What Would Holley Wear: Be Still My Heart Edition

You will L.O.V.E. Holley’s post today! Next week is Valentine’s Day and she has pulled together a Cupid-curated ensemble sure to take you from Love on the Rocks to Be Still My Heart!

Valentine’s Day is the day we celebrate love and romance symbolized by the color red. Cupid is another Valentine’s Day symbol, and in classical mythology Cupid is the god of desire, love, attraction and affection.  So let’s talk about some beautiful red outfits we love, are attracted to, and possibly desire!

Two interesting facts about the color red:

  1. Seeing the color red can make your heart beat faster…
  2. …and I’m pretty sure when you see this week’s Pinterest board, your heart may even skip a beat!

Let’s start off with casual red outfits and accessories.  I love a red jacket paired with jeans.  Just add sneakers or animal print flats.  Doesn’t get any cuter than that!  And red-checked in anything from a jacket to a pair of rain boots is adorable.  This is the time of year to think about adding a red cable sweater to your wardrobe.  Maybe you are desiring a pair of red rain boots or rain gear.  And what looks better under cloudy skies than a red umbrella?  Red shoes with jeans are another great way to add a pop of color to your ensemble.  

No matter how gray it is outside, when you add a little red to your wardrobe, the clouds seem to disappear.  If you want to purchase one statement piece this season, I would suggest a red handbag.  A red Sophie Hulme bag has been the perfect pop of color for so many of my outfits….especially my black and white ones.  Plus, it looks awesome with blue and white denim in the spring.  I just love it when my favorite accessories transition to the next season!  I have been crushing on a red Louis Vuitton backpack.

Don’t you think a red backpack would be a great addition to a travel wardrobe?  There is nothing like a red piece of luggage at the airport to stand out.  Isn’t that the idea?

Besides being the color that represents love, red is also a power color.  So let’s talk about incorporating red into your work or committee wardrobe. A classic red dress or suit is the perfect power look.  I love a red jacket with a floral skirt, and in the winter just add tights.  I dare you to think outside the red box….what about a red leather skirt or pants?  I’m serious.  If the length and fit are conservative, then why not?  Add a pair of nude pumps and possibly a leopard print handbag. Throw a sweater or jacket over your shoulders, and you’ll have a red hot look that’s powerful and professional!

But this is the month of romance, and what is more romantic than a red evening gown or red cocktail dress?  Are you going to the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Red Party” or possibly the Tarrant County “Heart Ball” this year?  Start thinking ahead about how you want to radiate in a beautiful red dress.  There are so many options, from off the shoulder gowns to strapless.  My favorite is a beautiful midi length cocktail dress complemented with a little bling.

For a causal Valentine party, think about wearing a red tulle maxi skirt topped with a black leather jacket, or possibly a red midi skirt with a black and white striped top.  Both of these will be great for transitioning into spring.  How desirable is that?

Be sure to watch the short video on our Pinterest board featuring a gorgeous red Vera Wang dress.  The title of the song is The Other Side of Hope.  Just like there are many shades of red, there are also many shades of hope.  And knowing that actually makes my heart skip a beat!

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: Layering Edition

Holley is in the house today with a timely topic:  Layering.  In Texas one week it’s 72 and flip flops and the next week 40 degrees, parkas and early dismissals for a possible chance of show flurries.  Holley’s tips will help you decide how to prepare your wardrobe for the day regardless of the temperature.  Enjoy the buzz!

According to Google….layering clothes is a trend.  I guess you can look at it that way.  But when it’s cold outside and you are in and out of your car, layering becomes essential.

 So, two things you need to know about me:

  1. I really do look forward to that time of year when I can layer…
  2. …and I have found it to be a wardrobe necessity when it’s cold outside.

For over 11 years I have been volunteering for Meals on Wheels and helping to deliver meals every Monday.  I have two great partners, Rochelle and Laurie.  So this week, the question is:  What would Holley, Laurie, and Rochelle wear to deliver MOWs (in cold weather)?  If you guessed layers, you would be correct!   

Rochelle says mittens are a must

Rochelle’s Fashion Tip:  When you are out in the cold for a long period, wear mittens because they keep your hands warmer than gloves.  

Laurie’s Find at Costco: Andrew Marc Coat

It’s hard to beat a puffer jacket or coat for when you need to get in and out of the car a dozen times. It seems that if one on our team finds a great jacket, the other two are probably going to be purchasing the same jacket but maybe in a different color.  One year, we all purchased different colored coats with faux fur trim hoods from Gap.  The following year, we bought our puffer jackets at Costco.  Believe it or not, Costco is a great place to purchase coats.  Last year, Laurie’s amazing find there was a light-weight Andrew Marc coat. In case you don’t know, that’s a designer name you will find at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom’s! Isn’t it exciting to know that Costco sells designer clothing at a great price?  

