What Would Holley Wear: Dapper Edition

Webster’s definition for dapper is:  Neat and trim in appearance and very spruce and stylish. Spruce kind of sounds like a tree…don’t ya think?  So, I decided to go with the Urban Dictionary’s definition:  A compliment made to someone who looks incredibly smart, sexy and stylish.

So two things you need to know about women:

 #1.  You had us at “incredibly smart”…

 #2.  …and top that off with sexy and stylish, and we’re all in!

Here’s the deal guys…style/sprucing may not be your thing but for us, it’s everything. So, let’s get started by talking about the typical dapper look…”Suits, Vests, and Ties!” Remember the days of the 3-piece suit in the 70’s and 80’s? Today’s 3-piece suit has a different look, and the vest does not necessarily match the suit.  A sweater vest under a suit jacket not only adds another texture but serves the purpose of keeping you warm. And remember, when wearing a vest to keep the bottom button unbuttoned.  News you can use…right?

The shoes and belt you wear with your suit should complete your outfit. The belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes.  The main thing to remember here is to make sure your shoes are clean and polished. I know this for a fact because I’m married to a man who knows how to polish a pair of shoes.  He actually shined shoes when he was a little boy. Sometimes he would take the shoes home and deliver them by foot to his clients the next day.  If you think shoe shining only exists at the carwash and airport, just know there is an array of shoe polish kits you can order online.  Be sure to check out KIWI Shoe Shine Valet at Amazon.com — a perfect Father’s Day gift.  

“The difference between being a man and a gentleman is having clean fingernails and shined shoes.”

Do you remember the days when men wore a suit to church, work, and to dinner?  I actually miss those days.  Do you?  So often I’ll see a lady dressed up and out with her man who is wearing cargo shorts and an untucked shirt.  Please know, I love the untucked look on a man, but I really think a couple’s outfits should complement each other. So, if you are “that guy,” I want to challenge you to dapper-up your style a bit.  

A few rules to remember are the suit jacket should be long enough to cover the pants zipper and rear.  Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch.  For a more current look, opt for a charcoal or grey suit over black because dark grey is more versatile and goes with more colors.  If a suit is totally out of your style realm, then at least consider adding a blazer to your wardrobe.  To me, a man’s blazer is the most versatile piece in his wardrobe.  It can be worn with slacks and a button-down shirt and tie.  Though, my favorite look is when a blazer is worn with jeans, a crisp button-down shirt, no tie, and polished shoes. How dapper is that?

 

 

The icing on the cake when it comes to men’s style is ties and pocket squares.  Like the blazer, there are some style rules for ties.  Remember your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt and should reach the waist band of your trousers or slightly shorter.  And it’s important to remember the width of your tie should match the width of the jacket lapel. A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.  To see the dozens of ways to tie a tie and fold a pocket square, check out this week’s Pinterest board.

But more than anything, remember these words from ZZ Top:

“Clean shirt, new shoes.  And I don’t know where I’m goin’ to.  Silk suit, black tie, I don’t need a reason why. They come running just as fast as they can….Cause every girl crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man.”

Don’t forget each week, Holley updates our Pinterest board just for you with fresh inspiration and ideas.  There is a lot of eye candy on this week’s board for everyone to enjoy!  Be sure to follow the board so you automatically have access to new content!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: The Neutral Camel

Camel is my favorite neutral color because it goes with everything from colors to stripes and even animal prints.  

 A little fashion story from my past:

 About 15 years ago I fell in love with camel after seeing a Marc Jacobs camel pleated skirt paired with a grey sweater on the cover of Vogue Magazine.  I copied the look with a camel pleated skirt from Club Monaco.  But this is the thing….up until that point, I thought camel was a boring color and too “plain jane.”  But not anymore….now I see it as a very classic color!

So let’s talk about some of the many style options to pair with camel. Since we are in the middle of springtime, one of my favorite looks is camel and white.  I love the picture of the beautiful camel cape, white slacks, and stacks of gold bracelets on our Pinterest board.  Another fabulous combo is suede camel culottes, and a beautiful Victorian white blouse worn with snakeskin pumps.   A look to keep you warm on those cool spring evenings is a Catherine Robinson cashmere wrap in camel…of course.  Shoes in a nude or animal print are the perfect combo for a camel and white ensemble.  For drama, add a bold statement necklace or stacks of bracelets.  Does that sound classy or what?

