What Would Holley Wear: Plaid Tidings

“Plaid Tidings,” dear friends!  Since plaid is one of our favorite “it” patterns, we want to share some fun ways to wear plaid during the holiday season.  

I bet you are right in the middle of shopping and gift wrapping.  Speaking of wraps, let’s start with coats. A trench coat is “the coat” of the year.  When you add a plaid trench to the equation, you’ve got a holiday hit! We are major crushing on Burberry’s high-gloss trench….great for holiday shopping and even for a rainy day!  

If you own a classic camel trench, think about giving it a festive pop with a plaid scarf.  A plaid scarf draped over the shoulder and tucked through the coat belt is insanely stylish.  A green plaid scarf from Tuckernuck will add an effortlessly classic touch to any trench. And be sure to check out the beautiful red plaid coat by Nygard at Dillard’s.  Wow, with all the talk about trenches and scarves….I’m calling this “a wrap”!

Sometimes all we need to keep us warm in our Southern winter climate is a vest….right?  We love how a tartan plaid vest can be dressed up or dressed down. Wearing it with a cable sweater and black skinny jeans gives it a polished casual party look!  For a snow day, a plaid vest paired with leggings and duck boots will add warmth and style to a cold-weather ensemble.

How many ways can you wear a holiday plaid shirt?  Dozens….right? A look that will take you from the Christmas tree lot to happy hour is a pair of black leggings topped with a plaid shirt and fur vest.  Here’s to holiday cheer! And a green plaid shirt paired with a faux fur vest looks yummier than a cup of hot chocolate…don’t forget to add a candy cane!  

Want to know what pairs perfectly with a strand of pearls, a party skirt, and a cup of tea?  You guessed it….a plaid blouse. For a bit of sparkle, a plaid blouse and sequined skirt are the perfect combo for the office party.  We think plaid and tulle are a match made in heaven. So, show me a mother and daughter wearing matching plaid shirts and tulle skirts, and I’ll show you the most adorable holiday family photo-op….ever!   

Time to hang the greens?   A tartan mini skirt paired with a black sweater and tights makes for an ideal tree-trimming combo.  And be sure to check out J Crew’s plaid mini skirt and denim jacket ensemble. Speaking of great holiday combos….we are crazy about plaid pants or leggings paired with either a fur vest, sweater, or blouse.  Don’t you just love “plaid personality?”

What’s your comfy cozy style?  Mine is definitely a pair of plaid pajama bottoms paired with a gray sweater….a great look for Christmas morning. For a little extra coziness, be sure to add a pair of fur-lined moccasin slippers to your pajama ensemble. Plaid never looked so comfy!  

 As Christmas Day nears, we want to wish you and yours “Plaid Tidings” and have yourself a merry little Christmas….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: (OCD) Obsessive Christmas Disorder

Is there a doctor in the house?  I know I’m not supposed to self-diagnose, but I’m pretty sure I’m coming down with something called OCD (Obsessive Christmas Disorder)!  The good news according to my research….I should be on the mend by January 1!

Did I mention, we love Christmas “a-latte”?  Sitting by the tree with a cup of coffee and wearing a cute pair of pajamas definitely puts me in the holiday spirit.  From plaid flannel PJs to reindeer slippers, it just makes me happy! How cute are a pair of blue penguin pajamas? Pretty cute….right? And of course they look adorable when matched with penguin house shoes! Hmmm…a great gift idea for my daughter-in-law….penguin lover extraordinaire!   

You know that feeling when you are so crazy/busy during the season and just need a moment to catch up and meet a friend for a cup of coffee?  We’ve got just the look for you….a red coat! A red duffle coat worn over a camel turtleneck with white jeans and nude pumps is perfect for a quick coffee catchup with your bestie.  BTW…my holiday motto is: “Keep Calm & Drink Coffee!”

