Pretty Sweaters for Spring

Spring can’t come fast enough!  Right?  But with so many beautiful sweater options….I kind of wish it would stay cool just a bit longer. Let’s see What Would Holley Wear!

Ann Taylor’s ruffled shoulder sweaters in lilac and lemon lend a feminine touch to a jean ensemble.  Or pair them with a faux leather skirt or slacks…either way, you will love their flirty flair.  An Ann Taylor long or short cardigan is a great way to layer during the winter to spring transition.  BTW…we think their long plaid boyfriend cardigan checks all the boxes!  

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Speaking of trendy…we’re loving H&M’s selection of boxy sweaters.  It doesn’t get any trendier than a neon green or light purple turtleneck sweater.  Wear them with jeans or with a skirt or even over a dress….and don’t forget boots.  Wanting to dress up a tad?  H&M’s fine knit sweater with decorative gold buttons on the shoulder is the ideal spring sweater and comes in five colors.  

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The best way to trick Mother Nature is by wearing pastel and bright colors.  Talbot’s has got this down to a “T”!  With the polish of a jacket and the softness of a sweater, we’re enamored with their blue sweater jacket.  If you’re looking for a way to ease into spring, Talbot’s funnel neck sweater is the look for you.  And it comes in 8 beautiful colors….guaranteed to put a smile on your face!  

Looking for a way to express yourself?  An Express black and white color block sweater has “classic style” written all over it and goes great with black or white jeans.  For a little extra chicness, you will love one of their sweater jackets.  My picks are a long black cardigan with white trim and gold buttons or a white fringe open front sweater jacket.  Sounds a little Chanel-ish…don’t you think?

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Nordstrom’s selection of striped sweaters definitely welcomes springtime.  Their boatneck sweater….available in pink, navy, or light blue stripes delivers timeless style.  We’re loving how cashmere goes casual with an ultra-soft striped cardigan.  For a positive vibe, one of their pastel striped cardigan sweaters will definitely bring a chic touch to your spring sweater style!  

Sweater weather never looked so joyful and bright!  Don’t you agree?

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].  

How to Style a Sweatshirt

Remember when a sweatshirt was something you wore to P.E. class?  Not these days…they’ve made a comeback as a fashion statement.  And I can’t think of anything cooler than that.  Can you?  

City girls have been seen wearing sweatshirts under their suit jacket for some time now.  If you live in a cold climate….it makes sense.  Right?  Though, between you and me, I’m pretty sure they’re wearing them as a fashion statement….and not to be practical.  Whatever the reason…I’m loving the look.  For my citified look, I’m styling a camel hoodie with black leggings, boots, and a belted blazer!

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For a casual look, wear a sweatshirt with leggings or skinny jeans and an oversized denim jacket…just add sneakers or boots.  We’re loving a classic crewneck sweatshirt paired with jeans and mules topped with an oversized coat.  To give a skirt ensemble a youthful vibe, pair it with a sweatshirt and boots.  BTW…be sure to check out the sweatshirts and hoodies on Pinterest from Nordstrom Rack.

Click the pic to shop Holley’s style.A printed sweatshirt or hoodie not only makes a statement but also adds a hint of coolness to an everyday look.  I was recently gifted a Chanel sweatshirt by a brand called Designer-ish.  It goes great with faux leather leggings and black boots.  I’ve even paired it with an animal print midi skirt.  If you’re looking for a trendy new designer, look no further than Anine Bing.  Any of her printed sweatshirts will compliment a blazer, jeans, and skirt.

Click the pic to shop Holley’s style.Even if you’re still wearing your sweatshirt to the gym, it’s so easy to transition to an athleisure style after a workout.  To give your casual look a French vibe, wear a Paris sweatshirt with faux leather leggings and sneakers…Ooh la la!   Whether you’re taking the dog for a walk or just hanging out at Mutts….you’ll love all the dog lover printed sweatshirts on our Pinterest board.  And just so you know….they are wag-approved!  

I don’t know about you…but I’m loving all the new ways to transition my sweatshirts into cute outfits.  No sweat…right?  Be sure to head over to our Like to Know It or download the LiketoKnow.it app on your phone to shop pics via screenshot.

