What Would Holley Wear: Aunt Pat Style

Growing up, one of my heroes was my Aunt Pat.  She was the Mother of three daughters, had a PhD in Literature, and was a professor at the University of Missouri.  She was an inspiration to me and left this world way too soon.  

One fond memory of Aunt Pat was her perspective on aging. Instead of saying someone was in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, etc., she would say they were in their “5th row, 6th row, or 7th row,” etc. The more I have thought about her view point over the years, and the older I become, I have to say her insight was genius.  

 So, two things you should know about me:

…I am in my 6th row of life…

…and I love fashion just as much now as I did in all of my former rows!

But, like a lot of things with aging, I’ve had to adjust my style…a little.  So with Aunt Pat as my inspiration, this article is about how ladies (at any age) can wear the latest looks and trends.  My hope is that it will inspire women to stay stylish, current, and row appropriate!  Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration.

So, let’s start with a maxi or midi skirt or dress.  Here’s the deal…these skirts and dresses are age defying! I’m not kidding.  Every year women spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on products and procedures trying to look younger, when all they really need to do is wear a maxi or midi. Why?  Because they hide so many signs of aging and give you a youthful vibe.  Plus, both looks will elongate you, and who doesn’t want to look a little younger and a little taller?

 

Another row-defying and trendy style is wide-leg pants.  I recently purchased a pair of wide-leg floral pants at Zara and wore them to a wedding shower with a green button-down blouse tied at the waist.   This fall, I plan to do a little print mixing and pair them with a red and white striped shirt from H&M and top it off with a denim jacket.  A pair of culottes is another way to stay in-style and not look frumpy.  I love a pair of vertical stripped culottes I purchase this summer at Dillard’s.  For a casual look, I like to wear them with a white button down and jean jacket, and for a dressier look, I pair them with a flowy blouse with an attached sash, and add pop of color with orange suede block heels….so “row appropriate”!

Another way to add an age defying edge to my style is with a blazer.  A great place to find a current and updated blazer is at Zara (and there’s a Zara at Northpark Mall in Dallas).  My uniform is a black blazer, and white shirt worn with jeans.  The key is to wear your shirt half or front tucked, with or without a belt.  Skinny jeans are another “row defying” look.  My favorite pair of skinnies are from H&M. They are long, which works great for me, and there is a lot of give, but they do not stretch out. Unlike capris that cut you off, full length jeans will make you look taller, and slimmer.  So, on the count of three….everyone say bye-bye capris!  

The absolute best way to give yourself an updated look is with accessories. The way I see it, sunshades can either say, “I’m frumpy,” or “Grandma’s hip”!  If you want to throw caution to the wind….go for a pair of Dior shades.  Or if you are like me and tend to lose or break shades, then check out the selections at Urban Outfitters and Free People…trendy and inexpensive.  Your handbag can also erase years/rows.  Think about investing in a designer bag like Chloe or Gucci, but if you are frugal, just know Target and Dillard’s have great options.  

Updating your jewelry is always age-defying, and you do not have to spend a lot of money.  Here’s a little secret…a few of my favorite places to purchase fashion jewelry are TJ Maxx and Old Navy.  And both J Crew and Anthropology have a wonderful selection of large statement pieces.

For more age-defying looks, be sure to check out my Pinterest board, Ageless Style!    

Isn’t it exciting to know that no matter what “row” of life you are in, there are so many style options to choose from?  The way I see it, Aunt Pat really was ahead of her time and row appropriate…of course!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at holleywilliams1@gmail.com.

What Would Holley Wear: Off the Grid

Recently, one of my young Facebook friends posted this: “Off the grid…bye.”  Don’t be alarmed…he was just flying to Oregon for the weekend!  

The Urban Dictionary definition for “off the grid” is:  The term for a person who is not on a social networking site, i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.  Example:  “Amish people live off the grid.”  No need to worry…this article is not about how to dress Amish.  But it is about taking time to relax and what to wear when you are casually enjoying life!

So let’s get started and talk about what to wear when you are actually off the grid and enjoying life.  Maybe it’s Sunday morning. With contemporary worship services casual style makes it so much less stressful.  That being said, there is no reason you can’t look somewhat put together…right?  So, here are a few of my ideas for attending church off the grid!  Make it as simple as possible…tops and bottoms.  A pair of camel slacks worn with a white button-down blouse, flats, and a pair of pearl earrings. Though, my favorite easy Sunday morning look is a midi skirt with a tucked in blouse.  Really, just take it easy…“Easy like a Sunday morning!”