Texas weather is unpredictable from one hour to the next so that’s why you need to layer.  When it’s freezing cold outside, we usually start with a coat, gloves, scarf, and flat boots. Getting in and out of the car can warm you up very fast, so under the jacket, I like to wear a basic t-shirt, topped with a sweater and  a button-down shirt.  If it starts warming up, I can tie the shirt around my waist.  The good news is it’s easy to shed some of the layers and still look stylish.

Laurie’s Layering Tip:  Wear a puffer vest over a leather jacket; a great way to stay warm and look stylish at the same time.

Another question would be:  What shoes do we wear when we deliver MOWs?   My favorite pair of boots are by Aquatalia from Stanley Eisenman’s Shoes.  Rochelle actually started this MOW’s trend, and I was soon to follow.  Once I got over the sticker price shock, I decided to go for it and made the investment.  It has been well worth it.  One day those boots might be walking our MOW’s route and the next day, they might be on the streets of New York.  

From Holley’s Closet

For Christmas, I received a pair of green UGG rubber boots.  They not only work well on a rainy day, but the inside bottom is fleece-lined which helps to keep your feet warm.  An important lesson learned over the years is to wear flat shoes, boots, or sneakers….because a few of us have been known to trip and fall flat on our faces in our heels.  Guess who that would be?

To treat ourselves after “the wheels have turned”, we always go to McKinley’s for lunch (Mrs. Twist’s favorite place for cake)!

They not only have great food and bakery items, but it’s a fun place to people watch.  Here’s the deal….there are some very stylish ladies who lunch at McKinley’s. Even though we’ve been “working,” we still want to have a classy look when we meet with the ladies who lunch.  So, what do we wear?  

Sometimes I wear a cute skirt with tights, layered with a jean jacket, sweater, scarf, and short flat boots.  Laurie often layers an amazing fur vest over a beautiful blouse and adds a piece or two from her Erikson Beamon collection. Rochelle is never without one of her Goyard handbags (and yes, she has more than one)!  How fabulous is that?

Rochelle and Laurie: Two Girls with Style
Waiting on a cupcake

Are you thinking to yourself, does it really matter how someone dresses when they deliver Meals on Wheels?  And my answer is….YES, it does.  Most of our clients rarely leave their homes, and to see a smiling face at their door with a warm meal, plus a really cute outfit totally makes their day!

On top of that, you never know who you will run into when you are out and about….especially when lunching at McKinley’s!

The MOW Crew

The way I see it, life is a lot like the “layering trend”….what you add to it and what you take away from it can make all the difference in the world!  

Every week Holley updates her Pinterest board exclusively for Home with a Twist readers.  Be sure to “follow” her board to stay up-to-date for inspiring fashion trends.

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: Bohemian Cowgirl Edition

Cowgirl – n.  A beautiful woman with dirt on her.

Giddy up gals, Holley’s got the dish just in time for the 121st Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.  Come in and sit a spell.

Bohemian style, often referred to as “boho,” is a style of dressing that was popularized during the 1960s and 1970s.  The essence of bohemian focuses on free and flowy fabrics.  Cowgirl style is a Western look, consisting of a Western hat, a leather belt with a large buckle, blue jeans and cowboy boots.

 Two things you need to know about me:

  1. I’m really not into Western wear,
  2. …but I do love boho style and have found a way to incorporate the two looks!

It is rodeo time in Fort Worth, Texas and what better way to experiment with what I like to call “style blending.”  And guess what? I actually made that up and did not read it in a magazine or on a blog….so yay for me! Actually, blending looks is nothing new, but I thought it needed a name. “Style blending” is easy to do with bohemian and Western styles since they make for a great partnership.  Plus, I have a feeling you are looking for a way to add an edge to your rodeo outfit….right?

So let’s begin with a basic bohemian and cowgirl wardrobe staple…boots. The difference between the two is that bohemian boots tend to be more embellished.  Though, there are some awesome cowgirl boots that will give boho a run for it.

Belts are another basic piece for both looks.  With both styles, the belts are normally embellished with stitching and embroidery, and sometimes the boho belts have sequins and tassels. Some cowgirl belts are covered in rhinestones, and this is when I have to give Western style the edge!  The good news is you can mix and match the two styles.

Overall, western wear tends to be more conservative, and that’s probably why I like all the extra embellishment that the boho look has to offer.  An awesome bohemian look is embellished jackets.

