What Are My Balance Points and Why Are They So Important?

Raquel Greer Gordian visits Studio 512 to share all about what a balance point is and how to find yours. While you may be unfamiliar with the term "balance point", using them on a daily basis can help you use your clothing, jewelry, and scarves to frame your face and highlight your natural attributes.

Picking out the right jewelry means you need to consider your body type, color palette, and what’s practical for your life. But there’s something else to keep in mind when finding your perfect necklace…

It’s called balance points, and you have two of them that are completely unique to you.

Balance points are the spots that frame your face in the most attractive and complimentary ways. They're the best place for necklaces, scarves, and necklines to fall.

Rosie Newberry and Raquel Gordian chat about the importance of balance points and how to find yours.
Raquel Greer Gordian and Rosie Newberry chat about how to find your balance points and use them to frame your face.

They aren’t hard to find, but since they’re unique to you, it’ll require a tiny bit of homework on your part.

Ready to find them? Grab a shoe lace and watch the video below to find both of yours.

Once you’ve watched the video, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me which accessories you’re excited to rock on your new found balance points.

Lots of joy and love!

Raquel

What to Wear to Work in the Summer Heat

Raquel Greer Gordian visits Studio 512 to chat all about how to survive the summer heat at work in style. Whether you're a woman who loves to wear dresses, skirts, or pants, Raquel has fresh ideas and easy tips to try with your work wardrobe all summer.

If you’ve been in Texas for the past couple weeks, you’ve probably noticed a few tried and true signs that summer has arrived.

And whether you’re a native Texan like me and can’t get enough of the heat or dread the days of sweat and nonstop sunscreen, you’ve gotta know how to dress for the Texas summer.

This week, I stopped by Studio 512 to chat all about the many options for clothes and outfits to explore this summer at work.

In this week’s Greer Guide, Raquel shows you how to create outfits you’ll feel comfortable, confident, and stylish in all summer long at work.
Raquel Greer Gordian and Rosie Newberry discuss easy ways to create put together and practical outfits for the office in Austin, Texas.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • what types of fabrics work to keep you cool in the heat

  • the waistband that can save you from sweaty discomfort

  • the skirt style that’ll make your look a little more breathable

  • how to incorporate your personality into a practical summer top

  • the surprising shoes you can stay cool and comfortable in all summer long

  • the tropical touch that will make your look perfectly in season

  • the trendiest color combination of summer 2019

  • how to break the rules of business casual and still keep your look appropriate for the office

  • the accessories that add style, but won’t weigh you down

  • the pants you can actually enjoy wearing during the summer

  • the perfect summer blazer to make your look breezy and office-appropriate

  • the do’s and don’ts of wearing sandals at the office

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share the styles you’ll be rocking all summer long.

Lots of joy and love!

Raquel

How to Outfit Prep on Sunday for The 5-Day Work Week

Raquel makes it simple and streamlined to plan your work week of outfits with easy-to-implement steps.

Sundays are for doing — meal prep, homework, to-do lists, and rest allow you to be your most productive and focused self for the week ahead. But what about planning your outfits?

Whether you’ve dabbled in the process or never considered it before, weekly outfit prep is an easy way to save time and energy, just like all your other Sunday tasks.

On top of the all that, prep will actually help you develop your style even further, and we all want that.

Weekly outfit prep helps you tap into your creativity, work your way through your wardrobe, use what you’ve got, and weed out the pieces that make you feel blah when you wear them.

Weekly outfit prep is super easy, too, so don’t shy away. I know you can do this! Let’s dive in, shall we?

Grab your rolling rack.

If you don’t have a rolling rack, clear part of a row in your closet to line up all the outfits. If you’re looking to add a rolling rack to your routine, check out these ones.

Choose five single items to build each outfit around for each day of the week.

I’ve picked five examples for you here, but you can pick anything.

  • Monday - dark-washed blue jeans

  • Tuesday - floral wrap dress

  • Wednesday - hot pink long-sleeved blouse

  • Thursday - black jeans

  • Friday - leopard pencil skirt

Inspect each item.

Check each item for wrinkles, stains, holes, and pilling. Get rid of any pieces that are pilling. Put any holey items in a tailor pile to mend. Throw any stained items in the wash/dry clean pile. Make a written or mental note of any wrinkled items to be ironed after you’ve pieces together all your outfits.

For any pieces that you had to knock out, replace each with a new item.


Choose five more single items that pair well with your current items.

  • Monday - dark-washed blue jeans, kelly green striped shirt

  • Tuesday - floral wrap dress, scarlet slides

  • Wednesday - hot pink long-sleeved blouse, black culottes

  • Thursday - black jeans, charcoal dressy tee

  • Friday - leopard pencil skirt, black sleeveless mock turtleneck

Inspect each item.

Repeat this step exactly as you did the first time, but with the second set of items.


Remember this guideline:

Don’t wear any of the items twice in one week unless the item is outerwear, jewelry, shoes, or a layering tank.


Choose five more single items that pair well with your current items.

  • Monday - dark-washed blue jeans, kelly green striped shirt, nude pointed-toe pumps

  • Tuesday - floral wrap dress, scarlet slides, turquoise statement necklace

  • Wednesday - hot pink long-sleeved blouse, black culottes, pewter pendant necklace

  • Thursday - black jeans, charcoal dressy tee, black fashion sneakers

  • Friday - leopard pencil skirt, black sleeveless mock turtleneck, black blazer

Inspect each item.

Repeat this step exactly as you did the first time, but with the second set of items.


Repeat the choose and inspect method until each look is complete.

Outfits may end up be complete at different times. For example, a dress may take four rounds of adding pieces and a pair of jeans may take six. Don’t worry about everything having the same amount of stuff for each outfit. To be complete, just know that each look must include clothes (duh), shoes (duh), and jewelry (don’t forget this!).

Here are my completed outfits:

  • Monday - dark-washed blue jeans, kelly green striped shirt, nude pointed-toe pumps, gold watch and stackable gold bangles, mixed metal drop earrings (5 steps)

  • Tuesday - floral wrap dress, scarlet slides, turquoise statement necklace, aqua stud earrings (4 steps)

  • Wednesday - hot pink long-sleeved blouse, black culottes, pewter pendant necklace, fuchsia pumps, diamond studs (5 steps)

  • Thursday - black jeans, charcoal dressy tee, black fashion sneakers, long black cardigan, silver hoops, layered silver necklaces (6 steps)

  • Friday - leopard pencil skirt, black sleeveless mock turtleneck, black blazer, black and gold earrings, black mules (5 steps)


lastly, iron out the kinks.

This isn’t the most fun part, but it’s definitely a necessary part for your outfit. Wrinkles distract you and anyone you might run into during the day, so make sure to iron them out to keep your look in tip top shape for each day of the week.

And don’t forget! Leave me a comment below and share your favorite outfit you put together this week. I would love to hear from you!

Happy Styling!

R

What Bathing Suit is Right for My Body Type?

Image via  Zaful

Image via Zaful

I love to shop. It’s a core part of what I do with my clients to ensure they have a closet full of clothes that fit their body type, color palette, personal style, and lifestyle.

