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.

What Would Holley Wear: Skirting the Issue

True confession:  I rarely wear dresses, and I sincerely hope you will accept my apology for “skirting the issue”.

The main two reasons I wear skirts and not dresses:

..Dresses typically do not fit me properly…too short-waisted and/or too short in length…

..Whereas skirts come in all lengths and allow me to be stylishly creative!

The two trendiest skirts to purchase this season are checked and striped skirts.  Check our Pinterest board to see how we are loving how a red checked skirt was styled three different ways….with a white crop top, with a blue chambray shirt tied at the waist, and with a fun printed t-shirt.  The same goes for a striped skirt where a blogger shows how to wear it dressed-down or dressed-up. To dress it down, she paired it with a white tee and pearl embellished flats, a straw bag and hat…a great look for running errands all day.  For a dressier look, she added a pair of embellished heels, a laser cut clutch, and statement earrings…a great look for date night!

Denim skirts, like jeans, are so comfy and go with everything.  Last year, I purchased a knee-length denim pencil skirt at the Dillard’s outlet store. I’ve had fun styling it with a t-shirt and a scarf tied through the belt loops, and I’ve also worn it with a button-down tied at the waist and espadrilles.  Both ways give it a laid-back summer vibe.

Style Tip:  The key to a good looking pencil skirt is the fit.  I typically purchase these in a size larger because they look more flattering.  

A ruffled pencil skirt from Banana Republic with an asymmetric flounce hem adds a breath of fresh air to an iconic silhouette.  I suggest head-to-toe neutrals so the statement ruffle can take center stage. My cute cousin, Alicia, (The Lush List blogger), did exactly that.  To give it a summer vibe, add a round wicker bag and a cute pair of espadrilles.

From stripes to florals, big and bold printed skirts definitely make a fun statement.  The big black and white checked pencil skirt on our board is one of my favorites. They styled it summer-casual with a straw hat and sandals.  Plus, I’m crazy about all the polka-dot skirts on our board. With printed tees, sweaters, and blouses there are lots of tops to pair with these bold skirts…you pick!  

Guess what I’m loving about all the ruffled and tiered skirts that are trending?  Absolutely everything! Earlier this year, I purchased two ruffled skirts on sale at H&M.  For a casual look, I’m wearing the printed ruffled skirt with a white shirt tied at the waist, black slides, and carry a wicker tote with tassels.  My other frugal purchase from H&M was a tiered ruffled skirt in a floral print….so sassy with sandals, a printed tee and a oversized orange tote.  Both looks will be perfect for my summer beach vacays…an added bonus for sure!

Yep…I have to admit…I’m pretty good a “skirting the issue”!  Apologies accepted!

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: Dress up your denim!

From pastels and bright hues to black and white….there’s nothing that looks as cool and stylish as dressed up denim!

Not ready to stop wearing your black jeans?  No problem….because they look great in the spring and summer too.  An easy way to achieve a dressed up look is with black cropped jeans, a white blouse with statement sleeves, a black bucket bag, and two-tone block heels.  One of my all-time Pinterest favorites is a pair of black skinny jeans worn with a white blouse with a big bow tied at the waist and an adorable wooden bag.  “Ooh la la”…all of this is starting to sound a little French!

Speaking of the French, a Chanel inspired tweed jacket worn with jeans is a sophisticated way to dress up your denim.  A look we love is a pair of jeans worn with a belted tweed jacket….a great way to flatter any figure. Another Chanel inspired outfit is a tweed jacket worn with a pretty white blouse with pleated cuffs, distressed jeans, and nude pumps.  

If you are not into waist length jackets, think about wearing a long tweed jacket instead.  I’m loving two long grey and black tweed jackets on our board. One is paired with blingy heels and the other is shown with animal print sneakers.  To give them that Coco Chanel look, they pinned a CC brooch to the jackets. And even if you do not own a CC brooch, any new or vintage brooch will look fabulous pinned on your tweed jacket.

Two great springtime hues are a navy and gray blazer worn with denim.  My Pinterest board favorite is the gray blazer paired with blue denim culottes, a printed white t-shirt, and a red handbag.  Navy blue made a big comeback last year. So think about wearing a navy blazer with light blue jeans, a white blouse, and for a pop of color, tie a scarf around your wrist, neck or handbag.

Striped tops with statement sleeves are another great way to dazzle your denim.  We are crazy about Sarah Jessica Parker’s look…a stunning Johanna Ortiz statement top and her own fabulous shoe selection!  An ensemble that’s perfect for spring and summer is a striped off-the-shoulder sweater worn with jeans and heels. Two fabulous looks for a dressed-up denim date night!  

