How To Create An Impactful Professional Style

This month I had the privilege of presenting in the HERdacity webinar series about the power of professional style. The majority of my clients are professional woman, so I was thrilled to dive into a topic I consistently tackle here at Greer Image Consulting.

In this video, you will learn:

  • The key to creating successful and satisfying style

  • What to consider when crafting your professional look

  • The 5 tools you’ll use to master every office outfit

  • The 1 thing you always need in every outfit

  • Do’s and Don’ts of your professional image

Have a question on what I discussed in the webinar? Leave me a comment below or shoot me an email at Raquel@GreerImageConsulting.com to discuss your unique professional style and wardrobe.

3 Easy Outfits For The Office This Summer

Keeping cool in your summer workwear often means working with fewer articles of clothing in your outfit.

You might need to ditch your jacket or cardigan, which means your office look can suffer, becoming boring or stale. 

But fear not! Playing with color, style, and bold details can save your personal style this summer and allow you to create eye-catching looks you'll love for the office.

Here are three ways to make your office outfit pop during the heat ahead:

Pop one color off another. 

To do this, look at the characteristics of one color and match it to a similar type of color. For example, this coral red is bright and clear, so I paired it with bright and clear turquoise accents. They both balance and enhance each other.  

Photography by Natalie Beurskens

Go bold with shoes!

Don't be afraid to invest in a colorful and eccentric pair of shoes this summer. Approach them the same way you would jewelry, and partner the bold color to your clothing.

Express yourself!

Don't be afraid to pronounce your personality in your workwear. It's an easy way for people at the office to get to know more about your unique and outgoing self. As long as you're within the dress code, you can run with the color and style of your look. 

Play with pattern!

It's a common misconception that two patterns are always too much in an outfit. In actuality, two patterns can enhance each other and your outfit. To make sure you're mixing properly, stick to circular patterns or straight lines in both patterns. Below you can see the arrows in my belt pop the arrows in my dress making the look more put together and polished. 

Celebrate your curves. 

Your body is beautiful, so don't be afraid to show it off. Highlight your waist with a neutral or statement belt. This touch won't add a lot of weight to your summer look, but it will add lots of personal style.  

Have fun with your neutrals.

Neutrals often get a bad rap for being boring, but on the contrary, they can be tons of fun any time of year! The key to making them as bold as colors is how you pair them. Try an unexpected combination like black and brown or navy and black. The combination will make your look more exciting and unexpected. 

*Note: If your office is traditional business casual, add a blazer to cover your arms and complete the look. 

Play with subtle and strong details.

Most of your office outfits should balance power and approachability. To do this, pop a light piece off your neutral darks. The light (blush in my case) will give any look a friendly touch, while the dark supports your serious business side. 

Never leave the house without them. 

Accessories, of course! These bad boys will show off the fact that you're detail-oriented, so never forget them. Link your jewelry to any part of your outfit by matching its color to the clothing item. For example, my blush duster is light and soft, so I chose a light and soft heather grey tassel to play into the color. 

Go DIY with your look!

I'm going to let you in on a little secret...this duster actually started it's life as a dress! And you can do the exact same thing! Get creative not only by how you pair, but how you re-purpose items in your closet. Open up a button-down dress and make it into a light-weight jacket to finish a simple summer look. 

Enjoyed this article? Leave a comment below and tell us how you love to mix up your outfit for summer. 

 

Ode to the Dress Pant

As you may remember, I started a new job a month ago and I’m currently at a sweet spot with it. I’ve felt out the vibe, I now know what to expect, and am more comfortable with embracing my own version of our dress code.

It’s the same feeling you get when you’ve been dating someone for a while. You stop caring as much about being a perfect vision of yourself, and start embracing your best self.

It is actually the best part of dating – the walls come down and the real fun begins.

When it comes to my workwear, I make the transition from a first-date state of mind to honeymoon-phase relaxation (without immediately jumping to the sweatpants phase) through suit pants.

The dress pant has an undeservingly bad wrap for being the fallback for lazy day professional attire. I suggest, instead, that they can and should be used as a stylish staple. When a pant’s fit and form work well with your body type, they make a powerful, feminine statement.

Spring Brights

Who says you can’t wear a graphic tee with tailored pants? Pair a wide leg trouser pant with a tucked in tee, a neutral jacket, and a powerful pump to show that you know how to work hard without taking yourself too seriously.

 Click the pic to get a closer look. Outfits Styled by  Raquel Greer Gordian

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Outfits Styled by
Raquel Greer Gordian


Tailored Twist

Remember, classic doesn't have to mean boring, so channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with a textured pencil pant and a secretary blouse. Give it a modern feel by adding a pearl cocktail ring.

