What Would Holley Wear: Dress up your denim!

From pastels and bright hues to black and white….there’s nothing that looks as cool and stylish as dressed up denim!

Not ready to stop wearing your black jeans?  No problem….because they look great in the spring and summer too.  An easy way to achieve a dressed up look is with black cropped jeans, a white blouse with statement sleeves, a black bucket bag, and two-tone block heels.  One of my all-time Pinterest favorites is a pair of black skinny jeans worn with a white blouse with a big bow tied at the waist and an adorable wooden bag.  “Ooh la la”…all of this is starting to sound a little French!

Speaking of the French, a Chanel inspired tweed jacket worn with jeans is a sophisticated way to dress up your denim.  A look we love is a pair of jeans worn with a belted tweed jacket….a great way to flatter any figure. Another Chanel inspired outfit is a tweed jacket worn with a pretty white blouse with pleated cuffs, distressed jeans, and nude pumps.  

If you are not into waist length jackets, think about wearing a long tweed jacket instead.  I’m loving two long grey and black tweed jackets on our board. One is paired with blingy heels and the other is shown with animal print sneakers.  To give them that Coco Chanel look, they pinned a CC brooch to the jackets. And even if you do not own a CC brooch, any new or vintage brooch will look fabulous pinned on your tweed jacket.

Two great springtime hues are a navy and gray blazer worn with denim.  My Pinterest board favorite is the gray blazer paired with blue denim culottes, a printed white t-shirt, and a red handbag.  Navy blue made a big comeback last year. So think about wearing a navy blazer with light blue jeans, a white blouse, and for a pop of color, tie a scarf around your wrist, neck or handbag.

Striped tops with statement sleeves are another great way to dazzle your denim.  We are crazy about Sarah Jessica Parker’s look…a stunning Johanna Ortiz statement top and her own fabulous shoe selection!  An ensemble that’s perfect for spring and summer is a striped off-the-shoulder sweater worn with jeans and heels. Two fabulous looks for a dressed-up denim date night!  

Kimonos are a great light weight cover-up that will add glamour to your spring denim.  From embroidered to florals, these flowy wraps add drama to a plain t-shirt and jeans outfit.  Ruffles are one of the biggest trends this season and a cute pair of black ruffled jeans paired with a silk floral kimono is fun, festive and a great look for now and this summer.  We are also loving a green floral kimono, light blue jeans, tee, black YSL bag, and pink tassel-tied sandals. Stylish and glamorous!

 Lace blouses and wraps are the ultimate when it comes to dressing up denim.  A lace top worn under a sweater or blazer adds a ladylike touch to a transitional spring style…and don’t forget to show-off the cute cuffs!  A look that will definitely put you in a springtime mood is lace tops with ruffles and bell sleeves. Floor dusting wraps come in a lace version as well.  From wraps to vests, this lacy trend will give your denim a dressy feminine flair.

Who knew there were so many stylish ways to dress up your denim?  With springtime here and summer approaching, looks like your denim will be ready for some fun in the sun!

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 updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Mid-Life Chic

Want to know the best way to prevent a mid-life crisis?  Up your style game! I’m serious…there’s nothing like a stylish new outlook on life that will make you feel younger, more alive, and “Mid-Life Chic!”  

And though it takes a concerted effort to make a lifestyle change, it can be accomplished with a few fashion tweaks, and of course, prayer always helps!  Has a friend ever said to you, “it’s a God thing”? That’s exactly the way I feel about a long tunic top…praise the Lord! Soft Surroundings has a large selection of divine tunic tops to choose from.  You can find a store at Southlake Town Center or online.

A beautiful new design I recently discovered on Tanglewood Moms is a company called Luna Antigua. Friends, Sandra Falcon and Pamela Lozoya, are the co-founders of these beautiful hand-embroidered designs made in Guatemala.  They are perfect for enjoying the outdoors in style. From a lovely evening at Concerts in the Garden to a beach vacation, these tops are definitely a “summer must-have”!  