But what happens after Sunday? Monday…yuck, back to the grind.  Oh, I almost forgot…you are off the grid. Taking a staycation today?  Good for you! My suggestion is to stay in bed all day, eat a bag of Cheetos, and watch Netflix. But, even if you are staying home all day, think about wearing a cute pair of sweat pants.  The pair of grey sweats from Target worn with an Old Navy cardigan, t-shirt from Forever 21, and flip-flops on our Pinterest board has “off the grid” written all over it!

What’s your favorite day of the week to go off the grid?  Mine is definitely Saturday.  Coffee in bed, stacks of fashion magazines and a good book puts me in a lounging mood for sure.  So here’s the deal, my husband and dog are the only ones who will see me.  So the way I see it, I have 2 options: Sometimes I wear my polka dot PJs with a gray t-shirt that says “Hola,” and no makeup and sometimes I like to wear a pair of matching pajamas…and a little lipstick.  Both ways, I’m off the grid, which makes me so happy!  

Here’s a “Holley Tip”:   For a lounge look, think about re-purposing the kimono you wear with jeans and start wearing it over your sweatpants or PJs around the house.  Sounds elegant to me and who doesn’t love to lounge?  

Where do you go when you want to chill and go off the grid?  This probably won’t surprise you, but I like to go shopping…by myself.  My usual shopping uniform is a pair of skinny jeans, a blouse, and sneakers. But when I visit my favorite mall, Northpark Center in Dallas, I turn up the style a bit.  On a recent trip, I wore a plaid Ralph Lauren maxi skirt (purchased at Dillard’s Outlet store at Ridgmar Mall), a white blouse tied at the waist, a gold wristlet from H&M, and gold metallic sandals from Sam Edelman….easy breezy!   And, I even received a few compliments from some stylish Dallas gals!

With the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale going on, there was a large crowd and great style watching while I sat in the food court eating my “Snappy Salad!”  So here are a few tips for Northpark shopping.  For a young trendy look, be sure to check out Top Shop at Nordstrom’s.  Also, H&M and Zara have the newest styles at more affordable prices.

For a classic style, I like to browse at Carolina Herrera’s for inspiration, and for fun and whimsy, you can’t beat Kate Spade! And if you are looking for a gift for a friend, be sure to stop by Papyrus for a great selection of notebooks and cards.

Don’t you just love the idea of “going off the grid?”  But please remember…even if you plan to go ultra-casual or just staying home, you can still look stylish and put together!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at holleywilliams1@gmail.com.

What Would Holley Wear: New York State of Mind

It seems like I’m in a “New York state of mind” this month! Two weeks after celebrating our granddaughter’s 10th birthday in the city, I packed my bags and headed back to the Big Apple.  This time, John joined me, and we took on the city in “adult style”…which basically meant we went to some bars, restaurants, museums, and to an incredible penthouse with a roof-top terrace.  It was also Restaurant Week in New York!  

 So two things I love about going to New York:

…Our youngest son lives there (and yes, that’s the main reason)…

..And the fashion sightings and excursions are always beyond my expectations!

Let’s get started and talk about what “real people” wear in the city.  On our recent trip, I observed women wearing the minimal trend.  The main idea here is to stick with basics and keep it simple.  A pair of camel culottes, oversized white untucked blouse, a black bucket handbag with a ring handle, and black loafers is a perfect example of this classic look.  A look some of the women were wearing was a midi length vest or sleeveless dress worn over jeans or pants.  

I love the minimal trend because it is so easy to copy and gives a sophisticated city vibe.

Without a doubt, the place to be and see stylish women in New York is at museums.  A few weeks ago, I visited The Whitney Museum of American Art, and besides the amazing architecture and art, the style watching was fabulous!  On this trip, the Met was our first museum destination.  The featured exhibit was the work of fashion designer, Rei Kawakubo, known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty.  Beyond amazing!  

The next morning we went to MoMA for a member’s private preview of two exhibitions.  Since this event was for MoMA members only, it gave me the opportunity to see what real stylish New York women wear. This is where I have to insert “OMG”!!!  With this crowd, I observed a lot of ankle pants and black and white ensembles. Though I realize most people go to museums to view the art, but not me…it’s all about the style sightings!  