They’re back….tacky Christmas sweaters!  But the good news is, with a little tweaking, they can look “somewhat” fashionable.  To add an edge to your holiday sweater style, top if off with a faux leather jacket. A pair of red heels will definitely add a kick and a little class to your “tacky” sweater ensemble. Also think about wearing your sweater with velvet slacks, and drape a faux fur scarf over your shoulders. Wow…tacky never looked so chic!

Do I hear jingle bells?  It looks like my cousin, Alicia, invited her friend Jose’ Cuervo to a festive “girlfriend” party.  From her cute outfit to her Christmas margarita recipe, she’s ready to celebrate. How do you plan to add a little jingle to your holiday party style? From glorious greens to royal reds, our Pinterest board features an amazing array of holiday party styles. A board fav that shouts “Holley’s Style” features a red satin midi skirt matched with a black turtleneck and Gucci handbag.  Add a pink coat and this look definitely says….jingle all the way!!!

So here’s a personal question….have you been naughty or nice this year?  Oh my….then I think the “naughty” clutch from Harper’s Bazaar is the perfect holiday statement bag for you. When it comes to signature acrylic clutches, Edie Parker’s bags are the ultimate! Her “Ho, ho, ho” holiday bag is my favorite because it goes with everything, from a pair of jeans to an evening gown!  

 

Mrs. Twist has this naughty/nice tshirt from Emily McCarthy

Rumor has it….a few of you are on Santa’s “nice list!”  So on your behalf, I decided to do a little investigative work and met with Neiman’s graduate gemologist at Clearfork.  To say their precious jewelry is breathtaking is an understatement. And just between you, me, and Santa’s elves…being nice never looked so dazzling!!!

Okay…let’s be honest, this OCD is really getting to me.  I’m starting to wonder if it will be as late as February before I recover.  Uh oh….looks like “someone” might be going to rehab!

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: Our Four Favorite Sweater Styles

Besides keeping us warm, sweaters also complete an outfit. With long cardigans, statement sleeves, cable knits, and turtlenecks, let’s get started and talk about some of this season’s sweater trends!

Do you like to make a statement? Then sweaters with statement-sleeves are definitely the look for you. One of our Pinterest board picks shows a gray hooded sweater with bell sleeves paired with white jeans, a Louis Vuitton backpack, and brown lace-up Vans.  Style influencer, Jess Kirby, puts together a cute ensemble featuring a white sweater with pop-corn sleeves paired with crop jeans and a teddy bear coat.  

Bulky sweaters with balloon sleeves are so on-trend.  A Pinterest board favorite features one of these beauties styled with a Staud bucket bag and large pearl hoop earrings.  A super-sized gray sweater with balloon sleeves matched with gray jeans looks so comfy and perfect for a casual night out by the fire pit!  Did I mention my husband makes the best fires…ever?

Looking for a sweater outfit that makes a statement in a subtle, yet elegant way?  Then we think you will love a few of the all-black ensembles on our Pinterest board. A beautiful black sweater with balloon sleeves paired with black leather pants, Gucci belt, and a Chanel handbag is ultra-classy.  Do you like to give a cold shoulder to your fall and winter party style? If so, think about wearing a black off-the-shoulder sweater with black jeans to your next winter party….subtle and sexy!

True confession….my favorite sweater is a turtleneck.  If you are wanting a classy look, you can’t miss with this classic style.  I’m loving a camel turtleneck with a white border accompanied by a beautiful pair of gold earrings…it’s all in the details!  A fabulous city look on Pinterest shows an oversized camel turtleneck with a black leather skirt, leggings, and over-the-knee boots….so city-chic!

Cable sweaters are always in style, and today’s version is no exception.  A new twist for cable sweaters is wearing them tucked in a skirt or pants, with or without a belt.  My favorite Pinterest board pick shows a belted brown suede pencil skirt complemented by a tucked-in creamy cable knit sweater.  A great ensemble to duplicate would be a black pleated midi skirt paired with a cable sweater….we are loving the orange cable on our board!  For me, the ultimate Pinterest look shows a large chunky sweater half-tucked in leather pants and draped with a camel coat…a great way to show-off your sense of style!