Sometimes there is so much detail in one jacket, I think it should be considered a piece of art.  Plus, when it comes to bohemian style, the main theme is….the more the better.  This is your opportunity to layer, not only your clothes but your jewelry.  The more bracelets, necklaces, and rings you wear, the more boho-stylish you will be.  Under the jacket and jewelry, think about wearing a flowy blouse or a long sleeve t-shirt.  

How do you stay warm in your winter “blended” outfit?  A great look with a Western flair would be a poncho or wrap.  Depending how cold it is outside will help make the decision for you.  Real cowgirls know all about the importance of layers.  

To top off your look, think about adding a scarf and a hat.  Western hats are more structured, whereas bohemian hats tend to be a little on the floppy side.  Either type of hat will complement your outfit, and if you like to embellish, think about adding a feather.

The places I recommend shopping for these blended looks in Ft. Worth and online are Free People and Anthropologie for a boho style, and Cavender’s and Leddy’s for a Western look.  If you are not into embellishment, bling, and lots of layers, then make it simple.  A denim shirt with a bandana tied around your neck or wrist, a pair of jeans, belt, and boots might be all the blending you care for.  Another great look for both styles is a jean jacket.  I like to top mine with a fur vest worn with jeans, a sequined belt, and suede boots. If you have a vintage backpack in your closet, think about tying a few bandanas on the straps to give your rodeo bag a bohemian/western look!  Sounds like Rodeo time….y’all!  

The whole idea is for you to experiment and discover your own unique bohemian-cowgirl blend.  Don’t you think Glenn Campbell said it best with his hit song, Rhinestone Cowboy?  Once you have your look down, it will feel just like that… “a star-spangled rodeo!”  

There’s been a load of compromising, on the road to my horizon, but I’m going to be where the lights are shining on me.

Mosey on over to Holley’s Pinterest board exclusively for Home with a Twist readers to see more inspiration for cowgirl chic.  

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: Retreat Style Edition

Sarah Circle Retreat 2017

Have a girl’s getaway planned sometime soon?  You can still be in-style wearing sweatpants, pjs and a t-shirt.  Makeup is always optional, but sweet tea and a sliver of cake is mandatory.  Enjoy the dish!

Retreat:  A place you can go to get away from it all.  

That’s what I will be doing this weekend…going to Possum Kingdom Lake and staying at a friend’s beautiful lake house with friends from my church circle.

 

Sounds relaxing and stress free…right?  So, two things you need to know about me:

  1. I’m pretty sure I’m gifted when it comes to relaxing and retreating…
  2. …and I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year!

Jeans, sweats, and pajamas are the trend at this retreat.  Let’s talk about pajama options first.  Did you get a pair of really cute pajamas for Christmas or Hanukkah?  If not, I hope you found something on sale after the first of the year.  My idea of comfort is a pair of pajama pants and a t-shirt topped with a sweat shirt. I’m currently in the process of looking for a pair of fur lined moccasins on sale, possibly from J Crew or a pair of UGGs.  I have to admit that I’m completely smitten with Kate Spade New York’s first ever sleepwear collection.  I have a feeling some of the retreaters will be wearing an adorable pair of Victoria Secret’s monogramed pajamas or a cute pair of pjs from Gap.  Eye masks are optional!  If cute and cozy sleepwear doesn’t get you in retreat mode, I don’t know what does.

Eat. Shop. Sleep. Repeat.

Whatever we will be wearing at the retreat, I can assure you the pants will have a stretchy waistband. Besides relaxing, we are guaranteed to gain at least 3 pounds at the retreat.  Everyone brings a few of their favorite appetizers for the “Buffet of Shame” and grazing is as important as what we are wearing. Truthfully…it’s more important! Saturday we will make our annual pilgrimage to Graham, Texas to shop and have lunch on the square.  So what will we be wearing?  If it is like years past, lots of layers….sweatshirts, scarves, gloves, coats, etc. and stretchy pants…of course!

Talk about “retreating,” where do you go to get away from it all?  I attended a party recently, and a lady just happened to mention her “villa in Florida.”  Hmmm, aren’t those called retirement homes? That being said, I don’t have a villa to get away to, but I do have my utility room where my desk and computer are.   With my Pinterest boards, I am able to create my own fantasy world to retreat to.  One of my favorite Pinterest boards is a memory escape called Ma-Maw’s Porch.

It has pictures of beautiful front porches, some of them over-looking a lake like the Burdette’s lovely lake house at Possum Kingdom Lake.  These pictures bring back memories of sitting in a rocking chair on my grandparent’s front porch….listening to Ma-Maw tell stories in her Mississippi accent and drinking a short Coca-Cola.  