Whether you are heading to New York or another city destination, here are a few fashion travel ideas.  Since it is still warm out, a cool and sophisticated look would be ankle pants, and take a blazer or jean jacket to drape over your shoulder for when you are on the plane.  Think about making packing simple with black and white.  A pair of black ankle pants, culottes, and midi skirt will definitely give you a “citified” look.  Just add a button-down shirt (tied at the waist, tucked, untucked, or half tucked…you decide) to complete your look.  

In the summertime, New York is hot and humid.  A pair of Athleta city pants are easy to pack and perfect for city walking.  Besides being ultra-light weight, and quick drying…they are wrinkle resistant.  Add a t-shirt and sneakers for when you are on the go.  I like to carry a large tote to put a jacket and spare pair of shoes in, just in case I decide to step into an upscale restaurant.

 


 

The best fashion tip I can give you are the shoes you pack…take at least 3 pair.  A pair of sneakers to walk miles in will save the day, a pair of flat sandals for casual walking, and a pair of kitten or blocked heels for an Uber ride to and from restaurants and Broadway shows.  And the good news is fashion sneakers are so on trend, and New York women wear them with skirts and dresses too!  Be sure to pick up some Blister Fixer from Stanley Eisenman’s Shoes before you head out. Trust me, it will save the day!  

Hopefully, this will inspire you to pack your bag and head to the city.  Though, the main thing to take with you is the right frame of mind….a “New York State of Mind”….of course!  Be sure to check out our Pinterest board with more fashion tips and ideas.

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at holleywilliams1@gmail.com.

What Would Holley Wear: Brooklyn Style

Haute Holley inspires us each week by taking us to places we’ve heard of, affording us the chance for a front row seat to see the world of fashion, and pushes us to be inspired on what to wear when we get there!  Enjoy!

Did you know Brooklyn, New York has been named the hippest place to live in the world?  Our youngest son lived in Brooklyn for 2 years.  After visiting him during that time and walking the streets of Brooklyn, I have to say this New York borough definitely deserves the hip award!

So, two things you need to know about me:

…I love to travel, and I love to style watch…

…and Brooklyn, New York never disappoints…Never!

My guess is because of the diversity and artists who live there that give it the “hip” award!  Not only the people but the places are hip…the shops, the restaurants, and the art venues.  The Pratt Institute (School of Art) was a few blocks from where our son lived, and walking the campus is inspiring and of course…very hip!  So, since I love to communicate with fashion, this article is dedicated to the cool looks inspired by hipsters from Brooklyn, New York.  

I bet you are wondering why I’m introducing this artsy style to mostly conservative dressers and readers (including myself). Because here’s the deal….there is a whole big world out there with people who are different from you and me…people who don’t wear matching socks or shoes…people who might wear a shirt for a skirt…people who have piercings and tattoos. The main word here is “people”, and I think one of the best ways we can understand each other is to communicate with each other. And what communicates more than fashion?  

So let’s start with color!  When most people travel to New York, they typically go to mid-town Manhattan and seldom visit the other four boroughs. The colors you see in mid-town are in the bright lights, but the people who live and work there are usually wearing black and gray.  The only exception is during fashion week, and that’s when you will see a lot of color in midtown.  But in Brooklyn, the colors you see are in the clothes the residents wear.  Be sure to take a look at Brooklyn style on our Pinterest board!

Okay, is this where I need to say….”take a deep breath…breathe slowly…you can do this”?  Remember we are talking about people.  So let’s talk about the Urban-African style influence in Brooklyn. The emphasis with this look is the fabrics, bright colors, and textures.  Print mixing is the main style principal here.  So, how would Holley incorporate a Brooklyn/Urban-African style into her Ft. Worth, Texas wardrobe?  I love two African inspired print skirts I bought last summer at H&M.  I wear them with a denim button down shirt, add a global inspired necklace, and a pair of brown Sam Edelman sandals…a look that’s definitely “too hip to be square”!

Here’s a Holley tip:  Tie a maxi skirt in a knot at the hem on one side. Just add a pair of fringe boots or tassel sandals, and you will have created your own Brooklyn-like ensemble!  