  Click the pic to get a closer look.

Click the pic to get a closer look.


Cape Cod Darling

Wedges are the ultimate in professional summer comfort – so don’t forget about them! To keep cool, add a linen trouser pant and a cotton, striped sailor top. 

  Click the pic to get a closer look.

Click the pic to get a closer look.


Laid back Lovely

We don’t typically think of suit pants as being comfortable and bohemian, but you can beautifully mesh these styles by pairing a lacy, flowy top with a patterned pant. The mix of lace and pattern keeps the outfit fun and unexpected. Add a huge stack of bracelets to complete the look.

  Click the pic to get a closer look.

Click the pic to get a closer look.

The beauty of slacks is that they give you a tailored look that brings real comfort to your relationship with style. Rather than throwing them on as a last resort, look to them as a diverse piece that allows you to explore the many sides of your style.  


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

Monday to Friday: Styled

This week, I started a new job in Austin. As I mentioned in The First Impressions Post, how you present your style in the workplace is an integral part of setting the tone for how you'll be treated as a female professional. 

In general, the workplace wardrobe rules have significantly relaxed over the years. Many employers are less focused on what employees wear, frequently allowing t-shirts and jeans, as long as the job gets done well. To a degree, this may sound refreshing. I tend to believe that foregoing that level of casualness and maintaining a more polished look is beneficial, and I'll explain why. 

Great style isn't what you wear, it's what you embody. Who do you become when you look and feel fantastic? What you wear to work should allow you to become that best version of yourself, enabling you to give your all every single day. For me, taking the time to look presentable and professional makes me more productive; I embody the hard-working leader I strive to be when I am polished. 

I know, and am even teased about, that I tend to be "fancy."  I wouldn't mind if I was required to be dressy every single day. All that to say, my job encourages business casual attire. For my workday outfits this week, I tried to choose pieces that strike a balance between my love for style and professionalism, without being too formal.

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Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

How to Make a Flawless First Impression

The #1 rule I abide by when I’m getting ready is this: it is always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. If I’m uncertain about how formal an event is, I know I’d rather look put together than ill-prepared and inappropriate. My mom engrained this philosophy into me, and it has saved me from embarrassing outfit mishaps on numerous occasions! The reason this philosophy is so important is because first impressions are essential to how we view each other personally and professionally.   

When the maid of honor is giving a speech at a wedding, when a boss is reflecting on an employee’s hard work, or even when friends simply want to reminisce on old times, the most referenced stories are their first impressions – what they thought of the other when they first met.

First impressions set the tone. They show others who you are through a multitude of nonverbal cues, and what you’re wearing is one of the biggest contributing factors. This can be both exhilarating and intimidating, thus I’ve compiled a few outfit rules and ideas to assist you in confidently making your professional mark.  

 

The Interview

 Emily Blanco models a professional outfit perfect for a job interveiew. 

Do:

Choose an outfit that shows your personality.

Don’t:

Go too bold with the patterns or colors.

When choosing an outfit for an interview, it is important to research the company to find out as much about the workplace atmosphere as possible. You want to stand out to the company while showing that you can mesh with their vibe. For this look, I went with a business professional outfit that was tailored to my body and was in flattering colors. I felt confident because I was staying true to what I love about my style, as well as dressing appropriately.

 


Client Meetings

 Emily Blanco displays a look styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is appropriate for client meetings.

Do:

Make a statement.

Don’t:

Go too casual.

 

When you’re meeting with a client, you want to express to them exactly who you are and why you are trustworthy.  Expressing yourself through your outfit allows you to showcase your personality and professionalism while simultaneously allowing them to feel confident and secure in working with you.

 


Networking Event

Do:

Bring in a bold pattern or trendy piece.

 Emily Blanco models a bold red blazer that is perfect for a networking event.

Don’t:

Take yourself too seriously.

Whether you’re looking for a job, new clients or new employees, make sure that you’re properly representing your company and the standards you keep. That being said, formality isn’t as necessary in these settings.

There is more freedom to bring in slightly trendier pieces at these events, so give it a try!

When choosing an outfit for my most recent networking event, I started with a tailored track pant and worked my way up from there. I’m obsessed with nudes right now, so I chose a simple silk, nude top and a bright coral (one of my best colors) blazer to maintain a level of professionalism. I finished the look with a springy open-toed heel.


First Day

 Emily Blanco displays a look styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is a good way to start off a first day at work.

Do:

Tailor your look.