Since we never know what the weather will be like from one day to the next, we still need to think about light-weight spring coats and sweaters. Again, this is when camel becomes the perfect spring transition piece. What is more classic than a trench coat?  If you said, “nothing,” then you are right!  Whether worn with slacks, leather pants, or jeans, a classic trench coach gives any outfit a sophisticated look. Even think about adding a matching scarf to give your outfit a monochromatic look.  If your wardrobe is more on the causal side, this is when you will want to wear your jeans and camel coat or jacket with a pair of sneakers. Such a great way to transform a classic piece of clothing into a trendy look.  

Another great look to pair with camel is animal print.  Animal print will take your classic camel outfit for a walk on the wild side.  Okay…maybe not too wild, but it will add a little spunk to your outfit!  Think about incorporating animal print into your camel ensemble with a handbag or scarf.  Both accessories will go with your jackets and white pieces.  Also, consider adding animal print with your shoes.  There are so many choices; heels, flats, and sneakers.  If you are really daring, wear a pair of animal print pants with your camel trench coat or jacket.  And to that, I say…you go girl!  

A look I love is camel with stripes. That kind of sounds French… doesn’t it?  Ines de la Fressange, French model, style icon and former muse to Karl Lagerfeld has that chic French look that I adore. Be sure to check out my Pinterest board, “Ines,” to study her effortless style.  She is also the author of Parisian Chic, which includes all of her favorite haunts in Paris. I’m pretty sure you will want to add her book to your reading list.  The best thing about a chic French look is that it never goes out of style because…just like camel…it’s a classic.

If you love color, just know you can pair every color with camel. My favorite combo is paired with red.  You can add red with a pair of pants or a dress topped off with a camel blazer or sweater.  A subdued option would be to add a hint of red with a handbag or shoes.  The good news is this….whatever color you choose to pair with your camel ensemble will be the perfect pop of color for you.

 

Ines de la Fressange defines her book in three words: “eclectic, honest, and happy.”  That’s how I see the color camel…eclectic, honest, and it makes me so happy!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: Kentucky Derby Style

Have you ever wondered what Kentucky Derby and Church Lady Style might have in common?  It reminds me of the chapter title from a book I recently read…”When Prayer Meeting Becomes Cocktail Hour.”  Plus, I’m pretty sure there’s as much praying going on at a race track as there is at church…maybe more!

 So, two things you need to know about me:

  1. I did grow up going to Oaklawn Race Track in Arkansas…
  2. …and I also grew up going to the Methodist Church (and still do).  
Ellen Palmer — Best Hats in 2016 Derby!

So, here’s the deal….you can gamble and drink one day…go to prayer meeting and ask for forgiveness the next day…and wear the same outfit for both occasions.  If you are from the South, I’m sure you totally relate to this.  Because Southern ladies are proper, modest, and dress appropriately whether they are sinning or praying.  And to all of that I say….bless their hearts!  

The hat is a stand-alone piece of fashion at the Derby.  Some are beautiful, some are comical, and some look like pieces of art.  And even women like me who don’t like to wear a hat, will wear one to the Kentucky Derby because I’m pretty sure it’s considered a sin if you don’t.  Like the Derby hats, the hats worn to church, especially on Easter Sunday are the crowning glory for any Easter ensemble.  

For many years, I have been a guest of a dear friend to the Hat’s Off to Mothers Luncheon benefiting Easter Seal of North Texas.  Like Derby hats and church hats, the beautiful hats are show stealers at this event.  True confession:  I like to wear a fascinator because it doesn’t mess up my hair. This year the Hats Off to Mothers luncheon is Thursday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Ridglea Country Club (for more information, contact Megan Smock at [email protected]). If you love seeing beautiful hats and dresses, this is a luncheon you will not want to miss!

So let’s talk about Derby Style and what to wear.  I have to be honest and admit that I have never been to the Kentucky Derby, but I have done my research.  Besides the hats, the ensembles the women wear are classy, and the men’s outfits are dapper.  Most of the women choose to wear dresses or skirt. Florals and spring colors seem to be the most popular.

The young women still wear high heels, but flats have made a come-back. Makes sense…right? Wedges or block heels are a great substitute for stilettos and help the ladies keep their balance while sipping mint juleps. Print mixing is so on-trend, and a floral skirt with a striped top or a striped jacket will be perfect at this year’s derby.  Another great derby look I love is a fitted green floral skirt with a ruffle, a white blouse, and nude heels. How derby-lious does that sound?