When it comes to creative style, I have to give Brooklyn men the award!  These guys are beyond cool and edgy….like the dude sporting the floral blazer….so original and so self-confident!  And I’m totally digging the photo of Pharrell Williams sporting a patch-work overcoat…“Up-town Funky” style!  

A look Brooklyn men will be wearing this fall is floral bomber jackets. Why?  Because they can, and no one has a conniption.  The citizens of this borough don’t have style hang ups and are open to fashion communication.  How fascinating and mind blowing is that?

So the next time you go to New York, think about taking a day trip to Brooklyn.  The first stop off the L Train is Williamsburg…wonderful restaurants, boutiques, and galleries.  Some great people-watching parks are Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass).  Dumbo has incredible views of Manhattan, especially the financial district.  My favorite Brooklyn park is the Ft. Green Park in the Clinton Hill area.  On the weekends they have a farmer’s market and a great pop-up flea market.  And by the way….the people and style watching are free!  

Hopefully, this article and our Pinterest board will inspire you to think of fashion as a way to communicate with others.  And, I’m pretty sure if you do….it will open your mind and heart to a whole new world.  How hip is that?  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at holleywilliams1@gmail.com.

What Would Holley Wear: Go with the flow edition

Are you the type of person who can “go with the flow?”  I definitely can when it comes to flowy fashion.  

So two things I love about a flowy look

  1.  A flowy top always makes me look smaller on bottom…
  2. …and flowy pants and skirts are so comfortable!

Okay…let’s work our way from the bottom up.  Maxi skirts are my favorite go-to look for the summer. And the way I see it…the more fabric…the better!  Here’s a “Holley Style Tip”:   I like to tie one side of the skirt hem in a knot.  It’s a fun summer look, and all you need to add is a t-shirt and sandals.  If I don’t tie one side of the hem, I like for my maxi skirt to sweep the floor.   My maxis are usually floral or ethnic prints, and all I need to add is a t-shirt or a button down tied at the waist or an off the shoulder top.  Sounds a little bohemian…right?

I like to create my own swimsuit cover-ups.  A great way to do that is with a flowy maxi skirt.  Be sure to check out the white maxi skirt worn as a swimsuit cover-up on our Pinterest board.   All you do is tie a knot in the middle of the skirt, wear it over your swimsuit, add a pair of sandals and you will be poolside ready!  My cabana style this summer will be an orange maxi, worn over my bathing suit.  I will add a pair of black sandals, a woven black belt, a floppy hat with a scarf, and a wicker bag with black tassels.  Hmmm….maybe someone will invite me to a pool party!!!

I also adore flowy wide-leg pants.  There are so many to choose from, and they are a great way to dress up a summer and fall look.  A pair on our Pinterest board that would be perfect for a summer party are white pants worn with a black halter top….stylish and classy.  A great fall transition look is a pair of wide-leg army green pants topped with a white blouse and black belt. For fun and comfort, add a pair of black and white Converse sneakers, and for a touch of class, add a Chanel boyfriend bag.

Do you own a pair of culottes?  Start thinking of them as the “new capri.”  They are a great substitute for capris and shorts.  I purchased a pair of black and white striped culottes this summer.  They are a perfect look for luncheons and dates with my husband.  And unlike capris, culottes are a great look for the office too…just drape a sweater or blazer over your shoulder.  Wow…sounds like you are ready to get down to business!

Another great “go with the flow” look is a kaftan.  Remember the 70s when ladies wore them everywhere from bridge club to the grocery story? Though considered Morocco’s traditional dress, today’s kaftan, can also be worn as lounge wear.  And if you are thinking these brightly printed, lightweight garments are resort wear only…think again!  They can also be stunning evening wear.  Makes me want to book a trip to Morocco!  

My favorite flowy trend this season is dusters or kimonos. And I’m not talking about your Grandma’s duster.  I’m talking about beautiful flowy light weight wraps/jackets that are worn over jeans, shorts and dresses.  Two things I love about this trend:  they come in different lengths from floor length to a jacket length, and one size fits all.  The ones I love on our Pinterest board are florals, and sometimes they have beautiful detailed embroidery.