Shopping is the blank canvas where I get to introduce my clients to pieces that simultaneously feel like them (i.e. authentic to their style) and open them up new ideas and items they would never choose on their own.

Shopping is the means by which you’re able to explore your individual style and see what funky, fun trends are out there right now.

But bathing suit shopping is rarely like this.

It can feel like we’re looking at our bodies under a microscope and, in turn, can make us question ourselves in a whole new, and often negative way.

This year, I want your swimsuit shopping to be different though.

In style, there is always an answer. The answer is not that there is something wrong with your body.

There is nothing wrong with your body type or size.

The answer is not that you’re “too fat” this bathing suit season and should lose hope.

You are exactly the size and shape you should be.

The answer is about keeping an open mind and knowing that not every suit will work, but there are two or three that will.

When going into this process, be quick to say “no” when something doesn’t work, but don’t revert to “no” because you’re down on your body. Give each suit a good, hard look.

Ask yourself “why did the suit work?” or “why didn’t the suit work?” and put that understanding in your back pocket to reference during future shopping trips.

And most important thing to keep in mind with bathing suit shopping, even more than clothing shopping…

Honor your body type.

This is the key to you having a successful, satisfying shop.

So let’s start exploring, shall we?

Oh, and if you’re lost on what your body type is, you can go here to find out yours before reading on about the perfect bathing suit for your body type.

And don’t forget! Leave me a comment below and share what swimwear you’re excited to try this summer season.

Happy Shopping!

Xx.

R

Apple

Your legs are your best attribute, so don’t be shy in showing them off. You have the freedom to go with a low-, medium-, or high-rise bottom, but the top will be your trickiest part. Try these shapes and styles:

  • empire-waisted one piece

  • halter tops

  • tankinis

Check out ideas, get inspiration, and shop specifically for your apple body type here.

Hourglass

Just like most outfits, you want to think about highlighting your waist. Try these shapes and styles:

  • spaghetti-strap bikinis

  • high-cut one piece

  • peplum tops

Check out ideas, get inspiration, and shop specifically for your hourglass body type here.

Inverted triangle

The key to your suit is balancing your shoulders, and you can do this with the top half or bottom half of your suit. Try these shapes and styles:

  • high-neck sport suits

  • mid to thick strap bikini tops

  • mid-rise bikini bottoms

Check out ideas, get inspiration, and shop specifically for your inverted triangle body type here.

Pear

Your frame is best suited to tops that highlight your shoulder girdle and accentuate the curve between your waist and hips. Try these shapes and styles:

  • high-waisted retro bottoms

  • spaghetti-strap tops

  • off-the-shoulder tops

  • sweetheart-neckline tops

Check out ideas, get inspiration, and shop specifically for your pear type here.

Rectangle

Your straight up-and-down frame means you’ve got lots of room to play with the suit you choose. Try these shapes and styles.

  • one shoulder

  • deep v one piece

  • vertical striped suit

Check out ideas, get inspiration, and shop specifically for your rectangle type here.

What to Wear to Graduations

Raquel visited Studio 512 on Monday, May 20th, to chat all about how to create dressy casual looks for graduation celebrations.

Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time to celebrate! Warm weather is headed our way (some would debate that’s to be celebrated), vacation is on the horizon, and graduations of all kinds are taking place this weekend!

Rosie Newberry and Raquel Greer Gordian chat about what to wear to graduations in 2019.

Graduation is an occasion that I always help my clients dress for, which is why I decided to bring some ideas on what to wear to high school and college graduations to Studio 512 this week.

Raquel Greer Gordian shares how to keep cool at graduations this spring with Rosie Newberry on Studio 512.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • the perfect level of formality for graduation

  • how to choose your outfit even if you don’t know what activities you’ll be doing outside of the ceremony

  • how to keep your look cool (temp wise) and edgy for the big day

  • the breathable fabric you’ll love to wear all day long

  • the perfect heels to rock if you’ll be walking a bunch

  • how to dress up a piece you might not consider for the graduation, so it’s perfectly appropriate

  • how to build a dressy-casual outfit around your plain-white tee

  • the right skirt to choose to keep your look festive

  • how to match your earrings to your skirt or pants without being matchy-matchy

  • how to pair two different neutrals, so they seamlessly work together

  • the light-weight jacket you’ll love to wear for the ceremony and beyond

And don’t forget! I always love to hear from you, so leave me a comment below after you’ve watched the video and share your favorite styling take away for this weekend.

Xx.

R



Styled Over Swimwear: How to Create Fresh, Fun, and Practical Outfits for the Pool

Raquel Greer Gordian visits Studio 512 to chat all about fresh and fun ways to style your swimwear this summer.

Swimsuit season has arrived! And no matter your level of enthusiasm, fear, or a little bit of both about getting into a suit, there’s one thing we can all get pumped about: a really rockin’ outfit for the pool.

Pool looks rarely get the attention they deserve, but one of the biggest factors in feeling truly confident and comfortable when poolside is in giving your pool outfit the same attention you would a work or dressy-casual outfit.

Raquel visits Studio 512 to chat all about how to piece together a pool outfit you’ll love to wear this summer in Austin.

Last week, I visited Studio 512 to chat all about what to wear to the pool and how to do it.

It’s time to ditch those overworked flip flops and worn-out cover-ups for something you really love and feel awesome in all day long.

Watch the video below to learn:

Raquel visited Studio 512 to teach you how to put together a poolside look you’ll love this summer.
  • what piece to start with when you’re styling your poolside outfit

  • how to make a cohesive look by linking one clothing piece to another

  • what accessories are perfect for the water

  • what accessories not to wear into the water

  • how to tie the metallic in your sunglasses back to your sarong

  • what denim to wear to the pool

  • how to create a look that can go from the beach to dinner

  • how to tie your swimsuit in with your accessories

  • how to elevate your pool outfit (literally) into a glam look

  • the perfect layers to rock at the beach or pool

  • the trending swimsuit you can use to show off your personality

  • how to use sarong three ways

Once you’ve watched, leave me a comment below and share your favorite styling tip you’re going to take to the pool this season.

Happy styling!

R

The Top 5: Bras, Underwear, and Shapewear

If the undergarments don’t work, everything is out of wack.

Self-conscious, distracted, and just physically uncomfortable: I know many of my clients and I have experienced those universal feelings wearing the wrong pair of underwear, a badly fitting bra, or shapewear that just doesn’t cut it.

The pieces you throw on before anything else should support you, physically and emotionally. They should leave you confident, comfortable, and present in every social situation.

After trial and error, I’ve discovered the brands that I swear by for my clients and myself.

Here are my 5:

NATORI BRAS

Why I love them: I don’t have a particularly large bust, but I lean in the direction of comfort, support, and practicality (don’t we all?!?),so no matter your size, I think all women should give this bra a try.

This is full boob coverage, y’all. No spillage — only softness and structure to these masterfully-designed bras.

Find them at Nordstorm or Natori.com.