Don’t:

Forget to maintain modesty

How your present yourself when meeting new co-workers is key to how they will treat you and work with you.

When you feel authentic and confident in an outfit, others will feel comfortable around you. In other words, maintain a level of professionalism that encourages productivity rather than gossip. If you can feel how cold the chair is when you sit, your skirt is may be short. If you have to hold your blouse up when you bend over, wear an under shirt.


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend her snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems.

Now I would love to know! Did this guide help you execute a flawless first impression? Any favorite looks? Leave a comment below and tell me about it!

In Full Bloom: Inspiring Your Style with Austin's Wildflowers

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly incorporating what we see around us into our personal style and wardrobe. Wildlife is a perpetual muse in fashion and in Austin, wildflowers are the wildlife that surrounds us during this time of the year. They are already popping up and as stunning as ever.

 Emily Blanco displays a picture of the wildflower Plum Thistle.
 Emily Blanco exhibits an outfit inspired by the Pantone color Rose Quartz and the wildflower Plum Thistle. The outfit consists of a red blazer, pink shift dress, tassel sandals, statement earrings, and pink accessories.

Wildflower: Plum Thistle               Pantone Color: Rose Quartz 

If anyone understands using your surroundings to perpetuate creativity, it’s Pantone Color Institute.  Pantone uses color analyses to forecast color trends and create successful design strategy.  Every year, they choose a color of the year. This color is inevitably used by interior designers, painters, and fashion designers as their inspiration for the season to come.  These colors are discernibly current, decisively gorgeous, and widely praised.

 Emily Blanco displays an outfit inspired by the Pantone color Snorkel Blue and bluebonnets. The outfit consists of a rust-colored blazer, coral pumps, a printed miniskirt, a gray tank, a blue bucket bag, and gold accessories.
 Emily Blanco exhibits a picture of a bluebonnet wildflower. 

 Pantone Color: Snorkel Blue              Wildflower: Bluebonnet

This season’s top colors are subtle and dreamy.  They still have the luminous glows we have all come to expect of spring colors, but they are in unexpected hues like Rose Quartz, Serenity, and Peach Echo.

 Emily Blanco shows a picture of a buttercup wildflower.
 Emily Blanco assembles an outfit inspired by the colors of buttercups, consisting of a yellow crop top, denim shorts, leather wedges, and a teal scarf.

Wildflower: Buttercup                    Pantone Color: Buttercup

So this week, I ventured to multiple Austin boutiques to see if I could spot any of these beautiful spring colors, and I was not disappointed.  Of the top 10 Pantone colors, there were four that stuck out to me in an unforgettable way; I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between a handful of wildflowers and the spring varieties on the racks. 

They were both perfectly spring and perfectly Austin.

 Emily Blanco pairs a pink sleeveless sweater with a red A-line midi skirt, inspired by the Pantone color Fiesta and the Indian Paintbrush wildflower.
 Emily Blanco displays a picture of an Indian Paintbrush.

 Pantone Color: Fiesta               Wildflower: Indian Paintbrush


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend her snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

  Emily Blanco  is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX.

Now I would love to know! What are some of your favorite Pantone colors? Any favorite wildflowers? Leave a comment below and tell me how you incorporated this spring's wildflower hues into your everyday looks!

5 Minute Fashion: Is It Really Possible?

What’s holding you back from having the style you’ve always wanted? If your answer to that question is time, then you are far from being alone.  Crying babies, pressing work clients, an active social life, relationships – they all take up our time and energy. Sometimes, the first thing to get the boot is self care. 

I enjoy waking up early and slowly getting ready for the day. This is a luxury that I know I won’t have forever, so I relish it.  After hearing a mouthful from an envious friend, I realized how much time I was wasting. She then challenged me, for the next 3 days, to style my outfit in 5 minutes or less.

The truth is, my experiment is a stark reality for a lot of you, and so it is with genuine respect and curiosity that I set out on this mission. Time is a luxury, and it’s one that I have been wasting!

On Day One, I went with what I thought would be easiest. 5 minutes is not a long time when you think about your outfit, your accessories and your shoes! I chose a green dress that flatters my shape, is business casual, and is in my color wheel. 

 Emily Blanco models a business casual look with a green dress, statement necklace, denim jacket, and a braided belt.
 Emily Blanco sports a business casual look, including a pair of peep-toe booties.

I paired this spotted green number with a statement necklace with contrasting deep blues, a simple gold belt, a blue jean jacket (that was gone by noon), and some peep-toe booties for a little bit of flare. All in all, I felt good – and I made it in just under 5 minutes!