Another age-defying look is a pair of skinny jeans worn with a long shirt or tunic top.  The good news is these jeans also come in plus sizes, and the bonus….skinnies elongate and give a slimming effect.  Talbots and Chico’s have a wonderful variety to choose from. Be sure to browse some of the options on our Pinterest board.  A recent purchase of mine was a pair of white skinny jeans from Cabi…and the bonus is they come in a “curvy” size!

Do you know Victoria’s secret? Shhh…you did not hear this from me, but I’m pretty sure it’s all about wearing under garments that fit correctly. When was the last time you were fitted for a bra? If it’s been over 2 years, then it’s time for a tune-up. And don’t you just love how a new bra “lifts” your spirit! Check out this post on “Finding the Correct Bra Style” from Style, Studs and Lace.

Fashion Tip:  If you live near Ft. Worth, the sales ladies in the lingerie department at Dillard’s are expert bra fitters.

Body shapers can take years off and smooth out signs of aging….“wink, wink”!  Another “God-thing” in my opinion was the invention of Spanx or body shapers. Besides smoothing things out, they hide panty lines and a multitude of sins.  If you wear pencil skirts or white slacks, you must wear one of these saintly briefs.

Fashion tip:  I always purchase body shapers a size larger.  Because here’s the deal, if they are too tight…that roll of fat is going to show up somewhere…right?

Aging fascinates me!  And please know when I talk about mid-life chic, I’m not talking about trying to look younger.  What I’m emphasizing here is how to be a more vibrant version of yourself. And what says vibrant more than accessories, handbags, and shoes?  Show me a lady with one of this season’s “it bags” or a cool pair of shades or shoes, and I’ll show you a vibrant and chic lady!  

For fun/hip accessories, think about shopping at stores where younger women shop…like J Crew, Anthropology, Madewell, and Free People.  We are loving the pom-pom shoe selection from Anthropology….perfect for any age! Be sure to browse our Pinterest board. And remember this:  Any woman, any size, and any age can purchase accessories, jewelry, handbags, and shoes in contemporary stores. So on the count of three, everyone shout: Hallelujah!!!

Black and white and monochromatic ensembles will never fail you because they give your style a sophisticated elegance.  Plus, you can always add a youthful pop with fashion jewelry. Stripes and geometric designs are certainly for the young at heart.  That would be you…right? Scarfs are always on-trend and complete an outfit, especially all of the cute pom-pom scarfs. So sassy and so chic!

Wow!  Did you have any idea there were so many ways to revive your lifestyle in a fashionable way?  I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this stage of life…”Mid-Life Chic”! Can I get an “Amen”?

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 updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Last Minute Vegas Style

My husband and I love a quick Vegas getaway!  For us, it’s all about relaxing at a 5-star luxury hotel for a few days.  So, when we received a “Google” travel alert with a cheap flight to Vegas…we were all-in!  Next thing you know, we booked our flight and a room at Encore for two nights!

Luggage tip:  A recent purchase I made was two 25” silver spinner Samsonite suitcases from Macy’s (50% off)…light weight and easy to maneuver.  So worth the investment!

Since our trip was last minute, I simplified packing by going with a black and white travel wardrobe…easy to mix and match.  On the plane, I wore my new white zip Cabi jeans with a black pajama top with white piping, a black Michael Kors blazer, and sneakers.  I also carried a super cute black and white bag from Kindred in Kansas City. Watch out Vegas…we’re heading your way!

Packing tip for a short trip:   Pack in 3s…3 tops, 3 bottoms, 3 blazers/wraps, and 3 pairs of shoes.  Hmmm…maybe 3 is my lucky number!

The highs were predicted to be in the low 70s and cool at night. Perfect weather…right? All I needed for an afternoon of poolside lounging was a cute swimsuit, cover-up, beach bag, hat, and book.  A black and white poolside look on our board shows the Girl from Panama blogger wearing a pair of high-waist white pants over a black one-piece swimsuit with a black kimono. Another idea is to wear a maxi skirt or flowy pants over a bathing suit….so sophisticated! And I’m loving the striped flowy pants on our Pinterest board. BTW….did I mention how delicious the poolside cocktails were?  

