What Would Holley Wear: Her Favorite Fall Trends

“Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles; wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings; these are a few of my favorite things.”

Since autumn is my favorite time of the year, it goes without saying….I have more favorites to add to my list!  So this time, let’s start with utility jackets.  They are considered essentials this time of year and complement our Texas fall style.  A waist-length utility jacket pairs perfectly with a fall floral dress or skirt.  And long utility jackets go great with jeans, cargo pants, and joggers.  

 

Speaking of joggers….they are ideal for the quarantine environment we are living in.  If you are working from home, these comfy pants are great for an afternoon stroll and even for a zoom meeting.  Remember, your colleagues only see you from the waist up….so just add your utility jacket, a button-down, and sneakers.  From Abercrombie & Fitch and Gap to Old Navy’s selection of joggers, your fall style will be extra versatile and comfortable!

Let’s talk “dad sandals”.  If you are wanting to make a fashion statement, a pair of Birkenstocks, Tevas, or Dr. Martens will give your style a pop.  And don’t you think they look ultra-cozy when lined with faux fur?  I’m partial to wearing dad sandals with joggers and cargo pants, but style influencers are pairing them with dresses and skirts.  Trendsetters, indeed!

One of my favorite fall accessories is an initial necklace.  So no wonder I’m loving a dainty initial lock necklace from Amazon Fashion….great for layering and makes a lovely gift.  Have you heard of Sequin jewelry (sequin-nyc.com)?  Their pearl initial choker is another fall fave of mine…a gold-plated initial encrusted with glass pearls.  And of course, we all know….classy girls wear pearls!  

Without question, I’m crazy about my Garmin vivomove watch…one of my 65th birthday gifts.  Besides keeping up with my steps, sleep pattern, etc., it can be customized with a multi-selection of bands….which complement any fall outfit.  Just like my watch, an Amazon monogrammed baseball cap is also ideal for my daily walks….available in fabulous fall colors. 

 “When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad….I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad!”

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: Fall Favorites

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.  Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.  Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things.”

So speaking of “a few of my favorite things,” this week I’m sharing a few of my favorite fall trends!  I never thought I would say this….but let’s start with masks.  I recently discovered designer knock-offs at Pro Tailors on Overton Ridge.  From Gucci to Chanel copies, you will definitely be on-trend sporting a “designer-ish” mask…and tell them “Holley sent you”.  You will also want to check out Old Navy’s selection of masks in fall colors on our Pinterest board.  

Fall Florals are next on my list, and they’re the perfect introduction to fall.  While it’s still warm outside consider wearing a floral dress with mules, and on chilly days pair them with booties.  A great look to copy from our Pinterest board is a floral Sam Edelman tiered midi dress.  It pairs perfectly with a Tory Burch crossbody bag and a pair of suede booties from All Saints….fall favorites, indeed!

I have to admit, I’ll be living in mules the remainder of the year….and of course, they made my “favorite things list”.   I’m loving the Steve Madden mules from this year’s Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.  You’ll definitely add some flair to your work style with either their white croc-embossed or leopard print mules…which easily transition to a casual weekend look.  I’m also loving a pair of fur-lined mules from Amazon, or as I like to call them…Gucci’s cheap cousin!

A long cardigan is perfect for autumn in Texas.  If you’re looking for a chill fall uniform….make it a pair of jeans, t-shirt, booties, and a cardigan.  And don’t you just love how a long cardigan does double-duty as loungewear?  After you’ve homeschooled your kiddos or grandchildren all day, there’s nothing cozier than a pair of lounge pants topped with a cardigan.  And I know you’ll be thrilled with Amazon’s amazing selection…ideal for cool-ish fall weather.  

   “When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad…I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad!”

 

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: Skirts and Sneakers

Without question, the sneaker trend is here to stay.  Here’s the deal…once style influencers started wearing sneakers with skirts and dresses….all bets were off.  