One of this season’s trendiest sweaters is a long cardigan sweater.  To give it a preppy look, wear it over a pair of dark-wash jeans with a crisp white blouse and add a suede clutch.  A long cardigan paired with jeans or sweats is so comfy. Did I mention we are loving all the gray cardigans featured on our Pinterest board?  Just add jeans, a t-shirt and a pair of comfy kicks!

So, here’s the plan….grab a sweater, and meet me in my back yard for an amazing wood burning fire!  Don’t you just love sweater-weather?

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: Balenciaga in Black

“Balenciaga alone is a couturier in the truest sense of the word…the rest are just designers.”  Coco Chanel

FRANCE – CIRCA 1927: Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972), spanish couturier. France, 1927. LIP-12272. (Photo by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

The Kimbell Art Museum did it again!  They brought a once in a lifetime art exhibit to our city….“Balenciaga in Black.”  This stylish exhibit explores the creative genius of Spanish fashion designer, Cristobal Balenciaga. You can view his masterful pieces from the Galleria Collection and the Balenciaga archives at the museum’s Piano Pavilion now through January 6.   

Since the color black served as the guiding principal for the legendary dressmaker, we were inspired to follow his lead.  Like his Galleria Collection, let’s start with black cocktail dresses and party styles. Our favorite Pinterest board pick is a lace dress with layers of ruffles at the hem designed by Oscar de la Renta.  You will definitely want to view some of the gorgeous black cocktail dresses from Neiman Marcus on our Pinterest board!

To give your all-black style a contemporary vibe, we suggest wearing a pantsuit.  An “uptown girl” look on our Pinterest board features a black pantsuit complemented with a lace blouse.  For a sophisticated party look, we are loving black leather pants paired with an off-the-shoulder sweater….just add purple heels for a pop of color and a little sass!  Ready or not party season…here we come!!!

Haute Couture:  The definition of “haute” is…fashionably elegant or high class, and “couture” translates literally from French as dressmaking.  If you are planning to attend this year’s Jewel Charity Ball and want to look fashionably elegant, we suggest a black evening gown.  A gorgeous dress from Nordstrom’s by Eliza J features a lavish satin bow elegantly draped over the single shoulder of a luxe black-velvet gown.  And we are sharing more “high class” styles on our Pinterest board.

Orlew Lauger, Kimbell Art Museum docent, recently gave our P.E.O. chapter a private viewing of the Balenciaga collection.  To pay tribute to the master, our members wore black to the luncheon and tour. My ensemble included a pair of black waxed pants, a black blouse with bow cuffs, and a black blazer….all complemented with black booties and handbag.  And of course…our P.E.O. chapter members saluted Mr. Balenciaga in a most fashionable way!

Though wearing all black is very elegant, it can also be worn in a casual way.  How comfy are a pair of black leather leggings, sweater, and jacket matched with black sneakers? And for a pop of fun, add a black and white checked scarf! We are also loving a black teddy-bear jacket worn with leather pants and black Nike’s.  With black you can easily achieve a casual, yet classic look!

Considering the amount of time, money, and skill allotted to each piece, “haute couture” garments are also described as having no price tag.  That being said, I highly recommend you visit the Balenciaga in Black Exhibit, because without a doubt….it’s priceless!

 

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: Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

This year, John and I are celebrating Thanksgiving twice!  First we celebrated in Kansas City with Andy and Melissa, and our four grandchildren (ages 1 to 11).  And next week, we head to New York to celebrate with Chris and our New Jersey cousins. Spending time with family….it doesn’t get any better than that!  

Not only did we celebrate Thanksgiving early in Kansas but we also celebrated Eli’s 1st birthday and Pop’s 65th birthday!  When we are with our grandchildren, comfort is more on my radar than style.  My KC Thanksgiving/Birthday weekend style consisted of jeans, sweaters, and flat boots.  From playing on the floor with a 1 and 3 year old to playing cards with a 9 and 11 year old….I make sure my style is always “grandmother friendly”!  By the way…guess who loved their birthday cake the most?