By Day Two, I was ready to go again! This time I needed to make it a little harder on myself, so I decided to mix and match pieces rather than choose a dress. I bet you can guess what my go-to was – a pencil skirt!

 Emily Blanco models a look with a floral pencil skirt, booties, and a gray tank.
 Emily Blanco models a look starring a floral pencil skirt.

This floral skirt makes me feel ultra chic and feminine. I put this muted gray racerback top with it to bring out the darker tones in the skirt, and added my favorite nude booties. The result was that I felt like a boss! I chose all of this and at 4:37, all that was left to add was a ballet-pink stone earring.

After reveling in my success from the previous day, I assumed Day 3 would be easy, because I wanted to dress casually. I completely failed. You know why? Life. It happens! I searched up and down and could NOT find the jeans I wanted to wear. Sometimes the stress of it all makes you blind to what is actually hanging directly in front of you in your closet.

Nevertheless, I had to power through. I picked a different pair of jeans, added my favorite nude shirt, a leopard print scarf, flats, and sea foam stud jewelry.

Here is what’s important to consider when creating a wardrobe that works for your life: you need to have clothing that can be mixed and matched in multiple ways.  Most importantly, you need to like your clothing! Filtering through pieces you don’t like takes up unnecessary time.

 Emily Blanco models a casual look with some ripped jeans, black scrappy flats, a cheetah-print infinity scarf, a simple tee, and some statement earrings. 
 Emily Blanco showcases a pair of statement earrings and a statement ring.

If you have a shirt you feel you could take over the world in, there are probably a million ways to wear it. Add a different necklace each time, try a new skirt with it, or add a blazer and pumps. Even if the individual items you’re wearing are old, you’ll revitalize them.

This challenge gave me extra time in the morning, and it was time that I used productively. I may not be getting children ready for school or preparing for meetings like my CEO friend, but time will always be a hot commodity, and only having 5 minutes to get dressed allowed me to prioritize and be imaginative with the options that I had.  

Want more info on how to create effortlessly stylish looks every day? Schedule an Style Breakthrough Session with Raquel

 

Now I would love to hear from you! Did you manage to pull off some "5 Minute Fashion" looks? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me all about it! 

Style Strategy 101: The Pencil Skirt

To no one’s surprise, springtime is basically here in Austin. I suddenly feel like I'm playing catch up to get my warm weather outfits ready, so times like these call for a back to basics strategy.

 Emily Blanco discusses how a pencil skirt is a style staple. 

In this situation, I have a go-to piece that never fails. It’s my little style secret: THE PENCIL SKIRT

It's classic, yet never boring. It's professional with a touch of sexiness. It's bold without being loud.

Everyone experiences style differently. Every woman has her own feelings about the pencil skirt. Some of you ladies love the piece for its dependability and versatility. Others of you might think it too difficult a look to pull off. And still others might find it stiff.

Hourglass and Pear Shape: Just Add a Cropped Top

 Emily Blanco displays a look with a tweed pencil skirt paired with a lace crop top, black leather booties, and a statement necklace. 

I'm here to tell you that this piece has a lot to offer for every shape and style. 

When choosing a pencil skirt, it needs to hit at your natural waist (the smallest part of your midsection). Depending on your shape, this will either give you some curves or accentuate what you've already got.

This piece is timeless and easy to transition from work to play. 

Heading to a happy hour after work? Untuck your button up, tie it in a knot at your waist, and add a bright red lip. This will highlight your skirt and give you a fresh, more casual look.

 Emily Blanco exhibits a versatile day-to-night look with a striped pencil skirt, chambray button-up, and red flats and accessories.

 

Want more info on how to style your workwear staples? Schedule a Style Breakthrough Session with us. We’ll chat about what styles you love, what’s been holding your style back and create a customized plan of action that will take your style from banal to brilliant. 

Brighten it up with florals:

 Emily Blanco suggests brightening up a workwear look with floral prints.

Add wedges for a business casual look:

 Emily Blanco suggests adding wedges to add more of a business casual vibe.

Now I would love to know! How do you like to pull off a pencil skirt look? Any questions about scheduling a Style Breakthrough Session? Make sure to leave a comment below and ask!

A Dress in Three Acts

One thing my clients never say is that they don't have a favorite outfit. Everyone has a favorite outfit. No matter if function or high fashion is the most important component of what you wear to work or to play, we all reach for something in the morning. 

The problem my clients face time and time again is the inability to style their wardrobe or their favorite outfit in any way outside of the box. A white shirt can easily work with black pants or a navy dress and a tan blazer can easily fit together, but finding an outfit that excites and surprises you and the people around you is another story. 

