What Would Holley Wear: Crops and Culottes

If you are looking for something cool and comfy to replace your slacks or jeans…look no further because crops and culottes are the answer!  From a professional look to summer fun, there is something for everyone with these iconic looks.

Culottes have made a major comeback!  For a casual day of sightseeing in the city, a pair of black culottes and a white off-the-shoulder top worn with sneakers is a comfy combo.  For a night out on the town, replace the sneakers with kitten heels for a sexy city vibe. The same goes for crop pants. A cool pair of black crop pants worn with an oversized white blouse and black slides is another city-slicker style.  To dress-up your look, just add a cute pair of blocked heels.

When it comes to summertime, khaki culottes and crops go perfectly with espadrilles.  A pair of khaki crops worn with a white linen shirt, a Simon Miller bonsai bag tied with a scarf, and natural wedge espadrilles is a fabulous summertime look.  Another cool summer style is a pair of khaki culottes, black tee, black ring bag, and black espadrilles. Besides looking super stylish, both looks will jazz up your everyday style.

Want to look super trendy?  Then striped or printed crops and culottes are the look for you!  A look I adore on our Pinterest board is a pair of striped crops worn with a printed tee, a scarf, and orange block heels. To get you through the summer heat wave, think about wearing printed culottes. My board favorite is a pair of printed culottes worn with a white top tied at the waist.  And I love how they accessorized with Tory Burch sandals, a wicker tote and statement earrings….easy breezy!

 

Culottes and crops are a great look for the office and will definitely up your professional style game!  A trend I adore is a dress worn over these iconic pants. Our Pinterest board features a white wrap dress worn over a pair of camel culottes….beyond fabulous!  A pair of wide-leg white culottes worn with an army green t-shirt and complemented with orange heels and a leather tote will bring some fun and flair to your office style. Hmmm….maybe these polished outfits will even get you excited about going to work!

 You certainly can’t go wrong with denim crops…so comfy in the summer heat.  A crisp look is an oversized white tunic worn with rolled-cropped jeans paired with a Staud macramé and leather bucket bag.  If you do not own a pair of crop jeans, it’s so easy to create your own version by rolling up the hem of an old pair of jeans.  We are loving a pair of wide-rolled crop jeans worn with black strappy heels…so city sleek!

Anthropologie always seems to get it right with their on-trend seasonal styles, and we think their mid-rise denim culottes are perfectly perfect!  A culotte silhouette provides a refreshing update with their relaxed white jean. Their white cropped boot cut jeans are another board favorite….dress them up with an Anthro blue floral silk blouse, yellow clutch, and yellow cork platform heels.  

Any way you look at it, crops and culottes make for an ideal nine to five staple and also a fun weekend style!  The good news….they are great investment pieces because this trend is here to stay!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Five Summery Ideas for Wearing White

I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything that gives a cool summer vibe more than wearing “all white.”  Don’t you agree?  From professional work style to resort wear, we’ve got five awesome ideas on how to look cool and stay comfy all summer!

So, let’s get down to business!  If you work in an office environment where looking professional and keeping your cool is a must….think about wearing an all-white pantsuit.  Style star, Olivia Palermo, looks ultra-sophisticated wearing a white pantsuit and carrying a white clutch. A street style look from Milan Fashion week features a style star wearing a white Chanel pantsuit featuring crop pants.  How cool and classy does that sound?

From lunch with your girlfriends to happy hour with your hubby, a white summer dress is so fun and fresh!   An adorable lace shift dress, flats, and a summer hat is a cool summer look and perfect for alfresco dining.  If you are like me and like to wear skirts…no problem. It’s so easy to pair a white tee or shirt with a lace or crocheted skirt for instant summer glam!  We are loving style star, Olivia Palermo’s, wrap lace skirt and white tee ensemble. So fresh and so classy!

