What to Wear to Holiday Parties

The time of year is upon us when we mix, mingle and make merry with our families, friends and coworkers at holiday parties. These occasions are the perfect opportunity to show off your personal style and get festive with your wardrobe.

Whether the holiday party you're attending is dressy casual or formal, feeling good in what you're wearing is key to kicking back and having a great time. A few pieces to consider for your holiday shindig... 

Cold-Shoulder Dress 

The cold-shoulder trend is hanging in there over the holidays, and there's no better way to incorporate this style than with a feminine and festive holiday dress. A longer sleeve will help keep you warm while the cold shoulder adds visual interest to the dress. Extra style points here if you... 

wear red!

No color signifies "holiday season!" better than red, and this year, it's winter's trendiest hue. Whether you choose a classic cherry, oxblood, or coral, you can't go wrong with red for a holiday occasion. 

Festive Details 

Beadwork and sequins are perfect embellishments to wear to your holiday event because they bring ENERGY to your look. Even a single piece with intricate detail adds a powerful yet elegant touch to your overall outfit for events with cocktail, formal or black tie dress codes.

Envelope Clutch

Carrying all your essentials for a big night out isn't a job for your day-to-day tote. With a large envelope clutch, you're able to bring everything you need for the evening (and in a chic, event-appropriate way!) 

animal print coat

It's easy to throw on an overcoat in a safe neutral like black, navy or tan, but where's the fun in that?! Cheetah, leopard, python... animal prints are perfect for a heavy coat because they let you show off your personal style even when temperatures drop.

How To Glam Up for Cocktail Parties and Galas

It's easy to think your options are more limited for glamorous occasions, or that you don't have quite the right thing in your wardrobe, but there's actually a plethora of pieces that work for these occasions. You may even have something in your current wardrobe that's well suited to both of these gatherings.

What to consider for your next party...

Sequins

Sequins are the perfect accent piece to make any outfit pop. Sequins are classic gala gear, so to update them, it's important to surround the glitz with fashion-forward elements such as a velvet trouser pant or a leather skirt. 

Leather is one of my favorite fall fabrics in Texas, because it adds a western element to any outfit.

Don't be afraid to add even more festive textures to this look through a fringe jacket or a satin bomber at cocktail parties. A sumptuous texture on another will enhance this look. Each piece works together to create a synchronized outfit.

Metallic 

Like sequins, metallic is classic, but it's also trending right now. If you're looking for updated metallic, try a rose gold piece. For a more traditional look, consider your color palette first when choosing the metallic to go with in your outfit. Gold is for a warmer palette. Silver is for a cooler palette.

Metallic is uber-glamorous, so you can choose to make it softer or sexier through the piece you choose to wear. Give it an elegant feel in a midi dress or a fit n' flare dress. Give it a edgy vibe with spaghetti straps or a body con stretch fabric. 

If you choose a tight, short dress, your look will be better suited to cocktail parties, rather than galas. For galas, go old Hollywood with the longer skirt. 

Finish the look with a vintage fur stole or a velvet wrap. 

Brocade

This fabric is great for dressier occasions, because the structure of the fabric gives your outfit a stronger presence, therefore it automatically makes your outfit more formal. 

If you want to highlight your waist, try a dropped-waist dress. The structure of the fabric will create a noticeable curve from bust to hips, giving you and the outfit a sexy edge. 

WILD CARD: THE Jumpsuit

While a jumpsuit might not automatically pop into your head for a formal occasion, if you choose the right one, it can be just as appropriate as a cocktail dress or a full-length gown. 

The trick is to stick to the basics. Dark colors are dressier than light colors, so when trying this trend, stick to a navy or black option. Also, consider luxurious fabrics: satin, velvet and silk. Avoid more relaxed fabrics such as linen, cotton and jersey. 

 

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How to Make a Flawless First Impression

The #1 rule I abide by when I’m getting ready is this: it is always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. If I’m uncertain about how formal an event is, I know I’d rather look put together than ill-prepared and inappropriate. My mom engrained this philosophy into me, and it has saved me from embarrassing outfit mishaps on numerous occasions! The reason this philosophy is so important is because first impressions are essential to how we view each other personally and professionally.   

When the maid of honor is giving a speech at a wedding, when a boss is reflecting on an employee’s hard work, or even when friends simply want to reminisce on old times, the most referenced stories are their first impressions – what they thought of the other when they first met.