I am loving all the striped sweaters, ponchos, and wraps in stores and on our Pinterest board.  For our Kansas Thanksgiving dinner, I dressed up my “comfy grandmother” look a bit by wearing gray jeans with a creamy white turtleneck complemented with a striped poncho.  With my snakeskin boots from Zara, I was ready for “turkey-time!” Be sure to take a look at all of the fall/winter striped sweaters and wraps on our Pinterest board!

 

Fall floral dresses and skirts are another great look for a Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.  We are loving a floral dress from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale on our Pinterest board. With a pair of black suede booties, it makes for the perfect fall/winter ensemble.  Wanting to add a pop to your holiday style? Then think about wearing a statement blouse or sweater with a floral skirt and boots!

Next week we are heading to New York to celebrate Thanksgiving with our son, Chris, and our New Jersey cousins.  We have dinner reservations at Jasmine’s in mid-town. Yep….we are having Chinese for our New York Thanksgiving dinner!  Since I’m loving this season’s suede and leather skirts, I plan to wear a brown faux suede midi skirt with a grey turtleneck sweater and my black Eileen Fisher moto jacket.  And one more thing….I’m pretty sure my outfit will pair perfectly with Peking duck and sparkling wine!

For the remainder of our New York trip, we will be busy sightseeing and doing a lot of city walking.  The key wardrobe factor here will be flat knee-high boots. Plus they will go great with everything I’m taking…my suede skirt, jeans, and a pair of faux leather pants.  Our Pinterest board features so many cool city looks to copy from boots to leather pants and skirts. I’m especially loving a pair of leather pants topped with a wool rust coat layered over a white sweater and worn with flat booties!  How New York-ish does that sound?

After celebrating my favorite holiday twice this year with family….I’m reminded how “grateful … thankful … and blessed” I am.  With that, I would like to share a thanksgiving toast with each of you….“may your lives be filled with both thanks and giving!”

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: Fall Crops and Culottes

This week we are sharing our favorite ways to wear fall/winter culottes. Once a spring and summer look, culottes have made a big come back and now work year-round.  

Want to give your culottes a “too cool for school” vibe?  Then think about wearing them with a leather or denim jacket.  Two fab Pinterest board looks show camel culottes paired with a leather jacket…one dressed-up with heels and one worn casual with sneakers.  An ultra-trendy style shows a pair of camel culottes with a white turtleneck sweater topped with a denim jacket. And for an extra pop, they added snakeskin booties!   How cool is that?

I have to admit…I’m loving all the fall leather culottes.  For a sophisticated seasonal look, you can’t miss with layers of brown leather…jacket, culottes, and booties.  Another classic look on our Pinterest board shows a pair of black leather culottes topped with a camel sweater and coat.  And my favorite board pick is definitely a striped sweater and black leather culottes.

Doing a double take?  Then take a look at a cute pair of khaki culottes shown two ways….one with a black sweater and one with a white sweater.  Basically, they swapped out the tops, shoes, and handbags….an easy switch-a-roo! There are so many ways to wear black culottes!   One Pinterest board feature shows black culottes with an adorable cropped sweater with elbow patches. Another classy look matches black culottes with a gray turtleneck and knee-high boots.

Looking for the perfect fall transition style?  Then look no further because the answer is denim culottes.  Show me a pair of frayed denim culottes, and I’ll show you one of this season’s “it” trends!  For a casual weekend look, wear a cable sweater with your denim culottes. When the weather starts turning a bit cooler, adding a vest, sweater, and boots will do the trick.  To up your “casual Friday” style, think about wearing a blazer or trench coat with your denim culottes…a bonus for sure!