To jazz up your all-white outfit, a beautiful statement bnecklace will always take center stage.  We think the white turquoise necklace discovered on Pinterest deserves a standing ovation. Tory Burch always seems to get it right….her white lattice earrings and cuff are summer perfection.  Designer, Julie Voss, has a white pearl collection that is beyond fabulous. From her hinged pearl cuff to layers of bracelets, her designs are classic. Be sure to take a look at some of her stunning pieces on our Pinterest board.

White sandals, slides, and wedges will complete any white ensemble.  Sam Edelman’s lace-up white sandals are so versatile and go with everything from crops to a maxi skirts.  Summer slides are easy-breezy! You can go high-end with a pair of Hermes’ Oran slides, or bring the price down several notches with a pair of white Alibi slides from French Sole.  And of course….you can’t go wrong with a pair of Jack Roger’s white wedges. Both the mid-wedge cork and the rope-wedge will flatter your all-white summer style.

When it comes to resort wear, you can’t miss with an all-white ensemble.   So…where are you “resorting” this summer? Possibly the Biltmore in Arizona or maybe the the Breakers in Palm Beach?  Lucky you!!! Soooo…tennis or pickle ball anyone? Tuckernuck is known for their preppy style and their “all white” tennis ensembles will have you scoring big time.  And of course, we “love” all of Ralph Lauren’s classic white tennis ensembles.

 

Sitting poolside at a five-star resort calls for casual sophistication.  Once again, Tuckernuck comes through with beautiful white dresses that definitely make a fashion-splash! Their white Dani dress could double as a swimsuit cover-up, and their strapless Prin dress is perfectly perfect for poolside lounging. Excuse me, cabana boy….I would just love a vodka and tonic on the rocks, darling!

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Hmmm….I think I will just live through you this summer, and I promise to behave myself…..“wink-wink”!!!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Five Summertime Bohemian Trends

Summer is the perfect time to add a little bohemian flair to your style.  So let’s talk about bringing back a little nostalgia with tie-dye, kimonos, floral dresses, peasant tops, and artistic jewelry.   

I was in college in the mid-70s, and my favorite band was The Eagles.  So guess what I did last weekend? Yep, you guessed it…I took it “to the limit one more time”!  Actually, I was sitting in comfy seats at Cowboy Stadium….not exactly Woodstock but still a blast!   To channel my inner rocker-chick, I wore a tie-dyed maxi skirt with a knotted hem and a light blue denim button-down, tied at the waist with the sleeves rolled up. For an added boho-vibe, I wore a long beaded-tassel necklace and brown Sam Edelman gladiator sandals.

“All alone at the end of the evening…And the bright lights have faded to blue…I was thinking ‘bout a woman who might have loved me and I never knew”

When I think of bohemian style, tie-dye is always the first thing that comes to mind.  From skirts and tops to kimonos, this pattern is iconic boho. We are loving the orange tie-dyed kimono from Free People on our Pinterest board, and even better….it comes in six colors.  Besides concerts, a tie-dyed maxi is perfect for a summer mountain or beach vacation. Think about adding Indian inspired metal jewelry to complete the look.

“You know I’ve always been a dreamer (Spent my life running ‘round)…And it’s so hard to change (Can’t seem to settle down)”

I have to admit it’s rare for me to be rocking out at concerts these days. That being said, I do love finding ways to incorporate a bohemian look into my everyday summer style.  One way to do this is with a kimono. They are so easy to dress up with slacks, and even consider wearing one over your “little black dress”.   We think a floral kimono draped over a striped shirt or dress is so boho-adorable!

But the dreams I’ve seen lately…Keep turning out and burning out and turning out the same…So put me on a highway and show me a sign…and take it to the limit one more time”

Gypsy inspired floral dresses are ideal for an outdoor summer wedding or party.  The floral off-the-shoulder dress coupled with a heart-shaped basket bag is one of our Pinterest board favorites.  Be sure to add a cute pair of woven sandals, and plan to dance the night away! An adorable look from Spell & Gypsy Collective is a pink floral maxi dress….and for daytime, think about wearing flowers in your hair!  To shop gypsy inspired styles, visit Spell & The Gypsy Collective. 