Kimonos are a great light weight cover-up that will add glamour to your spring denim.  From embroidered to florals, these flowy wraps add drama to a plain t-shirt and jeans outfit.  Ruffles are one of the biggest trends this season and a cute pair of black ruffled jeans paired with a silk floral kimono is fun, festive and a great look for now and this summer.  We are also loving a green floral kimono, light blue jeans, tee, black YSL bag, and pink tassel-tied sandals. Stylish and glamorous!

 Lace blouses and wraps are the ultimate when it comes to dressing up denim.  A lace top worn under a sweater or blazer adds a ladylike touch to a transitional spring style…and don’t forget to show-off the cute cuffs!  A look that will definitely put you in a springtime mood is lace tops with ruffles and bell sleeves. Floor dusting wraps come in a lace version as well.  From wraps to vests, this lacy trend will give your denim a dressy feminine flair.

Who knew there were so many stylish ways to dress up your denim?  With springtime here and summer approaching, looks like your denim will be ready for some fun in the sun!

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: Mid-Life Chic

Want to know the best way to prevent a mid-life crisis?  Up your style game! I’m serious…there’s nothing like a stylish new outlook on life that will make you feel younger, more alive, and “Mid-Life Chic!”  

And though it takes a concerted effort to make a lifestyle change, it can be accomplished with a few fashion tweaks, and of course, prayer always helps!  Has a friend ever said to you, “it’s a God thing”? That’s exactly the way I feel about a long tunic top…praise the Lord! Soft Surroundings has a large selection of divine tunic tops to choose from.  You can find a store at Southlake Town Center or online.

A beautiful new design I recently discovered on Tanglewood Moms is a company called Luna Antigua. Friends, Sandra Falcon and Pamela Lozoya, are the co-founders of these beautiful hand-embroidered designs made in Guatemala.  They are perfect for enjoying the outdoors in style. From a lovely evening at Concerts in the Garden to a beach vacation, these tops are definitely a “summer must-have”!  

Another age-defying look is a pair of skinny jeans worn with a long shirt or tunic top.  The good news is these jeans also come in plus sizes, and the bonus….skinnies elongate and give a slimming effect.  Talbots and Chico’s have a wonderful variety to choose from. Be sure to browse some of the options on our Pinterest board.  A recent purchase of mine was a pair of white skinny jeans from Cabi…and the bonus is they come in a “curvy” size!

Do you know Victoria’s secret? Shhh…you did not hear this from me, but I’m pretty sure it’s all about wearing under garments that fit correctly. When was the last time you were fitted for a bra? If it’s been over 2 years, then it’s time for a tune-up. And don’t you just love how a new bra “lifts” your spirit! Check out this post on “Finding the Correct Bra Style” from Style, Studs and Lace.

Fashion Tip:  If you live near Ft. Worth, the sales ladies in the lingerie department at Dillard’s are expert bra fitters.

Body shapers can take years off and smooth out signs of aging….“wink, wink”!  Another “God-thing” in my opinion was the invention of Spanx or body shapers. Besides smoothing things out, they hide panty lines and a multitude of sins.  If you wear pencil skirts or white slacks, you must wear one of these saintly briefs.

Fashion tip:  I always purchase body shapers a size larger.  Because here’s the deal, if they are too tight…that roll of fat is going to show up somewhere…right?

Aging fascinates me!  And please know when I talk about mid-life chic, I’m not talking about trying to look younger.  What I’m emphasizing here is how to be a more vibrant version of yourself. And what says vibrant more than accessories, handbags, and shoes?  Show me a lady with one of this season’s “it bags” or a cool pair of shades or shoes, and I’ll show you a vibrant and chic lady!  

For fun/hip accessories, think about shopping at stores where younger women shop…like J Crew, Anthropology, Madewell, and Free People.  We are loving the pom-pom shoe selection from Anthropology….perfect for any age! Be sure to browse our Pinterest board. And remember this:  Any woman, any size, and any age can purchase accessories, jewelry, handbags, and shoes in contemporary stores. So on the count of three, everyone shout: Hallelujah!!!

Black and white and monochromatic ensembles will never fail you because they give your style a sophisticated elegance.  Plus, you can always add a youthful pop with fashion jewelry. Stripes and geometric designs are certainly for the young at heart.  That would be you…right? Scarfs are always on-trend and complete an outfit, especially all of the cute pom-pom scarfs. So sassy and so chic!