What’s your favorite fall color? One of my fall favorites is olive green, and I’m loving a Pinterest post featuring olive green culottes, printed t-shirt, leather jacket, and sneakers.  To give a pair of green culottes a dressed-up vibe, top off your outfit with a leopard print coat! Another way to incorporate this fall color into your wardrobe is with an olive green vest.  A long vest worn with white cropped jeans and an animal print clutch is a great intro to fall. And remember….white after Labor Day is the norm these days!

Did you know that culottes make for a great party look?  One way to accomplish this is by wearing them with a blouse or sweater with statement sleeves.  Style star, Olivia Palermo, never misses a fashion beat. Her black culottes matched with a white statement blouse tell me one thing….the beat goes on!  And fashion maven, Jenna Lyons, marches to the beat of her own drum as well. She creatively styles white wrap culottes two ways….one with a sheer pearl embellished top and another with a white off-the-shoulder top.  Drum roll please!

From Labor Day throughout the winter season, culottes are now considered a fall/winter fashion staple.  And I don’t know about you, but I just love how an old classic has become a new trend!

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: Cool and Classic Eileen Fisher

When Sari Moore, Store Leader of Eileen Fisher at Northpark Center invited me to give an in-house style presentation to their clients, I was beyond elated!  The best way to describe Eileen Fisher’s style is cool & classic! Each piece is designed to be worn casually or dressed up. Genius….right?

Since I’m a jeans kind of gal, one of my goals was to show their clients how to incorporate jeans with the flowy style Eileen Fisher is known for.  The day of the event, I wore an EF funnel neck top with a pair of her black skinny jeans and demonstrated how to style it with different wraps and jackets.  To complete my outfit, I added a pair of EF black suede booties…classic perfection!

 

To add a little flair, Sari showed the ladies how to give the outfit a pop with one of their fabulous scarves.  She also brought in beautiful handcrafted jewelry from Akola, located in Snider Plaza. Be sure to take a look at all the fun party pictures on our Pinterest board and find out more about Akola jewelry at akolaproject.org

 

The thing I love most about Eileen Fisher is “the system”….eight simple shapes.  An entire wardrobe can be built around “the system,” from long and short shells, tank tops and dresses, to their four awesome pant options. It’s the fit that makes their simple shapes work effortlessly season after season. My favorite EF pant is their slim pant…a streamlined style that looks great with long layers.  And to give it a more relaxed fit, you can order one size up! Hmmm….I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to do a happy dance!

Their October and November pieces are all about bold color combinations grounded with a neutral.  Megan Markle brought navy back, and Eileen Fisher brought “midnight” back…her luxe version of navy that perfectly balances their bold fall colors.  I’m major crushing on their “red lory” with orangey undertones, and their “pine” is the most luxurious version of green I’ve ever seen. Built around a neutral, their pieces are so easy to color block.  And the good news….the Northpark team members can easily assist you with the perfect fit and color combo! A shopping bonus, indeed!

Accessories always complete an outfit….right?  From scarves to handbags, Eileen Fisher gives her clients easy coordinated options.  One of my favorites is a navy and grey plaid scarf modeled by the gorgeous Gigi, Northpark team member.  Don’t you just love how it perfectly complements their navy tank dress? Eileen’s grey felt tote is the ideal everyday bag and will give your travel style a touch of sophistication….definitely my pick for a weekend jaunt to New York!  

Eileen Fisher’s contemporary styles are not only classic but super comfy and hip!  Wow…it looks like I just made a new best friend! By the way….her name is Eileen! How cool is that?

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: Mad for Plaid

Okay, I’m just going to say it….we are “mad for plaid”….which just happens to be one of this season’s biggest trend!   From shoes to jackets, we’re sharing some great looks that will take you from a business meeting to a busy weekend!

To up your professional style, consider wearing a checked pantsuit.  A fun and mod way to add a little pizzazz to your office style is with a black checked pantsuit and white sneakers. Geometric shapes are perfect for the office. We are loving a pair of black and white checked pants topped with a contrasting poncho and a red checked clutch adds the perfect pop of color!