Our first night, we dined at one of our favorite Wynn restaurants, Lakeside. Like everywhere else you travel, Vegas can be very casual. That being said, it’s still okay to be cute and stylish…right? A fabulous look featured on our board is a ruffled Johanna Ortiz floral skirt paired with a white off-the-shoulder ruffled top…beyond exquisite!   And for the Vegas “wow factor” you can’t go wrong with white slacks or jeans and an off the shoulder black top! Be sure to browse all the fabulous looks on our board!  

The next morning, we were up bright and early and headed straight to the gym. A recent purchase I made was a silver and white metallic athleisure jacket which I wore with black leggings, white t-shirt, and black and white Nike’s…the perfect look for a five-star resort gym.  A sporty look I’m crushing on from Neiman’s fitness wear is a polka-dot Kate Spade workout jacket. I’m starting to wonder if this adorable jacket would inspire me to go to the gym every day.

For a fun packed day, frayed jeans, a t-shirt, striped blazer and loafers make for the ultimate style combo.  A large tote is a necessity for holding all of your shopping purchases! There are two from Zara’s at Fashion Show Mall that are ideal for a Vegas vacay.  And the good news is they can double as a shopping tote or as a pool bag. One is a round wicker bag with a large black tassel, and the other is a laser-cut black tote….so easy to transition into your everyday style!  

Our last night in Vegas, we treated ourselves to a lovely dinner followed by an amazing show, Le Reve.  For this luxe evening, I wore black skinny jeans, a pastel blue blouse, black floral kimono, and black kitten heels.  For a classic style, you can never go wrong with a white jacket and black slacks or jeans….just be sure to add a pair of statement earrings and kitten heels to your chic look.

After two fun packed days in Vegas, it was time to head back to reality….home sweet home!  Now it seems like we need to take off a few more days to relax!

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 updated Pinterest board here.

My Four Favorite Looks for Spring: Cabi Style

Holley is away this week enjoying a nice vacay, so she is letting me be a guest blogger today for this segment of “What Holley Would Wear.”  Don’t worry, Holley will be back next week!

One of my favorite clothing lines is Cabi.  I was introduced to Cabi several years ago by my friend and Cabi-stylist Stacy Stoltz.  The clothing is so well made with special finishes that remind me of couture clothing women … fun linings, interesting textures, contrasting piping and high quality fabrics.  They are timeliess investment pieces without breaking the bank that will last a long time in your wardrobe.

I thought it would be fun to show you my four favorite looks using eight pieces from their spring line…

The Tick Tock crop pants are a comfortable lightweight cotton spandex so they move when you do.  Thin black and white stripes make this a perfect neutral pant that will go with any color.  Pair it with the Party Cardi and I am in love.  The cute little ruffle detail on the hem is very figure flattering, hugging you in all the right places.  I like a cardigan in the summer because Texas heat requires cool air-conditioning inside and this keeps me from freezing.  It’s lightweight enough to toss in your bag when you hit the heat outside.

My #orangecrush!  Stacy will promptly tell you this isn’t really orange, but more of a hybiscus, rose, pale-pink with red tones.  Any way you describe it, I love this color palette.  First, the Amelia jacket — it’s a vintage bomber-style, woven weave and it’s lightweight (plus, my niece is named Amelia).  Pair it with the Rose Top a crinkly, silk-like pop of punch.  Stacy taught me a trick where you take the hem and pull it through your front belt loop to give it a half-tuck look that’s figure flattering.  You can see me sporting this look on Instagram.   Pair with High Slim white jeans, and finish with the OMG tip toe sandal.  Again described as hybiscus with a rope detail, they are surpringly comfortable with my favorite block heel.  Sexy, sexy, SEX-Y!  Serious.