You are not going to believe this, but I don’t have a suggestion on what to wear when you visit your grandmother.  But I’m pretty sure if I owned a “villa” anywhere, I would give it all up to sit on Ma-Maw’s porch just one more time to listen to her stories, eat her delicious pound cake, and hear her say, “You don’t mean it!”  Isn’t that what retreating is all about?  Taking time to pause, remembering your loved ones, and making new memories with friends and family.

Sarah Circle Mission Statement

I can’t wait to spend the weekend with my Circle friends, and maybe I’ll just make one of Ma-Maw’s pound cakes for all of us to graze on!   And those of you who know me really well are probably saying to yourselves, “you don’t mean it!”

Be a dear and buzz over to Holley’s Pinterest board exclusively for Home with a Twist readers to see more delicious ideas for relaxing.  

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: Singing the Blues Edition

Feeling blue this January?  Holley is haute today with her take on how to lift your spirits through your wardrobe.  Enjoy!

Do you remember the movie, The Adventures in Babysitting?  The best line in the movie is, “Nobody leaves here without singing the blues.”  I love that scene but have always thought the color blue gets such a bad rap.  So this week, I want to lift up the color blue and give it the respect it deserves!  Can I get an Amen?

So, two things you need to know about the color blue:

  1. It may have a sad reputation…
  2. …but the way I see it, Blue is a spirit lifter!

If there is a month that needs spirit lifting, it would be January. One positive thing about this month is that it is a new beginning.  It’s the month you can convince yourself you will lose 10 pounds and you really do like to exercise!   Plus, it’s exciting to think about all the cute workout clothes you can wear.  Did someone give you a gift card to Lululemon over the holidays?  No?  Hmm…I didn’t get one either, but I have no problem shopping at Target and Old Navy.  Gap also has great fitness clothes for those times I like to pretend to be someone I’m not.  Oops, I did not mean to say that….self-reflection error.

Another great thing about the color blue is the number of choices of blue jeans that are available.  Does it blow your mind that you can actually spend hundreds of dollars for one pair of jeans?  It does me, but if I ever find a jean that makes me look 10 pound slimmer, I might consider making the splurge. Never say never….right?   Citizens of Humanity’s high rise and super dark flares would be tempting to try.  Some of my friends love NYDJ (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) and I still wear a pair of Christopher Blue Denim jeans that I purchased several years ago.  If you love to wear skinny jeans, be sure to check out the pin, “Dos & Don’ts of Cuffing Your Jeans with Ankle Boots.”  

The good news is no matter what style of jeans you prefer, a good pair of jeans will last for years.    

Let’s talk about blue coats.  For the winter months, think about adding a blue faux fur vest or coat to your wardrobe.  Does that sound luxurious or what?  You know those days when it’s cold out and you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring? Think about purchasing a blue overcoat that will double as a spring transition piece.  One of my favorite pins is a blue cape worn over a white blouse with a pair of jeans.  Looks like just what the doctor ordered to me!

 

But if January has you feeling a little down, think about incorporating some blue bling or a blue handbag into your wardrobe.  Did you know that “bag matching” was back in style? Yep…it is on-trend for your bag, jewelry, outfit, and shoes to match.  Even better….I’m pretty sure “Dr. Style’s” prescription for a stack of bracelets or a statement necklace will give you the perfect dose of happy!  Sounds better than a B12 shot to me!

A great book to start off the New Year with is A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: (Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon) by Sophie Hudson.

Just like the color blue, this book will lift your spirits high (cue song:  Higher, Higher…by Otis Redding)!  Like a great book, music definitely lifts my spirit! So, let’s talk about what to wear when you just need to dance.  I’m not talking about club dancing or at a fancy wedding.  I’m talking about dancing in your living room when no one else is watching.  All you really need is a good pair of sneakers and sweats. May I suggest a pair of blue suede sneakers by Adidas, just in case you need to bring out your inner Elvis!

Thank you, thank you very much…

I think we should have an honest discussion about the color blue. According to my research, “blue is the overwhelming favorite color.  Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed.  It also symbolizes stability, loyalty, confidence, intelligence and peace.”  So what should you do with that information?  Think about adding something blue to your wardrobe…of course.  Whether it’s a new blue bathrobe or a pair of blue stilettos, be committed, be confident and don’t forget to dance!  What better way to begin the New Year than singing the blues!

go bold, or go home

Did you know Holley updates her Pinterest board exclusively for Home with a Twist readers every week to coincide with her post?  Be sure to buzz over here to see all the beautiful photos.  As a result of my search on her board, I found this Vera Bradley denim quilted backpack 50% off!