A sophisticated look on our Pinterest board shows a belted black and white plaid jacket worn with white slacks.  An all-plaid pantsuit is another great office style, and we are loving the gray pantsuit on our board shown with a black Givenchy handbag.  Please know, a plaid pantsuit is so versatile. You can wear the pants with a sweater or blouse or wear the jacket with jeans. Make it work girl!!!

Maybe you do not have a fulltime career but still put in a lot of hours on volunteer committees or auxiliary boards.  For your volunteer job, a plaid jacket worn with jeans gives a casual vibe to a put-together look. Our Pinterest board favorite from Nordstrom’s anniversary sale features a pair of jeans worn with a brown Gucci belt and topped with a plaid car coat.  And think about finishing off this chic look with fur-lined loafers!

We are really getting a kick out of the plaid shoe trend!  Toms and Vans are two brands that offer fun plaid sneakers from slip-ons to lace-ups.  And don’t you think a pair of plaid rain boots is perfect for a rainy autumn day? Burberry is the ultimate when it comes to plaid rain boots….be sure to add a scarf and plaid tote!

Plaid skirts are my favorite preppy look!  Ralph Lauren has cornered the preppy market for years….point proven with their vintage blanket-wrap plaid skirt. J. W. Anderson brings a contemporary look to plaid with their asymmetric maxi skirt. And my favorite Pinterest look is a plaid wrap ruffle skirt as seen on Nina Garcia, creative director of Elle magazine.  BTW….if you want to score extra preppy-points, just add a denim shirt!

What says “preppy” more than a cable sweater complemented with something plaid?  Nothing…right? To rev up your preppy style, we think an ideal look is a cable sweater, plaid shirt, and jeans.  Another cute option on our Pinterest board shows a cable sweater and jeans topped with an oversized plaid scarf. By the way, did you know Target has some great plaid scarf options?  Sounds like you are ready for “Friday night lights!”

With all these great options, how can you not be “mad for plaid?” From the first day of school throughout winter, it’s the perfect look for our Texas weather.  

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: Anthropologie

From bohemian to classic, Anthropologie seems to have a style for everyone.  We are so fortunate to have one of their stores in Fort Worth. With its artsy interior design and merchandise display, you get a “cool vibe” the minute you walk in.  

It was a blast when my friends, Laurie and Rochelle, and I recently modeled in their annual fall style show….thanks to Tamara Zrostlik, Anthropologie apparel manager.  And a bonus….we got to work with their in-house stylist, Carol Lumpkin. The style show theme was “Layers of Love,” benefiting Living beyond Breast Cancer. The outfit I modeled was a pair of grey skinny jeans complemented with an oversized white turtleneck with dramatic sleeves and draped with a plaid cardigan….plus lots of “layers” of bracelets.

Browsing Anthro’s online store can be just as fun as being in the actual store.  When you click on “Shop the Trend” you will discover this month’s trend is menswear.  Man, oh man….we are loving these looks! From a pair of plaid leggings matched with a white sweater and belted mojo jacket to a striped shirt dress, you will find some wonderfully inspired options.  A great look for the fall season is their navy double-knit blazer paired with jeans and a navy and white striped t-shirt. For a trendy pop, they added a scarf-tied yellow handbag and a pair of animal print loafers.  

At age 74, Lauren Hutton, is Anthro’s menswear muse.  The fact that they chose a “seasoned” woman to be their fall ambassador makes me love them that much more!  With over 53 years of modeling experience, Hutton ups Anthro’s game with her ageless style. We think she “brings it” when wearing a pair of striped Hepburn wide leg pants complemented with a lovely white blouse.  And of course, she looks fabulous in a grey sweater dress draped with a long belted coat. So many great looks for every age…don’t you think?