Bell Sleeves are the latest trend and I don’t see them going away.  This Bell Jacket is an adorable neutral navy and white stripe that, like the Tick Tock pant, will go with any color palette.  Wear it with white skinny jeans, denim, a pencil skirt or a pair of cute shorts and the tip toe sandal and you have summer wrapped up.  We all need a black tee that is figure flattering.  One of my secrets to tees is that they must be slightly fitted, not boxy, and lightweight enough to slip under a jacket.  Black and navy together — you bet!  But, if you want color add a bright yellow or hot pink tee with the jacket.  Finish with the white jeans and you have outfit #3.

And lastly, trench coats are the bomb!  This Tanner Trench is my favorite thing because pastels are popping for spring.  Soft powder blue, in the softest, stretchy cotton material, it just slides on with a sash belt and is so lightweight that doesn’t add bulk like a trench-style coat sometimes can. Pair with the Tick Tock pant, a white jean, over a little black dress or navy pants.  The options are endless.  And if you want an accessory to add with it, the Gallop Scarf is beautiful around the neck or as a belt.


I hope you enjoyed this spring-inspired fashion show.  You can find this and so much more on Stacy’s webpage — including a blog with tons fashion tips, tricks and trends.  You can also follow her on “Style Me Cabi” Facebook page here.

What Would Holley Wear: Spring Transition

How does your style transition from winter to spring?   In Texas, our spring weather can be cool/cold one day and warm/hot the next. The good news is, pastels and bright spring colors make for an easy transition.  

So it’s springtime and 50 degrees outside.  No problem…just top off your white jeans with a pastel coat.  A pretty spring transition style on our Pinterest board is a pastel blue coat worn over a black and white striped sweater and white jeans.  And a pastel lavender hoodie is one of my new springtime favs. BTW….hoodies are perfect for seasonal transitioning.

My favorite spring coat is a pastel pink coat.  A look on our Pinterest board that I plan to copy is a pastel pink coat, light blue jeans, a white lace top, and a pink bag.  And we are loving the pastel pink trench vest paired with a striped sweater, jeans, and pearls…of course! Also, I have to mention the pink embroidered scalloped coat….beautiful!  They show it with light blue jeans, a white blouse, and pink sandals. Looks like “pretty in pink” is perfect for seasonal transitioning!

A pastel Tiffany blue is another great springtime color, and when worn with white jeans and a white blouse, it definitely says goodbye to the winter blues.  We are also loving the short Tiffany blue jacket paired with light pink jeans on our board. Another great way to add this pretty pastel color to an ensemble is with a scarf.  Plus, the word’s out…Tiffany blue looks great on everyone!

Uh oh, today’s spring weather forecast is cloudy with a chance of snow flurries.  Ok, maybe not in Texas but somewhere….right? Looks like you will need a pair of boots in a pretty springtime hue. So why not consider wearing a pair of blue Hunter or UGG boots with a monogramed hoodie and black workout pants. A bright blue jacket can double for athleisure wear and will be perfect on the slopes!   

For me, the best remedy for a rainy spring day is a bright yellow jacket.  Think about wearing it over a blue-checked shirt and with white jeans. A great rainy day look on our board is a yellow rain jacket worn with dark blue jeans, red Hunter boots, and a multi-colored umbrella.  This combo will have you seeing rainbows! When it’s still cool out, think about layering a navy and white striped sweater over a chambray shirt…just add your yellow coat and rain boots!

 One of our board features is a hot pink coat shown with white jeans, and black rain boots.   For a fun element, they added a bag full of pink tulips! Be sure to take a look at all the fun and colorful rain boots on our Pinterest board. From florals to polka-dots, get ready to make a big splash this spring!

Two of my favorite colors are pink and red, and when you combine the two…color blocking never looked so pretty.  I’m loving a red pencil skirt paired with a pink blouse with dramatic sleeves. And what about the pink t-shirt shown with a red and white striped skirt and red statement necklace on our board?  Wow…who knew there were so many ways to pair pink and red?

From pastels to bright colors and from rainy days to sunshine…transitioning your wardrobe will surely add a “spring in your step”!