“You can spend all your time making money and you can spend all your love making time…If it all fell to pieces tomorrow…would you still be mine?”

A flowy trend that lends itself to a bohemian look is the peasant blouse. Have I mentioned how much I love these beautiful tops? Anthropology and Free People have an awesome selection to choose from, so be sure to browse our Pinterest board.  Two of my Anthro favorites are their Star and Solitaire peasant tops. Wear them with jeans and add a fun pair of fringe earrings!

“And when you’re looking for your freedom (nobody seems to care) and you can’t find the door (can’t find it anywhere)”

Bohemian jewelry tends to be bold and artistic.  We are loving all of the white lace and crocheted dresses on our Pinterest board adorned with white shell necklaces and bracelets….such a fun way to add a beach boho look to your summer style.  A long white shell necklace complements a pink peasant top from Floryday. Another iconic bohemian look is an ankle bracelet. With Urban Outfitter’s celestial themed charm anklet, I’m pretty sure you will want to take a walk in the moonlight!

“When there’s nothing to believe in…still you’re coming back, you’re running back…You’re coming back for more”

From summer parties and picnics to concerts and vacations, we hope you have been inspired to add a little bohemian flair to your summer style.  And who knows…you may even want to consider “taking it to the limit one more time”!!!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: All American Style

We think dressing for the 4th of July can be tricky.  You don’t want to look like a walking flag, yet you may want a patriotic-festive look.  So we’ve put together some outfits on our Pinterest board that feature our country’s colors in a fun and stylish way.  And the good news….these are looks that you can wear all summer!

What says “all American” more than stripes?  From dresses to skirts, let’s talk about how to incorporate this fun pattern in your everyday summer style. A classic July 4th outfit is a blue and white striped skirt, white blouse and an adorable straw hat.  Gal Meets Glam blogger and her bestie show off their “all American” style wearing adorable striped sundresses while entertaining friends.  The Lush List blogger shares her patriotic hospitality in an adorable red striped dress.

There are so many fun striped summer tops on our Pinterest board.  One of our favorites is the starry, striped off-the-shoulder top from Anthropology. Wear it with jeans, shorts or a skirt, and you’re ready for a fun celebration. Wanting to make a statement?  Then think about wearing a gorgeous top like the one from IBU’s Ali McGraw collection….just add white jeans and a statement piece of jewelry.

 Striped handbags and shoes are another way to add flair to a festive 4th ensemble.  So…who loves rick-rack?  We do, and we are major crushing on the ruffle slides trimmed in striped rick-rack from Tuckernuck.  Top Shop’s striped espadrilles pair well with summer dresses, skirts and jeans. Mark and Graham offer a rattan and navy striped canvas circle hand bag in white and brown.  Trust me on this one….it will be the best $49 fashion investment you make this summer!

Peasant tops are a summer essential, so think about wearing one to a July 4th concert or picnic. The angular two-toned blue striped peasant top with red embroidery and tassels from Anthropology will transition from an afternoon picnic to a night of firework watching.  And their blue embroidered peasant top gives a romantic vibe to this bohemian style. A long embroidered tunic top can work three ways…as a top, a dress and as a swim suit cover up….a “must pack” for your summer vacation.  

 Are you planning to attend a Ranger’s game this summer?  A Ranger’s t-shirt is definitely “all American”. To add some flair, a pair of red fringed earrings from Madewell will up your style game.  A scarf with tassels is always a bonus, and patriotic sunshades are a necessity for a sunny day at the ballpark. Sounds like a “grand slam” to me!  

Maybe you are planning a beach vacation for the 4th?  The nautical bag on our Pinterest board would be perfect for a seaside picnic….anchors away! Summer shorts or white jeans worn with a blue checked shirt, red wicker bag and white sandals is the perfect outfit for a sea shell hunting expedition. For a fun family dinner at the local crab shack, red culottes and sneakers will keep you stylishly comfortable. A “shore thing” to give your outfit a pop is the Kate Spade red crab handbag.  So…who wants to take a walk on the beach?

