{guest post} lissa’s closet staples

my dear sweet friends, do i have a treat for you!

yesterday i had the honor of posting at the looking glass. today, i am so excited to have lissa here at greater than rubies! it’s no secret i’m a huge fan of hers. if it’s possible, i think i like her even more now. you see, i’m normally skeptical of ‘must have’ closet items, but this list she came up with is right on the money in my opinion. let us know what you think!

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hello there, all of you greater than rubies readers!

my name’s lissa & i write over at looking glass.
in july, i felt convicted to fast from purchasing clothing for a year.
when i started reading caitlin’s blog, i immediately felt a connection with her.
i love that about the blogging community-
finding people you can relate to in this big world.
she is just such a sweet and beautiful lady,
with her eyes focused heavenward.
so, thank you, caitlin, for having me today!
i’m honored to be here.

ok, onto our business. let’s talk $ + wardrobe.
very few people have an unlimited wardrobe budget.
like probably .000002% of the world.

the rest of us have to make the most out of what we’ve got
and try to remember that if you have family and friends and God,
you really have everything. a complete closet is just a bonus.
there are some things, though, that you can spend an eensy bit on
& keep in your closet for years.
these items somehow always seem “fresh”
and just keep getting reused in that j. crew catalog
that you drool over for a good week before you toss it…
or maybe add into your treasured, hoarded pile
of j. crew catalogs. (er, is that just me??)

so, without further adieu, here’s my list of

perfect over a sundress or paired with a pencil skirt
or thrown on with jean shorts.
it’s not necessary to spend a lot of money on blazers,
check out your local thrift store!

anything leopard pumps up the most classic outfits.
not sure if the heels are too edgy for you? try out a belt or a scarf!

we all have those days when comfort outweighs fashion.
black leggings or comfy black skinnies are perfect. they look
put together with an oversized tee or sweater, flats or boots,
or with lots of accessories or simple jewelry.

equestrian boots are classic and versatile. sometimes you can find
great leather boots at goodwill! if you’re not sure about worn shoes,
check out target for wallet friendly options. boots are also a
great item to invest in because they never go out of style.
(& i don’t suggest “investing” very often!)

an oversized watch pulls together any outfit and makes even a plain tee
and jeans look well thought out. it is also a great accessory
because it can be both dressed up or dressed down.

necklaces like these never go out of style and go with everything.
they can be on trend now layered with a longer necklace. don’t
feel like you have to go out and buy- your mom might have one
that she doesn’t wear anymore or check your jewelry box for
something you may have forgotten that you already have!

i know, i know, a nude shoe is old news. or is it? nude pumps
crank up even the most basic of an outfit. they make an all black
outfit seem polished and tone down a trendy neon pencil skirt.

with a cognac handbag, you don’t have to worry about changing
your bag for work and then again for school and then again for date night.
you can just grab and go! cognac compliments brown, black, and brights.

the more delicate the fabric, the better! i swear these things never
go out of style- they just get styled differently. they’ve been recycled
and reworn for the past 50 years at least. and you know the best part?
i promise that if you left right now for goodwill, you’d find one for less
than $5. seriously, i pinky promise you. don’t get fooled by elbow
pads, ulta large sizing, or a crunchy old tag. cut out the shoulder pads.
try it on. picture it with skinny jeans and chunky platforms or tucked
demurely into a pencil skirt with those nude pumps. perfection.

ahh, this brings me to the beloved pencil skirt. that lovely miracle
worker that can be paired with your blouse for a work-appropriate look
or a baseball tee to keep things edgy. this sucker will last you years.
and, once again, don’t you dare go to j. crew and shell out your last
paycheck. hit up the thrift store. if you look closely, it will be
just as well made. and, if the the weird tag really
bugs ya, cut it out of your skirt.

well, there you have it! ten versatile closet staples that won’t break the bank.
hopefully, you already own some of them & just need to style
them a little differently in order to feel edgy and fresh.

ps if you run to your nearest mall and pay full price for this stuff,
i will hunt you down. seriously. you will end up spending 40x more
than necessary. and your husband won’t let you come visit me.
that would be sad and very unfortunate :)

thanks for letting me share today!

are you inspired? i’m headed to rework a few items in my own closet. thanks so much for sharing with us, today, lissa!

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  • lizette vigo September 13, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    hahaha the last lines made me laugh!! lol

    ” try to remember that if you have family and friends and God,
    you really have everything. a complete closet is just a bonus.” < love that, thanks for sharing! <3

    • Caitlin September 16, 2012 at 6:55 AM

      So true! Lissa wrapped it all up perfectly :)

  • Selah September 13, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Another affordable option for a delicate necklace is a craft store. Places like Micheal’s and Hobby Lobby sell jewelry making supplies. You can get a chain necklace for less than $5 and choose from hundreds of charms/pendants for $2-3.

    I have 3 chain necklaces, in gold, silver, and bronze, and about 20 different charms, which makes for lots of different necklace combinations. I’ve also converted dangley earrings into pendants and even cut a charm off a pair of Old Navy flip flops to use it on a necklace.

    Rings worn on a necklace are fun too. I wore my wedding rings on a necklace when I was pregnant and my fingers were swollen.

    • Caitlin September 16, 2012 at 6:56 AM

      What great ideas, Selah!

  • Audrey @ Putting Me Together September 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Great list!

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