4 Ways To Style A Silk Dress

This month I stopped by Art & Soul Design on South Lamar to see what this little Austin shop is all about. I’m a South Austin gal, so when something pops up in my hood, I’m especially curious to see if they’ve got anything interesting for myself and my clients. And they did!

Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas, holds many great gifts and accessories for any Texan woman.
Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas carries a variety of silk dresses, gifts, books, jewelry, crystals, and more.
Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas has lots of great accessories for fall.

Art & Soul Design has a unique approach to retail — the store is all about self-care, wellness, and community. Owner Melissa Hargus says what makes her store special is her “focus on natural goods that are both ethically and sustainably handcrafted by (mainly) local artists/small businesses.” The store is beautifully designed and smells uh-mazing — candles, oils, incense, aaall the things in your nose at once.

They carry everything: western-style jewelry, sage bundles, crystals, silk scarves, dresses, books and more. It’s a collection of random pieces that add up to a really fun place to shop for home, wearables, and gifts.

Among all the goodies, a silk dress caught my eye — with the right jacket, it’s the perfect piece to style for a cool, but not cold, fall day. All the dresses are hand dyed by Carol Hargus, Melissa’s mother and co-owner of Art & Soul. Carol gave me a tour of the back of the shop where she actually dyes the silk garments with all-natural dyes, which made the silk dress feel like an extra special piece to take home.

And today, I’m showin’ ya how I styled it! While Art & Soul is a great place to pick up a silk dress, these styling technique will also work on any simple, silky, above-the-knee dress.

At Greer Image Consulting, I’m all about mixing higher end pieces (like the silk dress) with easy trend items, so your closet and style are a completely unique blend of items that represent all facets of you. So to complete each outfit, I popped over to Target to see what fun fall pieces they were carrying.

I picked up 3 outerwear pieces: an emerald sweater, a fleece-lined jean jacket, and a charcoal corduroy jacket. The rest of the pieces came from my own closet (and you may have something similar too).

And voila! Here’s 4 ways to make your simple, silky dress pop this fall.

Belts & Boots

Western is a huge trend this season, so my first instinct was to pull out my go-to fall shoe: Tecovas cowboy boots. I played into the warm brown leather boot by adding my similarly shaded Anthropologie waist belt and Beaded by W mustard earrings. Underneath the belt is my emerald Target sweater, and to finish the look, I added my Nina Berenato gold cuff.

Use code “GreerVIP” at NinaBerenato.com to get 30% off all full priced jewelry!

photographed by Natalie Beurskens

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

Texan at Heart

Hats are the perfect addition for weekend fall looks because they add both warmth and style to your outfit. For this look, I pulled out my cowboy hat from Favor The Kind on South Congress to give it some flare. I finished the outfit with gold layered necklaces, the vintage-inspired, fleece-lined jean jacket from Target, and my Steve Madden dusty rose platforms. These shoes are surprisingly comfortable and would be perfect for dancing the night away in!

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

90’s Inspired

For this look, I went a little grunge and oh-so 90’s with a corduroy charcoal-colored jacket from Target and military-style boots from Kork Ease. I picked up these boots back in March for my honeymoon in Europe, but I loved pairing the corduroy jacket in this look, because it really popped the boots. Both dark colors played into each other and enhanced one another. Since the whole look was neutral, I added an ultra violet (Pantone 2018 color of the year) beanie to bring a playful touch to the whole look.

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

Power Play

I love to style business pieces for date night looks, so for this outfit, I brought out my classic black blazer by Vince. To make it not-so-business, I added the ultimate date night shoe, the knee-high boots. There are few pieces more dramatic than these. I finished the look with dark wood bangles and resin earrings from The Big Little Box.