Looks like we’ve worked our way to the top!  There are so many fun and fabulous blouses and tops that will give you that “go with the flow” summer look!  I love flowy tops with an elastic cuff….a great way to keep your sleeves pushed up, and ruffles at the cuff are an added bonus. Another great summer style is flowy bohemian tops worn with jeans and shorts.  Be sure to take a look at Free People and Anthropology online for a wide selection.

 I hope this article will inspire you to add at least one flowy trend to your wardrobe.  Because one thing I know for sure….life is a lot more fun when you just “go with the flow”!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at holleywilliams1@gmail.com.

What Would Holley Wear: Sophie and Lolley Style

How does a fashionista celebrate her granddaughter’s 10th birthday?  Go to New York City, in style…of course! Actually, her daddy planned her surprise trip and asked me if I would like to join them.  Not to sound cliché, but it is hard to believe our little girl is turning 10 in August.

Here’s the deal…the trip was planned by her dad, and since Uncle Chris lives in New York, we put him in charge of coming up with a “stylish” itinerary!  So, in honor of Sophie, this week’s article is about how a 10 year old girl makes her debut in the Big Apple!  Plus we have tips on what to wear when you travel to the city in the heat of summer….and not look like a tourist!

So, what did I wear?  The day I left Fort Worth, the high was 102 degrees, so I decided to wear a summer maxi skirt tied at the hem, a white blouse, blue denim blocked heels, and a large Goyard tote.  And just in case it got cold on the plane, I draped a jean jacket over my shoulder.   Sophie made her NYC entrance wearing a gray striped mini skirt, pink ruffled t-shirt, complemented with an embroidered denim jacket, and of course she looked absolutely adorable!  NYC…ready or not, here she comes!  

After meeting Sophie and her daddy at their hotel, our first stop was at Greenacre Park…a beautiful park in midtown at 51st and 3rd with a 25 foot waterfall. Next, we made a quick stop at Uncle Chris’ apartment, and then went to dinner at Angelo’s pizza, followed by a frozen yogurt at Pinkberry.  For a fabulous end to Sophie’s first evening in NYC, we took a stroll down 51st to the East River for a beautiful view of the city at night.

 On Sophie’s second day, the first place we headed to was Eclaire’s…a fabulous bakery in midtown. Next, Chris scheduled a Circle Cruise to the Statue of Liberty. For this adventure, Sophie wore a blue popsicle print skirt, white ruffled t-shirt, white vest, gray sneakers and silver metallic shoulder bag. Holley (aka Lolley to Sophie) wore a yellow midi skirt, off-the shoulder blue chambray top, a gold woven wristlet, and blue denim espadrilles.  After the cruise, we headed back to Time Square for lunch at Stardust Diner (where Broadway singers entertain while you dine)!  After our fun lunch, we went to tour Rockefeller Center, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and the top of 30 Rock!  Our last stop was back in midtown to have yogurt at Pinkberry…again!  We’re on vacation….right?  

After a short rest, we were back out on the town and went out for Chinese food!  Sophie changed into an adorable orange and blue floral dress, complemented by her white denim vest, and brown sandals…all from Target.  After dinner, she and her daddy went to see “Wicked”….her first Broadway show!  Uncle Chris and Lolley skipped the play (we’ve seen it twice), and went to Raines Law Room, a fabulous upscale bar!  Lolley wore black culottes from Zara, an off the shoulder white top, black kitten heels, and to give the outfit a pop, she added a red bag.  

The next day was jammed packed, but first we started with breakfast at Sarah Beth’s, followed by a carriage ride in Central Park.  Sophie wore an adorable tulle skirt with emoji appliques from Target with a cute t-shirt from Justice, and her jean jacket….perfect for a day of touring.  Be sure to check out all the cute clothes for girls on our Pinterest board!  Lolley wore a floral maxi tied at the hem, a black boat cut top, black sandals, and added a denim jacket since it was cool out that day…a cute look that took her from a lovely restaurant to a day of sightseeing.  

 That evening Sophie was treated to a birthday surprise dinner at Max Brenner’s, and was presented with a “golden ticket” inviting her to see “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!”  The only thing better than our chocolate dessert was the outfit Sophie wore to the show…a blue floral midi dress with her embroidered denim jacket, a cute pair of boho sandals, and a darling mini silver shoulder bag from H&M.  Staying with the floral theme, Lolley wore a pair of Clover Canyon floral and striped pants with a black off the shoulder top.  Whew…who knew it would be this hard to keep up with a 10 year old fashionista?!?