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: Museum Style Edition

Enjoy Holley’s post today highlighting the Kimbell Art Museum and their fabulous exhibit Monet:  The Early Years. This museum is a Fort Worth treasure not to be missed…and neither are Holley’s tips on how to look fabulous for your night at the museum!

Have you been to the Monet exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum (Piano Building)?  You have to go!!!  The first time I saw it was in November on a self-guided tour using the headsets. This week I am attending a private viewing presented by my elegant friend and Kimbell docent, Orlew Lauger.  

So, two things you need to know about me:

  1. I find fashion inspiration at art museums…
  2. …and my husband and I go to the Kimbell Art Museum almost every Sunday after church.

Impressionist paintings seek to re-create the artist’s general impression of a scene.  And that’s exactly how I like to create my style looks.  I study fashion designs from magazines and Pinterest which allows me to re-create my own piece of art…my wardrobe or my client’s wardrobe!  So, what will Holley be wearing to the private viewing of Claude Monet’s masterpieces? This event will take place at 5 p.m., followed by drinks and dinner.  I recently wore a black and white outfit to the symphony’s New Year’s Eve concert….skinny black slacks, Michael Kors chiffon blouse with an attached pleated scarf, topped with a sheer floor length skirt.  A great look for a private tour at the Kimbell as well.  For the Monet exhibit, I’m thinking about wearing all black…skinny jeans, sheer black blouse, black heels and maybe add a pop of red with a handbag. When in doubt on what to wear to “an artsy event” just remember you can’t go wrong with a minimalistic style creation.  

Coco Chanel circa 1960

Since Monet was born in Paris, let’s talk about my favorite French designer, Coco Chanel. Famed fashion designer Coco Chanel was born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel on August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France.  She became a much revered style icon known for her simple yet sophisticated outfits paired with great accessories, such as several strands of pearls. Who doesn’t love a sophisticated outfit?  One of my favorite Chanel looks is her tweed suit.  Many style icons have been photographed wearing a Chanel tweed suit anywhere from a wedding to a funeral.  For an amazing copy, shop Karl Lagerfeld at Dillard’s.  I’m serious!

Hot Coco

Her tweed jacket is a stand-alone piece of art that gives a whole new impression of the suit.  Here are 3 ways to create a Chanel-ish outfit with just a tweed jacket:

  1. Wear a tweed jacket with a skirt to a luncheon or tea.
  2. Wear it with a pair of slacks or a skirt to work.  
  3. Wear it with a pair of jeans to a party or to run errands.

Sadly, I’ve never owned a Chanel suit or jacket.  But, that doesn’t stop me from being inspired or from creating my own Chanel masterpiece.  

Look for less from Shein

Not only is Chanel famous for her tweed ensembles but also for her handbags and jewelry.  Her quilted handbags are so classic and my favorite is her boy bag….if only I could afford one of these beauties. The good news is there are so many Channel inspired handbags.  My favorite look alike is a Rebecca Minkoff handbag (Nordstrom’s).  These are usually in the $200 to $500 price range versus a Chanel handbag that costs thousands of dollars.  If you are frugal like me, be sure to check out other options at H&M, Zara and Top Shop for some great copies.  

This designer icon is so famous that even her initials are a fashion statement.  A CC brooch is one of the hottest trends today. It can be pinned onto a classic suit or on a casual jean jacket. How clever is that? There are so many ways to intermingle a Chanel brooch, bracelet, and necklace into your everyday wardrobe.  And let’s not forget her classic pearls.  Her style inspiration is the reason I even own real pearls.  My husband gave me a classic strand of Mikimoto pearls on our 4th wedding anniversary (we’ve been married 40 years).  These are not only precious to me but a gift I’ll give to my granddaughter someday.

“Fashion is the most powerful art there is.  It is movement, design and architecture all in one.  It shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be.” Gossip Girl

Isn’t that exactly what Claude Monet and Coco Chanel accomplished? Through his paintings we see movement and through her designs we find architecture.  And through both we find beauty, truth, and maybe a glimpse of who we are and who we would like to be!

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: Gentlemen’s Edition

Have a man to dress for the holidays or any day of the year, for that matter?  Holley has all the dish on how to make your man the star of the show!  Sometimes, it’s not always about us…

This article is all about men’s fashion and how to dress your man!  My plan is to add a fashion article for men every few months. For my first post I am focusing on outfit options for his winter wardrobe and some holiday gift ideas.