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress
Greer Image Consulting - Blog - 4 Ways To Wear A Silk Dress

more photos from my trip to Art & Soul Design…

Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard carries silk dyed scarves, perfect for year round in Austin, Texas.
Raquel took a look inside Art & Soul Design, located on South Lamar Boulevard, and found many gifts and home decor items perfect for Austin, Texas style.
Art & Soul Design on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas carries crystals along with jewelry, clothing, and gifts.
Art & Soul Design offers a selection of books along with jewelry, scarves, and dresses.
Art & Design on South Lamar Boulevard carries vintage-inspired pieces for any outfit.
Raquel visited Art & Soul Design and discovered the perfect silk dress and accessories for fall 2018.

Now I would love to hear from you! What was your favorite way I styled the little silky dress? How would you put your own twist on the look to make it perfectly you? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you!

Xx,
R

Where to Shop in Austin

It's no secret. We love to shop, and if you do too, then you should definitely take advantage of all that Austin has to offer. Not sure where to head? 

Take our too-cute quiz (below) to find out where you should find yourself this Saturday afternoon.

For the full list of our favorite shops in Austin...
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CHARM SCHOOL VINTAGE
southern hippie
BEEHIVE


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.

Now I would love to hear from you! Did you find any special pieces at some of Austin's best boutiques? How accurate was the quiz? Tell me all about it in the comment section below!

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!

 

Shop Austin: Southern Hippie

Southern Hippie

3500 Guadalupe Street 

IG @shopsouthernhippie

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!

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!

 

SXSW STYLE

It's coming whether you want it to or not. Some of us look forward to it and others cringe at the idea of the crowds. No matter the category you fall in to, it's essential to be stylish at SXSW.

Whether you're sipping cocktails at a lounge or in a giant pack of people, your outfit should reflect your desired mood, the music, and the venue. So! Since you may be in need of something new for your event, I visited and photographed some of Austin's top shops for South By style.  

CHARM SCHOOL VINTAGE

2109 E Cesar Chavez 

IG @charmschoolvintage 

VIBE // Carefully Curated Looks for the Fashion Forward Woman 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a great option for tasteful, fashion forward looks.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a store that offers a selection of pieces that complement a fashion-forward style.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage has a vibe of carefully curated looks for fashion-forward women.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School vintage is a great choice for SXSW shopping.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a great option for SXSW shopping.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how you may be able to find some new, exciting pieces for SXSW at Charm School Vintage.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage offers a unique selection of pieces for your SXSW wardrobe.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a store where you can add some new pieces for your SXSW style.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is a one-of-a-kind place where you can find some new pieces for SXSW.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Charm School Vintage is one of Austin's top shops for SXSW shopping.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how is it important for your SXSW outfits to reflect your surroundings, and Charm School Vintage is a great place for you to find special pieces that can do that.

Blue Elephant

Central park, 4001 N LAMAR BLVD #510

IG @blueelephantboutique

VIBE // young & wild boho style 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great option for boho pieces to add to your SXSW style.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique that offers young, wild bohemian pieces.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant offers the possibility of getting some new boho pieces for SXSW.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique that is a great option for SXSW shopping in Austin.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great shopping option for unique, boho clothing and lifestyle pieces. 
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great place to find new boho-inspired pieces for your SXSW style.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique where you can find some new boho garments and accessories to style before SXSW.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a boutique that exudes a vibe of youth and bohemian style.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Blue Elephant is a great shopping option for a woman with a boho style.

SUNROOM 

2324 S Lamar BLVD 

IG @_sunroom_

VIBE // MINIMALIST & MODERN WEARABLE ART 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a place where one can find minimalist, modern wearable art for SXSW.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a great SXSW shopping option for a minimalist, fashion-forward woman.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom offers a great selection of minimalist, artistic pieces to add to your SXSW wardrobe. 
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a place where you can find minimalist, chic pieces that will add to your SXSW style.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a boutique that exudes a minimalistic style.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a great boutique that offers a selection of minimalistic pieces for your SXSW style.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is one of Austin's top shops for SXSW shopping.
Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how Sunroom is a minimalistic boutique where you can find some new clothes and accessories that will add to your SXSW style.

Now I would love to know! How did you prep for SXSW this year? Any questions? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me what you found at some of Austin's top shops!

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!