Though, like all good things, Sophie’s first New York adventure had to come to an end and she, and her daddy headed back to Kansas on Sunday afternoon.  And Lolley?  Oh, she stayed in the city for a few more days of dining and diversions!!!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at holleywilliams1@gmail.com.

What Would Holley Wear: Check Please!

“Check It Out” is a phrase that was popular in the 60s and 70s….meaning “this is so cool, you have to look at it!” That’s exactly how I feel about this week’s article and Pinterest board.  

 So, two things I love about checks:

…Checks look great on everyone, even guys,

…and they give a fresh vibe to a summer wardrobe.

Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up.  What says fun more than a pair of checked shoes?  Whether you are wearing sneakers or high heels, this print will bring a whole lot of personality to your ensemble.  A pair of blue gingham bow slides by Jeffrey Campbell will add extra cuteness to any casual outfit. Think about wearing them with a pair of light blue jeans, white blouse, and a bandana tied around your neck. Another great look from J. Crew is a jacket worn with jeans and checked flats. Sounds like the perfect match to me!

With a pair of checked culottes or slacks add a white sleeveless pull-over top or a button down blouse tied at the waist.  All you need to complete the look are sandals or summer wedges, the perfect complement for your outfit.  My favorite summer go-to piece is a skirt, and there are so many cute checked ones to choose from.  A look I love on our Pinterest Board is a blue and white checked midi skirt worn with a blue blouse tucked in and a pair of red heels.  To give it a more casual look, I would tie the shirt at the waist and wear it with a pair of red sandals.  Banana Republic has really stepped it up a fashion notch as of late!  Their black and white checked midi pencil skirt is on my must-have list!

Okay, here a personal question: Do you have a checkered past?  I hope so, because that probably means you have some awesome checked pieces in your closet. There is nothing I love more than restyling a client’s wardrobe because there are so many ways to repurpose outfits.  A creative way to do that these days is with print mixing.  Checked pieces are a great way to try this trend.  I love mixing checks with polka-dots, stripes, and even florals. The main idea is to stay in the same color family.  

 

Are you looking for a way to liven up your office look?  Then, why not do it with a checked pattern. From dresses, skirts, and jackets, there are so many fun options out there.  A look that can take you from the office to a party is a black and white checked midi skirt worn with a white short sleeved blouse.  And remember, a

bright hued handbag always complements a black and white look. Another great office look is a gingham checked pencil skirt worn with a blue chambray blouse. Just drape a blazer or jacket over your shoulders.  And to all of that I say…check mate!

So now for the fun stuff…sundresses and off-the-shoulder tops!  These looks are great for summer patio parties or a vacation in a quaint beach town. I’m thinking Carmel by the Sea!

 

Though no matter where your destination is, all you need to add to your beach style is a cute pair of white sneakers, or a pair of pom-pom sandals. For some extra cuteness add a floppy hat and shades.  Doesn’t that make you want to book a beach vacay!  

But before you book your hotel and flight, be sure to “check out” our Pinterest board….you just have to look at it!!!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at holleywilliams1@gmail.com.

 

What Would Holley Wear: Black and White

Do you see things in black and white?  When it comes to fashion, I do! Every time I go shopping, it seems like I come home with either something black or white.  

So two things I discovered about wearing black & white:

…It never fails to give a crisp and polished look…

…and, adding a colorful accessory adds a pop to this classic style!

 So let’s start with blouses and tops.  If you are like me, you can’t own enough black or white tops.  My favorite is a blousy top with flowy sleeves.   If the sleeves have an elastic band at the cuff, that’s even better.  That way, I can push the sleeves up, and if not, I usually roll the sleeves up.  Off the shoulder tops are a great option and the perfect complement to a pair of skinny jeans.  One of my go-to blouses is a black flowy blouse that goes with everything.

 

 

I add my signature style by tying it at the waist.  Here’s a little style tip:  I often will purchase a blouse one or two sizes larger to give me the flowy look I adore.

 

For a cool vacation style, think about going all black and white.  This will make packing so much easier.  From a black and white embroidered bohemian inspired dress to a pair of striped cargo pants worn with a white crop top, you will take your vacay style to the next level.  And don’t forget to pack a black and white bathing suit, cover-up, and beach bag.  Trust me, you will look fabulous….even in Monte Carlo in your chic b&w wardrobe!  