So, two things you need to know about me:

  1.  I have a husband, two sons and two grandsons
  2. …and it makes my day when they ask for my fashion advice!

Here’s the deal, none of them really like to shop for clothes.  What about your guy or guys?  A big bonus for men would be if they would go shopping (just to look) at least once a month to see what’s in style…right? Another option is checking out my Pinterest board, “Gentlemen Only.” So, let’s give this a try and see if you can get your man a little more interested in fashion!  I decided to make this easy by featuring J. McLaughlin, J.Crew and Banana Republic.  Hopefully, this will make your guy’s shopping experience fun and convenient.

Since it is starting to get cold outside, let’s start with coats and jackets. Though they are not needed as much in Texas as in some parts of the country, when it’s cold outside your guy will be glad he has a nice overcoat or jacket.  My favorite overcoat is a camel cashmere top coat.  This coat compliments a suit, casual slacks and even a spring-transition look with a chambray shirt and navy blue blazer and jeans.  Another great option is a classic pea coat.  These staples will serve many purposes and are great investments.  And remember, there is no rule that says he is limited to wearing an overcoat with a suit only.

Besides overcoats, there are so many great casual jackets to choose from.  A Nordic down parka in wool from J.Crew looks great with slacks and jeans.  And just like with women’s clothes, men can mix and match their looks, too.  Don’t forget, leather jackets are a great choice for Texas weather.  Men also love puffer jackets and coats because they are light weight and easy to pack.

 

baby, it’s not cold outside if you let me borrow your jacket

Like women, men love to accessorize…they just don’t know it.  One accessory men wear more than women is belts.   J. McLaughlin has a lot of preppy looks in so many awesome colors.  Hats, gloves, and socks are a winter must for men when it is freezing cold outside.  Scarves are a necessary must for the winter months, not that you see them much in Texas.

john’s closet

But, if you go to New York or Kansas like we often do, every man is wearing one…even our Texas Aggie!  If your guy likes color and stripes, you can’t go wrong with a scarf selection at Gap.  Be sure to check out all the fun socks options in an array of different colors and designs that J. McLaughlin has to offer.  My favorite is a pair of adorable English bulldog socks. I forgot to mention our male dog, Hank Williams Junior, an English bulldog.

Junior. Holley’s Editor.

Again, you mostly see men wearing hats and caps in cold weather climates.  But, the next time you drive by the TCU campus on a really cold day, check out the guys….I mean, their hats!  Young men are so into hats and caps.

The more you have to be outdoors in the winter, the bigger the necessity to be winter ready. For TCU students or men who have to be out a lot in cold weather, a wool trapper hat will be the ultimate in keeping their heads and ears warm.  I gave my New Yorker son one last year and he wears it all the time during the winter months.

Two of my favorite winter wardrobe options for men are vests and sweaters.  Vests can be worn with jeans and slacks, look great with your work attire and are the perfect look for a casual weekend event.  Gap has a cold control lite stretch puffer vest in four colors and even in size tall. The green one with an orange liner is my favorite.  By the way, anytime I can find options in “Tall” that’s considered a win in my family.  In my opinion, a sweater completes an outfit and is so versatile.  Don’t you just love sweater weather?

grey hunk in sweater

Just like you, your man wants to feel good about himself and his style.  So, don’t hesitate to share this week’s Pinterest board with him and be sure to tell him how handsome you think he is…especially in his stylish new clothes!

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: Holiday Party Edition

Less than two weeks to Christmas and all those parties are happening. If you need inspiration, Holley is in the house today to put the “Merry” in your merriment!

My absolute favorite holiday parties are the ones hosted at a friend’s house or small get together at a restaurant or even office parties.  Since these parties tend to be more casual, the pieces you wear can be incorporated into your everyday work and casual wardrobe.

So, two things you need to know about me:

  1.  I love to mix and match
  2. …and I love all the sparkles and textures this season!

What fashion piece shouts royal more than velvet?  To give yourself the royal treatment, think about wearing velvet pants. So, maybe you wore a fabulous velvet pantsuit to a cocktail party. Now it’s time to rethink the suit. Velvet pants look great with a sweater and even with a denim blouse tied at the waist.  A velvet jacket can go anywhere from a fun holiday party to being matched with your favorite pair of jeans.  All you have to do is dress it up or down with accessories.  Another great velvet option is velvet shoes or boots. Sound impractical?  Not really. Because after the parties, what a great way to add a happy pop to your winter wardrobe!  Cheaper than therapy, right?

Twinkle, Twinkle!  So much sparkle to choose from this season!  One of the things I love about holiday sparkle is when the sparkle continues after the holidays.

A fun party look is a sequined jacket or sweater. Pair it with satin slacks or with a pair of jeans. Add your party bling and you are ready to shine! And, don’t forget sequined leggings.  These put sparkle in the spotlight and you will want to stick with strappy metallic or neutral heels. They are the perfect kickoff for any luminous outfit.