No matter how you plan to celebrate our country’s Independence Day or any fun summer activity, just know….a cute red, white and blue outfit will add a stylish spark to your celebration!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Four Easy Summer Trends

Summer is here, and it’s time to start wearing summer shoes, bags, embroidery, and hats….four easy summer trends!  

Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up.  We are loving all the summer sandals and slides. Sam Edelman’s Carter slide is adorable and a great price point ($80).  There are so many great color choices between Tory Burch’s iconic Miller sandal and the classic Jack Roger’s sandal. For a preppy look, you can’t miss with a Jack Rogers sandals worn with anything Lily Puiltzer.  A cute look on our Pinterest board shows a bright blue and pink Lily dress complemented by a pair of white Jack Roger’s sandals. So easy and so preppy!

Espadrilles will bring flirtatious fun to your summer style!  From sandals to wedges, there is an array of summertime options.  We are major crushing on two looks from the blog, Gal Meets Glam. One of her looks is a blue eyelet dress paired with yellow Castaner espadrilles and a basket bag. Another charming look is a floral dress complemented with coral-pink Castaner espadrilles shown with a macramé basket tote. Plus we are featuring some really cute espadrilles from Dillard’s on our Pinterest board!  So easy and so adorable!

If you are carrying a wicker or wooden bag this summer, then you are obviously in the fashion-know!  We are loving all of the round wicker bags….from J McLaughlin, Zara, and Cult Gaia….just to name a few.  Besides being the ideal summer bag, these adorable round bags are also resort-ready. Point proven with the white sundress matched with Cult Gaia’s round Stella bag.  And a pair of white culottes paired with a round wicker bag is the perfect look for any five-star resort! So easy and so resort ready!

This season’s “it bag” is definitely Cult Gia’s wooden ark bag www.cultgaia.org.  Two places to find a copy of this iconic bag is at Hemline in Clearfork and, for a great price, look online at Amazon Fashion.  For a little flair, I like to tie a scarf on my wooden ark bag and wear it with everything from pants to midi and maxi skirts. When I wear it with a pair of wide-leg denim pants, I like to tie a red check scarf on my bag.   For a night on the town, I dress it up with a black maxi skirt topped with a white sash blouse, and for a pop, I add a color block scarf. So easy and so trendy!

Don’t you just love summer embroidery?  A blue embroidered maxi skirt paired with a white peasant top and a round blue wicker bag is perfect for any summer soiré.  One of my favorite places to find beautiful embroidered clothes is Anthropology. Want to add some flair to your summer style?  Then think about a pair of slip-on embroidered shoes from Anthro matched with checked culottes with tassel trim. So easy and so festive!    

So what shouts summertime more than a cute straw hat?  Nothing…right? We are crushing on Draper James’ iconic “Freddie fedora” straw hat with its two-toned blue band.  Blogger, Kelly in the City, wears a cute straw hat with a black bow from Vineyard & Vine….perfect for a weekend at the lake.  We are also loving Madewell’s packable straw hat….because you know you will be taking it on a vacation! So easy and so vacay ready!  

 

Four easy trends to start your summer off…summer shoes, bags, embroidery, and hats.   So easy and so summertime trendy!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Bows, Pom Poms and Tassels

After driving a 2002 model Lexus sedan for over a decade, I finally got a“new-ish” car…a 2015 Nissan Murano.  Compared to my old car, this one definitely came with all the bells and whistles! In fashion these extra features are referred to as enhancements and trim….my favorites are bows, pom-poms, and tassels.  Any way you look at it, these trims and enhancements are the “bells and whistles” that make the outfit!

Bows can be found on everything from shoes to earrings.  Kate Spade and Ted Baker design brands are both known for their signature bows.  We are loving Kate Spade’s bow watch and think her navy and white striped bow clutch is ideal for print mixing.  Ted Baker’s bow jelly sandals in pink and black will look adorable poolside, and his pastel cross-body bow bags are perfect for Sunday brunch.

