see how many vests I own, but I love a good vest! It can be a quilted, classic vest or one that I throw on over my workout attire. It’s a piece that is definitely me.

What pieces are tricky for you to find and how do you get around that?

I’m tall, and it can be hard to find dresses or skirts that hit at a comfortable length for me. So if I see something I like in a store, but it’s a little short for me, I always check online for tall options for purchasing. (A little note from Caitlin: this is a great trick for any special sizing!)

I will usually buy dresses that can be worn for multiple occasions, including work. That means an appropriate length has to be both professional and comfortable, so my pieces are usually a little longer. That’s also helpful because I am consistently bending down to spend time with my little girl.

Has having your style figured out made it easier to make what matters to you happen? How?

During the pregnancy with my daughter, I had a hard time with clothing options. Any pregnant woman can tell you that pregnancy and post pregnancy are some of the hardest times of clothing transitions– some pieces work, but others don’t fit the same way they used to, and what fits today may not work next week- especially during the first few months after delivery!

So, during a major closet clean out a few months ago, I kept several pieces that are my transition pieces for motherhood seasons. I may not feel the best about my body during those times, but I know I can make the most of the clothing I do have.

Outside of the tricky motherhood transition times, I feel great about my clothing choices, and planning my outfits saves me time in the morning to get focused on what is truly important.

What are you passionate about making happen?

I truly want every bit of my life to point back to God’s glory. I’ve been blessed with a great family, career, friendships and talents. It’s important to me that I honor these areas and serve well where I’ve been placed.

I want to cultivate a strong foundation with my husband so that all other things can be built from it.

I want to create a home where my family can laugh loud and love hard.

I want to use my talents well so others see God’s ability to create a masterpiece from each of us.

I want to love others well so they feel cared about and loved- we are meant to walk together in community.


Do you know a new mama who could use a roadmap to help her transition her wardrobe to mama-hood?

Helping moms feel gorgeous during every stage of being a new mama is exactly why we created the New Mama Style Guide

Get it for yourself or as a gift today for 40% off with the code ONEFORONE!

+ for every guide purchased, 1 is given to a woman in transition!

Thanks for making more of the things that really matter happen with us!

Meet A Gem! Steph’s Story + A Workwear Style Guide Flash Sale!

Happy Wednesday, lady!

I hope you’re having the best week this week!!

Do you ever struggle with feeling like “you” in work clothes?

It’s SUPER easy to get stuck in a “black pants” rut with workwear, where you default to a few pieces day in and day out because you know they work.

But just like we talked about a few weeks ago, we want to help you dress in a way that makes work more fun, and pumps you up so you can get further, faster! 

We’re so excited to share a little bit of Steph’s story today! She followed the super simple GTR Recipe to start building a closet and style she loves! 

  1. She created a strategy + set her goal: to use a birthday shopping trip to revamp her “frumpy” work wardobe.
  2. She learned how to shop her closet really well using the Workwear Style Guide, and figured out the pieces she could add to make her style feel more like her!
  3. Then, she shopped for those pieces + check out the results! She did an absolutely amazing job!

Here’s a little bit about Steph!

I’m Steph and I’m a staff accountant by day and a full-time business student by night. In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to true crime podcasts and I am a part time Beachbody Coach.

 

What do you want to make more of happen?

I would love to read and travel more! I would also like to run my own business, but I’m not sure what kind yet!

 

Where are you in your style journey?

I would say I’m in a transition to wearing a wardrobe that not only suits my life right now but who I am as an individual.

I started working out consistently this past summer and my body has been changing and I have not known what to wear anymore.

My clothes need to help me be taken professionally in the office I work in, but not make me look like I am wearing my mom’s clothes, pretending to be an adult.

They need to make me feel comfortable and confident.

My current style is young professional/quirky and I like to consider my at home style “bad-a-chic” but that’s a work in progress!

 

What would you say to ladies who want to revamp their work wardrobe?

Go into this process with grace.

I somehow missed learning how to match when I was younger, so I picked a few colors that go together and tried to stay with those. I went with burgundy, light blue, black and gray. It makes me feel confident that even if my clothes don’t match they still “go.”

Go through your closet and pick out the pieces you haven’t worn together (or ever!) and see if you can make an outfit out of it. Be playful with the process!

I know this might sound weird, but wearing a cardigan and feeling pulled together is the BEST feeling and I didn’t know I was missing it until I tried it.

 

If you’re busy and want a fun + easy-to-use roadmap to help you build or update your wardrobe, here’s what Steph had to say about the Workwear Style Guide!

It was exactly what I was looking for. Simple, clear directions on how to look professional without super scripted rules that make you feel like you are living in a box. 

The internet is great for telling you what to buy, but I need to know why so that I can understand what it is I’m looking for and how to make that suit the style I want to present.

I went shopping with a list of items I was interested in and going to the store was a lot less stressful than before. I left confident in my purchases, a total first!

The Workwear Style Guide helps me have more confidence in myself, which allows me to be more open to trying new things and getting out there!

 

Follow along with Steph on Instagram!

 


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Meet a Gem! Heidi’s Story + A 40+ Style Guide Flash Sale!

Hey lady!

I hope you’re having the best weekend!

One of my favorite things about Greater Than Rubies is that I’ve gotten to hear from so many of you! Thousands of you, from all over the world have been brave enough to share the thing you’re struggling with when it comes to style so that we can help you get past that and make more of the things that really matter to you happen! I just love it!!

One of the things you’ve told us over and over again is that it’s hard to figure out how to dress stylishly yet age-appropriately…especially over forty!

That’s how the 40+ Style Guide was born! We wanted to create a resource that specifically addressed the challenges of finding (or tweaking!) your personal style after age forty.

To make sure it was exactly what you (or the awesome 40+ lady in your life!) needed, we asked some of you to help us along the way!

Heidi is one of the lovely ladies who previewed the 40+ Style Guide! We loved getting to know her better, and asked her to share her story with you!

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Here’s a little bit about Heidi!

I am a 40-something who loves fashion, coffee, candy and Jesus! I live in the Midwest and enjoy traveling and planning our next vacation.

I discovered Greater Than Rubies a few years ago on Pinterest and have followed Caitlin ever since! I love that she is resourceful and limits her spending by using what she already has.

What do you want to make more of happen?

I would like to free up my time and money to be able to save for more traveling. Eventually, I would like to take my teen daughter on a mission trip to Africa with our church!

Where are you in your style journey?

My style journey is ever-evolving. I am a mother and work in an office setting, and like to make sure I am age-appropriate but fun too!

My current style is classic mixed with a dash of trendy. I love a great dress, but will also throw on a blanket scarf and boots with it.

I love to bargain shop, but need to be better at using what I already have!

What would you tell a friend about the 40+ Style Guide?

When I heard about the 40+ Style Guide I jumped at the chance to participate! It ties in so well with my blog and lifestyle. It’s an age group that is missed!

Most of my friends are in the late thirties to forties age group. We all want to look great, but not dress like our grandmother or teen daughter! This guide is a wonderful place to start. It’s promoting using what you already have but in a refined way.

The guide has really helped me put things in perspective. While looking your best is great, it is also helping me save time and money for bigger opportunities!

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