5 Ways to Style Your Black Dress for Hot Weather

Most of us have a black dress in our closets.

For you, it may be a go-to piece or a dormant item that’s collecting dust in the back of the closet.

No matter its position or rank, it needs some TLC every once in a while because this piece is one of the few in a woman’s wardrobe that deserves the title of staple.

So this week, I’m giving you five easy ways to assemble an ensemble around your LBD (translation: little black dress).

And as always, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and share which you’ll be recreating using the contents of your closet.

Happy Styling!

Xx.

R

NEON MAGIC

Raquel Greer Gordian adds a neon blazer, platform sandals, and a long tassel necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a neon blazer, platform sandals, and a long tassel necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a neon blazer, platform sandals, and a long tassel necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.

BELTED W/ BRIGHT WHITES

Raquel Greer Gordian adds a striped blue and white belt, white pumps, a white necklace, and white earrings to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a striped blue and white belt, white pumps, a white necklace, and white earrings to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a striped blue and white belt, white pumps, a white necklace, and white earrings to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.

ALL-THE-COLORS STORY

Raquel Greer Gordian adds a vibrant kimono, chevron stacked heels, and a long necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a vibrant kimono, chevron stacked heels, and a long necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a vibrant kimono, chevron stacked heels, and a long necklace to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.

OFFICE-READY

Raquel Greer Gordian adds a white blazer, black waist belt, and white cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a white blazer, black waist belt, and white cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a white blazer, black waist belt, and white cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.

BLING & BLUES

Raquel Greer Gordian adds a blingy J.Crew necklace, a blue tie-up top, and Tecovas cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a blingy J.Crew necklace, a blue tie-up top, and Tecovas cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.
Raquel Greer Gordian adds a blingy J.Crew necklace, a blue tie-up top, and Tecovas cowboy boots to a black dress to spruce it up for spring and summer 2019.

29 Styling Ideas to Try In April

I’ve been feeling inspired lately to create new combinations in my own closet, and my guess is that it has something to do with the buzz of spring.

Whether it’s hot, cold, or luke warm out, spring is the perfect time to get take a fresh perspective on old items in your closet.

And the easiest way to look at your closet from a different point of view is through exploring styling techniques: Use what you’ve got to make new outfits you love.

Which is why this month I’m giving you a style challenge to inspire you, spark your curiosity, and get you thinking about how to utilize all the different patterns, prints, colors, and pieces in your wardrobe.

Implement one tip a day or style up a bunch of outfits and take pictures of each outfit for a later time. Either way, I hope you enjoy! And don’t forget to leave me comment below and tell me which styling idea you love the most.

Xx.

R

29. POP STRIPES OFF SOLIDS.

Pop your striped top off a solid pant for a bit of energy and pattern.

28. USE A PANTS BELT & FRONT TUCK.

Not sure how to do a proper front tuck? Head here.

Belts are another way that you can show off your style, so use them to your advantage by front tucking your top up.

27. SPORT YOUR FASHION SNEAKERS WITH BASICS: BLACK BLAZER, JEANS, AND A TEE.

26. DOUBLE UP ON ACCESSORIES WITH A SPRING SCARF & LONG NECKLACE.

25. GET CUTE IN CAMO.

Camo adds an intense touch to your look, so use it in one piece then surround it with solids.

24. EDGE IT UP IN ALL BLACK.

23. CUFF UP YOUR JEANS TO SHOW OFF YOUR SANDALS.

22. GO RETRO IN A FLARE JEAN OR PANTS.

Retro vibes are always in style. Incorporate your favorite decade through a flare pant or jean.

21. FEEL PRETTY IN PLAID.

20. MIX SEASONS WITH SHORTS AND A SWEATER.

19. COLOR YOUR LOOK WITH RED AND PINK.

Pink and red are the perfect spring style combination.

18. LAYER UP NECKLACES.

17. BE UNAPOLOGETIC IN ATHLEISURE.

If you love to keep it comfortable in your weekday look, try athleisure. You don’t have to apologize for having a little bit of stretch and a whole lot of style in your look.

16. TIE UP A BUTTON DOWN OVER A DRESS.

Give your outfit a feminine touch by tying up your favorite button down over top.

