How To Create An Impactful Professional Style

This month I had the privilege of presenting in the HERdacity webinar series about the power of professional style. The majority of my clients are professional woman, so I was thrilled to dive into a topic I consistently tackle here at Greer Image Consulting.

In this video, you will learn:

  • The key to creating successful and satisfying style

  • What to consider when crafting your professional look

  • The 5 tools you’ll use to master every office outfit

  • The 1 thing you always need in every outfit

  • Do’s and Don’ts of your professional image

Have a question on what I discussed in the webinar? Leave me a comment below or shoot me an email at Raquel@GreerImageConsulting.com to discuss your unique professional style and wardrobe.

Monday to Friday: Styled

This week, I started a new job in Austin. As I mentioned in The First Impressions Post, how you present your style in the workplace is an integral part of setting the tone for how you'll be treated as a female professional. 

In general, the workplace wardrobe rules have significantly relaxed over the years. Many employers are less focused on what employees wear, frequently allowing t-shirts and jeans, as long as the job gets done well. To a degree, this may sound refreshing. I tend to believe that foregoing that level of casualness and maintaining a more polished look is beneficial, and I'll explain why. 

Great style isn't what you wear, it's what you embody. Who do you become when you look and feel fantastic? What you wear to work should allow you to become that best version of yourself, enabling you to give your all every single day. For me, taking the time to look presentable and professional makes me more productive; I embody the hard-working leader I strive to be when I am polished. 

I know, and am even teased about, that I tend to be "fancy."  I wouldn't mind if I was required to be dressy every single day. All that to say, my job encourages business casual attire. For my workday outfits this week, I tried to choose pieces that strike a balance between my love for style and professionalism, without being too formal.

MONDAY

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Wednesday

THURSDAY

FRIDAY


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 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. 

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!

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!

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 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!

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!

Take Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring with These Six Looks

I've learned to always carry a purse big enough to fit a sweater, because every afternoon, that's exactly where my sweater ends up. Austin's weather is unpredictable, to say the least, and the past two weeks have been the worst of it. I'm really never sure what I'm going to get when I step out of my apartment. Even if the day starts out at 40 degrees, you could be sweating by the end of it. 

So! Because Austin likes to keep us guessing, I've put together looks to incorporate both winter and spring pieces for a chic style statement for whatever weather comes our way. 

FLOWERS & LEATHER

Winter Pieces: Leather Jacket + Infinity Scarf

Spring Pieces: Floral Dress + Open-Toe Pumps

Bad Romance  

Winter Pieces: Oversized Cardigan + Booties

Spring Pieces: Graphic Tee + Floral Skirt

Dinner and A Movie

Winter Pieces: Jeans + Booties

Spring Pieces: Faux-Fur Vest + Silk Blouse

PASTELS AND SEASHELLS

Winter Pieces: Midi Skirt + Scarf

Spring Pieces: Light-Weight Cardigan + Sandals

The Girl in the Coffee Shop

Winter Piece: Heavy Cardigan

Spring Pieces: Flats + Mini Skirt

BELLINIS AT BRUNCH

Winter Pieces: Knee-High Boots + Overcoat

Spring Pieces: Shift Dress + Sunnies

Now, I would love to hear from you! How do you stay prepared for any kind of crazy Austin weather? Let me know by commenting below which elements of winter and spring you'll mix together!

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! 

Dress to Impress at the Holiday Party

The key to being stylish is being unpredictable, whether you’re at the office party or a friend’s holiday shindig. Being unpredictable doesn’t mean dressing like someone else. It means you avoid the drab, campy, overworked holiday costume of years past. This year, you should stand out… in the right ways.

I’ve put together a few ideas that will bring a little whimsy to your next holiday function.

Skip the red and green. Stick to black and white.  

Flip a Classic.

Whether it's your mother's pearls or a vintage brooch, it can be incorporated into your outfit in a fun, exciting way. 

Bring the Bling.

This is the only time of the year when tacky can turn chic. Embrace it. Costume jewelry is the perfect touch for any party look that A. won't burn a hole in your pocket and B. gets you in the mood to celebrate. 

Dress Up Your Denim. 

Denim can be worn to many semi-formal occasions as long as you follow one rule: The denim cannot be the star. A subtle dark blue or black denim paired with vibrant heels or a sequin sweater allows you to be comfortable and edgy while chatting around the punch bowl.

Now, I would love to hear from you! Comment below to tell me how you plan to stand out at your next holiday function!

SLIPPERY WHEN WET: A Guide to the Best Moisturizing Lipsticks This Season

It's almost impossible to escape the one big side effect of cold weather: dryness. Layering with sweaters, scarves, and beanies will help protect your body and hair, but guarding your face from the winter winds is another story. The moment you leave the house, it often feels like your best attempts to keep your lips radiant and soft have fallen by the wayside. Not only do you experience discomfort due to irritation from the cold, but the cold can leave you looking less than attractive when you arrive at your destination. Dry, cracked lips can be an unsightly little detail, but thanks to lipsticks that protect and perfect your pout, winter can be a little more pleasant and pretty.

Click the pics to find your perfect shade of the best moisturizing lipsticks this season. 

5. Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick 

This all natural lipstick provides moisture to plump your lips even in the coldest winter.

My favorite Hourglass color : Nocturnal

 

4. Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick:

Also all-natural, this lipstick is long-lasting, so there's no re-application necessary during your 9 to 5. It also comes in a wide spectrum of colors, so whether you love a classic red, an understated nude, or an eye-catching purple, Bite Beauty has the perfect one for you. 

My favorite BB color: Tannin

3. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

I've loved Urban Decay for so many years because their make-up is so playful and eclectic. The Revolution Lipstick exceeds those expectations. This lipstick is narrow for easy application when you're on the go. From matte to shiny and peach to plum, this lipstick will provide the party girl with her perfect look. 

My favorite Urban Decay color: Shame

 

2. Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick 

Classic, elegant, and subtle, this lipstick provides all day coverage from the morning meeting to the dinner date. Vitamin E and olive oil provide constant moisture and antioxidants to protect and heel your lips on the driest days. 

My favorite Laura Mercier color: Sienna

 

1. Nars Audacious Lipstick

Nars is my #1 pick for this season's best moisturizing lipstick because it gives necessary moisture without the worry of smudging onto skin or teeth. One swipe of color across your lips is enough to keep you looking fabulous for 6 to 8 hours. Nars also has the perfect variety of colors for all seasons like coral for spring or bright pink for summer. Stick to this stick and you'll be set for whatever your day brings. 

My favorite Nars color: Jeanne  

Now, I would love to hear from you! Make sure to tell me how you manage to perfect your pout with a moisturizing lipstick!

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!