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].  

Holley’s Amazon Winter Favorites

So how many times have I referenced Amazon Fashion in my articles?  Too many to keep up with…right?  Since I can’t help myself, I’m sharing What Would Holley Wear – Favorite Amazon Fashions!  

No doubt, a shawl/poncho is a necessity during the winter months.  Amazon has a wonderful selection, and one of their reversible shawls/ponchos is definitely on my favorites list!  A style influencer on our Pinterest page shows us how versatile a navy plaid/striped shawl is for everyday style.  For a sophisticated look, I’m recommending one of their reversible checked ponchos…available in four color options.  

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We have a few more months to wear boots and Amazon has an amazing selection.  My favorites are Trask boots…highly rated, waterproof, and on sale for $99 (typically around $300).  I recently ordered a black leather pair that perfectly complements faux leather leggings and an oversized sweater.  If you’re wanting a fur-lined chunky boot, a pair of Doc Martens is the look for you. 

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Speaking of oversized sweaters…Amazon Fashion has so many awesome sweaters to choose from.  If you love a cable sweater, then you’re really going to love one of their chunky pullover cables….available in seven colors.  The same goes for their open front cable sweater…I’m a little partial to a purple one.  You too?  For a preppy look…wear an Amazon vest over a sweater or long-sleeved tee.

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If you are like me and really like a deal, Amazon Fashion has amazing designer-inspired copies.  A serpentine buckle wrapped around a black faux leather belt is the only way I’m letting a snake near me.  The good news is…it’s a great designer dupe for $12 vs the $750 designer belt.  A no-brainer….right?  And an Amazon pearl buckle belt will give a designer-ish vibe to your fabulous style! 

Click the pic to shop Holley’s style.Another designer copy I’m partial to is their fur-lined mules.  We’re loving on our Pinterest page is how a fashion blogger wears her tan fur-lined Amazon mules with leggings and a sweater draped with a blazer.  So classy!  I typically wear my black fur-lined mules with skinny jeans and a blazer….ideal for our Texas weather.

So how many more times do you think I will be referencing Amazon Fashion in future articles?  Hmmm….I don’t think I can count that high!

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].  

Lovely Gift Ideas from The Shops at Clearfork

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Are you a member of the “Self-Love Club”?   If not, no worries because the membership is free and guaranteed to make you feel really good about yourself!  

Club Rule #1: It’s okay to treat yourself to a few of life’s luxuries…anything from a candle to lingerie, and of course a box of chocolates from Kate Weiser.  So here’s my idea….plan a “You Day”.  Make a reservation at Rise3 and afterward, browse The Shops at Clearfork.  If you live out of town, treat yourself to our What Would Holley Wear LTK an app that lets you shop straight from your favorite blogger’s pages!  Download the free app for iPhone here or IOS here.

Kate Weiser Chocolate

Club Rule #2:  Check out Stanley Eisenman’s Fine Shoes….just across the street from Rise3.  For kicking around, my favorite is their sneaker selection.  Whether you are looking for a stylish fitness or fashion sneaker….Stanley has it!  I love running errands in a pair of Veja sneakers, and for a brisk walk….their ON sneakers keep me on the move.

Club Rule #3:  Choose something elegant…because you deserve the best!  So what’s more elegant and classic than a Burberry scarf?  Give yourself a little hug wearing one of their monogrammed traditional plaid scarves.  A Burberry “love” scarf is ideal for your favorite Valentine….You!  One of their skinny scarves can actually do double duty…tie it on your handbag or wear it as a hair accessory.

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Club Rule #4:  Take time to browse the lingerie department at Neiman Marcus.  We’re loving a Johnny Was slip dress with matching robe, or maybe you prefer Natoria’s floral pajama set and elegant robe!  The ultimate…an Olivia Van Halle snake-print kimono…so luxurious!  Go for it…you know you deserve it! 

Club Rule #5:  Treat yourself to a bangle or two from Tiffany & Co.  We think, “What the world needs now is love sweet love.”  And I’m pretty sure a Tiffany heart bracelet shares love….and world peace!  A blue heart tag bracelet or their heart toggle bracelet are ideal for your everyday style.  For a delicate look, Tiffany heart bracelet in 18k gold is so sweet…and so you!  