HANKY PANKY PANTIES

Why I love them: I’ve got a booty on me, and for all y’all out there that identify with that statement, full-butt panties can be uncomfortable. I don’t need one more layer on top of my derrière reminding me of it every five seconds.

Hanky Pankies offer stretchy thongs with wide straps, so they don’t dig into your sides or your bum. They’re soft, durable, and come in one-size-fits-most that hugs around your curves, so they really do fit many different body types and shapes.

Check them out here, and if you’re a woman who loves a full-coverage panty, they also offer those styles are well.

SPANX SHAPEWEAR

I believe every body is beautiful, and every woman should feel that in hers, so I want to start off by saying shapewear is not about hiding. You should never be hidden, because your curves are worth celebrating.

Shapewear is about smoothing under certain fabrics and creating a seamless silhouette under certain dresses, jumpsuits, pants, and skirts.

It’s good to have shapewear in your arsenal, because if you throw something on and the fit isn’t quite right, you can always add shapewear and see if that allows the garment to more easily follow the line of your body.

Spanx may not be the original, but since its birth, it’s been the best.

Check them out here.

FREE PEOPLE BRALETTES

Why I love them: These are the pretty little things that add the perfect stylish accessory to a summer sundress or tank top.

Use them as an extra feminine, flirty detail for date night or under a sporty Saturday outfit for a playful touch that’s super comfortable.

And for those of you who are wondering…yes, they are appropriate for you, no matter your age.

Try matching your bralette to the exact neckline of what you’re wearing (halter bralette with halter top) or contrast the shape of the bralette to the top (bandeau bralette with spaghetti strap v-neck top).

Shop the look here.

ZELLA SPORTBRAS

Zella is one of the best athleisure brands available. Check them out at your local Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack.

Why I love them: This high-quality athleisure brand is one of Nordstrom’s own, which means it’s easy to find these super comfortable, durable sports bras at your neighborhood Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack at an awesome price.

Looking to add a whole athleisure look to your wardrobe? Try their high-waisted leggings — the structure and support on these bad boys is the bomb.

Check out the bras here.

Now I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and share which piece you’re excited to try.

Xx.

R


How to Dress For Your Body Type

Last week on The Greer Guide, I shared an easy way to identify your body type based on proportions and measurements.

Today, it’s about taking the next step in using your body type to create outfits that highlight your shape and accentuate your best attributes.

Watch the video below to learn:

Whether you’re a pear, inverted triangle, or rectangle, there are easy pieces you can add to your wardrobe to highlight your shape and accentuate your body type.
  • the unexpected shoe that balances an inverted triangle

  • the right way to style tops with skirts for a pear body type

  • how to accentuate the curves and long silhouette of a rectangle

  • the pants to try if you’re an inverted triangle

  • the type of jacket that highlights a rectangular shape

  • the little accessory that gives a rectangle curves

  • the types of skirts well suited to a pear

  • the types of skirts well suited to an hourglass

  • the types of fabrics to try as an inverted triangle

Once you’ve watched the video, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and share your favorite way to style outfits for your body type.

Xx.

R

How to Know Your Body Type

“So what is my body type?” — it’s the question every woman needs to know the answer to.

Knowing your body type unlocks the ability to understand your style. Your body type gives you the freedom to accentuate curves, balance proportion, and create intentional shapes within your outfits.

There are a variety of different ways people measure body type, and this article is one of the best I’ve found. I’m using some of the math from it with some tweaks of my own.

But before we get into the body types, it’s important for me to mention this…

If you’re an hourglass body type, your shoulders and your hips measure within 5% of each other, and your waist is more than 25% smaller than your hips and shoulders.

I come from the new school of thought on body type — I don’t believe that if you are a pear, you should never were skinny jeans (a big old no no once upon a time) or if you’re an inverted triangle, you should never wear a power blazer that accentuates the width of your shoulders.

I believe all bodies are beautiful, and you can use your body and style in any way you want. If a look is authentic to you and makes you feel good, it’s worth giving that look a shot.

This is not about doing it wrong or doing it right. It’s about giving you the knowledge, so that you can explore how you wear clothing in the most satisfying ways.

Clothing should always be exciting, which means you’ve got to take risks every once in a while. Whether that means adding cropped flare pants into the mix or belting an oversized patterned mumu, it’s your time to play. Have fun with it.

So without further adieu! Start here:

First, measure your shoulders, bust, hips, and waist.

If you’re unsure of where your natural waist is, it’s situated below your rib cage and above your belly button.

If you’re unsure of where your hips are, stand up and raise one leg, so there is a 90 degree angle between your foot and your glutes. Touch the crease where you bent your leg, then lower your leg. That spot from side to side is where your hips lie.

For shoulders, measure (or get someone to measure for you) straight across the back of your shoulder girdle.

Jot down all four of the measurements, and determine your body type…

Pear

If your hips are 5% larger than your shoulders and/or bust, and you typically gain weight in your bottom half over the top half of your body, you’re a pear.

To accentuate your curves, try these:

Outfit 1: fit ‘n’ flare skirt, graphic tee tucked in, pointed-toe pumps

Outfit 2: high-waisted, wide-leg trousers, pull-over blouse tucked in, block-heel sandals

Outfit 3: flare dark blue jeans, button-down tied up, stacked-heel booties

Apple

If your bust is more than 5% larger than your hips and you easily gain weight in your abdomen, but rarely in your legs, you’re an apple.

To highlight your body type, try these:

Outfit 1: tunic top, long pendant necklace, faux-leather leggings, knee-high boots

Outfit 2: wrap dress, sock booties, gold hoops

Outfit 3: boat-neck tee, white jean shorts, embellished sandals

Rectangle

If your bust, shoulders, and hips measure within 5% of each other, and your waist is less than 25% smaller than your shoulders and/or bust, you’re a rectangle.

To play with your shape, try these:

Outfit 1: shift jumpsuit, kimono, slip-on sandals

Outfit 2: bodysuit, skinny jeans, duster, cowboy boots

Outfit 3: ribbed tee, denim pencil skirt, stretch blazer, oxfords

Hourglass

Your shoulders and your hips measure within 5% of each other, and your waist is at least 25% smaller than your hips and shoulders.

To enhance your curves, try these:

Outfit 1: pencil skirt, moto jacket, tucked-in spaghetti strap top

Outfit 2: high-waisted joggers, mock-turtleneck top, fashion sneakers

Outfit 3: crop top, printed pants, chandelier earrings, strappy heels

Inverted Triangle

Your shoulders and/or bust are more than 5% bigger than your hips.

Outfit 1: boyfriend jeans, crew neck tee, platform sandals

Outfit 2: a-line skirt, silky button-down, pointed-toe pumps

Outfit 3: skinny jeans, cowboy booties, relaxed fit blazer, v-neck tee

As always, I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and share your body type and what outfit you’d love to try this week.

Happy Styling!

Xx.

R



5 Ways to Style Your Black Dress for Hot Weather

Most of us have a black dress in our closets.

For you, it may be a go-to piece or a dormant item that’s collecting dust in the back of the closet.

No matter its position or rank, it needs some TLC every once in a while because this piece is one of the few in a woman’s wardrobe that deserves the title of staple.