 

It blows my mind that this legendary event hosted at a race track is one of the few places you still see women wearing beautiful dresses and hats…except at church, especially on Easter Sunday when everyone makes an extra effort to look elegant and ladylike.  Growing up, my mom made me a new “Easter dress” every year.  After church, my siblings and our cousins would go across the street to our grandparent’s house for the annual Easter parade and egg hunt.   My favorite Easter dress was when I was 4 years old.  I wore a beautiful white organza dress, complemented with a matching parasol and purse, and of course an adorable Easter hat.  So fancy!

 

Holley and her sister

Just like a lot of things these days, church dresses are becoming a thing of the past.  So here’s my plan:  Because I’m so passionate about the “church-dress,” I’m thinking about organizing a march.  The march would consist of women wearing beautiful church-like ensembles. Hats and parasols would be optional….but not makeup.  The ladies would be carrying signs that read:  “Get Dressed Up or Go Home,” or possibly, “Make America Stylish Again.”  Oh my goodness….does that make me sound radical?  Bless my heart!

All that being said, I truly love traditions like the Kentucky Derby, Hats Off to Moms, and Easter parades….because traditions actually take you back in time, which is kind of like a mint julep…refreshing!

Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration. 

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected] 

What Would Holley Wear: Puttin’ on the Pink Edition

In honor of next week’s Puttin’ on the Pink luncheon and fashion show, I am dedicating this article to the color pink! The event is hosted by The Kupferle Health Board, and the fashion show is sponsored by Highland Park Village.  

So, two things you need to know about this event:

  1. It is an amazing fundraiser with proceeds benefiting mobile health outreach to underserved women.
  2. …and the fashion show is over-the-top spectacular!!!  

 

If you are attending, I hope you are planning to arrive via a vintage pink Volkswagen van. You will definitely want to arrive in time for a complimentary pre-luncheon pink cocktail and fabulous boutique shopping!   

So, what would Holley suggest one wear to such a posh event? Something pink…of course! One of my favorite looks is a light pink Zara pant suit, black and white striped blouse, and grey pumps.  For a little pizzazz, think about adding some bling and a cute hat.  Maybe you would like a way to repurpose your silver metallic pleated skirt from the fall.  May I suggest wearing it with a white button- down blouse, a light pink coat and a grey pump.  A great look to copy is the tweed pink skirt set worn by Amal Clooney as seen on our Pinterest board.  I’m pretty sure George would even approve!

Maybe your favorite shade is bright pink or actually hot pink!  Again, I love that pant suits are back on trend, and I’m crushing on the fuchsia one Blake Lively wore with strappy black sandals.  One of my favorite hot pink dresses is an Alexander McQueen crepe wool dress with tulip sleeves.  It’s a dress that can go from the office to a charity luncheon and to a cocktail party in the evening.  The Kate Spade floral flounce dress is also a winner and perfect for church, luncheons, and showers. Sounds like a party to me!

 

 

Do you own a pink accessory?  If not, I’m pretty sure you will want to purchase something pink after you see our Pinterest board.  To make a major statement, consider a bold necklace.  Two of our featured necklaces include a bright fuchsia link necklace from J Crew and the Sienna layered choker necklace from Anthropology.

Both options could possibly complement one of your pink ensembles, and they would look stunning worn with an all-white outfit.  A fashion rule to remember is when you wear a large statement necklace, keep your earrings simple.  Think about a wearing pink stud earring that matches a statement necklace.  And vice versa, if you wear large earrings, you won’t need a necklace at all.  A pair of earrings that would be a great pop for a pink ensemble are opal Galactic earrings from Bauble Bar.  And if you are planning to host an “arm party,” wear a stack of pink bangles, an odd number…of course.  

 Another way to add a pop of pink to your spring wardrobe is with a purse.  Kate Spade has a beautiful scalloped satchel that looks great with black, white and grey, or consider wearing it with a pink monochromatic ensemble.  But again, if you like your colors a little on the hot side, then know you can’t go wrong with a quilted Chanel or Louis Vuitton handbag, both in hot pink.  Be sure to be on the “watch out” for a trendy time piece. If you are the girly-girl type, then I’m pretty sure you will love the pale pink Ted Baker watch on our Pinterest board.  

The way I’m adding a pop of pink to my wardrobe this spring is with a pink coat.  My favorite way to wear it is with a pair of jeans and sneakers, or I can style it up with black slacks, a white blouse, and black heels.  It also complements my grey and white jeans. Wow…I love it when I have so many style options! Even though pink seems fancy, flirty, and feminine….it can also be casual and fun!  A pair of glittery flats that wink back at you will look adorable with a pair of white jeans and a black and white striped t-shirt.  And be sure to add a pair of pink shades and a Panama hat!  