Do you like to make a fashion statement?  Then think about adding a bold accessory to your black and white ensemble.  A fun summer look is a black and white off the shoulder top or dress worn with huge statement earrings!  For a pop of color, you can’t go wrong with a fabulous pair of red fringed drops from Anthropologie.  My favorite accessory piece for summer is a tassel earring in any color.  This will add a pop to your black and white ensemble.  

 

A black and white striped, checked, or polka dot dress will take you to just about any summer event you plan to attend.  From sundresses to cute skirts, we have so many for you to look at on our Pinterest board.  The black and white ruffle dress from the Kate Spade 2017 Pre-Fall collection would be perfect for a summer party.  They pair it with a red handbag and red shoes which gives it the extra wow-factor!  And for a fresh office style, consider a white tailored button-down blouse worn with a black and white striped skirt. And an updated black and white pants outfit will transition from the office to drinks after work!  Make it work girl!

 

Do you have a dressy cocktail party to attend this summer?  If so, think about wearing a black and white jumpsuit or party pants.  Really….how fabulous does that sound?  Think about complementing a solid color dress with a pair of black and white heels….such a great way to add class to your style.

 

 

So, here’s the deal….the next time someone says to you, “you just see things in black and white,” be sure to say…“thank you!”  Because sometimes being a fashionista means taking a stand.

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at holleywilliams1@gmail.com.

What Would Holley Wear: One Cool Dude

It’s summertime and it’s hot!

Not so easy to pull off a cool vibe, but for some reason, men are really good at this. Ever wonder what their secret is?  Me too!

So, two things I’ve figured out about men’s style:

  1.  It’s not that complicated…
  2. …and not having so many options makes it less stressful when putting together an outfit.  

So let’s start with a summer basic for the guys…shorts.  I have to admit that I’m actually jealous that men at any age and size can wear shorts…look great and don’t have to worry about how their legs look.  Not fair….right?  There are so many options to look at on our Pinterest board. For a laid back look, be sure to check out all the options from Polyvore. Men’s shorts can go casual with an untucked t-shirt or a little preppy with a button -down shirt tucked in.  Either way, will give your guy a cool-dude edge!

For a dressier summer look for parties and weddings, linen-blend slacks and jackets are hard to beat. They add a cool and crisp look to a man’s summer ensemble.  But why not consider bold color for a summertime soiree….like a pair of green slacks, blue striped shirt, blue jacket and a plaid tie.  Or for the groom and his groomsmen, a blue gingham checked jacket worn with a hot pink striped tie, and white slacks. Really guys….how bold will you go?

Okay, I admit your guy has to be a clothes horse or have a lot of self-confidence to wear really bold colors. So, let’s talk about a more conservative summer look.  You can’t go wrong with a navy blazer, light khaki slacks, and a blue shirt.  And possibly consider a pair of white or light pink slacks.  Ties are optional, but do add a pocket square.  A light tan linen-blend blazer looks great with navy slacks or jeans.  Wear it with a light blue chambray shirt, add a pocket square and push your shirt and coat sleeves up to give yourself a cool and comfy style! And ladies, don’t forget to tell him how amazing he looks!

 Socks or no socks?  Yep, that’s the question!  For summertime, no socks with shorts is the rule. Though, be sure to purchase sock liners at DSW.  Trust me, they will keep your guy comfortable and will keep him from ruining his shoes.  With light summer suits and slacks, the no sock look is perfectly acceptable…but not for church or with professional business attire.  That being said, there are so many fun socks options in stripes and prints.  Again, these are to be worn with slacks and jeans but not shorts.  

The best shoes for a man’s summer look are boat shoes and sneakers.  The main thing is you will want to keep them clean.  Be sure to take a look at the Jason Markk sneaker cleaner, exclusive at J. Crew on our Pinterest board.  The starter kit will cover their basic sneaker cleaning needs and provides all the essential tools for keeping your guy’s kicks fresh.  Is your man a multi-tasker?  If he is, be sure to show him all the shoe lacing options on our board.  It not only will give him something to do while watching a Ranger’s game on TV, but it will teach him a whole new skill! Don’t you just love a multi-tasking man?  