So this week, I’m giving you five easy ways to assemble an ensemble around your LBD (translation: little black dress).

And as always, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and share which you’ll be recreating using the contents of your closet.

Happy Styling!

Xx.

R

NEON MAGIC

Raquel Greer Gordian adds a neon blazer, platform sandals, and a long tassel necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a neon blazer, platform sandals, and a long tassel necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a neon blazer, platform sandals, and a long tassel necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.

BELTED W/ BRIGHT WHITES

Raquel Greer Gordian adds a striped blue and white belt, white pumps, a white necklace, and white earrings to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a striped blue and white belt, white pumps, a white necklace, and white earrings to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a striped blue and white belt, white pumps, a white necklace, and white earrings to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.

ALL-THE-COLORS STORY

Raquel Greer Gordian adds a vibrant kimono, chevron stacked heels, and a long necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a vibrant kimono, chevron stacked heels, and a long necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a vibrant kimono, chevron stacked heels, and a long necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.

OFFICE-READY

Raquel Greer Gordian adds a white blazer, black waist belt, and white cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a white blazer, black waist belt, and white cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a white blazer, black waist belt, and white cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.

BLING & BLUES

Raquel Greer Gordian adds a blingy J.Crew necklace, a blue tie-up top, and Tecovas cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a blingy J.Crew necklace, a blue tie-up top, and Tecovas cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a blingy J.Crew necklace, a blue tie-up top, and Tecovas cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.

3 Simple Ways to Style Colorful Outfits for Spring

Raquel stops by Studio 512 to chat all about how to create colorful outfits for spring 2019.

There’s no better time to incorporate color into your outfit than spring. With Bluebonnets and Paintbrushes popping up all along the road, color inspiration is constantly surrounding us.

And while it can feel intuitive to use color in your outfits, you may talk yourself down from a really great outfit if you’re unsure of actually how to use color in your look.

Which is why I stopped by Studio 512 this week to chat all about three different ways to create colorful outfits this spring.

Whether neutrals make up 90% of your closet or you don’t leave the house without color, I’ve got easy-to-implement tips specific to your comfort level that you can apply right now.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • how to create a monochromatic outfit

  • how to add one pop or more of color to a neutral outfit

  • the trick to adding multiple colors to one outfit

  • why monochromatic doesn’t necessarily mean what you think

  • how I define a neutral

  • what colors can actually go with neutrals

Once you’ve watched the video, leave me a comment below and tell me which color styling technique you’re most excited to try. I would love to hear from you!

Xx.

R

29 Styling Ideas to Try In April

I’ve been feeling inspired lately to create new combinations in my own closet, and my guess is that it has something to do with the buzz of spring.

Whether it’s hot, cold, or luke warm out, spring is the perfect time to get take a fresh perspective on old items in your closet.

And the easiest way to look at your closet from a different point of view is through exploring styling techniques: Use what you’ve got to make new outfits you love.

Which is why this month I’m giving you a style challenge to inspire you, spark your curiosity, and get you thinking about how to utilize all the different patterns, prints, colors, and pieces in your wardrobe.

Implement one tip a day or style up a bunch of outfits and take pictures of each outfit for a later time. Either way, I hope you enjoy! And don’t forget to leave me comment below and tell me which styling idea you love the most.

Xx.

R

29. POP STRIPES OFF SOLIDS.

Pop your striped top off a solid pant for a bit of energy and pattern.

28. USE A PANTS BELT & FRONT TUCK.

Not sure how to do a proper front tuck? Head here.

Belts are another way that you can show off your style, so use them to your advantage by front tucking your top up.

27. SPORT YOUR FASHION SNEAKERS WITH BASICS: BLACK BLAZER, JEANS, AND A TEE.

26. DOUBLE UP ON ACCESSORIES WITH A SPRING SCARF & LONG NECKLACE.

25. GET CUTE IN CAMO.

Camo adds an intense touch to your look, so use it in one piece then surround it with solids.

24. EDGE IT UP IN ALL BLACK.

23. CUFF UP YOUR JEANS TO SHOW OFF YOUR SANDALS.

22. GO RETRO IN A FLARE JEAN OR PANTS.

Retro vibes are always in style. Incorporate your favorite decade through a flare pant or jean.

21. FEEL PRETTY IN PLAID.

20. MIX SEASONS WITH SHORTS AND A SWEATER.

19. COLOR YOUR LOOK WITH RED AND PINK.

Pink and red are the perfect spring style combination.

18. LAYER UP NECKLACES.

17. BE UNAPOLOGETIC IN ATHLEISURE.

If you love to keep it comfortable in your weekday look, try athleisure. You don’t have to apologize for having a little bit of stretch and a whole lot of style in your look.

16. TIE UP A BUTTON DOWN OVER A DRESS.

Give your outfit a feminine touch by tying up your favorite button down over top.

15. PULL OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEF SCARF.

Here’s five ways to wear it.

14. TAKE IT TO A 10 WITH ANIMAL PRINT.

Go fierce with your look by adding snakeskin, leopard, or cheetah to your outfit.

13. GO FESTIVE WITH TASSELS.

Make a statement with tassels that fit your style and enhance your outfit.

12. CATCH THEIR EYE WITH NAVY AND BLACK.

Create a striking combination by adding navy to your all black outfit.

11. ADD A LITTLE MAGIC WITH YOUR MOTO JACKET.

It’s still cold outside, so utilize your moto for every occasion.

10. GO FEMININE IN FLORALS.

9. BRIGHTEN IT UP WITH WHITE.

White is classic, so use your white pieces to balance your trend pieces.

8. GIVE IT A TEXAS TOUCH WITH COWBOY BOOTS.

Yeehaw! Cowboy boots are the perfect addition to skirts, jeans, and your favorite sundress.

7. ELEVATE YOUR JEANS WITH POWER PUMPS.

6. LET YOUR HOOPS DO THE TALKING.

5. ADD A LIGHT, LUXE LAYER WITH A KIMONO.

Kimonos are the perfect layer when weather’s unpredictable.

4. JUST ADD A HAT!

Hat’s add a fresh pop and a finishing touch to any weekend look.

3. POLKA DOTS FOR DAYZZZ.

Get playful with polka dots in a fit ‘n’ flare dress or a casual tee.

2. BLING IT UP!

Bring energy and interest to your look with a bit of bling.

1. PLAY WITH PATTERNS.

Don’t settle for solids. Get a little funky by adding one pattern to another.

Where to Take Your Unwanted Clothes to Make a Difference or Make Some Money

It’s that time of year again when the idea of spring cleaning becomes so fun and exciting that it’s impossible to resist!

There’s dusting off to be done, rooms to redesign, and fresh organizational tactics to try, and for some pieces that don’t make the cut this year, a new home is in order.

Goodwill is an easy drop off that most of us have close to home, but there also are a bunch of different Austin organizations and businesses you may not be as familiar with that make a difference in our community or can make you some money from your unwanted goods.

SELL

If you’re looking to sell items before donation, your first step is to determine what is sellable.