Please know, we’ve got your back when it comes to ties and bows. For girls with long hair, a scarf tied ponytail is a fun summer accessory.  One of my Pinterest board favorites is a light tan sweater with a row of three bows in the back.  A white blouse with a scarf looped through holes in the back gives a classic look to a spring/summer top.  See…we really do have your back!

My favorite bow embellished accessory is a cute pair of shoes. I’m loving a pair of black kitten heels with a tulle bow. Show me a pair of Jeffrey Campbell gingham slides with a bow, and I’ll show you the cutest pair of shoes…ever!  A “bells & whistles” purchase I recently made is a pair of Zara plaid sling-backs with a bow on the heel….the perfect transition shoe from spring to summer!

When I think of the ultimate in “bells and whistles”….pom-poms come to mind.  Are you planning to have fun in the sun this summer? Good for you! A wicker bag trimmed with colorful pom-poms has summer fun written all over it!  And though these make adorable pool and beach bags, please do not put limitations on them. Think about taking your fun bag out to lunch, or to the farmer’s market, on a shopping spree, out to dinner, and the list goes on and on!  

So what screams summer and shines happy?  We think it’s a pair of white pom-pom crop pants, a striped yellow shirt tied at the waist, platform wedge sandals and a round wicker bag.  One of my favorite bloggers gives her white summer dress a dose of “happy” with bright pink pom-pom earrings and a wicker bag embellished with a slew of colorful pom-poms.  And want to know what screams happy to me? A pair of black pom-pom trimmed culottes paired with black espadrilles! 

Yay….tassels are on-trend again this summer!  We adore summer shoes enhanced with tassels and think a pair of blue espadrilles with tassels are great for any occasion.  Anthropology never seems to miss a trendy beat….point proven with their red tassel/pom-pom sandals. If you need a dressy pair of heels, you can’t miss with all the choices from Shopbop.  These lovelies can be dressed up or down…you get to decide!  

Show me a dress or skirt enhanced with tassels, and I’ll show you a whole lot of sassy!  We are loving a blue embroidered dress with tassels from Chic Wish…so cute and great prices!   Classy in the City blogger shows us a bright blue dress with a red tassel hem…perfect for any summer soiree’.    

Jewelry trimmed with tassels is on our most popular list!  There are two pairs of tassel earrings on our Pinterest board that will enhance any outfit. For an elegant look, you can never go wrong with a black tassel earrings from Oscar De La Renta.  The cute rainbow tassel earrings trimmed in black from Anthropology would be the perfect complement to a black and white summer outfit.

Hmmm….it looks like all the “bells and whistles” really do make the car….Oops, I mean the outfit!!!

Lastly, we cannot end this week’s post without mentioning how sad we are with the news of Kate Spade’s death.  Almost every WWHW post credits something brilliant Kate created. Her inconic style has been so joyful in all that we wear and gifts we give.  Kate’s inspiration added color and beauty to our world.  We are deeply sorry she did not feel these gifts within herself.  If you are hurting and feel there are no options, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-8255 available 24 hours everyday.  Your life does matter.  Someone does care.

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Four Ways to Wear Gingham

Since I consider myself a “gingham girl”, I want to share my four favorite ways to wear gingham….with skirts, shoes, tops, and pants.  

Are you a “gingham girl” too?  I knew you were! Since skirts are my favorite, let’s talk about gingham skirts first.  I just can’t get enough of all the fun skirts on our board, and from ruffles to wraps it’s the perfect summer look!  So what would make you want to straddle a scooter and channel your inner Sofia Loren? I’m pretty sure it’s a yellow gingham midi skirt worn with a white printed t-shirt, bohemian straw bag, and brown leather slides.  So “Bella Italia”!

To take summer’s “it” print to the next level, think about print mixing. A great look is a yellow gingham skirt mixed with a blue striped off the shoulder top.  A red checked ruffled skirt paired with a red striped blouse is another fabulous print mix.  And both of these skirts can go casual and be worn with a white t-shirt and sneakers. And here’s a little fashion tip….when mixing prints, it instantly elevates the look from “girl next door” to “style maven”.  You get to decide which one is your style!