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 updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear This Weekend

Are you familiar with the word, “weekending”?  Here’s the Urban Dictionary’s definition:

To be participating in the activities generally associated with the weekend.  Such activities include going out with friends, watching television, procrastinating from unpleasant tasks, etc.  Antonym of Mondaying.

So, let’s get started and talk about what to wear when you are “weekending”!  My husband and I like to start the weekend off on Friday night going out to dinner or to a movie.  A pair of flared jeans, black pullover sweater, and Nike sneakers are perfect for movie night. Because the benefits of a blazer cannot be overstated, jeans and a t-shirt worn with a blazer are also perfect for a Friday date night.  Comfy and stylish!

For me, the perfect start to the weekend is lying around the house on Saturday morning reading a book or magazine and drinking coffee.  A red Vineyard and Vine long sleeve t-shirt worn with Nike leggings and UGG boots is the perfect look for a lazy weekend. And if you plan on running errands, be sure to add a monogramed baseball cap, a pair of Kate Spade earrings, and don’t forget your Fitbit!

Interested in joining me for a walk in the park?    Fitness style is the perfect look for strolling or a brisk walk.  A look I’m loving on our Pinterest board is black leggings with a white top and a mint jacket…all from Lululemon.  And for a pop of color, they added a pair of bright power-pink Nikes. The good news is you don’t have to sweat your style with TJ Maxx and Marshall’s selection of spring fitness wear!

Our favorite place to go to lunch after church is the Kimbell Art Museum Café. One way I like to combine my church style with museum lunching is by wearing neutrals.    One of my favorite spring neutrals is gray. From skirts to pantsuits….it’s the perfect complement to any art exhibit! An all-white pantsuit is always spot-on for church and art browsing!  Did I mention that visiting a museum makes me feel like I’m on vacation?

Speaking of vacations, there’s nothing like a short weekend trip to revive your soul.  Have you considered “weekending” in Southlake? I’m thinking a red, white, and blue ensemble would be perfect for dining and shopping at this all-American town square.  Think about wearing a red blazer….just add blue jeans, a white blouse, and sneakers. A red handbag will definitely add flair to your “all-American” weekending style!

 For a quick and luxurious weekend get-a-way, a trip to Dallas sounds perfect to me.  My fantasy Dallas weekend would include a night at the Ritz Carlton and visiting the Nasher Sculptor Garden. White jeans paired with a classic camel trench coat or cape is the perfect look for the Ritz and for taking a walk through the garden!  Any way you look at it…such a classy way to make an entrance!

Another classic look on our board is a pair of white jeans, black and white striped blouse, short black boots, and a mid-length black coat.  This classic style will take you from the museum to a fabulous restaurant. Sounds fancy, but first things first….who can meet me at The W’s rooftop bar?   

Whether you are weekending at home or a ritzy hotel, the whole idea is to relax and have fun….in a stylish way, of course!

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 updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Ladies Who Lunch

Are you a lady who likes to lunch?  I have to admit “lunching” is one of my guilty pleasures!  

So two reasons I love “lunching”:

…It is a great way to spend precious one-on-one time with a dear friend.

…And I’m pretty sure…during these precious moments, all of the world’s problems are solved!  

 So let’s talk about a luxury lunch!  And I’m not talking about the place or food but about the luxe fashion accessories that complement the table setting.  It seems like everyone has their smart phone nearby in a designer-ish phone case at luncheons. If you are interested in a designer look, you can’t go wrong with a Louis Vuitton or Gucci phone case.  Though, the good news is there are so many cute and inexpensive cases to choose from. One of my favorites is the Kate Spade “Shake Things Up” case…glitter included!

Stylish handbags are another luncheon must!  We are loving all of the new “it bags” and think they make for the perfect tablescape.  The Faye mini suede and leather cross-body bag by Chloe’ will add a classy touch to any table setting.  For the table centerpiece, think about displaying a Cult Gia wooden tote…the “it bag” that doesn’t break the bank!  And just for fun, be sure to browse my Pinterest board, “It Bags”!