If you’re looking to strictly donate, skip this part and find your drop off spots below.

Sellable items from your closet will most likely fall into one of these categories:

  1. MODERN: Excellent condition pieces that are less than four years old.

  2. VINTAGE: Excellent condition pieces that are more than fifteen years old.

Once you have those two categories established, break down the modern pieces into subcategories.

  1. Fashion-forward, high-end designer pieces (i.e., Chloe, Isabel Marant, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Valentino, Theory, Gucci, Lanvin, Helmut Lang…)

  2. Moderate or low-priced trend pieces (i.e., Rails, Equipment, Paige, Joe’s, Madewell, Nike, Michael Kors, Wildfox, Kendra Scott, Dolce Vita, Sam Edelman, A New Day, Wit & Wisdom, Caslon, BP., Halogen, TopShop, Leith)

If your modern pieces fall into subcategory “1”, take them here:

MOSS

If your modern pieces fall into subcategory “2”, take them here:

UPTOWN CHEAPSKATE

STYLE ENCORE

BUFFALO EXCHANGE

For all vintage pieces, take them here:

FEATHERS VINTAGE

PROTOTYPE VINTAGE

GARMENT

CHARM SCHOOL VINTAGE

Note: Some boutiques are by appointment only, so make sure to call ahead and arrange your visit before you get to the store.

DONATE

Once you’ve consigned or sold what’s possible, it’s time to make a big difference with your bag of items.

From the unsold items, separate items that can be used professionally from those that are more weekend appropriate.

For professional items, take them here:

Dress for Success

You can donate directly to the organization at their Austin location or you can take your donation to any Westbank Cleaners.  

(Dress for Success items must be on hangers, so make sure to hang them back up before delivery. Shoes and accessories can be placed in bags.)

For casual items or if you’re looking to donate solely at one spot, take them here:  

SAFE Donation Warehouse
1401 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741

Now I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite place to consign your unwanted items in Austin.

Xx.

R

What to Wear to Spring Weddings

Last week I stopped by Studio 512 to chat all about how to put together your latest look for one of my very favorite events: a wedding! Whether you shy away from bright colors or love to pop your boldest hues off each other when the warmer weather hits, I’m giving you easy styling tricks and techniques, so you can knock your outfits out of the park this wedding season.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • how to incorporate color into your spring wedding look no matter your comfort level with color

  • the perfect piece to wear if you love to dance at weddings

  • which metallic to choose to play into the colors of your unique outfit

  • how to carefully choose each piece of your outfit, so your look comes out stylish and effortlessly put together

  • the perfect detail that gives your look a sexy touch, without being too over the top for a wedding

  • what colors to pop off of your classic nude heels

  • how to play into the theme and location of your event using your outfit

  • how to enhance your look by popping one color off of another

Once you’ve watched the video, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me how you’re going to get creative with your unique wedding look this spring.

Xx.

R

10 Easy Styling Tricks To Try This Week

Spring is a time of renewal, especially for our closets.

Whether you’re looking to add some new pieces to your closet this season or reinvent what you’ve already got, I’m giving you easy styling tips to get your creativity working in your wardrobe all March long.

No matter which way you implement, you’ll give your closet and style a bit of a boost.

10. SPRING PAIRING: BLUSH AND GRAY

Itching for color this spring, but nervous about incorporating the boldest brights? Don’t fret! Pastels can add the perfect pop of color without overloading you with intensity.

Blush is a cool, light, and soft color, so use the characteristics of this color to find the perfect pairing: gray. Heather gray is also soft, cool, and light, which means it naturally works well with blush.

Add a neutral background of black or white around the two to make the blush and gray the focal points of your outfit.

Looking to add soft pops to your spring wardrobe? Try adding blush to your heather grey. The too cool, light colors balance each other with similar characteristics, while adding a romantic touch to your look.

9. TREND ALERT: THE PANTS BELT

Bring your belt through your pants loops and guess what?! You’re rocking one of the biggest styling trends of 2019! The pants belt is an easy way to accessorize your look and it acts as the perfect compliment to your front tuck.

Not sure how to do a front tuck? Check out the DIY video.

Add jewelry or a scarf to your belted look, but just make sure the necklace isn’t so long that it hits the belt — everything needs to seamlessly fit together, not clash up against each other.

You can also take a minimalist approach to your look (since using a belt is already accessorizing) by leaving off chunkier jewelry. Stick to simple hoops, and you’ll be good to go for the day.

The pants belt is back! Try is with your wide-leg trousers or super skinny jeans to add a thoughtful detail and noticeable interest to your look.

The pants belt is back! Try is with your wide-leg trousers or super skinny jeans to add a thoughtful detail and noticeable interest to your look.

8: WHEN IN DOUBT: THE WRAP DRESS

Love the look and don’t have one in your closet? Add it to the shopping list!

This dress transitions easily from winter to spring and is well-suited to all body types. The wrap dress works like magic to highlight a defined waist or to create the illusion of one that isn’t there.

An easy choice for work, try it at the office with a platform oxford and power blazer, then switch to cagey heels and bold coral lip stain for happy hour.

7: GO BOLD OR GO HOME: THE STACKABLES

Add a knockout element to your look by stacking up your bangles.

Take a fresh perspective on how you’ve used them in the past by first pulling them all out on your vanity and looking at them all on together. Find the best sets of 3 or more by asking yourself about the bangles:

Which have the circumference to stand up against each other?
Which have similar colors that seamlessly work together?
Which are of a similar style (i.e., sporty vs. romantic, edgy vs. traditional) and naturally go together?

Try multiple combinations until your intuition tells you that you’ve found the right one, two, or three combinations. Snap a picture of each, so you can remember them in the future.

Stack it up! The more, the merrier when it comes to bangles.

Stack it up! The more, the merrier when it comes to bangles.

6.THE NECESSARY STEP: TAILORING

In menswear, tailoring is seen as an essential step for perfectly fitted clothing. In womenswear, it’s often overlooked, but there’s no getting around it: Tailoring is key.

Not all garments need tailoring, of course, but depending on your body type, it’s important to get used to taking in, taking up, or adjusting a piece to your unique proportions.

To get the fit thats ideal for your body, go through your closet and pull out anything you’ve considered ill-fitting before.

Does your shirt(s) need to be taken up through the shoulder to fit your short torso?
Do your pants need to be taken up and taken in to accommodate your petite frame?
Do the tops of your jeans need to be pinched in to fit the ratio of hip width to waist width?
Do the sleeves on your jacket need to be taken out or taken in to fit your arm length?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these for pieces in your wardrobe, create a pile of the items you’re willing to invest a bit more in to get the fit you feel confident and comfortable in.

5. STEP INTO SPRING: THE BOLDEST BOOTIES

Booties never need to be a seasonal item.

If you love them, wear them all year round by pairing them with lighter looks. Not only will you be incorporating a piece you adore, but they can add structure to a flowy outfit and unpredictability (which often translates to fashion sense) to your look.

Pair a black pencil skirt (like I did below) with your booties to create an eye-catching detail at the office or add the booties to a wispy sundress for warmer spring days. Finish both looks with the sunglasses that match the boot colors to book end the look.