Congratulations on your “Self-Love Club” membership.  And since we “heart” you….we’re sharing some lovely gift ideas from The Shops at Clearfork on our LTK page.   

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].  

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Now that you’ve had a few weeks to refresh your closet, or style a boutique closet….let’s talk about building a capsule wardrobe.  Simply put…a capsule wardrobe is a set number of clothes that can mix and match with one another to create many outfits.

Be sure to visit Classy Yet Trendy for her step-by-step building a capsule wardrobe guide.

Typically you wear a capsule wardrobe for three months, and then you update it for the next season.  By having a set number of clothes per season, you limit your shopping….thus saving money!  And the good news…accessories, jewelry, shoes, workout clothes, and outerwear do not count.  To make it easy, I like to start in groups of three.  

For example….my winter capsule consists of 3 bottoms, 3 sweaters, 3 shirts, 3 blazers, and 3 skirts.  First, start with a color palette….mine is black, beige, gray, and camel.  Next, I add a coat, jacket, or accessory that compliments my capsule colors.   For a classy look, I’m loving a pair of black faux leather leggings paired with a belted black Michael Kors blazer.  To give my leggings a casual look, I wear them with an oversized sweater, animal print scarf, and black combat boots

Click the pic to shop Holley’s style.The great thing about a capsule wardrobe….you can be minimalistic or you can add flair with accessories and jackets.  Around the house, I wear my gray jeans with an oversized turtleneck and beige booties from Nordstrom….easy peazy!   If I’m going out, I switch to a ruffled blouse topped off with a checked blazer, brown belt, and boots….and a handbag to complete the outfit.  If it’s cold out, I’ll add my camel coat.

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My pleated midi skirts go great with a sweater and belt.  If I’m going out, I dress them up with a black shearling jacket paired with tights and black booties.  For a casual look, I like to top off a mock-wrap denim skirt with a black puffer jacket or faux leather jacket and combat boots.  Here are some of my wardrobe layouts. Be sure to check out more content on my Pinterest.  

Remember the whole idea of a capsule wardrobe is to keep it simple.  Once you’ve picked your basics…the choices will seem almost endless!  

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]. 

Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration

Remember Tina Turner’s hit song.…“What’s Love got to do with it?”  If it’s Valentine’s Day, the answer would be….everything!  Right?  And we are loving absolutely everything about Valentine’s Day outfits.

I’m going to make it simple and start with a red sweater.  I’m loving how a red sweater from H&M is featured four different ways on Pinterest…with a skirt,  jeans, faux leather pants, and white slacks.  If you have a red sweater in your closet…try copying one of those looks.  I’m wearing an old H&M red sweater two ways…with black skinnies and with an animal print skirt.  Be sure to take a look at the fabulous selection of red sweaters on our Pinterest board.

Click the pic to shop Holley’s style.Another way to add a Valentine vibe to your everyday style is with a red coat.  When it comes to coats, Amazon Fashion and Nordstrom’s give us so many great options.  For me, it’s hard to pick a favorite from Amazon, but I’m loving a long red metallic puffer.  Pair it with jeans and a turtleneck, or give it an edge with faux leather leggings.  I’m also loving a classic red tailored coat by Karl Lagerfeld at Nordstrom’s….perfect for adding warmth and texture to your winter style.  

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Now let’s think in pink!   A pink coat or blazer is another way to add a little love to your style!  Think about wearing a pastel pink coat to the office paired with a gray sweater and scarf.  Tahari Ella Wing-Collar pink powder coat will add a cozy pop to your Valentine’s style. And I have to admit, I’m smitten with Amazon Fashion’s pink leopard print coat.  Sounds like it’s time to plan a Valentine’s date night!  

Just like a red sweater, a pink sweater or sweatshirt gives us so many style choices.  We think Talbots pink crewneck in a soft terry will definitely capture your heart.  Shop Bop describes the color of their matching heart-print sweats and top as Heartthrob.  How adorable is that?  If you’re wanting to add a little flair to your outdoor adventure style, you’ll love Tuckernuck’s neon pink turtleneck.  