Wow!  Did you have any idea there were so many ways to revive your lifestyle in a fashionable way?  I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this stage of life…”Mid-Life Chic”! Can I get an “Amen”?

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: Last Minute Vegas Style

My husband and I love a quick Vegas getaway!  For us, it’s all about relaxing at a 5-star luxury hotel for a few days.  So, when we received a “Google” travel alert with a cheap flight to Vegas…we were all-in!  Next thing you know, we booked our flight and a room at Encore for two nights!

Luggage tip:  A recent purchase I made was two 25” silver spinner Samsonite suitcases from Macy’s (50% off)…light weight and easy to maneuver.  So worth the investment!

Since our trip was last minute, I simplified packing by going with a black and white travel wardrobe…easy to mix and match.  On the plane, I wore my new white zip Cabi jeans with a black pajama top with white piping, a black Michael Kors blazer, and sneakers.  I also carried a super cute black and white bag from Kindred in Kansas City. Watch out Vegas…we’re heading your way!

Packing tip for a short trip:   Pack in 3s…3 tops, 3 bottoms, 3 blazers/wraps, and 3 pairs of shoes.  Hmmm…maybe 3 is my lucky number!

The highs were predicted to be in the low 70s and cool at night. Perfect weather…right? All I needed for an afternoon of poolside lounging was a cute swimsuit, cover-up, beach bag, hat, and book.  A black and white poolside look on our board shows the Girl from Panama blogger wearing a pair of high-waist white pants over a black one-piece swimsuit with a black kimono. Another idea is to wear a maxi skirt or flowy pants over a bathing suit….so sophisticated! And I’m loving the striped flowy pants on our Pinterest board. BTW….did I mention how delicious the poolside cocktails were?  

Our first night, we dined at one of our favorite Wynn restaurants, Lakeside. Like everywhere else you travel, Vegas can be very casual. That being said, it’s still okay to be cute and stylish…right? A fabulous look featured on our board is a ruffled Johanna Ortiz floral skirt paired with a white off-the-shoulder ruffled top…beyond exquisite!   And for the Vegas “wow factor” you can’t go wrong with white slacks or jeans and an off the shoulder black top! Be sure to browse all the fabulous looks on our board!  

The next morning, we were up bright and early and headed straight to the gym. A recent purchase I made was a silver and white metallic athleisure jacket which I wore with black leggings, white t-shirt, and black and white Nike’s…the perfect look for a five-star resort gym.  A sporty look I’m crushing on from Neiman’s fitness wear is a polka-dot Kate Spade workout jacket. I’m starting to wonder if this adorable jacket would inspire me to go to the gym every day.

For a fun packed day, frayed jeans, a t-shirt, striped blazer and loafers make for the ultimate style combo.  A large tote is a necessity for holding all of your shopping purchases! There are two from Zara’s at Fashion Show Mall that are ideal for a Vegas vacay.  And the good news is they can double as a shopping tote or as a pool bag. One is a round wicker bag with a large black tassel, and the other is a laser-cut black tote….so easy to transition into your everyday style!  

Our last night in Vegas, we treated ourselves to a lovely dinner followed by an amazing show, Le Reve.  For this luxe evening, I wore black skinny jeans, a pastel blue blouse, black floral kimono, and black kitten heels.  For a classic style, you can never go wrong with a white jacket and black slacks or jeans….just be sure to add a pair of statement earrings and kitten heels to your chic look.

After two fun packed days in Vegas, it was time to head back to reality….home sweet home!  Now it seems like we need to take off a few more days to relax!

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: Spring Transition

How does your style transition from winter to spring?   In Texas, our spring weather can be cool/cold one day and warm/hot the next. The good news is, pastels and bright spring colors make for an easy transition.  

So it’s springtime and 50 degrees outside.  No problem…just top off your white jeans with a pastel coat.  A pretty spring transition style on our Pinterest board is a pastel blue coat worn over a black and white striped sweater and white jeans.  And a pastel lavender hoodie is one of my new springtime favs. BTW….hoodies are perfect for seasonal transitioning.

My favorite spring coat is a pastel pink coat.  A look on our Pinterest board that I plan to copy is a pastel pink coat, light blue jeans, a white lace top, and a pink bag.  And we are loving the pastel pink trench vest paired with a striped sweater, jeans, and pearls…of course! Also, I have to mention the pink embroidered scalloped coat….beautiful!  They show it with light blue jeans, a white blouse, and pink sandals. Looks like “pretty in pink” is perfect for seasonal transitioning!