 
 

Thus I found my topic for this month's post. Grab your favorite summer dress RIGHT NOW and pair it with something new, something you haven't thought of before.

I styled my favorite summer dress to give you some ideas on how to wear it from business to brunch. And don't forget to be brave! Your style is unique and specific to you. Treat it as so. 

 

Casual look:

bold earrings + headband + booties + bangles + chambray 

 Raquel Greer Gordian models a look utilizing her favorite summer dress with new accessories.
 Raquel Greer Gordian models a her favorite summer dress in a way that she had never styled.
 
 

Laid back workwear:

belt + bracelets + necklace + summer sandal 

 Raquel Greer Gordian models a laid-back workwear look utilizing her favorite summer dress.
 Raquel Greer Gordian models her favorite summer dress styled with a belt, statement jewelry, and sandals.
 

Business attire:

blazer + pumps + statement necklace + cocktail ring 

 Raquel Greer Gordian models a business attire look that incorporates her favorite summer dress.
 Raquel Greer Gordian models her favorite summer dress paired with a blazer, statement necklace, pumps, and a cocktail ring.

Now I would love to know! Do you have that same old outfit you find yourself wearing time and time again? Let me know if this guide helped you mix up your outfits with the same, favorite pieces!

How to Wear Denim to Work

Figuring out how to take denim out of it's natural weekend habit can be a bit dicey. It's perfect for your Saturday stroll, but incorporating it into your workwear takes a bit more skill. The trick is to treat it like your other workwear staples. It's a substitute for the white blouse, navy blazer, etc...The reason to wear it instead of those staples? It's unexpected. That's what style is all about. When a style element is unexpected, it's interesting. And so are you. Here's how to execute it:  

 

THE SHORTS

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit incorporating denim shorts that you can wear to work.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit utilizing denim that can add to your workwear style.

The dress

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays a professional outfit that incorporates  a denim dress.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that is professional yet unexpected in the workplace.
 
 

THE JACKET

 Raquel Greer Gordian shows an outfit you can wear to work that incorporates a denim jacket.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a professional outfit that utilizes a denim jacket to add a pop of style.

the shirt

The jeans

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit that you can wear to work while still maintaining your style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a workplace outfit that incorporates denim through the jean.
 
 

the pumps

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays a fun, professional outfit that incorporates denim through a stylish pump.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that incorporates a denim pump with a moto jacket and floral dress. 

Now I would love to know! Was this guide helpful? Let me know in the comment section below which way you incorporated denim into your professional style!

How to Style Your Classic Black Skirt in 5 Ways

There are only a few things that I think you absolutely need in your wardrobe. A black skirt is one of them. No matter your style, body shape, or ideal color palette, a black skirt should live in your wardrobe because of its versatility. It's the perfect piece to pull out when getting dressed but feels like the most daunting task. For those days, here's exactly how to rock it:

 

To the Park

Add: Chambray Shirt + Hat + Graphic Tee + Fashion Sneakers

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit you can wear to the park that uses the staple black skirt.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how a black skirt is a must-have staple that can be hard to style sometimes.

TO BRUNCH

ADD: BRIGHT BLAZER + EMBellished tank+Pop of color sandal

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit you can wear to brunch that incorporates a black skirt with other bright garments.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a colorful brunch outfit that adds a bright blazer, embellished tank, and a vibrant sandal to balance out a black skirt.

to the office 

add: silk blouse + waist belt + neutral blazer + professional pumps

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays a workwear outfit that utilizes a staple black skirt.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that combines a silk blouse, waist belt, neutral blazer, and professional pumps with a must-have black skirt.

to the pool

just add: kimono + classic tank + swimsuit+ flip flops

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays a fun pool outfit that incorporates a black skirt.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that combines a kimono, tank, swimsuit, and flip flops with a classic black skirt.

To a dinner date

Just add: pARTY PUMPS + STATEMENT NECKLACE + STATEMENT CLUTCH+PATTERNED TOP

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit incorporating a staple black skirt that you can wear to a dinner date.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that utilizes party pumps, a statement necklace, statement clutch, and a patterned top with the classic black skirt.

Now I would love to know! Was this guide helpful for the daunting task of styling the staple black skirt? Make sure to leave a comment and tell me which way you wore a black skirt!

SXSW STYLE

It's coming whether you want it to or not. Some of us look forward to it and others cringe at the idea of the crowds. No matter the category you fall in to, it's essential to be stylish at SXSW.