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Hmmm….looks like love definitely has something to with our Valentine 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: Walmart Basics

If 2020 taught me anything about fashion….it was the importance of sticking with the basics!  So, after reading a few style influencer’s blogs and seeing pictures of their Walmart hauls, I decided to give it a try.

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Actually, this was my first time ordering clothes online from Walmart.  I ordered four items:  a plaid “shacket”, ankle boots, long sleeve t-shirts set, and a pair of leggings….all basics.  If you’ve been reading my weekly articles, you know how much I love styling on a budget.  And who does frugal better than Walmart?  Nobody…right? 

So I’m going to give you a break-down of each item I ordered.  Let’s start with the plaid “shacket”….a new trend that’s a combination shirt and jacket.  Walmart offers it in eight vibrant plaid colors, and I opted for the pink plaid.  Since it was oversized, I went down a size and ordered a small….perfectly complements my gray jeans and black boots.  I’m also loving their plaid khaki shacket featured with white jeans…great for now and early spring.

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I’ve been eyeing tan/taupe boots for a while…so I ordered a pair of ankle boots by Time and Tru, a Walmart brand.  They look great with light blue jeans and a plaid blazer.  For a preppy vibe, wear them with jeans, a sweater, a navy vest, and a plaid scarf.  If you’re wanting a higher heel, Time & Tru’s lace-up tan booties or Scoop’s western booties are also good options….so cute paired with jeans and an animal print sweater

Speaking of basics, I live in leggings, pullovers, and puffers most of the time…because staying home and taking walks are pretty much my lifestyle these days.   I’ve been on the look-out for a comfy long-sleeved t-shirt to wear under a pullover.  Problem solved with a 2-pack black and a white set by Time & Tru.  I pair a tee with printed leggings by Avia topped off with a packable puffer….a great addition to my fitness style.  Anyone up for a walk to Clearfork? 

So who knew Walmart was a fashion contender?  And just for you…I’m adding a list of tips on how to order and shop at Walmart!

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: 12 Ways to Style a Boutique Closet

Last week we shared how to refresh your closet here. Now that your closet is organized, here comes the fun part…styling your closet like a chic boutique.  Here are twelve ways to create a boutique closet:

#1 If there’s room, hang a full-length mirror on a wall in your closet or on the door.

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#2 Place a chair or stool in your closet.  I love my swivel stool from Home Goods. 

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#3 If you have natural light or a window in your closet, think about adding wallpaper.  FYI…wallpaper on the ceiling adds a luxe accent.  

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#4 If you have space, move an armoire or chest of drawers into your closet.  

Photography by Shayna Fontana, Styling by Ashley Maddox, Design by Abbe Fenimore

#5 Repurpose a china cabinet…they are great for displaying shoes, handbags, sweaters, etc. 

Photo: Bjorn Wallender/Oprah.com

#6 Go antiquing…I love my 1940’s retro armoire for storing and displaying jewelry, handbags, etc. ….purchased at the Montgomery Street Antique Mall.

Photo credit Holley Williams

#7 Be creative in displaying jewelry by using items around the house, such as…a candy dish, a cake stand, small bowls, and trays….and even teacups.

Photo credit: Paige Smith Designs

#8 For color and texture, add a rug or piece of art.

Photo credit: Mimosa Lane blog

#9 Add some hooks or a valet to display your favorite coat, hat, scarf, or handbag.

Photo credit: BHG

#10 Definitely matching hangers to give your closet a cohesive look and can be space-saving.

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#11 For a party vibe…bring a bar cart or party tray into the closet.  They are great for storing makeup, handbags, hats, jewelry, etc.  And even a bottle of tequila!  

Holley serves bubbly in her closet. Stop by!

#12 Top off your closet boutique style with a chandelier or a unique ceiling fixture.  If you have space, add a lamp for ambiance.

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For more ideas and inspiration, browse our Pinterest board to view all the beautiful boutique closets we’ve featured.  Once your closet is styled, grab your bar cart or a party tray and invite friends over for a closet reveal party….after your two Covid vaccines, of course!  Be sure to take before and after photos of your closet, tag @HolleymWilliams, and @homewithatwist, then congratulate yourself on a rewarding and refreshing project!  

