The Biggest Trends For Fall And Winter 2018

Last week I stopped by Studio 512 to chat with Rosie Newberry about the top trends for this season and the next. Even adding one or two fresh pieces to your wardrobe can give you a pep in your step and the excitement that we all want from our wardrobes and style.

Watch the video below and find your favorite trend to rock this season.

As always, we would love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below and tell us your favorite trend of the season and how you love to style it.

Xx,

R

SHOTS of STYLE at SXSW

Celebrating SXSW through the women who bring it style. 


Jacqueline Reynolds

Raquel Greer Gordian shows Jacqueline Reynolds' outfit for SXSW.

Lauren Dyer

Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits Lauren Dyer's outfit for SXSW.

Grace Yoon

Raquel Greer Gordian shows an image of Grace Yoon's mirrored sunglasses, off-the-shoulder top, jeans, leather moto jacket, and booties for SXSW.

Camilla Yates

Raquel Greer Gordian displays Camilla Yates' at SXSW rocking some New Balance sneakers with a printed shift dress. 

Abby Drake, Clara Divincenzo, Maddie Picone

Raquel Greer Gordian displays the SXSW outfits of Abby Drake, Clara Divincenzo, and Maddie Picone.

SASHA SAMOCHINA

Raquel Greer Gordian shows an image of Sasha Samochina sporting some printed shorts, leather booties, and sunglasses for SXSW.

Sara Hussey

Raquel Greer Gordian depicts Sara Hussey at SXSW wearing a button-up denim skirt, white tee, sunglasses, and brown booties.

Daunte Billups

Raquel Greer Gordian displays Daunte Billups' fun, bird-printed fit-and-flare dress at SXSW.

Chesen Schwethelm

Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits Chesen Swethelm having a good time at SXSW, wearing a gray infinity scarf with a denim jacket.

Lilla Cosgrove

Raquel Greer Gordian shows off Lilla Cosgrove's SXSW outfit, consisting of a blue shift dress, statement necklace, black leather sandals, and round sunnies.

Kris Fuentes

Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of Kris Fuentes' SXSW style.

Camila Martins

Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits the SXSW style of Camila Martins.

What I wore

Raquel Greer Gordian models a plaid blazer, chambray button-up, jeans, hoops, and some studded tan booties for SXSW.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a glimpse of a SXSW attendee sporting a leather jacket and a statement belt.
Raquel Greer Gordian captures an image of a woman's SXSW style. 
Raquel Greer Gordian captures an image of a driver's SXSW style, even while cycling.

Now I would love to hear from you! Any favorites from this glimpse at this year's SXSW style? Leave a comment below and share some of your own SXSW 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! 

Systematize. Stylize. Strategize.

Your favorite outfit in your closet should feel like your favorite food: a no brainer. When I see crab cakes on a menu, that's it. I'm ordering them. If I don't, it just feels wrong, because no matter how they come out of the kitchen, I'm going to love them. 

This is how your favorite piece of clothing should feel. It is the physical manifestation of love and it's glorious. When you're wearing it, nothing can touch you. 

Everything else in your wardrobe is a bit different. Other things should be something you love, yes, but you need a few more rules to make sure it's serving you in the way you need it to each and every time you wear it. 

Outfits get stale. And the outfit you've worn 15,30,40 times, is stale. The life has been sucked out of it, and when you put it on, you probably feel this too in the form of exhaustion, anxiety or a lack of excitement. 

So it's time you threw all those feelings away and started anew by looking at each component of each outfit. By looking at each component separately, you can create new looks that feels fresh, exciting and fashion-forward. 

There are 3 things you need to do to breathe life back into your wardrobe. 

1. Systematize. 

Creating a system of how to build an outfit is incredibly helpful, because it removes the stress, but leaves the creativity.

For instance, I NEVER choose my jewelry before I choose my clothing. I NEVER choose shoes before I choose my clothing. I NEVER choose a jacket before I choose my basics. I build around 1 of 3 things: a dress, a skirt, jeans. 

