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.  

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

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

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#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.

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

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

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#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!  

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#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].  

What Would Holley Wear: All the Jingle Ladies

“Whoa, oh, oh, oh…oh, oh, oh”!  Okay….I’m challenging you to bring out your inner-Beyoncé.  That’s right ladies…it’s time to add a little “jingle” to our holiday style! 

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Does all dressed up and no place to go ring some “jingle” bells?  No problem, because I’ve got a few ideas for you….even if you are dancing alone in your living room.  Faux leather leggings are perfect for living room choreography.  Just add a long sweater, blazer, or flowy blouse.  Nordstrom Rack offers moto leggings in eight fabulous colors, and their joggers make for a comfy option.  Everybody dance now!!!

Remember when you were a kid singing in front of a mirror using your hairbrush for a microphone?  Here’s my “adult” idea…invite your girlfriends to a karaoke Zoom party, and be sure to add Beyoncé’s greatest hits to your playlist!  Skinny jeans paired with over-the-knee boots will have you rocking all night long.  We’re loving all the ways style influencer, Fashion Jackson, styles over-the-knee boots.  Did I hear someone say…“drop the mic”? 

  I’m crossing my fingers and hoping you are able to spend time with family during the holidays!  You’ll definitely need a warm coat when “dashing through the snow” to a family get-together.  So what would Beyoncé wear?  I’m thinking a white puffer or a fabulous faux fur!  We’re loving a stunning selection of white coats and jackets from Bloomingdales and Dillard’s on our Pinterest board.  And don’t you think Dillard’s Gallery faux fur coat has “Queen Bey’s” approval?

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“Cause if you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it!”  If your “nice list” has a little bling on it, you will want to direct Santa to Kate Spade and BaubleBar.  We’re smitten with Kate’s sequin iPhone 11 pro max case….ring-a-ling bling!  And without question…you’ll feel like a celebrity A-lister donning her brilliant baguette ring!  If you want to be the shining star at a holiday party…show off in a pair of Callisto drop earrings from Bauble Bar!  

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“Whoa, oh, oh, oh…oh, oh, oh!  All the “jingle” ladies…put your hands up!!!”

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: Four Stylish Ways to Get into the Christmas Spirit

So I’m putting this out there…I’m finding it challenging to write about what to wear during the 2020 winter holidays.  That being said…I’m pretty sure I have a severe case of the “holiday hang-ups”.  Is anyone else suffering from this?

What are you doing to get into the holiday spirit?  At my house, we decided to stick with the basics…decorate the house…watch Christmas movies…cook and eat comfort food…and we started a new family tradition…“Santa Zooms”!

To help get us in the Christmas frame of mind, our first plan of action was to decorate the house.  Even though I didn’t go to the woods to cut down a tree, there’s nothing more “holiday-ish” than a plaid flannel lumberjack shirt….perfect for tree trimming!    Lucky for all of us, plaid shirts and jackets are trending big time.  Be sure to “check out” our amazing selection from LL Bean and Amazon on Pinterest!

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Once the house was decorated, we were ready to binge-watch some of our favorite Christmas movies…White Christmas, Rudolph, and A Christmas Story…just to name a few!  And don’t you think a green Grinch sweatshirt is perfect for watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas?  So what pairs well with popcorn and Diet Coke?  That would be sweats.  Did you know matching sweat-sets are a thing?  From TJ Maxx to Dillard’s, you’ll look stylish…even when you’re just “hanging out”! 

I’m very fortunate to have men in my family who love to cook.  From my son’s firecracker chicken to my husband’s pecan pie with a homemade crust…there’s nothing like comfort food to lift my spirit!  And speaking of comfort, I always have luck finding cute pajama pants at TJ Maxx….so easy to top off with a fun Christmas sweatshirt.  And if you’re a Hallmark Christmas movie junkie….you’ll definitely need/want a Hallmark movie watching sweater.  

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So, “Santa Zooms” are something I actually came up with!  I bought Santa hats for everyone in my family to wear each time we zoom in December.  Like almost everything else I’ve purchased this year, I ordered our hats from Amazon.  And with the little ones, hearing jingle bells in the background adds extra excitement!  

Oh my goodness…is it just me, or is it really “beginning to look a lot like Christmas”?

  

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: Giving Thanks in Broken Bow, Oklahoma

We celebrated Thanksgiving early this month at a vacation mountain home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma…perfect for our family of 9.  We also celebrated the oldest and the youngest birthdays…Pop’s 67th and Elias’ 3rd!   Be sure to check out all the photos on our Pinterest board!

Ping-pong, billiards, and indoor Snowball fights…oh my!!!  Playing pool and ping-pong were super popular with the big kids (ages 11 to 67).  A snap-up pullover from Abercrombie paired with leggings is ideal for indoor activities.  We’re also loving a look from “The Everygirl” Pinterest board….leggings and boots from Nordstrom’s topped with a camel turtleneck and Abercrombie Sherpa jacket.  All you need to add are indoor snowballs.