Want to add a bootie with a Texas feel? Try cowboy boots!

Booties aren’t a seasonal item, but rather a perfect practical addition to your outfit year round.

4.NEUTRAL AND COLOR: BLACK AND BLUE

Black and blue are one of the sleekest ways to pair a color with a neutral, and even though it’s getting warmer outside, this powerful pairing is useful all year round in the office.

The trick to pulling it off (and all looks really) is making sure you look like you had intention behind your choice — you meant to do it. The blue and black need to be far enough apart color-wise for anybody to tell that you didn’t think they were the same color.

To try this pairing, think of your outfit in thirds. 1/3 of the look needs to be black, 2/3 needs to be blue or the opposite — 1/3 blue, 2/3 black. This balances your look and gives the perfect push and pull between colors.

Pair your boldest blues with a stark black for a power look you’ll love to wear to your Austin office.

3. KNOW YOUR ABCS: ACCENTUATE, BALANCE, CAMOUFLAGE

These three styling techniques will help you to use your body type to build a look that’s most flattering to you.

First, think about accentuating. Are you an apple body type who carries your weight in your abdomen and never gains weight in your legs? Pair light-weight leggings to highlight your slim legs with a tunic top to camouflage your widest point.

Second, consider balance. Are you a pear body type who carries your weight around your hips? Balance your hip width by wearing flare jeans that neutralize the curve of your hip, while still accentuating your waist. Finish with pointed-toe pumps to bring the focus upward.

Third, try camouflaging disproportionate areas by choosing pieces that balance. Are you an inverted triangle whose shoulders are wider than your hips? To camouflage a larger shoulder girdle, try a fit ‘n’ dress or skirt that adds width around your hips to balance the shoulders.

2.POWER IS KEY: THE POINTED-TOE PUMP

When deciding on a pair of heels, and if your feet allow, go for the pointed-toe pumps over the rest. Round and square toed heels can make you look shorter, while pointed toes always elongate the leg and body.

Use this pair to intensify any business attire. From your most conservative suit to your dressy tee and jeans, pointed-toe pumps will give you the perfect finishing, fashionable touch.

Want to add power to your Austin office look? Try a pointed-toe pump with everything from jeans to suits to create a look that commands respect and attention.

1. CHOOSE ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR UNIQUE BODY AND PERSONALITY.

Considering these two factors will allow your jewelry, scarves, and belts to continuously enhance your natural, beautiful attributes.

Petite? Try daintier accessories to match your smaller frame like geometric studs. Plus size? Try bolder accessories to match your curvier frame like 90s-style gold hoops.

Then there’s personality…

Consider yourself an alpha boss lady? Choose accessories to match your personality like a bejeweled bib necklace or oversized resin earrings.

Would you rather support the team than be leader of the pack? Try more demure accessories like three-strand gold necklaces or stackable rings.

Now, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and share which styling tips you’ll be using this week and what part of your wardrobe you’re excited to rock for spring.

Xx.

R

What To Wear To SXSW 2019

I stopped by Studio 512 yesterday to chat all about how to create your unique outfits for SXSW. Austin’s biggest event starts this Friday, March 8, and no matter if you’re looking to network, party, or do a bit of both, I have styling tips and outfit ideas to inspire looks you’ll love for the ten days of fun, learning, and connecting.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • 3 outerwear pieces that are perfect additions to your SXSW outfit

  • how to keep your look business-appropriate and party-friendly

  • what shoes to choose to keep yourself comfortable and stylish during SXSW

  • the simple trick to wearing heels during SXSW

  • how to make yourself stand out in the right ways during networking

  • the types of bags to bring to SXSW

  • the trend color that’s a perfect addition to your SXSW outfit

  • the perfect accessory to add to your outfit all week long

  • how to balance statement pieces with neutrals in your outfit

And as always, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me what you’re planning on wearing for SXSW 2019.

Happy Styling!

Xx.

R

How To Organize Your Entire Closet From Top To Bottom

Earlier this month on The Greer Guide, I covered exactly how to clean out your entire closet by answering 10 necessary questions. And this week, it’s all about taking the next step: organization.

The right organizational systems make it easy to see, reach, and utilize everything in your wardrobe, plus, they can make your closet into one of the prettiest and most exciting spaces in your home.

 So let’s dig in, shall we?

Clothes first

Evaluate your space.

Unless you designed the closet yourself, the layout can throw you for a loop.

Do not worry though! You’ve got this, and you’re already on your way to making it a stunning space.

To organize your clothes according to the current space, look at your closet as if you’d never seen it before, that way you don’t automatically organize it in the same way(s) you’ve done in the past.

If you’re easily distracted, it’s best to pull all the clothes out of the closet during this step and put them on your bed. If you can stay focused on a new plan with the clothes in their current setup, leave them there.

Consider individual sections.

Items need to go with like items (i.e., shirts with shirts, sweaters with sweaters, dresses with dresses, etc…).

This allows you to clearly decide what you want to wear for the day. If you wake up and say, “It’s a dress kind of day!” then go directly to that section without distraction. 

Do not sort by formality or season. This blocks your creativity by putting you in a mindset of “I can only wear these pieces at these times.” Instead, put pieces like pencil pants next to jeans and long-sleeved blouses next to sleeveless tops.

Find the best place for every group of items to fit.

And be logical in this step. If you have a double-layer side for hanging and another side with only one higher row for hanging pieces, choose the higher side for dresses of a variety of lengths. This will prevent your midi and maxi dresses from bunching up or collecting dust on a shelf below the row.

If you’ve got shelving in your closet, fill the shelves with sweaters, not thinner garments. The fluffiness of the sweaters will allow you to still see all of them easily. Thinner tops like silky blouses should be hung alongside dressy t-shirts.

Sketch before you implement.

In case you’re interrupted by another task or kids mid-project, do a super simple sketch of where you want everything to live in your closet.

Put each item in their section.

Whether it’s hanging or folded, get each item into its desired section. Don’t worry about everything being pretty yet, just throw it in. Pieces will be moving in the next step.

Organize by color.

Color-coding is essential to seeing what you have and creating a beautiful space. And who doesn’t love a beautiful rainbow?!? So make your closet into one!

Follow the ROYGBIV sequence to bring natural order to your wardrobe. It goes like this: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. For light neutrals like tan and white, add them by the orange/yellow section. For black and grey, put them after violet.

For patterned pieces, choose the most prominent color in the garment and put the piece in that color’s section.

Specialized items

For items that serve a specific purpose like workout gear, ski attire or pajamas, you do not need to include them in your everyday oh-so-pretty clothing organization. You will naturally reach for them or find them when you work out, go on a vacation or go to bed. Because of this, you can fill the dark space in the back of your closet with these items or move them to the bottom drawer of your dresser.  

Jewelry

Take a look at the open spaces in your bedroom, bathroom and closet to determine where an organizer could fit. On the wall? On top of a dresser? In front of your clothing in a hanging organizer?

My necklaces hang right above my folded sweaters, so I can easily see and use each piece.