There are so many fun ways to style skirts and sneakers.  One of my favorite fall looks is a skirt paired with an oversized sweater and sneakers.  For fall, think about repurposing the floral midi you wore all summer….just add cute sneakers.  Know what you get when you wear a maxi skirt, sweatshirt, and high-tops?  An adorable bohemian look!

Animal print skirts paired with sneakers are super on-trend.  A Pinterest look we adore shows an animal print skirt worn three ways…with a sweater and booties…with heels and a blazer…and with a sweatshirt and sneakers.  Another favorite is a tiered leopard skirt topped with a t-shirt, jean jacket, and Chanel bag.  And the Golden Goose sneakers definitely give it that extra pop of style!

 

If you’ve been on the lookout for stylish sneakers, Anthropologie is the place to shop.  On top of having sneakers that go with every outfit, they share an online variety of ways to style them.  I’m loving how they combine a dainty orange tulle maxi skirt with leather high-tops.  If I were styling this outfit, my personal pick would be their Dolce Vita snake-embossed leather sneakers.  

 

Typically, you see pleated skirts paired with heels.  But there is no excuse these days for being uncomfortable.  So think about kicking up your work style wearing sneakers with your skirt.  A pleated skirt looks fun and flirty with an oversized sweater and business-like with a blazer.  Another way to dress-up your skirt/sneaker look is with a leather jacket.

Women in their 50s and older are also sporting the sneaker/skirt trend.  I’m loving how a “60ish” style influencer from Bochum, Germany styles a green pleated skirt with a blazer and sneakers.  And don’t you think she looks adorable in a leopard print skirt with a red and white striped sweater…and sneakers, of course?  

From travel to running errands to a professional career….the sneaker/skirt trend is definitely here to stay.  Is that a smile I see on your face?  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: Style Influencers

As a fashion writer, it’s my joy/job to stay on top of fashion trends.  In the past, magazines were my go-to, but today I’m inspired by style influencers….even when their style is totally different from mine. 

One of my favorite influencers is Veronica from the Lombard & Fifth Blog.  She’s also the mother of two daughters and works in the wine industry.  Show her anything from a blazer to a sweater, and she’ll show you multiple ways to style it.  Plus, she’s an expert when it comes to mixing highs with lows.  For example, in one of her photoshoots…her jeans are Levis, her blazer is from Express, and her fabulous royal blue satin shoes are Manola Blahniks.

For one of Veronica’s “Friday Five” photoshoots, she features a feminine H&M chiffon dress.  For a casual look, she layers it with a white cardigan styled with Golden Goose sneakers.  How fashion forward is that?  And I have to admit, I’m smitten with how she layers a sweater over a dress….instant skirt!   

When I first started following influencers, it was a challenge to find blogs featuring women 40 and older….with great style.  Though, recently, I discovered her blog called The Tennille Life.  Tennille is a 40-something-year-old blogger and a corporate flight attendant.  She shares everything from style to beauty tips, and her fabulous silver hair is definitely “her crown of glory”!  

Here’s what I’ve learned from Tennille….how to look stylish and age-defying while rocking gray hair!  “Too sexy for your shirt” ring a bell?  From tucking it into tying it at the waist, I love how she isn’t afraid to show a little skin….in a tasteful way, of course.  A casual look to copy shows Tennille wearing a black blouse tied at the waist with khaki crop pants and dad sandals.    

Tennille’s “workcation” photos from a 2019 trip to Rome and Nice make me want to escape to a fabulous European destination!  You too?  How amazing does she look sporting flip-flops with a satin leopard skirt?  Plus, I’m loving how she rocks a black blouse and jeans.  As the song goes…“Yeah baby, she’s got it!”  

Without question, reading blogs and following style influencers is the new way to stay fashionably informed.  And don’t you just love their style?  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

 

  

What Would Holley Wear: Almost Fall Style

Don’t you think a beige and black outfit is a great way to mentally transition to an autumn state of mind?  From shorts to dresses…wearing these neutral colors will give your “almost fall” style a sophisticated edge.