Do you get a kick out of gingham shoes?  We sure do! From Talbots green gingham slide with a block heel to J Crew’s navy and white checked wrap-around sandal, we suggest you wear them with everything from skirts to cropped jeans.  Between Sam Edelman and J McLaughlin, you can find a fabulous selection of gingham flats, block heels, and ballet flats in black and white. Check out our Pinterest board to browse all the cute options!

Are shirts your go-to gingham style?  For an easy breezy style, think about wearing a button-down gingham shirt with cropped jeans or a skirt.  Oh…and be sure to tie your shirt at the waist and roll up your sleeves. Since you are a classy girl, you will want to consider pairing your pearls with your gingham.  Hmmm…looks like classy girls wear pearls and gingham! And again, think about mixing your prints. We absolutely adore a red and blue floral skirt mixed with a blue and white checked shirt tied at the waist.  Another “style maven” look!

We are also loving all the gingham tops with ruffles and bell sleeves, especially the ones that wrap around the waist.  How cute is a blue and white wrap top with bell sleeves worn with white cropped jeans and a bucket bag? Pretty cute…right?  The J Crew off the shoulder blue and white gingham top paired with white jeans and a Cult Gia bag is so stylish! BTW…I love her fabulous statement earrings and think a red bandana scarf tied to the bag would totally take her outfit to the next level of chic!

Gingham trousers are not only trendy but are also perfect for work and church.  A pair of navy and white checked pants paired with a Chanel-inspired white jacket with red and navy trim is a great work and church look.  Just so you will know, matching checked pantsuits are on-trend and so versatile. A sweet look on our Pinterest board is a pair of navy gingham trousers worn with a white eyelet shirt.  For the perfect touch of summer, they added a round wicker bag complemented with a navy polka-dot scarf. Can gingham get any sweeter?

I just love sharing my four favorite ways to wear gingham….skirts, shoes, tops and pants.  Seems like us “gingham girls” are ready for a little summer fun! 

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Reese Wear

This week’s article is all about Hollywood/Nashville “it girl,” Reese Witherspoon and her style.  Though Reese lives in LA, she’s a Southern girl at heart…born in New Orleans and raised in Nashville where she started her own clothing line, Draper James

“I started this company to honor my Southern heritage and in particular my grandparents who were, and still are, the greatest influences in my life: my grandmother, Dorothea Draper and my grandfather, William James Witherspoon. My grandparents taught me everything I know about gracious Southern living. From them I learned to dress and act like a lady, to take pride in my home, to reach out to help a neighbor, and to always invite everyone in for a visit.”

So let’s get started and talk a little about her style roots!  Reese’s clothing line, Draper James, has Southern charm written all over it. We are loving their peplum denim jacket. It drapes perfectly over one of Draper’s striped or printed t-shirts worn with white jeans.  And it would also look adorable worn over their bright yellow magnolia print dress. By the way…we are loving all of their printed tees, especially the “Inspired by a Strong Woman” t-shirt!

Draper James teamed up with iconic shoe designer, Jack Rogers, to create their own version of the classic 60s-era sandal.  From their “Howdy Y’all” to their “Hello Darlin’,” and what I like to call “Steel Magnolia” sandals…they’ve got us Southern girls covered!  Wouldn’t y’all agree?

From phone covers to accessories, Draper James, has so many delightful items to choose from. Don’t you think a cute canvas pouch with a fun phrase is a great incentive to staying organized? With their spill-proof lining, the “Keep it Pretty Please” and the “Strong, Sweet, & Southern” pouches will definitely keep all of your primping essentials organized.  And be sure to check out all the Draper James clothes, shoes, and accessories on our Pinterest board!

Mrs. Twist loves Draper James!  Their iconic “Totes Ya’ll” bag was perfect for a trip to the Clearfork Farmer’s Market and was shared on the Draper James social media!

