10 Easy Styling Tricks To Try This Week

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

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

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

10. SPRING PAIRING: BLUSH AND GRAY

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

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

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

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

9. TREND ALERT: THE PANTS BELT

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

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

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

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

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

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

8: WHEN IN DOUBT: THE WRAP DRESS

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

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

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

7: GO BOLD OR GO HOME: THE STACKABLES

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

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

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

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

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

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

6.THE NECESSARY STEP: TAILORING

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

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

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

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

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

5. STEP INTO SPRING: THE BOLDEST BOOTIES

Booties never need to be a seasonal item.

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

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

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

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

4.NEUTRAL AND COLOR: BLACK AND BLUE

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

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

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

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

3. KNOW YOUR ABCS: ACCENTUATE, BALANCE, CAMOUFLAGE

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

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

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

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

2.POWER IS KEY: THE POINTED-TOE PUMP

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

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

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

1. CHOOSE ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR UNIQUE BODY AND PERSONALITY.

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

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

Then there’s personality…

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

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

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

Xx.

R

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!

TOP TRENDS FOR SPRING

Spring is here. Rejoice. And shop for it. 

HATS // RETRO SUNNIES // versatile & trendy basics // KIMONO

Shop for them at: 

HOIDEN SUPPLY COMPANY

2055 S Lamar BLVD 

IG @hoidensupplyco

Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of a patterned blouse from Hoiden Supply Company.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a Western-style bootie from Hoiden Supply Company.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of a blue button-up blouse from Hoiden Supply Company that is perfect for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a necklace from Hoiden Supply Company that has an edgy style.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of a unique, edgy necklace from Hoiden Supply Company.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of Western-style hats for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a floral kimono perfect for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture from Hoiden Supply Company that exudes an edgy, sophisticated style.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of a selection of Hoiden Supply Company's unique, dark palette sunglasses.

VIBE // TRANSITIONAL PIECES FOR TRAIL- BLAZING WOMEN

There seems to be a big focus on sunglasses in Austin and with the weather today, it's easy to see why. What sets Hoiden apart from the rest is the dark color palette of its glasses. That palette extends throughout the store. But they still never loose sight of their femininity, their celebration of womanhood. As women, our personalities are multi-faceted and nuanced, the owner said, so the point of view of Hoiden is exactly that. It is edgy, sophisticated, womanly, and sexy. They have what you need, but also exactly what you want. This store could be in LA or NYC, but the owners always take into account the background of Austin when choosing pieces from around the world. The pieces are for a day like today in Austin when you never want to go home.

 

The Suede skirt

MULES, MULES, MULES

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how mules are a top trend for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an array of trendy spring mules.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a selection of trendy mules perfect for spring.

CULOTTES

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how culottes are a top trend for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of a printed culotte that is perfect for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of a trendy floral culotte that is perfect for spring.

BLUSH IS THE NEW BLACK

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how blush pink is a top trend color for spring.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays blush pink inspired outfits that are perfect for springtime.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a selection of blush pink items that are perfect for your spring wardrobe. 

 

Now I would love to hear from you! Will you be rocking blush pink this season? Let me know in the comments below which spring trend you might try out!