If you’ve got the legs for shorts, then I say…go for it!  Short suits are so on-trend and can be worn to work or for date night.  A pair of beige shorts, white tee, and a black blazer looks great with sandals, sneakers, or heels.  Did you know a new trend is wearing biker shorts with a blazer?  And even better….a pair of Bermuda shorts is just as cool! 

If you are looking for a way to update your fall athleisure style, think about pairing black leggings with a white tee and beige cargo jacket.  Please know, you don’t have to pay a fortune for fitness attire….my go-to for leggings is Target.  For chilly mornings, I’m suggesting a two-tone cargo jacket from Jones of New York.  To escalate your style, add a pair of On sneakers from Stanley Eisenman’s and a monogrammed baseball cap from Amazon Fashion.  Even better….you won’t miss a fitness beat with a Garmin smartwatch!  

Speaking of two-toned, I’m smitten with a pair of Dune of London sandals in beige and black….so cute when paired with an athleisure ensemble.  And if you have to walk a few city blocks every day, you will look super on-trend wearing a  pair of “dad sandals” with a skirt or dress.  A great accessory to add to your neutral look is a two-toned handbag….and we just happen to be partial to Yuzefi’s black and beige Delores bag.  A less expensive version is a Boho Couture copy!   

Know what’s great about faux leather pants?  They’re ideal for seasonal transitioning.  A Pinterest look I’m smitten with shows a style influencer sporting baggy faux leather pants complemented with a dark orange tee, a Lowe’s tote, and sandals.  Doesn’t that sound like a classic “almost fall” Texas look?  Be sure to browse our Pinterest board for more leather pants from Bloomingdale’s and Other Stories.  

Hmmm….I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for fall and all the new trends!   

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: Orange Crush

Remember back in the day when women would swoon over Frank Sinatra singing, “I’ve got a Crush on you Sweetie Pie”?  That’s exactly how we feel about orange outfits and accessories…swoon-worthy!  

Here’s the deal…not only is it a great color for summer but also for fall.  Don’t you think a pair of orange loafers is a fun way to step into fall?  No wonder we’re loving a pair of Tod’s driving shoes.  Wicker totes are ideal for both seasons, and a Lowe’s wicker tote with orange trim is great for seasonal transitioning.

When was the last time you drank an ice-cold Orange Crush?  Just like this delicious beverage, an orange dress looks so refreshing on a hot September day. Planning a trip to the farmer’s market?  Spell & Gypsy’s printed midi dress will give you that effortless farm girl look….just add Birkenstocks or Teva’s!  

Are you looking for a cool new alfresco dining location?  Tinie’s rooftop terrace at 113 S Main Street in Near Southside gives our hometown a LA vibe!  Anthropologie’s tiered maxi dress is a great choice for rooftop dining.  Wear it on or off your shoulders…your choice!  And we think Shop Bop’s polka dot belted midi skirt makes a charming statement.  Wear it with white sneakers and a tee or with sandals and a blouse tied at the waist.  Make that a “Casita Margarita”…please!

Don’t you just love how a kimono dresses up jeans and shorts outfits?  I’m especially loving a printed maxi kimono I recently purchased from Cotton Rose.  It looks adorable with jeans and sandals, and later this fall, I’ll wear it with boots.  Whether you are relaxing on the patio or by the pool, Anthropologie’s orange printed caftan is perfect for a lazy end of summer day.

 Show me an orange accessory, and I’ll show you a chic way to complement your outfit!  Hazen & Co.’s stunning Catalina bracelet pairs perfectly with a Johanna Ortiz pareo or wrap skirt…the ultimate in chicness!  Another way to make a posh statement is with one of Lowe’s two-toned handbags, or a Boho Couture copy….scene stealers, indeed!

So, I have to ask….are you swooning?  And one more question….“orange” you glad it’s almost fall? 

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: Change of Scenery In Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Are you desperately in need of a change of scenery?  Well, here’s my solution…go to Broken Bow, Oklahoma and pack some cute outfits!  I’m serious! 