But then there’s the Hollywood Reese, stepping out on the red carpet so many times we can’t even keep up.  One stunner was the strapless red gown by Jason Wu she wore to the 2015 Met Gala…beyond elegant. But the time she got the fashion world’s attention was when she wore a knee length canary-yellow Nina Rica strapless dress to the 2007 Golden Globes. Redbook magazine said, “She made everyone a believer in the idea of short dresses for formal events.” And, I only have one word to describe her look…exquisite!

Like her red carpet style, her everyday style is always spot-on. She claims it was the influence of her mother and grandmother that laid the foundation for her good taste.  To share her tasteful style, we’ve posted “11 Style Lessons Reese Witherspoon Can Teach Us” on our Pinterest board.  One of her lessons is “Feminine is Fun,” where she states “it’s okay to look like a woman.” Reese loves tailored jackets and suggests sticking with tweed for the ultimate femme look.  Pair it with tapered jeans and classic pumps to give off that…”oh, I always look this good darling” vibe! Don’t you just love her?

“Bold Colors” is another WWRW lesson we plan to copy.  Bright hues are hot this season, and Reese shows us how to rock them. She suggests wearing a bright color whether on top or bottom, but keep the rest of the look neutral.  We are loving her bright red top worn with white jeans and gold jewelry. OMG…super classy!

Like a true Southern lady, Reese is never one to shy away from prints…especially gingham.  She brings her Southern charm to a blue and white gingham dress, which she makes look modern and current.  She also loves wearing gingham tops with shorts, jeans, and skirts. Wow, so many cute looks to copy!

True to her Southern roots, Reese is also a Hollywood power player who’s an advocate for women…in a charming and delightful way, of course!  So, for her style and for all she does to encourage women, I only have one more thing to say…. “Bless her heart”!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Five Free Tips from a Stylist 2nd Edition

Welcome to our second edition of “Free Styling Tips”!  We hope you love the idea of making the most with what you already have in your closet and repurposing your clothes and accessories!  

“The more you have…the more you are occupied, and the less you have…the more you are free”.

Isn’t this true when it comes to fashion?  If you have a closet crammed packed with clothes and accessories…it not only occupies your space, but it can also occupy your spirit.  

So, let’s get started and talk about some ways to repurpose our stuff and free our spirits at the same time.  Have you thought about wearing a scarf as a belt? This is a cute and fun way to add style to some of your spring and summer outfits.  Another idea is to tie a scarf on a belt loop, which adds color and flair. For a classic look, tie a scarf around a handbag handle or your ponytail, and a scarf tied around your neck is so classic.  For a trendy look, try tying a scarf around your wrist or ankle!

Spring and summer are a great time of year to roll your jeans.  To do this, fold your jeans up one or two inches, then fold again leaving a peek of the hemline visible.  How easy is that? The jean roll is a fun way to show off a cute pair of shoes, and it also makes your boyfriend jeans look a touch more tailored.  Be sure to check out the hem-roll tutorial on our Pinterest board.

Did you know there is an art to tucking your shirt?   Here are some tips on how to tuck your shirt: The fronttuck works best with long shirts and blouses. Tuck the front in and leave the back untucked.  This also looks great with blazers. The half-tuck is my favorite.  It’s so easy…just tuck in the buttonhole side (left side) of your shirt into your jeans or pants and leave the button side hanging out.   Go to here for 16 Ways to Tuck, Tie, Roll and Twist your Clothes like a Stylist on our Pinterest board including the snappy way JCrew styles their sleeves!

 

And then there’s the twist-tuck with 4 easy steps:  1…Unbutton the five bottom shirt buttons. 2…Tuck the side with the buttons into the opposite side. 3…Cross and fold the button-hole side over the buttoned side and tuck it in, and 4…If you like, unbutton the remaining shirt buttons so the shirt doesn’t bunch.  Be sure to check out the easy tutorial on our board.