 

Do you like to pamper yourself? Well then….what sounds more luxurious than soaking in a pink bubble bath while sipping a pink mimosa?  I’m pretty sure nothing!   All you need now is a really cute pair of pink pajamas. Between florals, stripes, and satins seen on our Pinterest board, you have an array of options to choose from.  And of course you will want to consider adding a pair of slippers and an eye mask.  

Oh my goodness….is this starting to sound like a chapter from the Pinkalicious book series?   I hope so!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected] 

The Soles of Spring: Comfortable and Fun!

Yesterday, I dished about my aging feet here.  It doesn’t have to leave you depressed though, because I am back today with hope!  I’ve done some personal shopping for you with cute and comfortable shoes for this spring. My favorite places to shop for shoes are DSW, Kohl’s, Target and Sole Society.

Aerosoles Wedge Sandal from DSW.  Comes in white, black and red.  These are so comfortable.  I own this black pair.  I love the jute detail and the sole is really cushiony.  I have worn these with skinny and cropped jeans, and a denim pencil skirt.  But, I would not wear these with a maxi and midi skirt because I think they would be too frumpy.  In my opinion, you need a heel for both those types of skirts.

These Vince Camuto mules are chic and would look fab with a midi skirt. From Sole Society, the “Franine” comes in this pretty blue, red and black.

If you want something dressier for a dress or the full skirt, these Kohl’s Apt. 9 sandals are the perfect sandal.  Block heels are on-trend this spring — they are everywhere!  With a 2-inch heel these are just high enough to make your calves look sculpted without making you feel uncomfortable.  A block heel gives you more support, similar to a wedge.  I like the cognac color, but they also come in black, denim (too cute) and white.  I am not a fan of white shoes, unless they are sneakers.

 

These are adorable —  from Target.  Merona low-heel block sandals in four colors — red, taupe, black and blue.  They have a suede-like texture. I wore these the other day with a t-shirt dress and denim jacket.

 

 

Grey for summer — perfect with white jeans!  From DSW, these Steve Madden wedges are just the right height, and wedges are very comfortable because your weight is evenly distributed.

 

Sneakers — my go-to for running errands are Skechers.  I wore pairs similar to these on our vacation to Turkey a few years ago.  My feet were always comfortable.  In fact, most days I wear my Skechers and I find these give my feet the rest they need for when I must wear work shoes.

I also like Chuck Taylor Converse slip-on shoes from Kohl’s.  I have these in white and navy. They are perfect with jeans, shorts, a t-shirt dress and even a pencil skirt.  White sneakers are totally okay to wear especially if you have put a self-tanner on your legs.

And, these Denim Wedges from DSW are worth the risk of spraining my ankle.  Denim shoes are also a hot trend for spring, and the added touch of the embroidery, wow.  These tall wedges make you look like you have legs for days.  Okay, so maybe your leg might be in a cast, but still, your one leg would look hot!

If you go to Pinterest and type in “Block Heel”, you will see so many ideas. Happy shopping!

What Would Holley Wear: The Mod Squad Edition

Each week I think Holley can’t possible out-do the previous week’s post.  But, this may be my all-time favorite!  You know I love retro and the 60’s is my decade!  It’s got something for everyone.  Have fun!

My first memory of the mod look dates back to the 1960’s when Twiggy became the first super model.  And then there was the 70s television show, The Mod Squad.  Do you remember how cool they were and how mod their clothes were?  And really…what girl did not want to be just like Peggy Lipton?

Two things you need to know about me:

  1. I was obsessed with the Mod Squad when I was in high school,
  2. …but truthfully, I was more “The Brady Bunch” type.

Yeah, baby!!  Yeah!  Anyone with a sense of humor can’t forget Mike Meyers as Austin Powers! Talk about the ultimate throwback to the 60’s! A current mod look typically has a lot of color and sometimes a sense of humor.  From accessories to coats, there is so much color and fun in this style.  If you like to live on the edge… just a little, think about adding one mod piece to your wardrobe.  A groovy handbag or piece of jewelry will give you that 60’s vibe.  Just like Powers, man of mystery, don’t be afraid to take your groove style to the next level.  Oh, behave!

When I think of today’s mod look, my brain goes geometric….which by the way is the closest thing to math I relate to!  One of my favorite mod looks is a geometric design in black and white.  A handbag that I love on our Pinterest board is a geometric black and white bag by Pierre Hardy.  It would be a great bag to wear with a dress in a bright solid color.  A black and white chevron coat seen on the streets of Paris is the ultimate in geometric design.  But don’t you think just about any look on the streets of Paris is fab?  