That being said, we recently took a four day trip to Broken Bow, which we now refer to as “our new Colorado”.  Broken Bow is an awesome travel destination with beautiful vacation homes to rent, hiking trails, lake activities…and hot tubs!!!  I would describe our beautiful Airbnb rental as rustic-modern….be sure to take a look at our Pinterest photos of the house and views from hiking trails.  

So “what would Holley wear” for a casual weekend getaway?  All summer, I’ve been crushing on khaki and white combos….perfect for now and early fall.  With a pair of white jeans or crops, all you need to add is a khaki shirt and sandals….and don’t forget to take a wicker tote or handbag.

 

Just so you know….wicker bags and totes are not only for summer, so don’t put yours away quite yet.  For a luxe vibe, a Lowe’s wicker tote will compliment anything from jeans and shorts to dresses.  And don’t you think a tote paired with a floral maxi looks “so French”…even in Oklahoma?  For a less expensive version, my personal pick is a Mango wicker tote.

With so many amazing trails…hiking opportunities are endless in Broken Bow.  So of course, you will want to pack a few hiking outfits.  My go-to for hiking shorts is LL Bean.  To give them a stylish vibe…add a printed t-shirt from Chicmony paired with Teva sandals.  If you are fortunate enough to hike in a cooler climate, our Pinterest board features a 2020 list of the best hiking pants.  

After a few hours of hiking, we were ready to take a dip in the hot tub.  Just like an episode from The Bachelor, hot tubs are a big deal in Broken Bow…but without all the drama.  Anthropologie has a great selection of cover-ups, and one of their classic shirtdresses is perfect for hot tub hanging!  BTW….who remembers Eddie Murphy’s hot tub episode on SNL?  “Good Gawd…it’s hot!”  

So who knew?  It sounds like a change of scenery and cute outfits is exactly what we all need.  And hot tubs…of course!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: 65th Birthday Style!

This month I’m celebrating “the big one”….my 65th birthday!   From Medicare to cute outfits….I’m ready!  To quote one of my birthday cards: 

#1. Get plenty of exercise #2. Eat a balanced diet and #3. Lie about your age!  That being said, I decided to scrap those crazy thoughts and share my own advice on aging and what to wear…of course!  

#1. I’m pretty sure lounging counts as “plenty of exercise”.  Don’t you agree?  A beautiful kimono or caftan would be fetching for this scenario. This birthday girl thinks Anthropologie’s bird kimono is the ultimate in loungewear.  The same goes for Farm Rio’s stunning collection of maxis and caftans…ideal for “exercising!”  

Speaking of relaxing, there’s nothing like a new pair of comfy pajamas.  J Crew’s white sleep shirt with navy piping will definitely help you get a good night’s rest.  Which, by the way, is just as important as a workout.  If you need to catch some zs….consider wearing one of their adorable striped sleep masks.  And did you know Old Navy’s sleep pants come in a variety of prints?  Perfect for counting sheep! 

#2…Eat a balanced diet…at your favorite Mexican restaurant….mine just happens to be Mi Cocina!  To balance out aging anxiety, anything in animal print will make you feel young and vibrant.  So how fun are all the cute animal print outfits on our Pinterest board?  And yes, I’m partial to a green zebra print midi!  With a tiger print backpack, you will definitely add a little “grrrr” to your birthday style!  

#3…Don’t ever lie about your age….because “to everyone else, you look somewhere in the vicinity of your age and lying about it doesn’t fool anyone”.  Though, speaking of “little white lies”…cute overalls and jumpsuits paired with sandals will definitely make you look and feel at least 10 years younger.  And even better….match a pair of blue Birkenstocks to a blue tiered midi skirt.  For more stylish ideas…be sure to browse my “Age Fabulously” Pinterest board!