Don’t you just love all of the outdoor lunch venues around town?  You will definitely need a cool pair of sunshades for the patio. Designer shades like Prada and Chanel are the perfect complement for any outdoor table.  But, if you are like me and tend to lose or break your shades, then go for a less expensive designer copy. Some of my go-to places to purchase shades on the cheap are Free People, Agaci’, and Francesca’s.  

Cute shoes are a lunching must!  Why? Because that’s the first thing your girlfriends will notice when you sit down and cross your legs.  Have you been to Stanley Eisenman’s new shoe store at Clearfork? Not only are the shoes fabulous, but the store design is an architectural masterpiece!  

Stanley still carries all of the fabulous brands they are famous for:  Stuart Weitzman, Paul Green, Donald Pliner, Brunate, and Pedro Garcia….just to name a few.  And I am loving their new shoe stars like On Sneakers, Dee Keller, Bettye Muller, Joan Oloff, and Materia Prima.  From their stunning collection of Catherine Page jewelry to beautiful handbags, Stanley Eisenman’s also has the perfect accessory to complement a gorgeous pair of shoes!   

What you wear to lunch sometimes depends on where you’re coming from or where you are going. A great look on our board is a pair of vegan leather black ankle pants with a grey sweater worn over a white t-shirt…and the Converse sneakers give the outfit a youthful flair!  Thanks to the rise in athleisure wear, you don’t have to make a wardrobe change in-between your Sunday spin class and brunch with the girls.

Think about wearing a stylish athleisure outfit from T by Talbots.  Their comfortable fitness wear comes in a multitude of colors and fabrics…just add a cute baseball cap and a pair of On sneakers from Stanley’s.  But please be forewarned….with your cool leisure style, you could be mistaken for a “brunch-babe”!

Ladies who lunch these days may not be dressed to the nines like ladies from the past, but their styling is way more creative and youthful.  Jeans are perfect for just about any occasion. I tend to favor dressed-up jeans…so easy to accomplish with a blazer, blouse, and a cute new pair of shoes from Stanley’s.  So stylish and perfect for a patio lunch at B&B…don’t you think?

Wow…is it just me, or has Fort Worth become the “New San Diego”?  I’m pretty sure the ladies who lunch deserve all the credit for bringing the cool factor back to our hometown!  

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 updated Pinterest board here.

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] 

What Would Holley Wear: Free Tips from a Personal Stylist

Don’t you just love it when someone gives you something for free?  My favorite thing about style is….it really isn’t something that can be bought.

…At the end of the day, it’s not about how much something costs.

…It’s more about how you style it…and styling, my friends, is free!

With that in mind, I am presenting my first edition of ways to style the clothes you already have in your closet.  All for free…of course!  

So let’s start with how to tweak your jackets or blazers.  To give your style the “cool factor”, push your jacket sleeves up to reveal your cuffs.  Blouses with bell sleeves and extra-long cuffs worn with your blazer will add an additional “too cool for school” look.  So push those sleeves up!

 Nothing says “fashionista” like a draped or off the shoulder jacket. So instead of wearing your jacket, start draping it.  A draped blazer thrown over a t-shirt worn with jeans is a great way to dress-up your casual style. And the coolest new way to drape is the “off the shoulder drape” as seen on our Pinterest board.  It costs nothing and makes your outfit look infinitely cooler and more chic.

Do you have belts in your closet you haven’t worn in forever?  May I suggest you repurpose your belts and start belting your blazers, coats, ponchos, and shawls?  This is a classy way to add style to your outer wear and a great way to repurpose an old belt.  

So maybe you are not that into belts, or maybe you don’t own a belt.  Don’t worry because I have another “free” tip for you!  Wrap a shirt around your waist.  This serves three purposes; the sleeves can go through belt loops and act as a belt, it gives a flattering and slimming effect, and it’s beyond cool! Practical, flattering, and cool…sounds like a triple threat!