My necklaces hang right above my folded sweaters, so I can easily see and use each piece.

You can add jewelry to just one of those spaces or all three if you have room. Just make sure you’re able to see and access everything easily.

For a free wall, try a hanging organizer. For a large dresser or empty shelf in one of those rooms, try a freestanding organizer.

Want a comprehensive look at how exactly to organize your particular combination of jewelry items? Head here to read the article on how to organize your jewelry in 5 simple steps.

Shoes

Like the clothes, shoes can throw you for a loop when organizing in a space you didn’t design. Shoes can take up a lot of room, so it’s important to get creative with exactly where you put them.

Remove shoes from cardboard boxes.

The boxes only create a barrier.

Don’t worry about them collecting dust — this shouldn’t be an issue if you’re using them consistently.

Plastic containers

If all of your shoes currently live in plastic boxes, check out the floor space and evaluate – If you remove the shoes, do you have floor space or shelves to make all of your shoes visible? If the answer is yes, remove all of the shoes from the plastic boxes.

If you answer is no, you don’t have room, you’ll need a system to quickly identify what’s in each box. To do this, take a picture of each pair of shoes in each plastic box. Print the picture and stick it to the front of the box, so you can easily see what’s in the box.

Ideal storage

If you have room on your floor or shelves, that’s awesome! Because this is the best way to store shoes. For this method, place each pair of shoes front to back. This saves room and allows you to see every detail of the shoe, so you can match the shoe seamlessly to the rest of your outfit when getting dressed.

Place one shoe forward and one shoe backwards to create more space amongst shoes and easily create outfits incorporating the design details of the shoes.

Place one shoe forward and one shoe backwards to create more space amongst shoes and easily create outfits incorporating the design details of the shoes.

Scarves

Scarves can be folded like sweaters on a shelf or hung from a hanger or closet rods. Hanging is preferable, because it was allow you to see more of the colors strewn throughout the scarf, so you can match it to your look easily later.

Scarves folded next to sweaters for easy access and styling.

Scarves folded next to sweaters for easy access and styling.

Belts

Hook all of your belts onto one hanger by their buckles or wrap them into individual circles and stack them on top of each other on a shelf.

Hangers

Loose hangers shouldn’t live between hangers with clothes on them, because they easily get lost in those random spots and take up unnecessary room. Instead, designate one area of your closet for loose hangers to live.

Every time you take an item off a hanger, put it there immediately to avoid deviating from your new system.  

A good place for hangers in the back of the closet, because unlike clothes, they won’t be forgotten there. You’ll reach for them when you need them.

Empty hangers also aren’t the prettiest part of your wardrobe, so leaving them out of the spotlight maximizes the beauty of the space.  

Empty hangers should have a space of their own.

Empty hangers should have a space of their own.

New hangers

While having all the same type of hangers isn’t necessary, it’s an extra step in making your closet feel fresh. When upgrading your hangers, try velvet hangers.  These will make your closet more visually appealing and save space, because they aren’t as chunky as the classic plastic hangers.

If you’re petite, try velvet hangers made for kids rather than the regular size. The narrowness of these specialized hangers will ensure that your long-sleeved shirts don’t get peaks at the edge of them.

Old hangers

If you don’t upgrade hangers, make sure to follow these steps:

  • Take the foam off any hangers that have it covering the top. The foam will deteriorate over time and can permanently damage clothes.

  • Remove all dry cleaning bags from over clothes. Clothes need oxygen to be well preserved and over time, the bags will hinder this airflow.

  • Remove and recycle old dry cleaner hangers if you have enough hangers to hang all your clothes without them. Dry cleaner hangers take up space and take away from the beauty of your closet.

Dirty clothes

While this may seem like common sense, it’s important to keep in mind not to hang clothes that are dirty or wrinkled back up with all the fresh pieces.

You’ll end up pulling out clothes to wear that you thought were clean only to find a stain at home or when you’re out of the house and can’t change (never fun). 

Instead, invest in two hampers: one for washer-compliant clothes and one for dry clean only pieces. Put the hamper somewhere easily accessible (master bathroom, bedroom or closet), so you don’t put them on the floor and cause clutter.

Put dirty clothes in their proper hamper right when you take them off after a long day.

Like all the steps before this one, putting clothes in a hamper rather than on the floor will also improve the look and energy of your closet.

Iron-ready clothes

Put all clean clothes that need to be ironed in a single, visible space in the closet.  Having a concentration of them will make them hard to miss and create an easy reminder.

Additional details

Lighting

Especially in older closets, you may run into this issue.

If your closet is too dark to see everything easily, invest in stick on lighting for the back wall or behind clothes. You can check out easy stick-on lighting at Home Depot or Target.

Full length mirror

This is an essential with a capital ‘E’ part of your wardrobe! No closet is complete without a full-length mirror. This is the piece of the puzzle makes it simple to conceptualize your look, see your outfit head-to-toe, and serves as the final checkpoint before you head off into the world to say, “Damn! I look goooooood.” Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond or the Container Store are easy places to find this tool.

Finishing touches

You’ve reached the end of the organizational road! Woop woop! High fives aaaaall around. At this point your closet should be lookin’ pretty darn snazzy, but there are a few additional steps you can take to make the space extra special

Add a rug

This is after all a room in your house, so why not treat it like one?!? You can fit it in with the aesthetic of the rest of your house or go rogue with it. Get glamorous, whimsical, eccentric or playful with whatever you put down. No matter what you choose, make sure it’s something that will make you feel good each morning.

A rug will add the perfect pop to your closet and make it just as special as every other room in the house.

A rug will add the perfect pop to your closet and make it just as special as every other room in the house.

Other inspiration

There are a number of ways you can make the closet a bit cozier. My favorite is art. Add personal touches and personality through pictures, vision boards, your kids’ painting or knick-knacks to all corners of the closet.

This part is all about indulging in what makes you feel good, so go for it! Don’t hold back with making the closet into your most personal space in the house.

And if you take one thing away from today’s blog, let it be this:

Out of sight, out of mind is never truer than in your wardrobe. If a piece isn’t easily accessible, it can’t stay top of mind. So bring everything out to play!

Now as always, I would love to hear from you! What’s your favorite way to organize or jazz up your closet? Leave me a comment below and share your style story.

Xx.

R

5 Ways to Style Spring Scarves

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to pull out your silkiest scarves and get to stylin’. This week, I visited Studio 512 to talk all about five of my favorite ways to style this spring staple.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • how to style spring scarves for business and casual events

  • how to tie a scarf Parisian style

  • how to position your scarf on your neck

  • what necklines works with a Girl Scout tie

  • how to style your scarf in a trendy, western way

  • how to tie scarves around your wrist

  • how to use a scarf in place of a bracelet

  • how to tie scarves in your hair

  • how to pair jewelry with scarves

  • how to tie your scarf in a way that most shows off the pattern of the scarf

And as always, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite scarf in your wardrobe and how you love to style it for spring.

Happy Styling!

Xx.