Whether you're sipping cocktails at a lounge or in a giant pack of people, your outfit should reflect your desired mood, the music, and the venue. So! Since you may be in need of something new for your event, I visited and photographed some of Austin's top shops for South By style.  

CHARM SCHOOL VINTAGE

2109 E Cesar Chavez 

IG @charmschoolvintage 

VIBE // Carefully Curated Looks for the Fashion Forward Woman 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a great option for tasteful, fashion forward looks.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a store that offers a selection of pieces that complement a fashion-forward style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage has a vibe of carefully curated looks for fashion-forward women.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School vintage is a great choice for SXSW shopping.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a great option for SXSW shopping.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how you may be able to find some new, exciting pieces for SXSW at Charm School Vintage.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage offers a unique selection of pieces for your SXSW wardrobe.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a store where you can add some new pieces for your SXSW style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a one-of-a-kind place where you can find some new pieces for SXSW.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is one of Austin's top shops for SXSW shopping.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how is it important for your SXSW outfits to reflect your surroundings, and Charm School Vintage is a great place for you to find special pieces that can do that.

Blue Elephant

Central park, 4001 N LAMAR BLVD #510

IG @blueelephantboutique

VIBE // young & wild boho style 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great option for boho pieces to add to your SXSW style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique that offers young, wild bohemian pieces.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant offers the possibility of getting some new boho pieces for SXSW.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique that is a great option for SXSW shopping in Austin.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great shopping option for unique, boho clothing and lifestyle pieces. 
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great place to find new boho-inspired pieces for your SXSW style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique where you can find some new boho garments and accessories to style before SXSW.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique that exudes a vibe of youth and bohemian style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great shopping option for a woman with a boho style.

SUNROOM 

2324 S Lamar BLVD 

IG @_sunroom_

VIBE // MINIMALIST & MODERN WEARABLE ART 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a place where one can find minimalist, modern wearable art for SXSW.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a great SXSW shopping option for a minimalist, fashion-forward woman.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom offers a great selection of minimalist, artistic pieces to add to your SXSW wardrobe. 
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a place where you can find minimalist, chic pieces that will add to your SXSW style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a boutique that exudes a minimalistic style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a great boutique that offers a selection of minimalistic pieces for your SXSW style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is one of Austin's top shops for SXSW shopping.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a minimalistic boutique where you can find some new clothes and accessories that will add to your SXSW style.

Now I would love to know! How did you prep for SXSW this year? Any questions? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me what you found at some of Austin's top shops!

Take Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring with These Six Looks

I've learned to always carry a purse big enough to fit a sweater, because every afternoon, that's exactly where my sweater ends up. Austin's weather is unpredictable, to say the least, and the past two weeks have been the worst of it. I'm really never sure what I'm going to get when I step out of my apartment. Even if the day starts out at 40 degrees, you could be sweating by the end of it. 

So! Because Austin likes to keep us guessing, I've put together looks to incorporate both winter and spring pieces for a chic style statement for whatever weather comes our way. 

FLOWERS & LEATHER

Winter Pieces: Leather Jacket + Infinity Scarf

Spring Pieces: Floral Dress + Open-Toe Pumps

Bad Romance  

Winter Pieces: Oversized Cardigan + Booties

Spring Pieces: Graphic Tee + Floral Skirt

Dinner and A Movie

Winter Pieces: Jeans + Booties

Spring Pieces: Faux-Fur Vest + Silk Blouse

PASTELS AND SEASHELLS

Winter Pieces: Midi Skirt + Scarf

Spring Pieces: Light-Weight Cardigan + Sandals

The Girl in the Coffee Shop

Winter Piece: Heavy Cardigan

Spring Pieces: Flats + Mini Skirt

BELLINIS AT BRUNCH

Winter Pieces: Knee-High Boots + Overcoat

Spring Pieces: Shift Dress + Sunnies

Now, I would love to hear from you! How do you stay prepared for any kind of crazy Austin weather? Let me know by commenting below which elements of winter and spring you'll mix together!

How to Give Your Workwear a Facelift in 5 Minutes

I’m a big believer in the fact that making a few simple changes in anyone’s closet can make a huge difference, which is why I’m so excited to write this post this week. When it comes to styling a look for work or play, how you put it together is half of the battle. The other half is investing in quality pieces. Together, they are the key ingredients to creating the ideal outfit. 

I've put together some tips to take your average workwear from predictable to eye-catching. Because to get what you want in life, you must always stand out. 

Mix Neutrals Like a Pro

Forget what they taught you. Abandon how you've always seen it put together. 

