11 Style Questions Answered

How do I do a front tuck properly?

Front tucks are the in style tuck right now, so this is a question I get a lot from clients. They take a bit of finesse to get right, but once you figure it out, it's like riding a bicycle. 

An easy way to create the perfect wave in your shirt, which you want to appear slightly above hips or at your waist, is to grasp the shirt at the front, in the middle. Twist the front as if you were wringing out a towel. Take the twisted part and tuck it into your pants or skirt, leaving all other parts out. Once it's in, blouse it out a bit to make a soft fold from the twist to the rest of the shirt. 

Ta da! You've got it. 

A front tucked shirt (like this one) produces the same look as a full tuck, except it's more relaxed and on trend. 

A front tucked shirt (like this one) produces the same look as a full tuck, except it's more relaxed and on trend. 

What's the difference between a waist and a hip belt, and which one's right for me?

The difference between a hip belt and a waist belt is where you put the belt on your body. A hip belt goes right above your hips, and a waist belt goes directly around your waist. To determine which belt is the best fit for you, you need to know your body type. If you're an hourglass or pear shape, a waist belt will accentuate the significant difference between the narrowness of your waist and width of your hips. A waist belt will exaggerate your curves. 

If you're an apple, inverted triangle or rectangle shape, a hip belt will accentuate your slender legs and balance your proportion. 

For an hourglass or pear, the waist belt should sits directly on your waist to accentuate the curves of your body and highlight the slimmest part of your torso. 

For an hourglass or pear, the waist belt should sits directly on your waist to accentuate the curves of your body and highlight the slimmest part of your torso. 

How do I know I'm rolling up my jeans correctly? 

Rolling jeans can give your look an extra element of style, but its main purpose is to make sure your pants don't collide with the tops of your shoe and disrupt the natural flow of a look. 

To properly roll, you can choose a single or a double roll. A single roll is one fold up. A double roll is two even roll ups. With a double roll, you'll get a bit more thickness at the bottom of your pants, so avoid this if you're worried about the jeans looking too chunky. Also, if you're petite, a double roll can bring an onlooker's eye downward, causing you to look less statuesque. 

Since the purpose of the roll is to avoid the top of your shoe, you know you're doing it right when the jean and the shoes aren't bumping up against each other when you stand still. It's okay if there's a bit of friction when you walk, but if it's a distraction, bring your roll up higher. Your outfit should never distract you. Instead, it should allow you to focus more clearly on whatever you're doing. 

How do I only shop for the pieces I need rather than buying a bunch of stuff I don't?

Knowledge is key to creating a mental list of what's missing and needed in your wardrobe. 

You must know what fits your lifestyle. Are you a professional, a stay-at-home-mom, or a little bit of both? This will allow you to shop for clothes based on category. Professionals need business casual clothes, moms needs casual, and if you're juggling both, a wardrobe filled with mostly dressy casual items might also be the answer. 

You also need to know the items that specifically fit your body type, color palette, and personal style. At Greer Image Consulting, I teach you all the components you need to shop with intention and knowledge, so shopping becomes more streamlined and satisfying. 

A service like The Greer Style Session gives you all the tools necessary to do exactly that. 

A closet filled with pieces that Raquel styles for a variety of different occasions in Austin, Texas

Where are your favorite places to shop in Austin? 

Austin is filled with boutiques to fit every price point and style. Some of my personal favorites include Beehive in Westlake for playful weekend wear, DYLAN WYLDE on South Lamar for edgy, going-out looks, and The Art of Shoes on South 1st for rare vintage and modern footwear.

You can find the complete list of my 40 favorite places to shop in Austin here

A look inside Beehive Boutique in Westlake

A look inside Beehive Boutique in Westlake

A look inside DYLAN WYLDE on South Lamar

A look inside DYLAN WYLDE on South Lamar

A look inside Art of Shoes on South 1st Street

A look inside Art of Shoes on South 1st Street

What dress or skirt length is appropriate for work?

Two inches or less above the knee is a good place to stick. When choosing a skirt or dress at two inches, pair a flat shoe (closed or open-toe) to ensure your look is conservative and work-appropriate. For a knee-length pencil skirt, feel free to pair a pointed-toe pump or stacked heel. The longer length of the skirt gives you freedom for higher heels. 

The right dress or skirt length also depends on your height. If you're petite (5'4" and under), you have a little wiggle room to go with a little shorter length (2-2.5 inches), because you’re showing less leg than if you're 5'5" or tall. 

If you're 5'8" or taller, a knee-length or midi (mid-calf) dress is a great option. Not only will it work for your stature, but it will create an elegant silhouette. 

A knee-length pencil skirt is a safe and sophisticated choice for the office. 

A knee-length pencil skirt is a safe and sophisticated choice for the office. 