 

 

I think we can all agree this is the best quote on aging:  “Do not regret growing older.  It’s a privilege denied to many.”  That being said….let’s celebrate life to its fullest….in really cute age-defying outfits…of course!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: Live Like a Local

You’ve seen the signs when visiting a picturesque resort town…. “Live like a Local!”  But did you ever think you would be longing to experience that in your own home town?  For me…that’s Fort Worth, Texas.

Famous on the Northside is Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican restaurant.  Three things you need to know…they only take cash, people go there for the margaritas, and their beautiful patio is where the action is!  Ft. Worth designer, Sheridan French, is the queen of colorful and spirited prints.  Her stunning dresses, skirts, and tunics are perfect for this famous hometown patio….keeping it local y’all!     

The Kimbell, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and  The Modern Museum of Art are world-class art museums…an incredible gift to our community.  From the classics to contemporary, Fort Worth offers art that speaks to everyone.   So what would Holley suggest you wear to a world-class art museum?  She’s loving a voluminous Mara Hoffman dress paired with plenty of personality.  Also ideal for museum browsing is an Anthropologie abstract tunic….and Picasso approved!  

 

If you’re looking to spot local celebs.…the Kimbell Café is the place to be.  Dramatic pants are ideal for this ultra-chic café environment.  For a luxe look, Etro’s mix-print trousers complemented with Cult Gaia clear slip-ons will definitely elevate your café style.  Also think about treating yourself to artesian-made jewelry from the museum’s gift shop!

 

From Bass Performance Hall and the Fort Worth Symphony to Cliburn Concerts….Fort Worth’s performing arts rival any big city’s.  To give your concert style a virtuoso vibe…a black and white ensemble is the way to go!  If you’re looking for a little “treble”….Chico’s black and white geometric striped pants are ideal for a symphony matinee.  For an evening Cliburn concert at the Renzo Piano Pavilion…a polka-dot bubble skirt will definitely put your style center stage!

Did you ever think you could find so much joy rediscovering your hometown?  And don’t you just love “living like a local”.….with style, of course?

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: Vacation Outfits That Require Zero Travel

Hey there….is that a little umbrella I see in your drink?  Good for you!  Because that tells me you are in vacation-mode!  Though most of our trips have been canceled, that doesn’t mean our vacation style has to be.  Right?

The first trip we had to cancel was our annual summer trip to Aspen.  We were so looking forward to mountain views and a cooler climate.  Since it tends to be very cool in early June in Aspen, for me, that means wearing jeans day and night.  I like to wear mine with a blazer and my orange Robert Zur loafers.  Veja sneakers paired with jeans and a J Crew linen blazer are ideal for a mountain town stroll.

Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to our NYC summer trip.  Though, I do have a New Yorker insider tip to share:  To “live like the locals”.…a weekend brunch is a must!  Oh me, oh my….we are loving all the beautiful printed midi and maxis from Farm Rio.  From florals to prints….think about giving your NYC inspired brunch style an exotic twist!  And be sure to browse our Pinterest board!

Another trip we were sad to cancel was to Santa Fe in mid-July.  From restaurants and shops to dozens of art galleries, Santa Fe exudes an artistic ambiance.  Just as sophisticated as a Santa Fe art gallery, the William Campbell Contemporary Art gallery in Ft. Worth is second to none.  Did you know nothing complements art more than an all-white ensemble?  From white peasant dresses to sophisticated pantsuits, we’ve got the perfect gallery browsing look for you!

Our son, Chris, had planned to treat me to a birthday trip to upstate New York in August.  According to him, a lot of small towns in the Catskills have a hippie vibe.  So let’s talk about how to rock hippie staycation style!  I’m currently loving a relaxing jean outfit….striped t-shirt and a long sweater complemented with Birkenstocks.  A way to dress up your Birkenstocks is by replacing your jeans with a flowy midi or maxi skirt.  Can someone say….Hello Woodstock?

Hmmm…now I’m starting to wonder.  Do you think it’s the outfit that make us feel like we’re on vacation or the cute little umbrella in our drink?  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].