The easiest way to define a waistline without a belt is by knotting or tying your shirt or blouse in the middle.  I have to admit this just happens to be one of my signature looks, especially in the spring and summer. A cute vacation look is to wear a button-down shirt off-the-shoulder, unbuttoned but tied in a knot.  Such a cute way to repurpose an old shirt into a swimsuit cover up….just add a pair of flowy pants or maxi skirt! Don’t you just love free styling tips that are fun and creative?

Speaking of fun and creative…another stylist secret is tying a knot in the hem or middle of a maxi or midi skirt.  This is a great summer style that looks so light and breezy worn with sandals, and in the fall… just trade your sandals for boots.  It also makes for a great resort or poolside look….such a frugal way to repurpose a skirt you were thinking about giving away. And one more thing, it costs nothing to tie a knot…right? Unless, you are tying “the knot”…now that can be very expensive.

With air conditioning, it can be freezing inside in the summer. That’s when you will want to add a jacket or light sweater. A classic way to style your summer jacket or sweater is by draping it over your shoulders.  A draped jean jacket will definitely give you the cool factor! And when you warm up, just tie it around your waist. Classic and cool…can’t beat that!

I don’t know about you, but I love how being content with what I have frees my spirit to be stylishly creative!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Garden Party Style

Can you think of a better introduction to spring and summer than a garden party?  I can’t! From tea sandwiches to beautiful spring ensembles, it’s one of those traditions us Southern girls keep close to our hearts.  

When I decided to write this article, I reached out to my P.E.O. sisters to see if they would be willing to participate.  Our lovely hostess was Susan, and her beautiful home and garden was the perfect garden party setting. The ladies came dressed to the nines!  Floral scarfs and dresses were definitely on-trend, and our president, Mel, wore a beautiful floral scarf complemented with a monogram brooch….so classy!  Some of the ladies wore their finest pearls and others donned beautiful hats. Be sure to take a peek at all the party photos on our Pinterest board!

Dresses and hats go together like peanut butter and jelly…right?  We are loving the selection of hats from J Crew, Tory Burch, and Tuckernuck.  A floral yellow maxi dress paired with a straw hat is perfect for any outdoor soiree’.  Another Pinterest board favorite is a burlap dress with a scalloped hem, trimmed with red embroidered flowers.  And the best part is the watermelon picnic basket handbag. Can’t get any cuter than that…right?

And speaking of baskets….A tisket, a tasket, a woven leather basket full of berries from Kate Spade is the perfect accessory for any spring/summer occasion. Wicker and wooden handbags are definitely this season’s “it bags”.   We think J McLaughlin’s bamboo clutches are the perfect bag for parties, luncheons and resort wear. Another favorite is the black wicker honey pot bag from Frances Valentine. Ready for a spring fling?

To give your garden style a casual vibe, you can’t go wrong layering a denim jacket over your shoulders.  For the P.E.O. garden party, I wore a pearl enhanced denim jacket over a white blouse tied at the waist with a bright yellow skirt and blue denim blocked heels.  To add additional flair to my ensemble, I carried a wooden handbag with a navy bandana tied to the handle. BTW…the jacket was a gift from Susie, a dear P.E.O sister.  

Denim and chambray are the perfect combo for lace and florals.  Don’t you just love mixing casual with fancy? Think about wearing a denim jacket over a floral dress….and be sure to add a cute bag and sandals.  I bet you love eyelet and lace too….though it may seem a little dressy for a casual outdoor party. No worries…just wear a denim jacket with a lace dress or a chambray blouse with an eyelet skirt.  How casual and fancy does that sound?

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again…you can never go wrong with black and white!  There are so many fun options on our Pinterest board, and we are especially loving black and white stripes.  Sundresses, pants, and skirts….oh my! White lace dresses complemented with black accessories will definitely dress-up your garden party style.  At the P.E.O. party, everyone was crushing on Ann’s white eyelet dress accessorized with a straw hat and statement earrings…so garden chic!

So here’s my definition of a garden party:  A beautiful garden complemented by a really cute outfit, a few adorable accessories, delicious finger food, and most importantly…your friends and sisters!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.