How do I know if I can wear booties with dresses and skirts?

Everyone can wear booties with a dress, even if you're 4'11". The key is to choose the right bootie for your body type. If you're petite, try lighter-colored booties in a shorter boot. Colors like taupe and nude will elongate your silhouette and boots that hit under the curve of your ankle won't overwhelm your stature. 

If you're tall, you have more freedom with color and height. Try a bootie above your ankle in colors like grey and red or prints like snakeskin and jacquard. 

Raquel wears a snakeskin bootie above her calf to fit her 5'6" frame. 

How do I know what my best colors are? 

The colors that look best on you are the colors that mimic your natural attributes, a.k.a. your skin tone, eye color, and hair color. Within each of these elements, you can have characteristics like softness, lightness, warmth, clarity, depth, and coolness. A combination of these elements makes up your personal color palette. 

If you're unsure of which attributes you have or you've never had a color analysis to determine your color palette, you can find this service in The Greer Style Tasting. 

Raquel doing a color analysis on a a client. Photo cred: Dos Mundos Creative

Raquel doing a color analysis on a a client. Photo cred: Dos Mundos Creative

How do you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall when it's still hot in Austin?

It's easy to think, in a warm climate like ours, that transitioning from summer to fall is an impossible task. Without sweater weather, it can feel like you're trapped in summer sundresses forever. On the contrary, there are many ways you can incorporate autumn vibes into your outfit without actually adding heavy layers. 

To create your fall look, start with color. Instead of adding sweaters, swap out your summer brights for deep, warm autumn colors like burgundy, plum, olive, mustard, or navy. 

Another way to incorporate fall elements without a full coat is through a vest. Vests are one of my absolute favorite Austin pieces, because they add a little layer, but not too much for the Texas heat. Add a long knit vest over a sleeveless shift dress. Pair a faux fur vest with a mini dress for a night time look. Or try an olive utility vest over a t-shirt and jeans for casual weekends. 

Use light-weight layers to create a fall look that isn't too heavy for Austin. 

Use light-weight layers to create a fall look that isn't too heavy for Austin. 

What are pills, why do they happen and how can I avoid them? 
 

Pills are those little annoying balls you get on the outside of your sweater or t-shirt that make the garment appear worn out. 

Pilling happens when fibers in a garment get tangled or rub together, creating little balls on the exterior of your clothing. This is common in single-fiber garments like a cashmere sweater, but you may also be noticing it in blended fabrics like a rayon/cotton/wool mix. This occurs because different types of fibers can cause greater friction. 

To avoid pilling, wash pieces inside out and hang dry. If your garment is already pilling, try a pill shaver to smooth out the look and feel of the piece. 

Sweater are often susceptible to pills, so to avoid pilling, hang dry after washing them.

Sweater are often susceptible to pills, so to avoid pilling, hang dry after washing them.

How do I move away from the same outfits I wear all the time and get some fresh ideas on how to style what's in my closet?

It's important to look at your closet as your creative outlet rather than a puzzle you have to solve. There are many ways to put together a successful and stylish outfit, and know that you can do it using only the pieces you have currently in your closet. 

Use colors with similar characteristics to pop two pieces off one another. Pair two brights like an aqua earring and a coral sundress or try mixing up neutrals by adding a navy shift dress under a black blazer. 

Think outside the box, consider what occasion you wear certain pieces to. Try repurposing your weekend graphic tee under a blazer, along with a dressy denim, for the office. Pair your high-waisted work pencil pant with a crop top for a night out look. Throw your jumpsuit on under a blazer to create a business casual look that's edgy and clean. 

Always finish your look with accessories and a bag that link to the whole look. 

If you've still got questions on how to think differently about your wardrobe, and how work with what you've got in more interesting ways, check out my 90-minute, in-home personal styling session, The Greer Style Tasting. This session is dedicated to helping you put the magic back in your closet by helping you learn how to work with what you've got in ways you'll love. 

To fully enjoy your style, you need to use 100% of what's in your closet to make outfits that feel authentic and perfectly you. 

To fully enjoy your style, you need to use 100% of what's in your closet to make outfits that feel authentic and perfectly you. 

The Red That's Right For You

Red comes into fashion every year around this time, but in 2017, red is truly the trend color of the holidays. In most Austin shops, there's numerous pieces in many different varieties of red to choose from.

This makes it equally as difficult to shop for your new holiday piece as it is exciting, because the process can turn from fun to overwhelming with the amount of options. 

So this week, I'm giving you some guidance on how to pick your pieces for your lifestyle and the best red for your personal color palette.

The first step in choosing your red (or any color) is knowing your color palette.

Which is why a color analysis is always the first step I go through with my clients to figure out what version of each color looks best on them. 