You will want to be sure to check out their jewelry selection in the store and online as well.  I was thrilled to discover one of my favorite Australian-based jewelry designers, Amber Sceats, has teamed up with Anthropologie. Her resin jewelry embodies artistic style and individuality. From her green resin hoop earrings to her Tokyo resin bracelets, “she creates a timeless tribute to abstract expression.” How artistic does that sound?  

For my everyday go-to style, I love wearing Anthro’s monogramed “H” initial necklace, because it goes with everything I own and is so on-trend!  Another necklace I’m coveting is their triple relic coin set. You can choose to make a subtle statement by wearing them individually, or opt for a trendy, layered look.  Anyway you wear them, this set will add a classic touch to your style.

Anthro Style Team

So there you have it….a quick guide to shopping at Anthropologie.  Be sure to browse online and check out more options on our Pinterest board.  And speaking of “layers of love”….think about loving yourself and make an appointment with their in-house stylist, Carol Lumpkin!  Trust me….it will be so worth it!

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: Casual Friday

“It might be “Casual Friday”, but that doesn’t mean your sense of style should take a break”

Wow…how true is that quote?  As a wardrobe consultant, I’ve been invited to professional offices over the years to talk to their employees about how to dress casual and still look professional.  Seems like a no-brainer…right?

So, for once and for all…let’s do this and get it right!  Denim is the usual go-to look for a casual day at the office.  To give your denim a professional vibe, wear your jeans with a blazer the same way you wear your suit pants with a blazer. In other words, make your jacket work overtime! For a classic touch, add a scarf and a classy handbag.

Speaking of scarves, accessories are an easy way to add polish to a casual look.  You will definitely want to include a scarf in your fall/winter-office style. A gray coat worn with skinny jeans topped with a camel blanket scarf is so chic….add a leather handbag for extra luxe.   A camel coat, sweater, and jeans paired with a black scarf and cross body bag will definitely score brownie points with the boss!

Cardigans, wraps, and kimonos are another way to dress up your casual style.  The key here is coordinating with shoes/boots and accessories to give your denim a polished look.  A Pinterest board favorite shows a long bulky cardigan belted. By belting a cardigan, it shows off your waist and makes it look like a coat.  A day-to-night look we love shows a pair of black flared jeans topped with a floral kimono. Hmmm….looks like these wraps are working over-time!

When you are in “the trenches”, it’s good to know a wardrobe built around staples can be a life saver.  We think a trench coat should definitely be a staple in your career wardrobe. They look great over dresses and suits and ultra-classy when worn with jeans or wide leg trousers.  To give your trench coat a current look, add a few “it” accessories…like a Staud bucket bag, an initial necklace from Anthropology, and tortoise earrings from Bauble Bar.

Did you know it is perfectly acceptable to wear leggings to work on “Casual Friday”?  But here’s the deal: Make sure you complement your leggings with a long tunic top, or long sweater or blazer.  We are loving Spanx faux leather leggings. A Houston blogger gets it right by matching her Spanx leggings with a long white shirt topped with a black sweater.  A look I think is perfect for “Casual Friday” is black leggings coupled with a camel J Crew blazer and oversized checked scarf.

An army green jacket should definitely be one of your wardrobe staples. Typically they are a “weekend look” but also perfect for casual Friday. There are several cute fall options to check out on our Pinterest board. Think about pairing a wrap jacket with a striped sweater, scarf, jeans, and top off the look with a pair of over the knee boots. And when the weekend rolls around, just add a suede cap!   

You do know there’s business casual and then there’s weekend casual….right?  To stretch the budget, anything from frayed denim to logo t-shirts are a fun way to give your “Casual Friday” style a weekend vibe!  In other words, repurpose your plaid blazer by wearing it with distressed denim and a logo t-shirt. Meeting a friend for a cup of Joe on Saturday morning?  We think the trench coat you wore on Monday with black slacks and heels will look just as amazing with tattered jeans and loafers. Make that budget work girl!  

Get ready!  Because once you combine your great taste, style, and common sense with a few of my “Casual Friday” suggestions….it’s bonus time!!!

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.