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: How to Refresh Your Closet for the New Year

Are you hanging on to past transgressions?  In other words, your stuff?  Then it’s probably time to refresh your closet!  

Before you begin…the first thing you need to do is bring your bar cart to your closet.  And yes, I’m serious!  Closet refreshing should be fun and rewarding, and a bar cart is ideal for displaying accessories.  Next thing is to ask yourself…“If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?  If the answer is no…out it goes!”  The decluttering charts posted on our Pinterest board are a big help.  

Let’s start with the Marie Kondo method:  Her revolutionary method suggests taking everything out of your closet and drawers…every last thing.  And then go through them one by one, trying them on if you haven’t worn them this season and asking yourself if each piece sparks joy.  If not, it goes buh-bye.  This method sounds overwhelming for me, so I suggest tackling one section of your closet at a time….your choice, of course!

Let’s make it simple and start with tops.  First, transfer your out-of-season tops to another closet.  Go from there to pants, shoes, etc.  If space is limited, fold items and place them in bins, and store them on the top shelf in your closet.  Take the give-away pile to a local charity.  Clear bins from The Container Store make it easy to see what you’re storing, and you can label bins that are not clear.

 A Marie Kondo method I live by is her folding technique!  Instead of stacking clothes…fold items into rectangles.  This method also works great with packing.  I’ve included several of her folding tutorials on our Pinterest board, and I highly recommend her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. And she is offering a month-long digital Fundamentals of Tidying course here. She covers how to organize books, papers, sentimental, miscellaneous items, and more. What a great birthday gift for a January baby! Watch the trailer here. Sign up this month for 10% off the course.

A technique I’ve used for years is organizing my clothes in groups by color.  This makes it easy to find what I’m looking for.  These matching hangers also make a closet look more uniform and they are a great price from Amazon.  I personally love to use felt hangers because things don’t fall off.  If you have the shelf space, arrange shoes from flats to heels.  The Container Store has so many great options if you need more shoe storage.

I can’t stress enough…start by decluttering one section at a time….go at your own pace….and set a finish goal.  How refreshing does that sound?  Cheers!

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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: Merry and Bright

From a Bloody Mary to a glass of Prosecco…don’t you think it’s time to add a little “merry” to your holiday style?  That being said…what’s on your bar cart?  

Since we love entertaining on our patio, we repurposed a family heirloom into an outdoor “party cart.”  Which makes me wonder….have you been invited to an outdoor holiday party?  Even with heaters and fire-pits, its cold out….so think about warming things up in something metallic.  A metallic jacket or coat matched with Spanx faux leather leggings is definitely chill-proof!  And sequined metallic joggers paired with a sweater will positively warm up your party style. 

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What’s your favorite cocktail?  Mine is a “ranch water”…lime juice, tequila, and Topo Chico on ice….kind of like a skinny margarita.  Just like a delicious ranch water, a ranch hat is ideal for an outdoor winter gathering.   With hats from Madewell and Gigi Pip, you’ll bring style to an outdoor winter party.  Holley suggests pairing a ranch hat with a prairie dress or midi skirt and boots.  Hats off to your fabulous holiday style!  

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I can’t think of anything tastier than a Bloody Mary on Christmas or New Year’s morning!  Do you remember the character, Patsy, in the movie, An Evening Star?  We quote her often, “I’ll have a Bloody Mary…with lots of merry”!  A beautiful red or green cashmere sweater from J Crew pairs perfectly with a holiday brunch.  And if you plan to wear your pajama pants all day….a fun Christmas sweatshirt from Zazzle will complete your comfy holiday style.  

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I’m thinking anything jewel-toned is ideal for a “non-alcoholic” Sunday school class Zoom party!  Talbot’s collection of jewel-toned sweaters will add a bright touch to your Zoom style.  And what says “holiday style” more than a pair of velvet mules?  I have to admit, I’m smitten with Birdie mules…so fun and festive!  For less expensive copies my go-to is Amazon Fashion or Laorosastyle.  And if you’re attending a party hosted outdoors, wear a bright scarf and beanie from Abercrombie for the perfect party pop!

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Cheers to your festive holiday style and to your “merry and bright” holiday spirit!
  

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].