R

10 Necessary Questions to Ask Yourself When Doing a Comprehensive Closet Clean Out

I loooooooooooove cleaning out closets – my own and my clients’ alike. It’s so fun, because it’s freeing. It creates space, good energy, and even room for a few new things to boost your wardrobe.

Cleaning out your closet is an important step in developing your personal style, because it allows you to keep your wardrobe in tip-top shape. I have a bag of to-go items in my closet that I’ll sell or donate all the time to make sure my wardrobe stays up to speed with my life.

If you haven’t done this in a while or are unsure if you’ve gotten rid of the right things in the past, a big sweep is just what you need.

Cleaning out allows you to do a mental inventory of what’s in your closet. This means you’re much more likely to use all you’ve got in your wardrobe going forward, which one of my main goals with all of my clients: to help you use 100% of your wardrobe.

When doing the closet clean out, make sure to follow these guidelines:

Avoid multitasking.

Cleaning out your closet can feel overwhelming, which is why it’s essential to focus on one thing at a time. Put your imaginary blinders on to make sure you don’t look around and get distracted by your entire wardrobe at once. 

Go section by section (i.e., pants, shirts, shoes, etc…).

This helps you feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction after a type of item. “Shirts off the list! Check!” This path also gives you optional stopping points after each section or two when a wine and chocolate break is essential.

To begin this process, lay out all the items from one section on your bed.  If you’re overwhelmed with what section to begin with, start with pants.

Then ask yourself these 10 questions for each section of items.  

Does this item fit?

This is probably the most difficult question you’ll have to ask yourself over course of the clean out, because it means you need to not just embrace your style, but also your body.

 As women, we are frequently taught to feel shame and guilt surrounding our bodies. After years of working in my field, I can confidently say almost every single woman experiences fear and anxiety around her body for one single reason -- we are taught to feel that way!

We are taught to feel bad about the shape, size and 100% natural tendencies of our bodies. These ideas come to us through media, family, friends, and co-workers. This ideas saturate our society and, unfortunately, our selves.

The truth is though that there’s nothing wrong or silly or gross about your body. Your body is the way it should be, because that’s exactly how it is!

Your body is a powerful, beautiful tool you can use to feel sexy, confident and commanding.

It’s time to look in your closet from the perspective of loving and embracing your body right now. From that point of view, get rid of things that don’t fit. And yes, this includes those goal jeans!

For this step, only deal with the pieces you know don’t fit that don’t have to be tried on.

Leave the pieces that you aren’t sure if they fit for later on – we’ll get to those in a later question.

Do I feel happy when I put this piece on?

When answering this question, go with your gut. Choose a simple “yes” or “no” to sift through what you don’t want and what you couldn’t bare to part with.

What is the condition of this item?

A.    Falling apart at the seams

B.    Crappy as hell

C.     A-Okay, but could use a replacement

D.    Looks good and feels great

E.     Brand spankin’ new!

 On things you answered “A” or “B” to, you know what to do – get rid of them! You don’t have the space, time, or patience to sift through these things each morning to get to the good stuff.

“D” and “E” are keeps, and with “C,” it really depends on the type of item you’re looking at and the frequency with which you wear it that dictates if it should stay or go.

For example, if it’s in the shoe category, and you use the shoes on a bi-weekly basis for work, you may want to hang on to them until you find a replacement. A-Okay is not good though, so be fast with finding a replacement within the next few weeks.

Is this item pilling?

This question also deals with the condition of the item, but I’m addressing it in particular, because pilling is a specific issue that all of us can see, but don’t always want to face.

Pills are those little balls you get on shirts and sweaters that make a piece look raggedy. Many items nowadays are made with a combination of synthetic and natural fabric, and unfortunately, pilling is often a result of two different fibers rubbing together. Even if you’ve only worn a piece a couple times and it’s pilled, it’s time to cut your losses and get rid of it.

Pilling distracts from your professional endeavors and can make it look like you don’t care enough about your job to invest in quality clothing.

If giving away a nearly new piece is just too much heartache, put it into the “wear around the house” pile.

To avoid pilling in the future, wash clothes inside out and hang dry for a longer life span.

Jewelry only: Has this piece turned?

Like pilling, turned jewelry is about the condition of the item, and requires you to take a closer look at each piece of costume jewelry.

For this question, I’m referring to when jewelry oxidizes and changes color to a not-so-pretty orange, green or bronze.  

If the answer is “yes,” it’s time to let the piece go. Polishable silver doesn’t count though — you can set that aside to spruce up with cleaning later.

Does this piece have holes in it?

This question may seem basic, but these sneaky little monsters pop up all the time in places you wouldn’t normally check, like the back of the neckline on your shirt or the bottom of a skirt. Make sure to give each piece a thorough check to ensure you haven’t missed any spots.

Does this piece have stains on it?

These are just as sneaky as holes, and if you have kids, they can end up all over your wardrobe.

For this step, create two separate piles of stained pieces: wash and dry clean. Once you’ve gone through each section in your entire wardrobe, throw the wash pile into the washer, and take the dry clean only pieces to the dry cleaner.

Once they’re clean, evaluate the keepers and goers.  

Am I comfortable in this item?

When I say comfortable, I mean physically and emotionally. 

For example, you may have once loved something your ex-husband gave you, but now it brings up negative feelings – time to let it go.

For physical comfort, this is a bit different from the “Does this item fit?” pile, because these pieces are in the grey zone – you need to try them on to know if they fit or not.  

Some examples that won’t work for your wardrobe include:

·      Jackets that are too snug for your shoulders

·      Itchy fabric that will distract you at work

·      Too high heels that make you wobble when you walk

Is this piece outdated?

Of the items that are left in this section, outdated pieces will require you to take a harder look and a bit more time to decipher than others “yays” and “nays.”

This question requires reflecting on who you are now vs. who you once were. Yes, you may have loved a particular piece and worn in to death 10 years ago, but how long has it been since you’ve felt that love?

An easy test to also apply when considering each piece is to go by how long you’ve had a piece.

Anything over 10 years old that isn’t a classic (i.e., a black blazer or a navy dress) or so outlandish that it’s for absolute fun and fabulous sake, put it in the go pile.

Does it fit my lifestyle?

You’ve been through a lot in your life, and your closet should reflect this current place and moment you are in.

If you don’t need a piece, it shouldn’t be there. Examples of pieces you may not need include: 

·      Business suit – For many industries in Austin, the business suit has become obsolete. Rejoice in that fact and send it to the go pile.

·      Heavy winter jackets – If you moved to Austin from a cold weather climate, you may have these tucked away. While we may get some light snow, heavy jackets aren’t necessary for our overwhelmingly hot climate.

·      Trousers & stuffy button-downs – These are similar to the suit in that most industries don’t expect you to wear something this conservative anymore. Express your creativity through a printed stretch pant, and ditch the khakis.

·      Sky high heels – Not only are they not as fashionable nowadays, but if comfort is something you really appreciate, then these are over.

Now I would love to hear from you!

What pieces in your wardrobe did you once love or served you well, but now don’t fit your lifestyle and have got to go? Leave me a comment below and tell me about your personal journey with cleaning out your wardrobe and creating a closet your love.

Xx.

R