So where do I suggest you wear a mod look?  To the Modern Art Museum…of course!  I so hope you had the opportunity to view the KAWS exhibit at the first of the year.  To say the least, it was over the top, colorful, and so much fun.  The new exhibit by Stanley Whitney is also a must see.  Even if you think you don’t like modern art, I know you will love all the colors in the Whitney art.  Did you know it has been proven that color can lift your spirit and make you happy?  I hope that will encourage you to wear some bold colors when you visit the Modern.  Or even consider wearing a black and white outfit and don’t forget to take a selfie in front of the art!

Hello lovely….have you been to the new Neiman Marcus?  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about the new store!  I’m a very frugal shopper, but Neiman’s is my go-to store for inspiration.  By the way, it is so much fun to style watch at the Café and see what designer look the models will be showing that day!   On a recent visit, the model was wearing designs by Etro….so beautiful and so much color!   In December 2016 Neiman’s presented a trunk show by the designer, Libertine….nothing like an ultra-expensive outfit with a sense of humor! Be sure to check out our Pinterest board to see some of the fun designs like the spaghetti and fork swing coat and the “Hello Lovely” sweater. Almost sounds like going to the museum…right?

If you could choose one fashion super power, what would it be? Mine would be color blocking! Sometimes I like to color block by coordinating separates, which I admit can be a little tricky.  The color blocking chart and the color combination chart on our Pinterest board will show you what colors go together.  Once you get the hang of it, you will discover a whole new creative way to add a colorful modern look to your wardrobe.  And if you want to take the easy way out, just purchase a skirt or dress that is already color blocked.  Easy/breezy…right?

Arm Candy

But no matter how you decide to add color, or a geometric design, and even a sense of humor to your wardrobe, be sure to use your super powers!  

Pow – Kaboom!!!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected] 

What Would Holley Wear: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Holley is definitely your lucky charm today for rounding up some beautiful, pin-worthy ideas!  Seeing that it’s the Pantone Color of the Year, green is also popular in the home decorating realm, too.   We can’t wait to see what inspires you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

Remember “green” making my short list last fall as one of my favorite colors?  It’s back on the list again for spring, and what better time to celebrate green than a few days before Saint Patrick’s Day!

 Two things I discovered about Saint Patrick’s Day:

  1. There is a legend that wearing green on this day makes you invisible…
  2. …and leprechauns can’t pinch you because they can’t see you!

Here’s the deal….if I’m wearing green, I don’t want to hide.  Because there are so many beautiful and bold green choices this spring.   So to that, I say…bring it on, leprechauns!

So, what will Holley be wearing on Saint Patrick’s Day?  In December, I purchased a Kelly green sweatshirt on sale at Urban Outfitters.  I’ve worn it over a black blouse with a black laser-cut midi skirt, added a necklace, black tights and booties.  It also looks great with a black and white checked midi skirt and a black and with black, white and gray jeans.  Isn’t it awesome to know how many different ways you can wear a sweatshirt?  

 But here’s the deal…if it is in the 80s on Saint Patrick’s Day, I won’t be wearing a sweatshirt.  My plan of action will be to wear white jeans with a flowy green top, nude flats, and I’ll add some flair with an animal print clutch.  And if I want to dress up a bit for a night out on the town, I will wear a green embellished Lafayette tunic top with my white jeans, and heels.  I love midi and maxi skirts, and what looks more like a breath of fresh air than a green skirt, white t-shirt, flats or sandals, and a little green bling?  Hmmm….I hope that doesn’t sound like a lot of blarney.

Who remembers Mr. Green Jeans from Captain Kangaroo?    Back in the day there was no such thing as green jeans…at least not in South Arkansas.  Though I remember Captain Kangaroo always being up to some shenanigans!  I have to give him credit for being fashion forward and introducing green jeans to the world!  So in honor of the Captain Kangaroo Show, let’s think about celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day by wearing a really cute pair of green jeans or pants.  A polished look I love on our Pinterest board is a look from Talbot’s…green slacks, a printed blouse, and topped with a navy striped jacket.

Another cute spring and summer look would be to wear green jeans with a black and white striped shirt, white blazer, and sneakers or sandals.  Pinch-free…right?

Do you love prints?  If so, you will love all the green prints on our Pinterest board.  From slacks and skirts to jackets, there are a lot of cute options.  For a preppy look, think about wearing a pair of green checked pants, white blouse, and grey pullover sweater.  All you need to complete the outfit is a bold necklace, and a pair of animal print shoes.  Another great “green” option for this time of year is a coat.  Be on the lookout for a green coat or jacket to wear this spring, and be sure to transition it to your fall and winter wardrobe!  Who knows, a green coat could actually be your lucky charm!  

