3 Fresh Ways To Style Velvet For Holiday Parties

I visited Studio 512 this week to chat all about how to style one of the most oh-so-holiday fabrics into looks you’ll love for all your upcoming holiday occasions. Whether you’re planning lunch with friends, deciding what to wear for the company party or headed to a house party to celebrate the season, I’m giving you fresh ways to wear velvet.

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • what velvet dress to choose if you’re unsure of your body type

  • the key ingredient your velvet must have if you want to dance the night away

  • how to pair two holiday colors in a look you’ll love for the company party

  • the outerwear to add to your velvet look to elongate your silhouette

  • the classic jewelry and color pairing that always feels fresh and fashion-forward

  • how to dress down a velvet business piece for party time

  • how to dress up a velvet business piece for cocktail occasions

  • the perfect denim to add to your velvet piece for casual occasions

  • how to wear white in the winter

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share your favorite way to style up your top. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Xx.

R

10 Statement Coats That Will Pop Any Outfit

Turkey Day is just around the corner, and for some Austinites, that means loading up a suitcase to head out to chillier places.

Whether your go-to look for a colder climate involves a skirt/tights/knee-high boots combo or your comfiest sweater and jeans, a statement coat is just the thing to pop your look. Check out my top ten for the season and click each pic to shop the pieces.

The Leopard Coat

The leopard coat is one of the biggest trends for fall and winter 2018.

The Plaid Coat

The plaid coat is one of the biggest trends for fall and winter 2018.

The Teddy Bear Coat

The teddy bear coat is one of the biggest trends for fall and winter 2018.

The Snakeskin Coat

The snakeskin coat is one of the biggest trends for fall and winter 2018.

The Puffer Coat

The puffer coat is one of the biggest trends for fall and winter 2018.

The Double-Breasted Coat

The double-breasted coat is one of the biggest trends for fall and winter 2018.

The Wrap Coat

The wrap coat is one of the biggest trends for fall and winter 2018.

The Suede Coat

The suede coat is one of the biggest trends for fall and winter 2018.

The Wool Coat

The wool coat is one of the biggest trends for fall and winter 2018.

The Pink Coat

The pink coat is one of the biggest trends for fall and winter 2018.

Now, we would love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below, and tell us your favorite statement coat of the bunch and how you’d love to style it.

Xx,

R

10 Ways to Refresh Your Moto For The End of Season

Moto jackets are one of my favorite trends for many reasons. The snug fit is a slimming touch on any outfit, and the structured shoulders and lapel give it a powerful feel in professional situations. The weight is perfect for Austin winter. But, most importantly, they go with pretty much everything and anything in a closet. 

Despite being a fluid mate to almost any outfit, it's easy to get stuck in what you pair your moto with. We are creatures of habit, so just like any piece in your closet, you'll probably add it to the same combinations consistently.

But today, let's change that and bring some moto magic back to your closet. 

Here's 10 ways to style this bad boy, so you feel like the coolest chick on the block. 

10. Pair it with your sweetest spring dress.

Adding sweet pieces to sassy items is one of my favorite styling techniques, because two elements that may normally seem oppositional can not only compliment each other, but enhance the stylish nature of the outfit.

9. Dress it up.

Add the moto jacket over a cocktail or bridesmaid's dress (this one, below, I wore in my brother's wedding). The combination simultaneously makes the moto more classic and freshens up the dress. Together, you'll create the perfect date night look.

7. Just add hoops. 

These earrings need no explanation. They're simply perfect for every outfit including your moto look. Try giant ones (like what I've got on) for a downtown feel or small ones for a classic look. In the market for some fresh ones? Check these out. 

8. Make it western.

If you want to intensify the Austin chic feel of the moto, pair it with the ultimate Texas element: cowboy boots. Don't get caught up in the color of the jacket and boots matching. Take the organic approach, and let them flow together because of the shared western style.

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - How To Refresh Your Moto Jacket For The End Of Season

6. Pop your hardware off your jacket.

A silver necklace adds energy to silver zippers. Gold enhances gold. But don't limit yourself. You can always mix metal for a more eclectic look. To play into the blush dress, I also added my Nina Berenato three-finger rose gold ring to my otherwise silver hardware. Use the code "GreerVIP" to get 30% at her online shop.  

 

5. Zip it up.

All those bells and whistles are there for a reason, so add structure and power to the look by zipping and belting it up. 

4. Pair your hair. 

Hair is an accessory that can enhance or take away from your outfit, so use it wisely. To highlight your moto as the focal point of your outfit, put your hair in a top knot. To give the moto a more romantic feel, add a messy braid or curl your hair into soft boho waves.

Hair and Make Up by Nicole Gonzales

 

 

3. Grab your romper. 

It's easy to think of a romper as a strictly summer casual piece, but these playsuits can be dressed up into a night time look or a dressy casual brunch look just by adding the moto.

2.Use color.

Color is the greatest tool for creating in-sync outfit combinations, so never take it for granted. Drag your colorful moto through your closet to find a top, dress or romper with the same color in its pattern. Throw it on to find a perfectly paired outfit. 

 

1. Get Professional.

This isn't just a party piece, so use it instead of a blazer on your more casual work days. Pair a classic pencil skirt (like the one below) or add it over any jeans and a silky blouse. The moto finishes the look into a powerful style statement. 

Rock Your Turtleneck Every Day of The Week

It's finally cold in Austin! While many of us wished for this for so long, now that it's happening, it requires you to put in some energy and thought into creating layered looks you'll love. 

It's time to get comfy, feel cozy and snuggle up to some new styling tools in our wardrobe. One is those tools is the turtleneck. It's classic, but like anything classic, it can easily feel boring. Adding a few modern touches and getting a little creative can make it feel fresh and fashion-forward every day of the week. 

This week I've created three outfits for three situations you may find yourself in. Try them out, give them your personal touch and allow yourself to be adventurous. That's what style is all about: bringing yourself into your wardrobe. 

Photographer: Natalie Beurskens

BUSINESS CASUAL

Want help using your clothes to create more outfits that make you feel effortlessly chic? Book a Greer Style Chat with Raquel to create an individualized plan of action to bring your style from basic to boss. 

WEEKEND WEAR

BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL

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!

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!