Paula Rallis on Closet Staples and Investment Pieces
I often say that I am “the worst blogger ever” because of my lack of linking. I hold on to my clothes and continue to build on a capsule wardrobe. Seasonally I will add in a little fast fashion, but for the most part I have had my pieces for years so they aren’t always linkable. I have never been a fan of the “dupe” or “similar look” posts because personally when I fall in love with something, I want that same exact item. So instead, I am helping you build my closet from scratch.
Some of these pieces I actually own and they are staples with the designer as well. For others, I am linking the season’s version of what I have in my closet.
I get the question often of how to shop by style on a budget. If you missed my Zara spring picks for 2021, you can find that post here. For investment pieces, either take it slowly with adding, or search sites like Saks Off 5th, Neiman’s Last Call, or even TJ Maxx and be on the hunt for the brands. The price of the item doesn’t change the quality, and regardless of the brand if I like an item, I buy it....
My jewelry has been the hardest to link, because most of my pieces are vintage or heirloom. I love hunting for jewelry specifically, I like pieces that are older and one of a kind. Two of my rings are estate pieces from Croghan’s here in Charleston. Rhett does a great job acquiring beautiful shiny things. For new pieces, I recommend good quality over something that you’re only going to wear a few times before it turns. I literally never take my jewelry off and it never changes because of the quality. Some of my new pieces are from Stephanie Gottlieb, Aurate, Anna Sheffield, Kate Furman, and Jennifer Fisher. The watch that I always have on is Panerai.