Are you looking for the perfect dress to wear to a spring or summer wedding?  There are so many fabulous green cocktail dresses and evening gowns to choose from.  The icing on the cake will be your accessories, such as a stunning Judith Leiber clutch worn with an Erickson Beamon envy bracelet.  Or think about complimenting your green dress with a two-tone necklace, like the striking blue and green necklace by EK Thongrasert.  

 

So, what makes you green with envy?   Nothing makes me more envious than a green Gucci handbag.  Just think of all the ways I could complement my outfits with one of these beauties. One of my spring favorites is a green floral bag with a silver chain shoulder strap.  And of course you can never go wrong with a classic Gucci bag with a bamboo handle.  Talk about a “pot of gold”….a beautiful green Gucci handbag is what I hope to find at the end of my rainbow.  

They say the odds of finding a four leaf clover are 1 in 10,000.  What do you think the odds are you will remember to wear something green on Saint Patrick’s Day? 

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected] 

Be sure to check out Holley’s Pinterest style board updated weekly.

What Would Holley Wear to Vegas?

Holley is in the house today, taking bets that you will love this post for what to wear to Vegas.  Fun Fact: There are no clocks in Las Vegas Casinos…

Several years ago we took our youngest son to Vegas for his birthday. While waiting in a cab line one night, I mentioned to him that I observed how “underdressed” so many of the women were.  That’s when he informed me that some people have a “Vegas wardrobe.”  “A what,” I asked?  He explained that some people have a whole separate wardrobe they wear out at night to party!  Who knew?

Two things you need to know about me:

  1. I love to go to Vegas…
  2. and though I don’t have a “Vegas wardrobe,” I do think it’s fun to spice things up (a little)!
These ladies have classy Vegas style!

Everyone has heard the saying, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Right? But my favorite saying was from a lovely church lady who left this world way too soon.  To quote Peggy (insert Mississippi accent):  “There are times in life when you might just have to move your salvation to the side!”  Is that awesome or what?  I think a Vegas wardrobe could fall in this category!!!  All kidding aside, if I could get a message across to women it would be this…dressing with class and having sex appeal are really the same thing!  A good example of this is the photo of a group of Ft. Worth ladies who recently took on Vegas with style and class!

 

Are you wondering….what would Holley suggest you wear in Vegas?  Let’s start with going to a Vegas show or dinner. It’s the norm these days to see people at dinners and shows wearing jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers. Even though that’s not exactly stylish, the only thing worse is looking like a “floozy” (the only bad word I ever heard my grandmother say).  Here are some ideas and options that will give your Vegas look an updated vibe and keep you from being “hit on” for the wrong reasons.

For going out to bars, dinner and shows, one option is to wear black skinny jeans or a pair of wide-leg pants with a blazer, sequined top or flowy blouse, heels, and an evening bag. Think about all the textures that are in style….sequins, velvet, metallic, faux fur, animal print, etc.   These textures are “the spice” I was talking about.

If you are going to wear stilettos, make sure you can walk and stand in them for a long time. Another great look for a night-out in Vegas is leather pants or sequined pants complemented by a faux fur or leather jacket. Metallic pants were a fun party look during the holiday season. Why not repurpose them into your Vegas wardrobe?  And if you dare to go to a “happening” bar or dance club, get ready for the best style watching…ever!!!

All that glitters

If you plan to spend some time at the slots or blackjack table, be sure to take a light sweater, jacket, blazer, or wrap to drape over your shoulders because it can be very cold in the casinos. The casino floor is where you will want to wear your jeans, t-shirts, sneakers or flat boots and don’t forget a cross body bag.  I recently saw some great options for travel bags at DSW. There are a lot of shopping opportunities in Vegas, and again, comfortable shoes are your best bet for walking and shopping all day. Thank goodness there are so many cute sneakers options to choose from.  Be sure to check out the Forum Mall at Caesar’s Palace and the Fashion Show Mall across the street from The Wynn.  For high-end shopping, The Shops at Bellagio and the Wynn Esplanade are over the top!

Gold sneakers: A sure sign of good luck!