 

SWAP: Black AND Grey for Black & Cream

SWAP: Charcoal AND Light Grey for Charcoal & Brown

SWAP: Black and White for White & Cream 

SWAP: Brown and Cream for Brown & Black

Add a Colorful Pump to a Staple Suit

I know you have a pair of fabulous pumps that need a little love. Now is the time. Don't be scared to incorporate more fun weekend wear into your workwear.

More personality in your clothes gives people more hints about who you are. The better they know you, the more likely they are to trust you and work with you.

And if you don't have them lying around, here's a few I've picked just for you...Click the picks to peruse.

For the Traditional

For the Creative

FOR THE ROMANTIC                            FOR THE POWERHOUSE

Ditch the Pants. Don a Power Dress. 

Now of course, you've worn a dress to work before. You may have a very favorite that you wear over and over again or something you're sure looks good that you wear over and over again (those may be the same thing). The difference in the power dress is how you're wearing it. Instead of a cardigan or trench coat, pair it with the jacket from your power suit.

The jacket will give you an assertive presence, while the dress will add the pop of personality.  

 

Now I would love to know...were these tips and tricks helpful? Will you don a power dress or vibrant pump? Comment below and tell me how your workwear got a facelift!

The Fabric of Society: Fashion and Style Throughout the Twentieth Century

Fashion evolves. The work of every generation is broken apart by newcomers, who discard what they dislike and use the remaining rubble to build the next generation’s styles and trends. One thing I’ve always loved about fashion is that it is an expression of everything that's going on around us. Social, political, and religious movements are reflected in what each generation wears.

When I think about MLK Day, my first reaction is to consider the developments in fashion that stem from the remarkable, unprecedented change that occurred in that decade. Then I feel guilty. How shallow can I be, considering fashion in the context of the greatest social movement in history? But putting my self-consciousness aside, truth be told, it is astounding. How quickly the conservative, traditionalism of the 1950’s shifted into the forward-thinking 1960s, only to be radically transformed into the free-loving 1970s.

Fashion of course can never fully honor the work, or the pain and suffering, of those who fought during the civil rights movement. But it is fascinating to study the broad-reaching impact generational change has. To honor that, I’ve pulled together a few looks that pay homage to each generation and the change they saw.

1950's

1960'S

1970's

1980's

1990's

Now I would love to hear from you! What are some trends that you remember from the twentieth century? Leave a comment below and tell me how you might pull some outfit inspirations from past decades! 

New Year, New You...Not Quite Yet.

So you've rung in the New Year by eating and drinking your weight in cookies, crab cakes, and cocktails. Hopefully you're already on your way to a full detox, but until you're back to the pre-foodbaby weight, here's a couple ways to disguise that pudge from all that fudge. 

Dark Colors

Dark colors to the rescue! No matter if it's black, grey, navy, or even burgundy, live in it. We all know dark colors camouflage whatever's underneath them, so make sure you dress up the darks with pieces specifics to your body type. For instance:

If you're an apple, don't just throw on a pair of black leggings. You're hiding your best asset. Instead, pair a bright pant with a simple black sweater. The pop of color will not only flatter the part of your body where you gain weight, it will draw attention to your slimmer features. 

                                   J.Crew Campbell Capri Pant

                                 J.Crew Campbell Capri Pant

For hourglass, always accentuate the waist, and pair a dark sweater or dress with a dark belt. You tend to gain weight in the middle too, so there's a delicate balance between showing your shape and covering the wobbly bits. 

                        Lene Dress by Maeve at Anthropologie

                      Lene Dress by Maeve at Anthropologie

Skip The Potato Sack.

Despite popular belief, a sack of an outfit will make you look LARGER, much larger. Instead, stick to something form-fitting that doesn't have the suction of an octopus to it. As Marilyn once said, "Your clothes should be tight enough to show you're a woman, but loose enough to show you're a lady." 

 

Create Inside Lines.

People will look where you want them to, if you help them. Drawing their eyes to the inside of your body will create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. Strong vertical, colorful lines on a dress or the lapel of a blazer will do the trick. 

 

Don't Forget Your SHAPEWEAR.

Most of us have it, though it tends to be tucked away in the underwear drawer for special events. Don't be afraid to use this tool for every event from networking to business formal to happy hour. You have it for a reason. Now use it. 

                                           Classic Shapewear by Spanx

Now, I would love to hear from you! Comment below and let me know which methods are going to be helpful on your way back to a full detox.