15. PULL OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEF SCARF.

Here’s five ways to wear it.

14. TAKE IT TO A 10 WITH ANIMAL PRINT.

Go fierce with your look by adding snakeskin, leopard, or cheetah to your outfit.

13. GO FESTIVE WITH TASSELS.

Make a statement with tassels that fit your style and enhance your outfit.

12. CATCH THEIR EYE WITH NAVY AND BLACK.

Create a striking combination by adding navy to your all black outfit.

11. ADD A LITTLE MAGIC WITH YOUR MOTO JACKET.

It’s still cold outside, so utilize your moto for every occasion.

10. GO FEMININE IN FLORALS.

9. BRIGHTEN IT UP WITH WHITE.

White is classic, so use your white pieces to balance your trend pieces.

8. GIVE IT A TEXAS TOUCH WITH COWBOY BOOTS.

Yeehaw! Cowboy boots are the perfect addition to skirts, jeans, and your favorite sundress.

7. ELEVATE YOUR JEANS WITH POWER PUMPS.

6. LET YOUR HOOPS DO THE TALKING.

5. ADD A LIGHT, LUXE LAYER WITH A KIMONO.

Kimonos are the perfect layer when weather’s unpredictable.

4. JUST ADD A HAT!

Hat’s add a fresh pop and a finishing touch to any weekend look.

3. POLKA DOTS FOR DAYZZZ.

Get playful with polka dots in a fit ‘n’ flare dress or a casual tee.

2. BLING IT UP!

Bring energy and interest to your look with a bit of bling.

1. PLAY WITH PATTERNS.

Don’t settle for solids. Get a little funky by adding one pattern to another.

What to Wear to Spring Weddings

Last week I stopped by Studio 512 to chat all about how to put together your latest look for one of my very favorite events: a wedding! Whether you shy away from bright colors or love to pop your boldest hues off each other when the warmer weather hits, I’m giving you easy styling tricks and techniques, so you can knock your outfits out of the park this wedding season.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • how to incorporate color into your spring wedding look no matter your comfort level with color

  • the perfect piece to wear if you love to dance at weddings

  • which metallic to choose to play into the colors of your unique outfit

  • how to carefully choose each piece of your outfit, so your look comes out stylish and effortlessly put together

  • the perfect detail that gives your look a sexy touch, without being too over the top for a wedding

  • what colors to pop off of your classic nude heels

  • how to play into the theme and location of your event using your outfit

  • how to enhance your look by popping one color off of another

Once you’ve watched the video, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me how you’re going to get creative with your unique wedding look this spring.

Xx.

R

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

What To Wear To SXSW 2019

I stopped by Studio 512 yesterday to chat all about how to create your unique outfits for SXSW. Austin’s biggest event starts this Friday, March 8, and no matter if you’re looking to network, party, or do a bit of both, I have styling tips and outfit ideas to inspire looks you’ll love for the ten days of fun, learning, and connecting.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • 3 outerwear pieces that are perfect additions to your SXSW outfit

  • how to keep your look business-appropriate and party-friendly

  • what shoes to choose to keep yourself comfortable and stylish during SXSW

  • the simple trick to wearing heels during SXSW

  • how to make yourself stand out in the right ways during networking

  • the types of bags to bring to SXSW

  • the trend color that’s a perfect addition to your SXSW outfit

  • the perfect accessory to add to your outfit all week long

  • how to balance statement pieces with neutrals in your outfit

And as always, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me what you’re planning on wearing for SXSW 2019.

Happy Styling!

Xx.

R

5 Ways to Style Spring Scarves

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to pull out your silkiest scarves and get to stylin’. This week, I visited Studio 512 to talk all about five of my favorite ways to style this spring staple.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • how to style spring scarves for business and casual events

  • how to tie a scarf Parisian style

  • how to position your scarf on your neck

  • what necklines works with a Girl Scout tie

  • how to style your scarf in a trendy, western way

  • how to tie scarves around your wrist

  • how to use a scarf in place of a bracelet

  • how to tie scarves in your hair

  • how to pair jewelry with scarves

  • how to tie your scarf in a way that most shows off the pattern of the scarf

And as always, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite scarf in your wardrobe and how you love to style it for spring.

Happy Styling!

Xx.

R