In other words, create a ritual. This will give you guidance and a route when creating an outfit. And then you get to play...

2. Stylize. 

One Dress, Four Ways

Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit that pairs the long sleeve gray dress with a red blazer, black booties, statement jewelry, a black belt, and a black handbag.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that pairs the long sleeve gray dress with an army green cardigan, studded booties, gold jewelry, and a green handbag. 
Raquel Greer Gordian styles the same dress with a fur vest, neutral booties, coral accents, and a gray handbag.
Raquel Greer Gordian styles the same gray dress with a striped turtleneck pullover, burgundy heels, black tassel earrings, and statement handbag. 

Disregard what you paired your skirt with last time. Forget about what you put with it before. Get creative with you choice this time. Pull a shirt or sweater you've never put with it. 

And don't be scared. Most of us think there's some giant book of rules we need to follow. There isn't. The two things that you need to consider in your style arsenal are: 1) your intuition 2) your creativity 

Use both these elements to get excited about getting dressed again. 

3. Strategize. 

Each outfit must have a purpose. This goes for both your personal and professional life. And I'm not just talking about it being appropriate for a certain situation. Whether you want to be powerful, playful, dynamic...your intention must be clear. 

Ask yourself the tough questions to make sure there is a strategy behind each outfit: 

Exactly why are you wearing what you are wearing?

What do you want it to say about you?

How does it say what you want it to say about you? 

 

Now I would love to hear from you! Was this guide helpful for reviving that stale outfit we all have? Let me know in the comments below and tell me about the outfits you brought back to life!

Shop Austin: Strut

Shop Austin: Strut

2208 S Lamar blvd 

IG @shopstrut

Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a selection of gold jewelry from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of tops and colorful kimonos from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a cuffed denim short and Western-style hat from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of pendant necklaces from the Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of an array of pieces from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a fun, printed shortall from the Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a lacy halter bralette from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of leather bags from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a pair of fun, embroidered clutches from the Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a wide variety of sunglasses from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of a boho, black fringed bag from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a black and white patterned blouse from the Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a layered silver boho-inspired necklace from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of a striped button-up sleeveless shirtdress from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a black and white shirtdress from the local Austin boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a pair of boho studs from the boutique Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a pair of silver, engraved stud earrings from Strut.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of gold necklaces from Strut boutique.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a selection of statement rings from the Austin boutique Strut.

Now I would love to know! What did you find at Strut? Let me know in the comment section below which special pieces are your favorite!

 

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!

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 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!

Shop Austin: Leighelena

Leighelena

1714 S Congress Ave

IG @LEIGHELENA

Raquel Greer Gordian displays a statement ring from the boutique Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays an array of custom statement rings from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a custom statement ring from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a pair of statement earrings from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a pair of Egyptian-inspired statement earrings from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of statement earrings from the Austin boutique Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a pair of handcrafted earrings from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a rack of menswear from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits turquoise boleros from Austin boutique Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of a card from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a wall of boots from the Austin boutique Leighelena.
 

This boutique is full of energy. When I visited, music was booming and people were everywhere, bustling around the walls covered with brightly colored clothing and displays teeming with knick-knacks and custom- made rings. Leighelena carries jewelry made by many different designers, but the highlight are the pieces the store creates itself. I am a sucker for cocktail rings, and at Leighelena, there are rings that can be customized. Colorful, magnetic plates can be attached to the base of each ring, so you can match any ring to the look of your outfit. Going into this shop is a mood elevator, and if you're looking for fun jewelry, this is a good place to find it.

 
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a selection of unique statement jewelry from Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian models a unique gold statement cuff from the Austin boutique Leighelena.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows a picture of a Charles Albert handcrafted pendant necklace from Leighelena.

Now I would love to hear from you! Did you visit Leighelena and find any cool pieces? Tell me about it in the comment section below!

 

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!