Besides the casinos, dining out, shows, and shopping you may want to spend some time pool-side.  With a great fitting swimsuit, you will want to bring a cute cover-up or pool-side lounging outfit, sunshades, a hat, a good book, and a lot of sunscreen.  Holley’s options for a pool-side look would be a maxi-length wrap or skirt worn over a bathing suit.  For a lounge look, a pair of flowy pants, white shirt tied at the waist, and of course sunshades.  Just be sure to find a chair or cabana in the shade.  A definite “don’t” is to wear the hotel robe to the pool.  Even though you may see dozens of people doing that, please know hotel robes are for the room.  Oops…and don’t forget to order a delicious fruity drink with an umbrella in it!  

Holley’s Pool Side Essentials…
It’s not referred to as “Sin City” for nothing…

Gone are the days of Elvis, Liberace, and the Rat Pack, but the Vegas life style is still alive and well.  Whether you are going there for a girl’s weekend or a short vacay with the hubby, the main thing is to look classy. And be sure to think about adding a little spice because you never know when “you might just have to move your salvation to the side!”

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected] 

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What Would Holley Wear: Trophy Style Edition

Give Holley an award for her winning sense of style this week. If you want to make popcorn to enjoy during her style cinema, I’ve got a Honey-Sesame popcorn recipe here.  Enjoy the show!

Ok…first of all “Trophy Style” is not to be confused with “trophy wife or trophy girlfriend.” Trophy Style is my name for the award season’s fashion…The Emmy’s, People’s Choice, Grammy’s, The Golden Globes, The Oscars, etc.  In other words…it’s all about red carpet season and the beautiful dresses the stars will be wearing!  Oh, and the trophies and awards, too!

So, two things you need to know about me:

  1. I love watching all the nominations and speeches at the award shows…
  2. …and I LOVE the pre-show red carpet glamour and glitz even more!
Julia Roberts 2001

Let’s get started and talk about some of the most popular dresses from years past and this year. One of my all-time favorites was the black and white Valentino dress Julia Roberts wore to the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001.  That year she won the Oscar for her lead performance in Erin Brockovich.  Another dazzler that will go down as one of my top 10 favorites was worn by Blake Lively at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival closing ceremony.  It too was a black and white ball gown designed by Gucci.  No surprise that two of my favorite red carpet dresses are black and white and designed by Gucci!

 Who doesn’t love a red dress?  One of the most breathtaking was the Christian Dior red gown Jennifer Lawrence wore to the 2016 Golden Globes.

Jennifer Lawrence 2016
Lupita Nynog’o

The sides were cut out, but not too revealing, and a stunning Chopard choker necklace was her only piece of jewelry.  The Calvin Klein dress Lupita Nynog’o wore to the 2014 Golden Globes when she won best supporting actress for her role in Twelve Years a Slave was another show stopper. Remember what they say about first impressions?  In Lupita’s case, her first red carpet impression set her up as an international style icon!   But before Lupita’s cape, there was the red halter dress with the large bow at the neck worn by Nicole Kidman at the 2007 Academy Awards.  The dress was designed by Balenciaga and the tie from the bow draped off her shoulders like a cape.  In my opinion, an absolute masterpiece!  

Nicole Kidman

What shouts “shining like a star” more than a yellow gown or cocktail dress?  Truth be told, yellow isn’t the easiest color to pull off.  But for Reese Witherspoon, wearing the bright sunny hue has become second nature.  At this year’s Golden Globes awards, Reese looked sensational in her pale yellow Atelier Versace gown.  Who remembers when she wore a strapless yellow Nina Ricci cocktail dress to the 2007 Golden Globes? Truthfully, I’m not sure if it was the Brian Atwood red sandals or her new bangs that gave her ensemble that extra pop!  I’m thinking her 2017 look could possibly be a nod to her 10 year anniversary dress.

Double dose of Reese
Jacqueline Kennedy and Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman’s style has practically become synonymous with Jackie Kennedy, and at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards she proved why.  When the star walked the red carpet in a bright yellow Prada gown, we were immediately reminded of the many yellow gowns and dresses Jackie wore to inaugural and state events.  Natalie gave hers a modern take, however, with intricate beading and jewel details on the sleeves and hem.  As for the beautiful diamonds she wore…all Tiffany and Co., including diamond fringe earrings, white and yellow diamond ring and a diamond bracelet that is actually from 1910, which the star gushed was “quite amazing” during a red carpet interview.  When was the last time you wore a piece of jewelry that made you gush?