First impressions set the tone. They show others who you are through a multitude of nonverbal cues, and what you’re wearing is one of the biggest contributing factors. This can be both exhilarating and intimidating, thus I’ve compiled a few outfit rules and ideas to assist you in confidently making your professional mark.  

 

The Interview

Emily Blanco models a professional outfit perfect for a job interveiew. 

Do:

Choose an outfit that shows your personality.

Don’t:

Go too bold with the patterns or colors.

When choosing an outfit for an interview, it is important to research the company to find out as much about the workplace atmosphere as possible. You want to stand out to the company while showing that you can mesh with their vibe. For this look, I went with a business professional outfit that was tailored to my body and was in flattering colors. I felt confident because I was staying true to what I love about my style, as well as dressing appropriately.

 


Client Meetings

Emily Blanco displays a look styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is appropriate for client meetings.

Do:

Make a statement.

Don’t:

Go too casual.

 

When you’re meeting with a client, you want to express to them exactly who you are and why you are trustworthy.  Expressing yourself through your outfit allows you to showcase your personality and professionalism while simultaneously allowing them to feel confident and secure in working with you.

 


Networking Event

Do:

Bring in a bold pattern or trendy piece.

Emily Blanco models a bold red blazer that is perfect for a networking event.

Don’t:

Take yourself too seriously.

Whether you’re looking for a job, new clients or new employees, make sure that you’re properly representing your company and the standards you keep. That being said, formality isn’t as necessary in these settings.

There is more freedom to bring in slightly trendier pieces at these events, so give it a try!

When choosing an outfit for my most recent networking event, I started with a tailored track pant and worked my way up from there. I’m obsessed with nudes right now, so I chose a simple silk, nude top and a bright coral (one of my best colors) blazer to maintain a level of professionalism. I finished the look with a springy open-toed heel.


First Day

Emily Blanco displays a look styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is a good way to start off a first day at work.

Do:

Tailor your look.

Don’t:

Forget to maintain modesty

How your present yourself when meeting new co-workers is key to how they will treat you and work with you.

When you feel authentic and confident in an outfit, others will feel comfortable around you. In other words, maintain a level of professionalism that encourages productivity rather than gossip. If you can feel how cold the chair is when you sit, your skirt is may be short. If you have to hold your blouse up when you bend over, wear an under shirt.


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 know! Did this guide help you execute a flawless first impression? Any favorite looks? Leave a comment below and tell me 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!

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!

Deconstructing Your NYE Look

How do you bring 2015 in with a bang? Learn to seamlessly coordinate the various elements that make up an outfit. Here are five things to zero-in on to be NYE prepped and ready. 

5. HAIR 

Hair is such an important part of any look because hair can make or break an outfit. If your hair's a hot mess, you can forget about anyone noticing anything other than that. For NYE, try something you rarely do. Create retro curls, put it up in an elegant bun, or incorporate a boho braid. 

4. NAILS

This little detail doesn't go unnoticed. It's the icing on the cake. Just like the rest of the look, the nails must match. Go RED for a ballroom bash, go GOLD for a house party, go BLACK for an underground spot, and go PURPLE for an eclectic restaurant (that's where I'll be). 

      Goldeneye by OPI

      Goldeneye by OPI

      Black Onyx + Goldeneye by OPI

      Black Onyx + Goldeneye by OPI

      Vodka and Caviar by OPI

      Vodka and Caviar by OPI

    Viking in a Vinter Vonderland by OPI

    Viking in a Vinter Vonderland by OPI

3. SHOES

Go big or go home. There is a very specific pair of shoes I dust off for this occasion every year. To give you an idea of what they look like, they also double as my Vegas heels.  If you also have that special pair of metallic, no less than 4' heels, pull them out. NYE is the perfect time for over-the-top fashion. After all, you'll only be bringing in 2015 once. 

2. EMBELLISH

Despite the decadent nature of all the other elements of your outfit, keep the accessories to a minimum. Perhaps a cuff? Or knuckle rings? Or try something new this year: flash tattoos! Visit Headdress on South Lamar to find your perfect pack. 

1. CLOTHING

Of course clothing is #1 because it will bring everything together. Whether you're in pastels or pewter, there is one thing to consider: the formality of your event. If you're at a NYE cocktail party or wedding, don't come in something less formal because you didn't plan ahead. Figure it out now, before you're scatter-brained the night of. And don't forget! Your layers should match the event too. 

Now, I would love to hear from you! Make sure to comment below what your NYE outfit plans are!