Speaking of metallic, it is the perfect shine for the party season. And though it works great as a party outfit, I consider it a neutral texture that goes with everything. I have been in love with metallic for a long time. One of my favorite handbags is a silver metallic Coach bag. I carry it everywhere from church, to meetings, to a holiday party. Metallic pleated skirts were so popular at New York Fashion week and will continue to be on-trend this spring.  Just add a sweater and boots and there you have it…a fabulous party and everyday look.  If you plan to add one of the holiday textures to your wardrobe, make sure it is metallic!

Let’s do not forget office parties. Many time these gatherings are held at lunch time and you may be wearing a suit.  Think about substituting a satin or chiffon blouse with a bow either in a neutral color or a holiday color.  A great investment for this time of year would be a red coat.  Wear it over your suit to give it a holiday color pop.  Maybe your firm is hosting a holiday cocktail party in the evening. This is when you will want to add some sparkle and glitter!  There are so many great sequined and metallic skirts and pants to choose from.

For an office party, the main ideas is to keep the sparkle to one piece.  Add a flowy blouse or a sweater and keep your jewelry simple.  The whole idea is to look party-ish and stay classy.

Sparkle and shine a little much for you?  If that’s the case, then do what Holley would do!  Wear black and white because you can never go wrong with a classic black and white look.  Plus, I bet you already have the perfect black and white separates in your closet.

If it’s really cold out, add a fur jacket or fuzzy sweater and of course, think about adding a little bling to your classic look with jewelry and an evening bag.

The trick to staying classy is keeping it simple with just a hint of merry, of course!  Be sure to check out Holley Williams Style on Pinterest for more ideas.

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: A Holley Jolly Christmas

what-would-holley-wear-2It’s Holley’s turn today to share ideas for what to wear when shopping for the perfect Christmas tree, how to wear a blanket scarf and stylish relaxed-wear for wrapping gifts and doing some on-line retail therapy. Grab a mug of cocoa and settle in for the delicious details.

Okay, fancy galas are not for everyone and I totally get that. So, two things you need to know about me:

  1.  My favorite Christmas traditions are very casual…
  2. And, these really don’t require a “stylish” wardrobe.  Or do they?

christmas-wreathLet’s start with shopping for a tree.  Because of allergies in our family, this has not been one of our family traditions for years.  But, oh, I do miss the aroma of a real tree.  So guess what I do?  I go to a Christmas tree lot and inhale!  Yep, I just admitted I inhale.  For me, a big part of the holiday is not only inhaling the aromas but also the traditions and the anticipated excitement of Christmas.  So, what would Holley wear to pick out a Christmas tree…if she actually did?  I would suggest wearing a pair of distressed jeans for this occasion.  All you really need to add is a plaid flannel shirt, a vest, boots and don’t forget ear muffs.  Isn’t it awesome that distressed jeans can give your tree purchasing a stylish look?  Who’d a thunk it?

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Hopefully, your date isn’t a dog.

date-night-with-guy-in-a-vanDoes that sound a little too casual for you?  Maybe your tree shopping is actually a dating opportunity. If that’s the case, you will want to style it up a notch.  So, I’m thinking he’s probably going to be driving a really cute red retro van when he comes to pick you up.  May I suggest a pair of green skinny jeans, button down shirt, red plaid jacket, and red Hunter boots. Another cute date look is an over-sized turtleneck sweater, topped with a fur-lined green jacket, skinny jeans, and LL Bean snow boots complemented by a beautiful Prada tote.  Just add a toboggan or felt hat, some warm gloves and scarf.  Wow!  How stylish is that?

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belted-blanket-scarfPeople always ask me, “I don’t know what to do with a scarf.”  For tree shopping and outdoor holiday events, it’s simple…just wrap the scarf around your neck and forget about it.  Or, check out “different ways to tie a scarf” on our Pinterest board Holley Williams Style.  A blanket scarf would be a great addition to your winter wardrobe.  These can also be worn as a wrap and I love the look of a belted blanket scarf.  The real purpose of a winter scarf is to keep you warm.  Right?  So, don’t stress over it but do purchase at least one new scarf to wear this winter.

sweatpantsOne of my favorite traditions is shopping for family and friends and wrapping gifts.  Do you shop at stores or do you purchase online?  Please know you can be stylish doing either one.  Let’s start with online shopping. I’m guessing it’s either from your desk top at home or on your laptop at a coffee shop.  Am I right?  I sit in front of my computer first thing in the morning usually wearing sweats and drinking a cup of coffee…of course. For me, the whole idea of online shopping is being relaxed and not rushed.  My at-home shopping outfit may include a pair of grey sweats, Converse sneakers, a t-shirt and to add a holiday flair, top it off with a plaid flannel buttoned down shirt.  What could be more comfy than that?

