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. 

 

Friday Fashion Fix: Chambray Day

Happy Friday! From now until forever I'll be featuring looks dedicated to Casual Friday on yes, you guessed it, Friday's! It's easy to think of Casual Friday as just an excuse to wear jeans, but ya know what?!? Some people only like to wear jeans once in a blue moon (like me!) especially in the Texas heat. 

So this day will be dedicated to exactly that: styling casual look I love, which are inspired by a wardrobe that's more than just casual. 

Raquel Greer Gordian models a casual look to celebrate the start of Casual Friday's.

Now I would love to hear from you! Are you excited for Casual Friday's? Let me know in the comments below what your casual wardrobe consists of!

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 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!

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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Company Party Prepped and Ready

Though summer's almost over, company parties and BBQ's are still popping up. It’s always important to keep in mind that this is a business event, rather than social, so keep it simple, sophisticated, and stay summer ready!

·      NOT-TOO-SEXY:

The most important rule at these functions is to keep it not-too-sexy. This is work, which means this needs to be work appropriate. No mini-skirts. No backless shirts. No brightly colored bra- straps. No caking on the make-up.

 If your outfit makes you think twice, follow your intuition. Just don’t do it.

·      SUMMER SANDALS:

This can be a very scary topic, considering both men and women sometimes don’t give their feet the TLC they’ll need to show up in public. A pedicure isn’t required, but everyone should keep their toes clean and clipped. Often times it’s the little things that matter, and in this case, this little thing could leave your co-workers wondering about your very questionable hygiene habits.

·      WEAR NATURAL FABRICS:

Come prepared to control the sweat factor. Natural fabrics provide air circulation and will dry quickly. Cotton and linen are the best choices, but silk is also good. If you wear silk, make sure it’s either very light (white, nude) or has a pattern. Pattern will distract from sweat.

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how wedges and embellished sandals can provide comfort as well as style in outdoor terrains. 

·      BE WEARY OF THE TERRAIN:

Proceed with caution if you want to wear heels. Mud can easily ruin a favorite pair. If you know it’s going to be dry, it’s still best to stick with a wedge. Wedges are more conservative and will provide greater comfort if it’s an all day event. An embellished sandal is also a great way to show off your stylish ways while making sure you aren’t over-dressed.

Check out these options for some fresh ideas. You can never have too many shoes… 

·      MANAGE YOUR MANE:

Humidity and sweat can make you look like you just rolled out of bed. It’s best to go for a natural look (rather than glammed up goddess) so use light hold and taming product to keep the organic waves and whispies where you want them. A classic ponytail or a bun is also perfect or this event. With either of those options, pack a mini hairspray in your hobo to ensure little movement.

 A metallic clasp like this one will add a little pop of style.

·      WEAR LIGHT-COLORED CLOTHES:

This is one that we are all familiar with, but it’s important not to forget. Dark colors easily become saturated by the hot rays, while light colors will prevent penetration. Pops of black, navy, and grey are fine, but try to avoid solid darks.

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how staying away from running shoes and instead investing in a pair of versatile boat or walking shoes is important before a company party. 

·      STAY AWAY FROM SNEAKERS:

Grandpa wears running shoes to a BBQ; you don’t. There are so many boat shoes and walking shoes that work for any style, so consider investing in one of these pairs before the event.   

 

 

Now, I would love to hear from you! Comment below to tell me how you stay summer ready for business parties!