The Trio: Jennifer, Viola and Taraji
Oh, Chrissy Teigen

And now to the glamour of the 2017 Oscars!  The two trends I loved the most were long sleeves and belts.  The actresses who I’m giving the “Va Va Voom Award” to are Jennifer Aniston and Taraji P. Henson for their form fitting dresses and thigh high slits. “Best Red Dress” goes to Viola Davis for her stunning red Armani dress and I thought her Oscar trophy was the perfect accessory!  Did you?  Christy Teigen’s white Zuhair Murad dress….I die!  This dress reminded me of a luxury car with all the bells and whistles.  From the intricate gold beading, the floor length cape, the thigh-high slit, long sleeves and a beautiful belt, this dress was fully loaded.  And did you see her from behind?  For me that’s the ultimate compliment when a star looks stunning coming and going.

Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake

But my Best Dressed Oscar goes to Jessica Beil!  She looked like the ultimate movie star goddess in her gilded Kaufman Franco masterpiece.  With long sleeves, intricate gold beading, and a $2 million Tiffany statement necklace it was beyond amazing. Though here’s the real reason I’m giving her the award….she took home the best trophy of the night…Justin Timberlake!  And to all of that, I say…thank you to the Academy!

Be sure to check out more of Oscar’s inspiration on our Pinterest board.

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected] 

What Would Holley Wear: Spring Transition Edition

Spring transition is that time of year we change from one state of condition to another.  In Texas that means it is 30 degrees one day and 70 degrees the next day.

So, two things you need to know about me:

  1. By the first of March…I’m done with cold/warm weather…
  2. …but obviously no one put me in charge of climate change.
Totally “in” trenched

How do I deal?  With a fashion transition…of course!  So, let’s get started by asking the big question….What would Holley wear to transition into spring?  The first way I like to start is with a change of color.  Whether it’s below freezing or 70 degrees, adding pastels to my wardrobe is a big boost to my spring state of mind.  One of my favorite spring hues is blue.  A really fun way to transition is with a floral applique’ denim jacket or with a long denim coat.  From jeans to jackets, these pieces have springtime written all over them. A look I love from Talbot’s is a blue quarter length coat worn over a camel sweater with white denim ankle pants.  And when someone asks you what time it is, be sure to take a look at your Olivia Burton blue watch.  Then say, “it’s almost springtime!”  

Of course, I will still need to wear a coat and jacket most days (or at least in the morning and evening).  This is when I bring out my black leather jacket, and pair it with a skirt in a spring hue.  The whole idea is to take a piece, like a leather jacket from your winter wardrobe, and carry it over to the next season.  And don’t forget to top off a black and white striped dress or skirt with a black leather jacket.  

No mellow yellow here

Another look I love is a trench coat in a camel or pastel color.  This is a classic look that can go casual or be worn to the office or a meeting.  

On Wednesdays Holley wears pink…

What inspires a spring and summer wardrobe more than the color white? The good news is you can wear your white jeans all year long and do not have to wait until spring and summer.  A look I love is a pair of white jeans with a grey t-shirt, topped with a yellow jacket.  Speaking of yellow, don’t you think a yellow raincoat and rain boots are the perfect combo for this time of year?  If so, I hope you are ready to make a splash!

eight ways to wear white jeans

Though floral patterns work year round, the spring florals are more abundant than ever.  What shouts spring transition louder than a floral coat?  There are so many options to choose from.  One of my favs on our Pinterest board is a Valentino black floral coat worn with a pair of black jeans, tunic top, and black knee boots.  Sounds luxurious…right?  Just be willing to spend a little time online or in stores to find the perfect knock off.  Banana Republic and Ann Taylor are good places to start and be sure to check out ASOS online.   I’m also in love with floral pants and skirts. Just add a blouse, a bomber or jean jacket, and the next thing you know….you will look as fresh as a bouquet of flowers. 

Maybe you are like me and have mostly solid and neutral colors in your winter wardrobe.  Don’t fret, because it’s easy to give your neutrals a spring time lift with a pop of color.  Do you own a handbag in a bright color?  If not, I challenge you to purchase one new handbag in a spring color to brighten up your transition wardrobe.  Or, think about a scarf, because let’s not kid ourselves….there are days it will still be very cold out, and there is nothing like a beautiful scarf that says….”move over old-man winter, I’m in charge now!”

Since the weather is so hit and miss this time of year, you will want to mainly stick with closed-toe shoes.  Think about adding a pair of colorful loafers or flats to your wardrobe.  And don’t forget to take advantage of the fashion sneaker trend.  For years, working women in New York wore sneakers with their office attire to and from work.  And now the designers have made it an “all-day” look.  Makes sense…right?  

No loafing around

Are you starting to get Spring Fever?  I hope so because by adding a few bright and pastel colors to your wardrobe you will be ready to knock out the winter doldrums.  

All of these inspiring touches of spring are featured on our updated Pinterest board.  Be sure to check it out!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]