4 Pieces to Pair with Your Warm-Weather Blazer

You’ve probably got a blazer or two or ten in your closet.

Raquel Greer Gordian shares four easy ways to pair your classic blazer with what’s in your closet.

But like any piece that’s under the guise of business attire, you can feel like the fun stops before it even starts.

There are so many things you can do with this jacket though, for work or weekend. With blazers trending right now, the inspiration is everywhere. Which means you should seize the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and into creative mode.

New outfits are just around the corner. All you’ve gotta do is style them.

Here are 4 simple, but creative ways to wear blazers and styling tips for each to help you along the way.

And don’t forget! After you read up, leave me a comment below and tell me which way of styling your blazer you’ll be trying this week.

Lots of love and joy!

Raquel

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Styling Tip:

Follow your dress silhouette with the vertical line of your blazer, so both pieces naturally flow together. Here’s what I mean…

Raquel Greer Gordian shows you how to pair the classic business blazer with your favorite summer dress.

If you’ve got a straight up-and-down blazer (pictured above) or oversized boyfriend-style blazer (pictured below), you’ll want to avoid an exaggerated fit ‘n’ flare shape in a dress. Instead opt for a long and lean silky dress silhouette or a shift dress.

For dresses that have a set-in waist like that fit ‘n’ flare or sheath dress, try a cropped blazer that falls right above the waist or one that curves in at the waist to follow the line of the dress.

Styling Tip: Balance the proportion of blazer to dress by making sure the length of the dress and the length of the blazer aren’t the same.

You don’t want the dress and blazer creating a single horizontal line across your body, because this makes for a boring look.

It doesn’t matter if the dress is shorter (usually only happens if the jacket is super oversized) or longer than the jacket. Either way, they just need to be different lengths.

Raquel Greer Gordian shows you easy ways to pair your boyfriend blazer with a simple summer dress.
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Prints are my fave, and I bet you’ve got a few of them stored up in your closet just waiting to get some love.

To add them to your blazer-focused outfit, you’ve just got to do one thing: link the colors in the shirt, skirt, or pant print to the color of your blazer.

Styling Tip: You can link two of the exact color together (cobalt blazer, cobalt-infused print) or you can use the characteristics of the color in your jacket to link to a print.

Below I’m using my watermelons to link right into my light, bright, warm, coral-colored jacket. While they’re not exactly the same color, the watermelons share the characteristic of light, bright, warmth with the jacket, so the coral jacket and the watermelons talk to each other.

Is your go-to blazer a neutral? Use it in the same way as you would a colorful blazer. Choose a pattern like leopard to play into a tan blazer or a silver metallic snake skin print to play into a grey blazer. Tan can be found in most leopard prints, so you’re linking the exact color, and grey has the same cool and light characteristics as silver, so you’re linking the characteristics of both colors.

Raquel Greer Gordian shares simple ways to pair your classic blazer with bold patterns and prints.
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Forget the classic suit. Wearing your blazer with a jumpsuit is the power move you need to be using at work.

The right business jumpsuit lets you move as easily as a dress would, but has the sleekness of a traditional suit. Adding the jumpsuit underneath your blazer will make both pieces more polished, intentional, and commanding.

Want to play with messages in your outfit?

Styling Tip: Tune into texture.

Is the blazer relaxed or rigid? Structured or soft? Ask yourself the same questions of the jumpsuit.

Match the texture of the blazer to the texture of the jumpsuit for a sharp message.

Rigid blazer + structured jumpsuit = power

Relaxed blazer + soft jumpsuit = approachability

If you’re looking to balance both, it’s easy! Just mix textures — try a structured blazer with a flowy jumpsuit like I did below.

Raquel Greer Gordian shares easy ways to pair your classic blazer with a fun jumpsuit.
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This is super simple way to create a smart and casual look with your blazer, but there’s a trick to it: Don’t over think it!

While color matching is super duper important to creating clean looks, adding a basic tank underneath the blazer only means asking yourself one questions: Is the blazer dark or light?

If dark, go with a dark tank. If light, go with a light tank. Got a mix of colors in the blazer? Go either way.

Styling Tip: Even if the color underneath is slightly different, the quality of the color will link the blazer and tank.

If your blazer is black and your tank is navy, this slightly-off pairing will actually create a more interesting, sophisticated, and fashion-forward combination.

My blazer below has navy trim, but my tank’s actually charcoal — is it working? Yup! And yours totally can too. Happy Styling!

Raquel Greer Gordian shares simple ways to match your classic blazer to a basic tank.

How To Wear A Blazer During The Hottest Months Of 2018

The Texas summer is almost here, which means it's time to think about exactly how you're going to dress for days and days of 100 degree heat. 

One issue many of us professional women face is balancing how to dress for the sizzling sun and the icebox of an office. Moving from one severe environment to the next makes it hard to craft an outfit that's successful in both places.

But there is one piece that will always save the day: the blazer. It's just as easy to throw on-and-off as a simple cardigan, and yet, this jacket does so much more than a cardigan ever could. 

It gives you power, structure and presence. It makes you meeting-ready and brings a pop of personality to your work wear. The blazer is the finishing touch any boss lady needs in her wardrobe. 

Which is why this week, I'm giving you 12 tips on how to add your blazer to outfits you'll love to wear all summer long.

12. Don't be afraid to stand out with a statement blazer. 

Blazers are powerful. Balancing that power with approachability is an easy way to craft a multifaceted personality at work. To do this, try incorporating a bright, light blazer like this coral one I'm wearing. 

In addition to building your image, the color will play into the fun of summer. 

11. Mix serious with silly by popping your light, bright blazer off of black separates. Add other touches of light, bright accessories/prints to play into the color of the blazer. 