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Playing outdoors, roasting S’mores’ on the fire-pit, and enjoying friendly corn-hole competitions were some of the outdoor activities we enjoyed.  Layering with a vest is ideal for this scenario.  If you’re tall and long in the torso, my recommendation is LL Bean’s long pack-away vest.  If you are partial to a waist-length vest, Amazon’s toggle vest is super cute and preppy.  To give your vest some extra style…wear it over a plaid shirt and cable sweater with jeans and hiking boots.   

 From an easy hike searching for crystals to more challenging hikes…there are trails for everyone in the Ouachita Mountains.  Hiking boots definitely make a difference when you are on a difficult hike.  Back Country, offers the best in hiking gear.  Their Merrell waterproof boots are perfect for a day of hiking!  A Madewell backpack is another great option for mountain hikes and easily transitions to your everyday style.  

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Games, movies, and comfort food mean one thing as far as style goes….ultra-comfy.  Sophie, age 13, is our family’s self-designated “Taco Queen”!  So of course we celebrated “Taco Tuesday” in honor of the queen!  She looked adorable in a taco t-shirt from Amazon Fashion paired with plaid sleep pants from Target….as did her three brothers in their comfy Target pajamas.  

So something I’ve learned in 2020…even though change is inevitable, with it comes immeasurable blessings.  Something to be thankful for….indeed!  

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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: Fort Worth Fall Fieldtrips

There’s nothing like a fall field trip to lift your spirits!   So this week, I’m sharing four of my favorite hometown outdoor destinations and what to wear.

Just in case you haven’t heard…the Ft. Worth Zoo was recently voted the #1 zoo in the country.  Lions, tigers, and bears…oh my!  An adorable Amazon animal print sweater paired with jeans and boots is perfect for a day at the zoo.  To give your athleisure style a little kick, wear a pair of animal print sneakers.  From Golden Goose to DSW’s sneaker selection…you’ll definitely be taking a walk on the wild side! 

 

Don’t you think something floral sounds perfect for a field trip to the Botanic Gardens?  A green floral midi skirt and a long-sleeve tee from Other Stories paired with a felt hat make for a great garden style combo!   Combat boots or “clunkers,” look adorable with skirts, dresses, and jeans.  For a stroll through the Japanese Garden, a cute pair of floral combat boots will definitely elevate your botanic-style!

Oh, how I love an outdoor market!  You too?  My hometown favorite is the farmer’s market at Clearfork.  From jeans and long sweater combos to a sassy Target outfit….take a look at all the great options on our Pinterest board.  We’re also loving a burgundy Barbour jacket from Nordstrom’s….just add a bouquet of fresh flowers.  If you’re looking for a fun family photo op, you’ll love the pumpkin-shed at Clearfork’s trailhead…next to Press Café.   

 

My husband and I love dining outdoors at the Kimbell Café’s courtyard.  Checked blazers are perfect for museum dining….a cool and casual look with a sophisticated vibe.  Something covid-safe and free to do on a lovely fall day….take a stroll around the museum district.  My pick for a sculpture-stroll would be a jeans and sweater ensemble topped off with a camel coat.  

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Thank you Fort Worth, for keeping us safe!  Now, all we have to do is get some fresh air, wear our mask….and of course be stylish!    

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: Pleated Pants

Want to know what we are loving most about pleated pants?  That would be all the fun ways to style them!  

A fun seasonal transition look is a pair of cargo pants matched with an oversized shirt.  To give your cargo pants an updated look, front tuck your shirt, and wear dad sandals or mules.  This fall, I’m wearing my khaki cargos with an oversized white shirt and brown Sam Edelman mules.  

Style Tip:  When wearing pants that gather at the waist, wear an oversized shirt,  sweatshirt, or sweater tucked in the front and untucked in the back….comfy and flattering!

Are you back at the office?  If so, pleated trousers paired with a blazer or trench and pumps are ideal for any office setting or committee meeting.  To take your boyfriend jeans from slouch to chic, don a blazer for a modern menswear vibe.  From one of Zara’s plaid blazers to one of their faux leather blazers…you’ll definitely add bonus points to your office style.

For an easy/breezy look, pair a sweater with your favorite utility pants.  No doubt, you will enjoy the weekend in a cute look from Anthropologie…khaki utility pants, an orange sweater, and color-blocked On sneakers.  If you are looking for an adventure-ready ensemble, pair your comfy sweat pants with one of Annie Bing’s printed pullovers or tees.  

Did you know pleated leather pants are typically more flattering than skinny leather pants?  From New York to Milan’s fashion week….a trench coat worn with pleated leather pants was the ultimate in street style.  Another way to dress-up a pair of pleated pants is with a beautiful blouse or sweater…absolutely gorgeous!  

So who knew there were so many ways to style pleated pants and so many options for everyone?  

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: Her Favorite Fall Trends

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Would Holley Wear: Fall Favorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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