What Would Holley Wear: Margo’s Ageless Style

My Aunt Margo is one of the most fabulous women I’ve ever known!  From her Lalique crystal collection to her style…she is one posh lady!  When I was growing up, she and her family traveled “via jet-plane” from Connecticut to south Arkansas every summer to visit my grandparents and my family.  

 So, in honor of my fancy Aunt…this article is dedicated to Aunt Margo!  

One way I would describe her style is “fearless”!  So, let’s get started and talk about what makes a style fearless.  I have to say bold colors are a key factor.  When I think about Margo’s style, the colors green and orange are at the top of the list….the perfect complement to any redhead!  

I’m loving a pair of green driving shoes from Gap on our Pinterest board…just add jeans, a white blouse and a fabulous green statement piece. And I can also see Margo looking stunning in the fabulous green brocade coat on our board…perfect for a party.   Another great Pinterest combo is an orange jacket paired with a green handbag complemented with an orange and green printed scarf.  The icing on the cake would be a pair of orange David Webb earrings!  Beyond fancy!

Another fearless style is animal print.  I’m loving Kate Spade’s faux fur leopard print tote on our board.  And a pair of animal print shoes will definitely take you on a walk on the wild side!  For cool nights out, the lace-up leopard print poncho from Chico’s is a must have for Aunt Margo.  Wild thing!!!

And when it comes to style, Margo definitely has an artsy and contemporary vibe.  Maybe that’s because she is a lover of the arts.  A color blocked ensemble would be the perfect look for a day at the museum or a chamber music concert.  A head turning look on our board is a long black vest worn over a yellow pantsuit.  A stunning necklace completes the outfit….classy and contemporary!

One way to highlight your passion for style is with a statement piece.  The women I know who wear large fashion pieces are my style heroes.  Trina Turk’s over-sized circle bib necklace from Bloomingdale’s would look amazing on Margo.  And I can also see her wearing a Marni multi-color chain necklace.  Plus, there are so many fun and affordable pieces from Chico’s and Anthropology. Oh dear…countless choices!!!

Speaking of jetsetters, Aunt Margo and Uncle Dick have lived the dream!   So let’s talk about what to wear on a global adventure.  When I think of travel, I think comfort should come first. Eileen Fisher pretty much has the market cornered with a relaxed and flowy style that’s perfect for travel.  Her angle-front wrap cardigan would be the perfect cover-up for the plane.  And her comfy sandals will take you from busy European streets to a lush beachside resort.  

 

A beautiful linen design I recently discovered on Pinterest is Vivid Linen…perfect for tropical vacays. Another fabulous look for a world traveler would be a kimono worn over slacks or jeans.  Wow…these styles actually take me back to a time when I was sitting in my grandparent’s living room watching my aunt and uncle’s travel slides!

 

Also, an avid reader with a master’s degree in library science, Margo has an impressive collection of books in her home library in Cary, North Carolina. One of her most prized books is by my paternal grandmother’s cousin, David Donald, who won a Pulitzer for his book, The Life of Lincoln.

And just like a prize winning book, Aunt Margo’s passion and zeal for life has always been a prize and gift to me!  

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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