10. Match your jewelry to the colors you're wearing. Choose rose gold for pink and red, silver for blue and purple or gold for yellow and orange. 

9. Use the pattern of your blazer to pop this year's trend color: white.

8. Pair the blazer with a sleeveless, sheath dress. When you take off the blazer outside, you'll be at the your coolest. When you head inside and throw it on, you'll be your most professional self for any important task or meeting. 

7. Mix texture. This will make your outfit more interesting, and it will make you look more interesting. 

6. Pair a longer blazer with a shorter dress (not too short though). A just-above-the-knee dress and a hip-length blazer will create ideal proportion making your look appear more stylish and put-together.

5. Don't put away your booties! Pop your booties off your shift dress and blazer combo to put these shoes to good use all summer long. 

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4. Your go-to blazer is probably a tame color, which means it's the perfect pairing with your most eclectic jewelry. Together, this elements will create a balanced and expressive look. 

3. Just like the booties, don't be afraid to bring out your fall blazer during the summer season. Dark colors are authoritative, so blazers in evergreen, burgundy and plum will still hold up at the office during the summer and give your look power.

2. Pair your blazer with a jumpsuit! Jumpsuits are one of my favorite pieces for any office, because they are easy to style, and they are creative and professional. You also have a lot of freedom with the type of blazer you put with them. Add a cropped, long or boyfriend blazer for a look that's on point for summer. 

1. Remember, your style is as unique and powerful as you are, so always stay true to it and tell us about it!

Leave a comment below to share with us your favorite way to rock a blazer during the summer. We would love to hear from you!

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Shop Austin: Southern Hippie

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Raquel Greer Gordian models a printed, boho two piece maxi set from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays an image of items from the Austin boutique Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a selection of maxi dresses from the Austin local boutique Southern Hippie
Raquel Greer Gordian displays an array of colorful and printed maxi dresses from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a variety of boho maxi dresses from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows an image of the exterior of the local Austin boutique Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a selection of  accessories from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a selection of printed boho-chic shorts.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows the selection of statement rings and jewelry at Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian models a black and white floral blazer by Cameo from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian models a black and white floral blazer by Cameo from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian takes a look at a selection of army green ripped jeans from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a lacy, salmon pink matching set by For Love and Lemons from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian models a vintage-inspired crop top and maxi skirt matching set by Flynn Skye.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of gold rings by Gorjana from Southern Hippie.
Raquel Greer Gordian models the For Love and Lemons Hula Dress at Southern Hippie.

Now I would love to hear from you! Did you find any special pieces at Southern Hippie? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me about your shopping experience!

What to Wear for Weddings Galore

Repeat after me: "I will not wear the same boring thing to every wedding this year."

Wedding season is a funny one, because it's really not like any other occasion or seasonal event. Even my daily getup gets more thought than my wedding season one. For some reason, I am so distracted by gifts, travel, and agenda up until the day of the nuptials that picking any outfit is inevitably a last minute decision. No more.

This year is the year to find something you feel and look beautiful in. Now, to find that special something...There are a lot of factors to consider when putting together a look for a wedding.

 

 

The first is subtlety.

Be subtle, not too sexy, and as always, incredibly chic. This is probably the only non-work occasion where an outfit should be understated, because you never want to take attention away from the wedding dress and the bride. This rule applies to the dress, the jewelry and the shoes.

Having said that, your understated look may be someone else's over-the-top outfit. Stick to what you consider understated. Your style is your own, and even when toned down, you should still always be able to express it. 

 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how subtlety is important in order to avoid taking attention away from the bride.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how you can still stick to what you consider understated and express your personal style.
 
 

The second is comfort.

I worry about being comfortable for the duration of a wedding much more than any other occasion, even if it's just as long. Perhaps it's the dancing or the amount of food that I'm predicting I'll eat or perhaps it's both. Either way, comfort is important. If you also relish the fact that dancing and food are the best parts of a wedding, I would give your dress a test run. Pop on some music and dance in it at home.

 

 

The third is environment.

Weddings are so often indoor and outdoor, so picking the right fabric and layering pieces is key to staying warm enough or cool enough wherever you are. Terrain is also a factor to consider. This year I have a few weddings where they were very specific about wearing shoes to fit the outdoor venue. Even if it isn't mentioned to you, the venue needs to be on your radar. 

 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how the type of terrain the wedding will be in is important to consider when planning an outfit.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how the environment of the wedding determines the right fabric, layering pieces, and shoes to wear.
 
 

Now I would love to know! Was this helpful for your wedding season experience? Let me know in the comments below how you managed to mix-up your wedding season outfits this year!

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!

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!

5 Essential Pieces for Your Winter Vacation

I have to admit, it has taken me a long time to figure out exactly how to pack the perfect suitcase. Everything I could need ends up in my luggage, but somehow I don't manage to wear everything that snuck in there. 

That's because on vacation, when everything is supposed to be easy, I so often wear the same outfit twice. I know, it seems like I should be ashamed. When I'm packing, I have the best of intentions. I imagine myself sipping cocktails on a beach in a full length dress and heels...though in actuality, I am still sipping cocktails, but it's in the most comfortable dress I own. You know what? That's OK. Vacation is about kicking back, relaxing. In reality, style should reflect your state of mind. When I remember that, I realize it's OK to (in this instance) wear the same thing twice.

Of course, that doesn't mean you can't still look good while you relax. Being comfortable and looking good while you do it will make you more excited about your vacation. Whether you are at the beach or on the ski slopes, here are five versatile pieces with looks built around them that I would recommend bringing. 

Heading to the Slopes?          Heading to the Sand? 

Now I would love to know! Which travel essential sneaks into your suitcase the most? Make sure to comment below how you incorporated some of these essentials on your next winter vacation!

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!