Everyone can wear every color, but there are certain characteristics within the color (i.e. lightness, darkness, warmth...) that make it well suited to your natural attributes. 

Below are three palettes to consider when choosing your right red. 

BRIGHT + LIGHT

For this palette, try a coral red. The clarity and lightness of the hue play into your color palette and accentuate your eyes. 

If you're a professional woman who heads into an office regularly, add this color to your wardrobe through a blazer. While it may feel like a bold choice (and it is), you can balance the brightness of the coral jacket with neutrals. Add a camel turtle neck and jeans for business casual or cream trousers and a champagne blouse for business formal. Finish both looks with nude pumps. 

DEEP + COOL

For this palette, try a garnet or apple red. The darkness of garnet will highlight your skin tone, while a brighter hue like apple will intensify your hair color. 

To incorporate an apple-like hue, try a patterned shift dress in red & black plaid. This piece will work for a holiday weekend event like The Trail of Lights or as a workwear piece during a day at the office. 

Keep warm and heighten the elegance of the look by adding opaque black tights. Finish the outfit with black cowboy boots for casual occasions or a bold leopard pump for work. 

DARK + WARM

If your features fit this palette, you'll want to try a brick red or scarlet this season.

Since your palette is deep, you can pair these hues with navy or play into the warmth of the colors through camel or gold neutrals.

Got a holiday party coming up? Incorporate these reds into your holiday outfit through a variety of statement jackets. Try a faux fur jacket for a retro vibe or tartan plaid for classic touch. 

 

 

 

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!

Plump. Pout. Kiss. Repeat.

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, but probably not for the reason you'd expect.  I'm admittedly not the girliest of girls, but I can’t skip an opportunity to mix as many shades of red and pink together as possible. I love the vibrancy, the enthusiasm, and the passion of Valentine's Day. I like to get festive with my colors.

Last week a friend asked how my husband and I plan celebrate.  Does any other question come with more expectation behind it than that?! Always quick to divert, I spouted off how I plan to use the greeting card holiday as an opportunity to devour loads of chocolate. And as a feminist, I said I planned to purchase the chocolates myself, simply out of principle.

I cannot lie. I'm one of those types. I act like my only interest in Valentine's Day is the sweet treats, but when the day arrives, I'm a total sap. I'm going to want to get dolled up and have a night out. What actually came to mind when she asked my plans was my clothes and all the colors. 

Naturally, the shade of lipstick was top of mind along with a dress, heels, and lingerie. There's no better time than Valentine's to rock a killer red lip and feel like your most fabulous self (in the shade that most flatters you). Even if a date night is not your activity of choice this Sunday, you deserve to feel sexy. Red lips will do the trick. 

Let’s talk undertones. Like all beauty, its what's underneath the surface that counts. In case you don't know what undertones you have, lets do a quick assessment. Turn your palm face up. Look at the tips of your fingers. What colors do you see?

Do you see more purple, blue and deeper reds? If so, you might lean more toward cool undertones.

Do you see more orange, yellow or coral? If so, you might lean more toward warm undertones.

And if it's strictly red, you might have more neutral undertones.  Let's go from there!

for cool undertones:

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how raspberry hues and merlot hues will complement those with cool undertones.

for warm undertones:

Raquel Greer Gordian explains how warm undertones are complemented well by oranges, rubies, and reds.

A neutral choice:

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how neutral tones are complemented by bright rosy shades, as well as a classic cherry or brick red shade.

Cool undertones, I'm looking at you. Think: raspberry hues that will add pinks to milky complexions, and merlot for a striking contrast.

Warm undertones, you're next. Don't be scared to add a touch of orange to your palette! Or, is a matte ruby red more your style? And don’t rule out the warmth of the perfect plum.

To all the neutral tones: If you lean more in the direction of pretty in pink, find a bright rosy shade.  If red is more your style, go with a classic cherry or brick red.

Your style is a direct reflection of what makes you unique and what inspires you. This Valentine's Day, go bold with a shade that makes you feel romantic and perfectly suits your color palette.

Want more info on what your best colors are? Contact us to find out exactly what your true color palette is.  

 

Now I would love to know! Which color palette best suits your undertones? Do you have a go-to lipstick shade? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me all about it!

Friday Fashion Fix: A Pop of Color

Today's Casual Friday is all about a pop of color. When you find yourself pieces together a neutral outfit, bring in an accent color to brighten up your look. The contrast between the neutral and the color will make your outfit more striking and intentional. 

Raquel Greer Gordian models a casual summer look incorporating a black tank, printed maxi skirt, red beaded statement necklace, black cat eye sunglasses, and red platform block heels. 

Now I would love to know! How was your Casual Friday? Any favorite accent/neutral color combos to share? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me all about them!

Friday Fashion Fix: Bringing the Sunshine!