Another creative way to style is with layering.  Instead of purchasing new jackets, coats, etc., start layering the ones in your closet.  My “go to” layering style is to wear a blazer over a jean jacket or sweatshirt hoodie.  If you have a vest in your closet, think about layering it over a denim jacket worn with a plaid flannel shirt…just add jeans and boots. Wow…it sounds like you have a really cool closet!

When accessorizing with jewelry, remember this…minimal can be memorable.  Be happy with the jewelry you have and think about wearing one bracelet, one necklace, etc. at a time.  A great way to repurpose one of your grandmother’s brooches is to wear it on your sleeve cuff or shoulder. Don’t you just love bringing nostalgia back?  

And remember…one large statement piece will always do the trick!  My favorite way to wear a statement necklace is to wear it backwards!  Sounds nuts…right? An example is a multi-colored necklace I purchased at a garage sale for $3.  When I wear it “wrong-side-out”, it becomes a whole new fabulous silver and gold necklace.  Trust me on this one…there’s nothing like making a statement for free!

Hopefully, you’ve been stylishly inspired.  And please stay tuned because I will be sharing more “free styling tips” in the near future! BTW….don’t you just love it when someone gives you something for free?  

What Would Holley Wear: Layers

February is the perfect month to wear layers.  Sometimes we need a coat, and sometimes a few layers will do the trick.

The main thing I love about layering is it allows me to be creative with my styling!

In the middle of winter, sometimes wearing a coat is necessary.  So let’s start with layering a coat.  Jenna Lyons, the former creative mastermind behind J Crew, started the double-jacket trend.  We are loving her black coat layered over a jean jacket, satin pants and blue suede pumps.  Another great coat layering style is a camel jacket layered over a denim jacket, t-shirt, and jeans.  Both of these signature styles can easily transition into spring.  

 New York subway riders have definitely got the layering trend down.  With sweaters, coats, leggings, scarfs, hats, gloves, and boots, they are ready to take on the city…one layer at a time.  I guess you could call me a “subway-stalker”, because every time I’m in the city, I study their looks and attempt to copy their urban styles.  With all the layers, I actually feel like I have that New York swagger…minus the Southern accent!

Vests are perfect for our Southern climate and come in handy on a cold winter day.  A fun look on our Pinterest board is a green puffer vest layered over a plaid shirt, striped t-shirt, and a denim vest. A statement necklace gives it a preppy vibe.   Mixed prints always add flair to a layered look.  Another cute way to achieve this look is with a herringbone vest.  These look great layered over a plaid shirt…striped sweater…animal print…you name it!  So cute and a great “in-vest-ment”!

Have you thought about layering your coat over a puffer vest?  A rain jacket layered over a checked shirt, flannel shirt, and white puffer vest is perfect for this time of year.  And we are also loving a red rain coat layered over a striped sweater, black puffer vest, jeans, and rubber boots.

Blazers have been my go-to layered look this season.  A black Michael Kors blazer goes with everything.  For an everyday look, I layer it over a black & white checked shirt from H&M, and top it off with a mauve velour hoodie from Forever 21.  A great sale purchase I made after the holidays was a plaid blazer from H&M.  One stylish way I wear it is layered over a red and white striped shirt from Zara, and a pearl jean jacket (a gift from a dear friend).  And all I need to add are jeans and boots.

 For an “athleisure” winter layered look, I pair workout pants from Target with a silver metallic pullover from F21, burgundy Hunter boots, and a large burgundy plaid scarf from Nordstrom’s.  When it’s really chilly, I add my reversible Calvin Klein puffer coat from T J Maxx.  A great athleisure look on our Pinterest board is black stretch pants, grey hoodie, black puffer vest, and black boots.  And if you plan to stop by the gym or go for a walk, all you have to do is trade out the boots with sneakers!  

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy marshmallow soup, which is kinda the same thing.”

Wow!  All this talk about layering makes me want to bundle up in some warm layers and take a brisk walk?  Who can meet me at Rise and share a chocolate soufflé’?    

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