My Four Favorite Looks for Spring: Cabi Style

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

What Would Holley Wear: Spring Transition Edition

Spring transition is that time of year we change from one state of condition to another.  In Texas that means it is 30 degrees one day and 70 degrees the next day.

So, two things you need to know about me:

  1. By the first of March…I’m done with cold/warm weather…
  2. …but obviously no one put me in charge of climate change.
Totally “in” trenched

How do I deal?  With a fashion transition…of course!  So, let’s get started by asking the big question….What would Holley wear to transition into spring?  The first way I like to start is with a change of color.  Whether it’s below freezing or 70 degrees, adding pastels to my wardrobe is a big boost to my spring state of mind.  One of my favorite spring hues is blue.  A really fun way to transition is with a floral applique’ denim jacket or with a long denim coat.  From jeans to jackets, these pieces have springtime written all over them. A look I love from Talbot’s is a blue quarter length coat worn over a camel sweater with white denim ankle pants.  And when someone asks you what time it is, be sure to take a look at your Olivia Burton blue watch.  Then say, “it’s almost springtime!”  

Of course, I will still need to wear a coat and jacket most days (or at least in the morning and evening).  This is when I bring out my black leather jacket, and pair it with a skirt in a spring hue.  The whole idea is to take a piece, like a leather jacket from your winter wardrobe, and carry it over to the next season.  And don’t forget to top off a black and white striped dress or skirt with a black leather jacket.  

No mellow yellow here

Another look I love is a trench coat in a camel or pastel color.  This is a classic look that can go casual or be worn to the office or a meeting.  

On Wednesdays Holley wears pink…

What inspires a spring and summer wardrobe more than the color white? The good news is you can wear your white jeans all year long and do not have to wait until spring and summer.  A look I love is a pair of white jeans with a grey t-shirt, topped with a yellow jacket.  Speaking of yellow, don’t you think a yellow raincoat and rain boots are the perfect combo for this time of year?  If so, I hope you are ready to make a splash!

eight ways to wear white jeans

Though floral patterns work year round, the spring florals are more abundant than ever.  What shouts spring transition louder than a floral coat?  There are so many options to choose from.  One of my favs on our Pinterest board is a Valentino black floral coat worn with a pair of black jeans, tunic top, and black knee boots.  Sounds luxurious…right?  Just be willing to spend a little time online or in stores to find the perfect knock off.  Banana Republic and Ann Taylor are good places to start and be sure to check out ASOS online.   I’m also in love with floral pants and skirts. Just add a blouse, a bomber or jean jacket, and the next thing you know….you will look as fresh as a bouquet of flowers. 

Maybe you are like me and have mostly solid and neutral colors in your winter wardrobe.  Don’t fret, because it’s easy to give your neutrals a spring time lift with a pop of color.  Do you own a handbag in a bright color?  If not, I challenge you to purchase one new handbag in a spring color to brighten up your transition wardrobe.  Or, think about a scarf, because let’s not kid ourselves….there are days it will still be very cold out, and there is nothing like a beautiful scarf that says….”move over old-man winter, I’m in charge now!”

Since the weather is so hit and miss this time of year, you will want to mainly stick with closed-toe shoes.  Think about adding a pair of colorful loafers or flats to your wardrobe.  And don’t forget to take advantage of the fashion sneaker trend.  For years, working women in New York wore sneakers with their office attire to and from work.  And now the designers have made it an “all-day” look.  Makes sense…right?  

No loafing around

Are you starting to get Spring Fever?  I hope so because by adding a few bright and pastel colors to your wardrobe you will be ready to knock out the winter doldrums.  

All of these inspiring touches of spring are featured on our updated Pinterest board.  Be sure to check it out!

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