Embracing this sunny day with my bright yellow poncho. Color is arguably the most important element of personal style, so choose one that lifts you up and works for you. This one always bringing me a lot of joy on even the gloomiest days. 

Raquel Greer Gordian models a summer look incorporating a bright yellow poncho, floral dress, beaded tassel necklace, statement ring, and some booties.

Now I would love to hear from you! Tell me all about your favorite ways to embrace some vibrant colors during the summertime! Got a question? Leave a comment below and I'll be more than happy to answer!

Discover Your Spring Style

Being stylish is about defining yourself and your body. Often times the term 'stylish' is applied to people who keep up with the latest trends. Trends come and go, but paying attention to exactly what works for you is important to creating a genuinely chic closet. 

Applying the ABC's of image consulting is a good place to start...accentuate, balance, camoflauge. We all have the good, great, and not-so-great things about our body. Understanding, acknowledging and accepting these parts empowers us to create the perfect wardrobe.

There's a couple things to keep in mind when learning your ABC's...

Create Balance 

When trying to cover up your less desirable bits, don't forget to accentuate your best attributes. The articles of clothing you use to do these two things should work together harmoniously.

If you want to cover your abdomen, choose a flowy top. Do not also choose flowy pants. Pair a skinny jean. Accentuating the good is just as important as camouflaging the bad.

Find your best fit 

Clothing should fit like undergarments, like it was made for you. Since there is no standardized sizing in the US, it can be hard to find the perfect size for you. Instead, find your favorite designers and make them your go-to. 

 

Use color and print strategically 

Play with color to create an ensemble all your own. The brighter and bolder the more attention will be driven to that part of you. Think it through and then construct the look. Where do you want the attention driven?  

Discover vibrant color for spring at: 

BEEHIVE Boutique

lovebeehive.com

3300 Bee Caves Road Suite 400 

Try something new 

Often times we pick fabrics based on preconceived notions of what is good or bad. Choose fabrics not because of what you think should or would work. Step outside your comfort zone. Try new things. Uncharted territory is often the most exciting.

And don't forget to #shoplocal

Find the perfect jewelry to compliment your new look at: 

ARO Boutique  

www.shop-aro.com

1223 Rosewood Ave 

Now I would love to hear from you! Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me how applying the ABC's of image consulting went for you!

Recreate Red Carpet Looks in Everyday Style

I have to say that I'm kind of glad award season is over. I always feel stressed about be attentive for every second of each show, and on top of that, I've tried to squeeze an exorbitant number of trips to the movies in over the last couple months. Of course, the movies aren't the important part. It's all about the fashion. 

That's why I'm exploring exactly how to translate red carpet looks and trends into everyday style this week. Although these are just a drop in the bucket of red carpet fashion, they're some of my favorite trends from this awards season. 

OSCARS // DAKOTA JOHNSON // SCARLET TREND

   Raquel Greer Gordian displays the scarlet trend of this year's award season. 
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits looks that incorporated the scarlet trend at the Golden Globe Awards.

SAG AWARDS // EMMA STONE // MENSWEAR TREND

Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an alternative look for Emma Stone's menswear look.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays red carpet looks that incorporated the menswear trend.

GRAMMYS // TAYLOR SWIFT // BRIGHT IN BLUES TREND

Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an alternative look for Taylor Swift's blue Grammy Awards look.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows looks from the Golden Globe Awards that embraced the bright in blues trend. 

OSCARS // ANNA KENDRICK // PRETTY IN PINK TREND

Raquel Greer Gordian provides an alternative, everyday outfit for Anna Kendrick's pink look at the Oscars. 
Raquel Greer Gordian displays red carpet looks that embodied the pretty in pink trend.

Now I would love to know! Which red carpet trend do you think you'll incorporate into your everyday style? Leave a comment below to tell me how it turns out!

Your Perfect Shade of Red

Valentine's Day is almost here, and I am so excited! It's one more excuse to throw on a dress in my favorite color, coral. Red may not be your favorite, but know that you can wear it. Red is energetic, sexy, powerful. It can be used for so many different purposes, but for V-Day, it'll be the perfect piece to seduction your honey. 

The key to wearing red is finding your ideal hue.  

So to help you find your perfect red this holiday, I've put together a little roadmap to lead you from discovering your coloring to picking your perfect outfit...

Color Palette: Deep, Cool

Your Red: WINE, CRIMSON

COLOR PALETTE: DEEP, WARM

Your Red: MAROON, CARDINAL

COLOR PALETTE: LIGHT, COOL

YOUR RED: BLUSH, Ballet pink

COLOR PALETTE: LIGHT, WARM

YOUR RED: SCARLET, CORAL

Now, I would love to hear from you! Which shade of red is perfect for you? Make sure to comment below and tell me how you'll rock a red outfit this Valentine's Day!