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The 5 Essential Sweaters for Your Closet

We all fill our closet with a certain level of impulse buys. I always find myself buying a plethora of loud and out-there sweaters. While a trendy piece can seem fun for a season or two, it eventually seems outdated and uninteresting. You need staple pieces. You especially need staple sweaters because sweaters have a big task to accomplish. They have to work well with many other things in your closet: workwear, jackets, pants, dresses, skirts...pretty much everything except your swim suit. Thus, I've dedicated this week to the five essential sweaters you need in your closet. 

5. V-neck

The V-neck is naturally slimming and versatile, both of which are important things for almost anyone's lifestyle. You're ready for work or play.

PERK: It doubles as a top when you aren't in the mood to handle layering.

JUST ADD: dark denim + a pointed toe pump

 

 

 

4. Shawl Collar 

This sweater is all about the one thing we all love about sweaters: the COZY factor. Slip into this outfit, and you'll remember exactly why you love this season.

PERK: It's perfect when running to the grocery store or a walk in the park.  

JUST ADD: classic white tee + colorful pant + infinity scarf

 

3. Maxi Sweater

One of my favorite elements to play with in style is proportion. The Maxi Sweater gives any outfit a playful touch. Dress it up, dress it down. It's a piece that works well with your other closet classics. 

PERK:  This simple piece can become eye-catching just because of it's relationship to other parts of your outfit.

JUST ADD: mini skirt + booties +  graphic tee

 

 

2. Cropped Sweater

This is my favorite piece during the couple weeks when it's not quite necessary to have something heavier. 

PERK: This sweater accentuates your sexy, feminine shape.

JUST ADD: High-waisted skirt + flats

 

 

 

1. Cardigan

This is a piece for all occasions. Whether you love neutrals or a big pop of color, add this piece to any outfit for a sophisticated finish.  

PERK: It goes with everything from grandma's pearls to a body con dress. 

JUST ADD: tank + midi skirt + statement necklace

 

Now, I would love to hear from you! Tell me in the comment section below which sweater essential you'll be rocking this fall!

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Spicing Up Your Workwear

It’s so easy to slip into routine when it comes to workwear. Routine can be so wonderful in other parts of life, especially in work tasks, but when it comes to workwear, it’s always important to keep in fresh and exciting. Simple changes and additions can make every day (even Mondays) a bit more bearable and a bit more fashionable.

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how to update your workwear with a colorful blazer. 

Add a bright blazer!  

This is an excellent piece to have in your wardrobe, because it brings a spark to your outfit and it can go with more than you’d think. Wear it with a neutral top and pants or use it to contrast with your favorite dress. If you are worried about it working with the other elements of your outfit, link it to accessories! For instance, a coral blazer connects to a coral cocktail ring. That way, it’s clear that you had intent and an idea behind your choice. 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how a statement bag can pull different parts of your outfit together. 

Pick up a statement bag!

Just like the blazer, a bag can pull together different parts of your outfit. Link a turquoise bag to a turquoise ring or scarf. If it’s a day when you aren’t feeling like much more than a basic black suit, an animal print bag is an easy choice to make you look more polished and exciting. If you don’t have a lot to lug to work, choose a playful printed or pastel clutch. At the end of the day, it’s the perfect size for happy hour or a date. 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how a scarves can complement many different aspects of your professional attire. 

You can never have too many scarves!

I am a huge fan of scarves because they can fit any situation. They can be a little extra creative element in the summer and something to keep you cozy in the winter. At the office, silk scarves can take the place of a necklace. They also create visual appeal: If you take your blazer off, they can help you maintain authority. Matching a shoe to a scarf is good, because it’s not too excessively coordinated, but it’s professional and shows that you are thoughtful about your professional attire. 

 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how statement jewelry can be used to create relationships between pieces that will make your outfit stand out. 

Add statement jewelry!

Most statement necklaces are long enough to fit under the collar of a silk blouse or dress shirt, which is great with a suit, dress pants, pencil skirt. Match or contrast a statement ring to create a relationship between pieces. If you have three quarter length sleeves on your jacket, dress, or blouse, a statement cuff will also pop. Make sure it’s not noisy when hitting the desk though (like bangles). While it’s always important to be fabulous, you’ve also got to be mindful of co-workers.  

Add exciting colors to your neutrals!

Bright or out-of-the-box colors added to your neutrals can easily make you look more creative, authoritative, and intriguing when used correctly. Here are some unexpected options to mix with your classics: 

To Go With Navy:   

Kelly Green/Mint Burgundy/Pale Pink 

To Go with Charcoal: 

Spruce/Pool/Blush/Cardinal   

To Go with Tan:    

Emerald/Robin’s Egg/Terra-Cotta Pomegranate

Now, I would love to hear from you! Comment below to tell me your favorite way to spruce up your workwear!