So, what’s left?  Accessories….of course!  From sunshades, watches, hats to belts, men have almost as many accessory options as women do.  Okay, I have to admit I’m obsessed with the men’s Timex watch from J. Crew because you can switch out with colorful bands.  So fun and keeps on ticking!  Is your guy into Fedoras and Panama hats? Then be sure to look at the choices from Tommy Bahama and Gap on our board.

My favorite accessory for men is sunshades.  The main idea here is the right fit, so don’t be bashful when trying them on to get another opinion. Ray-bans will bring a hipster style to any ensemble, and J. Crew offers an updated metrosexual style.  To complete a man’s summer look, think about adding a woven belt in a solid or a stripe.  With Gap, J. Crew, and J McLaughlin, there are so many fun belts to choose from.

Whew!  Who knew there was so much to talk about when it comes to men’s summer style?  Oh, and one more thing:  Stay cool dudes!!!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at holleywilliams1@gmail.com.

What Would Holley Wear: Red, White and Blue

Where do you like to spend the 4th of July?  Growing up, my family went to our lake get-away near Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas.  We spent the day picnicking, and water skiing.  In the evening, everyone would take their boats out to watch the firework show over the lake.  Such great memories!  And because the lake is surrounded by 1,000 miles of shoreline in the middle of a national forest, the lake water is crystal-clear.

So my question for you is this:  Where are you planning to spend the 4th of July and do you have a “crystal-clear” idea about what to wear?  Could it possibly be at Possum Kingdom Lake or another lake-side resort?  Then of course you will want to wear a fashionable red, white, and blue ensemble when you watch the fireworks display.  Right?  Let’s be honest and admit it is hot in Texas and Arkansas in the summer.  So, I’m thinking shorts, cropped pants, and skirts.  And though you don’t have to wear a patriotic ensemble, I know you would look absolutely adorable in one.  

Back in the day, my “lake look” was overalls, short-shorts, cutoffs, and a really cute bikini. My look today is more modest and age appropriate, though you will still see the young gals sporting some of the same styles from years past.  If you have a daughter in her teens or twenties, be sure to show her some of the fun “lake looks” on our Pinterest board.  One way to give yourself patriotic style is with accessories and shoes.  What about sporting a pair of blue gingham converse sneakers with red shoe strings? Or think about wearing an American flag or Texas Ranger ball cap to complement one of your cute patriotic outfit.

And of course you will need a fun swimsuit and cover-up to wear on the party barge.  A red checked retro swimsuit with a big red sunhat, and sun glasses is a great look for laying out on the beach.  I have a feeling you will want to bring a large red and white striped Michael Kors tote to toss in your cover-up, sunscreen, beach towel, and a juicy summer novel. Another great substitute for a cover-up would be a bohemian style summer dress.   Wow…sounds like a holiday look that will transition from a day on the lake to an enjoyable evening watching a firework show!  

This year, we will be celebrating the 4th in Las Vegas! For a day time look, I’m crushing on the striped red, white, and blue striped maxi skirt on our Pinterest board.  And, a style that will transition from the plane to a day of shopping in Vegas is a white blazer, light blue jeans, t-shirt, and I plan to add a pop of color with my red Louis Vuitton twist handbag.  A bold red necklace can take you from the airport to a night out on the town. And a pair of red fringe heels say, “Hello Vegas…the party people have arrived!”  

One of our nights out on the town will include happy hour at the Sky Fall Lounge at The Delano (a non-gaming hotel).  There is outdoor seating at this fabulous 42nd story bar and since the interior is all-black, an all-white ensemble will be perfect contrast for this scene!  After happy hour, our next stop will be the Michael Jackson show by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay.  “Billie Jean” eat your heart out!  

Are you “too sexy for your shirt?” Really?  I figured that much….so I’m pretty sure you will want to check out The Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino…as featured in the June issue of Bazaar Magazine.

So what would Holley suggest you wear to such a posh bar during the 4th of July holiday? Something bold and red….like a red off the shoulder dress, or top, or possibly a daring red jumpsuit! Oh my goodness….I’m starting to think you really are “too sexy for your shirt!”

With your great taste and style, just be ready to “do a little turn on the catwalk” when you make your entrance into the Vegas lifestyle!    Because one thing I know for sure…..there will definitely be fireworks!!!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at holleywilliams1@gmail.com.