date-night-lookIf I am shopping at local stores, that means I am getting down to business and getting in and out of the car several times a day.  For this type of shopping, my main goal is to be comfortable but with a stylish flair! Two stylish and practical options are a cape or a vest.  With both of these, you don’t have to mess with lugging a coat around a store.  There are so many options when it comes to capes and wraps and they are perfect for Texas weather.  During the winter months, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful faux fur vest.  Pair it with burgundy skinny jeans, button down blouse and a pair of suede wedges.  But be forewarned, you might be mistaken for a college student.  Don’t you hate it when that happens?

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Remember the famous line from Miracle on 34th Street when Kris Kringle said “Christmas isn’t just a day.  It’s a frame of mind.” Even though I love all the holiday traditions, it’s the Christmas spirit/frame of mind that keeps me grounded.  Because I’m pretty sure that more than shopping and dressing stylish…showing kindness to others is my greater calling on this runway called life!

Be sure to visit our updated Pinterest board for many more winter worthy styles.

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: Black Tie

what-would-holley-wear-2It’s Holley’s turn today to share ideas for black tie and cocktail parties.  

Fun fact:  The term “tuxedo” originated in the U.S. in the late 1800’s.  It was named after Tuxedo Park, a New York enclave for New York’s social elite where it was often seen.

It’s that time of year…time to start planning for black tie and cocktail parties that is!  With the Jewel Charity Ball and other holiday parties soon approaching, it can start to feel overwhelming if you are part of that scene.

So, two things you need to know about me:

  1.  I love beautiful gowns and cocktail dress
  2. …and I always were separates, even to black tie and cocktail parties.
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Chanel Jumpsuit

Though, before we talk about separates, let’s talk about a standout black tie and cocktail option.  If you want to be a show stopper, the main idea is not to look like everyone else.  Let’s “jump” right into this.  Instead of wearing a ball gown or cocktail dress, think about wearing a jumpsuit.  Jumpsuits are so in-style and can be very flattering. Keep it simple with one statement piece of jewelry, like a Chanel brooch or an amazing pair of earrings.  And baby if it’s cold outside, add a fur stole or jacket!

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What’s on Holley’s Wish List

blue-clutchMy absolute favorite accessory for a black tie gala is an elegant evening bag.  I have discovered a wonderful selection of evening bags at Dillard’s. And guess what?  Evening bags are not just for black tie and cocktail parties. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s a sin if you limit them to evening only. These beauties are too precious to hide in your closet and you can, and should, incorporate them with other casual pieces in your wardrobe.

pink-evening-bag-and-shoesEven better, sometimes interior designers will display them in armoires or on a coffee table. How clever is that?

A style star this season is velvet! If you dare, think about wearing an entire velvet pant suit in lieu of a ball gown.  I’m not kidding! With the perfect shoes, and evening bag, and jewelry, you will be the star of the party.  After the event, you will have two special pieces to wear to other parties.  The velvet jacket will look great with a pair of jeans for a party at home and the velvet pants paired with a glittery top gives you a cocktail party ensemble.

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Velvet Pantsuit

black-skirt-and-white-blouseOkay, now for the big question…What would Holley wear to a black tie event?  She would wear separates of course!  One of the most classic go to evening looks is a beautiful floor length skirt (think Carolina Herrera and Ralph Lauren).  These designers typically pair their evening skirts with a classic white blouse.  Their price points can be expensive, so do what Holley would do. Wait for a big sale or scour the internet and stores to copy this look.  With time and patience, this can be done!

The most impressive way to make an entrance at a black tie gala is with a cape!  It can be attached or worn as a separate that’s draped over the shoulders and can be re-purposed to wear over a pantsuit or dress.

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Lupita Nyongo

Remember Lupita Nyongo’s red Calvin Klein gown with the attached cape she wore to the 2013 Golden Globes?  That was the year she was nominated and won for her role in Twelve Years a Slave.  I had been stalking following her style looks before the first award show and she did not disappoint.   In fact, when she stepped onto the red carpet the night of the Globes, I’m pretty sure I screamed!  Her look totally took my breath away.

But isn’t that what a black tie style is all about?  It’s about making an entrance and, without question, it should be breathtaking!

Holley has updated the Pinterest style board for tons more ideas to get you “wow” ready for your next formal affair.  Compliments guaranteed.

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