A pastel Tiffany blue is another great springtime color, and when worn with white jeans and a white blouse, it definitely says goodbye to the winter blues.  We are also loving the short Tiffany blue jacket paired with light pink jeans on our board. Another great way to add this pretty pastel color to an ensemble is with a scarf.  Plus, the word’s out…Tiffany blue looks great on everyone!

Uh oh, today’s spring weather forecast is cloudy with a chance of snow flurries.  Ok, maybe not in Texas but somewhere….right? Looks like you will need a pair of boots in a pretty springtime hue. So why not consider wearing a pair of blue Hunter or UGG boots with a monogramed hoodie and black workout pants. A bright blue jacket can double for athleisure wear and will be perfect on the slopes!   

For me, the best remedy for a rainy spring day is a bright yellow jacket.  Think about wearing it over a blue-checked shirt and with white jeans. A great rainy day look on our board is a yellow rain jacket worn with dark blue jeans, red Hunter boots, and a multi-colored umbrella.  This combo will have you seeing rainbows! When it’s still cool out, think about layering a navy and white striped sweater over a chambray shirt…just add your yellow coat and rain boots!

 One of our board features is a hot pink coat shown with white jeans, and black rain boots.   For a fun element, they added a bag full of pink tulips! Be sure to take a look at all the fun and colorful rain boots on our Pinterest board. From florals to polka-dots, get ready to make a big splash this spring!

Two of my favorite colors are pink and red, and when you combine the two…color blocking never looked so pretty.  I’m loving a red pencil skirt paired with a pink blouse with dramatic sleeves. And what about the pink t-shirt shown with a red and white striped skirt and red statement necklace on our board?  Wow…who knew there were so many ways to pair pink and red?

From pastels to bright colors and from rainy days to sunshine…transitioning your wardrobe will surely add a “spring in your step”!

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 This Weekend

Are you familiar with the word, “weekending”?  Here’s the Urban Dictionary’s definition:

To be participating in the activities generally associated with the weekend.  Such activities include going out with friends, watching television, procrastinating from unpleasant tasks, etc.  Antonym of Mondaying.

So, let’s get started and talk about what to wear when you are “weekending”!  My husband and I like to start the weekend off on Friday night going out to dinner or to a movie.  A pair of flared jeans, black pullover sweater, and Nike sneakers are perfect for movie night. Because the benefits of a blazer cannot be overstated, jeans and a t-shirt worn with a blazer are also perfect for a Friday date night.  Comfy and stylish!

For me, the perfect start to the weekend is lying around the house on Saturday morning reading a book or magazine and drinking coffee.  A red Vineyard and Vine long sleeve t-shirt worn with Nike leggings and UGG boots is the perfect look for a lazy weekend. And if you plan on running errands, be sure to add a monogramed baseball cap, a pair of Kate Spade earrings, and don’t forget your Fitbit!

Interested in joining me for a walk in the park?    Fitness style is the perfect look for strolling or a brisk walk.  A look I’m loving on our Pinterest board is black leggings with a white top and a mint jacket…all from Lululemon.  And for a pop of color, they added a pair of bright power-pink Nikes. The good news is you don’t have to sweat your style with TJ Maxx and Marshall’s selection of spring fitness wear!

Our favorite place to go to lunch after church is the Kimbell Art Museum Café. One way I like to combine my church style with museum lunching is by wearing neutrals.    One of my favorite spring neutrals is gray. From skirts to pantsuits….it’s the perfect complement to any art exhibit! An all-white pantsuit is always spot-on for church and art browsing!  Did I mention that visiting a museum makes me feel like I’m on vacation?

Speaking of vacations, there’s nothing like a short weekend trip to revive your soul.  Have you considered “weekending” in Southlake? I’m thinking a red, white, and blue ensemble would be perfect for dining and shopping at this all-American town square.  Think about wearing a red blazer….just add blue jeans, a white blouse, and sneakers. A red handbag will definitely add flair to your “all-American” weekending style!

 For a quick and luxurious weekend get-a-way, a trip to Dallas sounds perfect to me.  My fantasy Dallas weekend would include a night at the Ritz Carlton and visiting the Nasher Sculptor Garden. White jeans paired with a classic camel trench coat or cape is the perfect look for the Ritz and for taking a walk through the garden!  Any way you look at it…such a classy way to make an entrance!

Another classic look on our board is a pair of white jeans, black and white striped blouse, short black boots, and a mid-length black coat.  This classic style will take you from the museum to a fabulous restaurant. Sounds fancy, but first things first….who can meet me at The W’s rooftop bar?   

Whether you are weekending at home or a ritzy hotel, the whole idea is to relax and have fun….in a stylish way, of course!

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.