What Would Holley Wear: Parisian Chic

Do you suffer from FGO (French Girl Obsession)?  I’m pretty sure I do.  One thing I’ve observed about French girls/women is their minimalistic approach to fashion and beauty.   Not only are their clothes low-key, but also their hair and makeup. And of course…that is exactly why I adore their chic style!

First let’s talk about a French basic…denim.  Have you ever wondered how French women spin denim into something so sophisticated?  One denim look seen on the streets of Paris during fashion week was cropped jeans complemented with kitten heels. We are especially crushing on a pair of frayed jeans shown with a white tee, Chanel suspenders, plaid jacket, Dior kitten heels and a camel beret.  A pair of flared cropped jeans and a trench coat will add a little extra French flavor to your style! So sassy and so French!

Mrs. Twist Flips!  When I saw Holley’s post I had to share that I found these kitten heels at Target.  Don’t they look alot like the Dior inspiration!

 

For me, striped tops are a classic French style, and I have to admit, I love stereotypes.  Soooo…show me a girl wearing a striped tee while riding a bike in Paris, and I’m totally in awe!  I love how an American blogger shares her French style riding a pink bike wearing white skinnies and a green striped top….she even matches her shoes and purse to her pink bike.  French perfection….right?

A French girl must:  Bright red lipstick! Ooh la la!!!  

If I were visiting Paris one of my style goals would be to look so French, tourists would ask me for directions! BTW….does anyone know how to say “y’all” in French? An easy way to accomplish this look is by wearing a monochromatic ensemble.  What shouts “French Cuisine” more than a yummy peach blazer and crops complemented by a straw boater hat? Sounds like the perfect look for the French Riviera….Oui!   

Jeanne Damas, a Parisian “it girl,” exudes that elusive French style. In fact I love her style so much, I dedicated a section to her on my Pinterest board, “Feeling French”!  One of her trademark looks is wearing dresses and skirts that emphasis her long legs. Be sure to check out a few of her Paris Fashion Week front-row looks.   Another French icon and muse, Ines de la Fressange, reveals her long legs and classic style wearing a green floral dress. Don’t you just love their subtle sex appeal?  

Parisian Nostalgia:  Be sure to take a look at two photos I made in Paris over 13 years ago.  Their Parisian style is so classic and timely, you would think the photos were taken this year.

Another thing I adore about French women is they “appear” to live a life that includes consuming lots of croissants and no regular exercise.  Call me crazy, but I’m starting to wonder if my DNA test will prove I’m 100% French! That being said, I will not be talking about French fitness style, because I’m pretty sure there is no such thing.  

And finally…who doesn’t love a beret?  Even though a beret is not exactly considered French…for me, it completes my French fantasy.  The good news is berets are back in style and or not just a cute souvenir. A classic look on our Pinterest board shows wide leg trousers paired with a sweater, YSL handbag, boots, and complemented with a black beret….of course!  And a red beret worn with a plaid jacket is not only classic French but also on-trend.

 

Since it doesn’t look like a trip to Paris is in the near future for me, I think I will just mosey on over to la Madeleine!  Who wants to meet me for a coffee and a croissant…or two?!?!?

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: Sneaker Style

I have a “sneaky” little feeling you are loving the sneaker trend as much as I am….right?  What’s your go-to sneaker style? My Converse sneakers have definitely been my sneaker style this summer, especially at the airport and on vacation.  

Speaking of the airport, you can’t beat the comfort and practicality of a loafer sneaker.  Not TSA approved? Yikes…then you will definitely want to wear shoes you can easily slip on and off.  Dolce Vita’s black and white woven slip-on will give your sneaker ensemble a sophisticated look. We are also crazy about Steve Madden’s selection of quilted slip-on loafers….especially the pink ones!  And slip-on Converse sneakers are not only airport friendly but also super cute.

Printed sneakers are another way to add a comfy flair to your everyday style. From plaids to animal print, these fun kicks will easily transition into fall. With a pair of Chiko or Converse plaid sneakers, this casual trend never looked so hip.  Though, if I’m perfectly honest, I have to admit animal print sneakers are my absolute favorite! A grey blazer, t-shirt, and jeans paired with animal print sneakers is a great fall transition style.

Have you ever worn sneakers to work?  For years, working women have been wearing sneakers when walking to and from the train in cities.  The difference today is they wear them all day long. Think about saying hello to Monday with a plaid pantsuit and white Converse sneakers.  Want to look effortlessly chic at the office? Then you will certainly want to match a pair of sneakers to your skirt or dress. And be sure to check out all the cute options on our Pinterest board!  

Do you have an “out of the office” style?  I figured you did! A cool way to update this look is by wearing a pair of light blue jeans, black sweater, and black Converse sneakers to your next meeting at Starbucks.  And we’re loving the photo on our Pinterest board that shows a working girl wearing a checked dress while trading out her heels for sneakers….so out-of-the-office smart!

Do you count your steps?  Good for you! When I visited New York this summer, I made a special trip to the Allbirds store in SoHo to see what the shoe buzz was all about. After trying on and purchasing a pair of their gray loafer sneakers, let’s just say….I’m a believer! Besides being water resistant and ultra-comfortable, you do not have to wear socks with them! How awesome is that? Not only do I wear them when I’m counting my steps, but also with jeans and a blazer….the perfect sneaker for any season.

Today’s brides and bridesmaids have absolutely got the sneaker style down. We love how Kate Spade gives a classic pair of Ked’s a heaping dose of sparkle. A rubber-soled sneaker is not only suited for the sidewalk but also the dance floor.  So the next time you plan to dance the night away, whether at a wedding reception or a honky-tonk, think about wearing some sparkly Keds.  

 

If you are getting a “kick” out of this article, then that tells me you are ready to jump into the sneaker trend!  Have fun and enjoy your new kicks!

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: Seaside Chic

“Dear Beach, I think of you all the time.”

These are my exact sentiments about Carmel by the Sea.  We will be going there next week for our end-of-summer vacation!   Our home away from home is a 1920’s cottage located between town and the beach….so lovely and quaint.

As soon as we arrive and unpack, we will take a short stroll up the hill to the bar at Cypress Inn, owned by Doris Day.  The bar is known to be the best dog watching spot in town. So, what do I suggest you wear to a dog-friendly bar? Something casual and chic….of course!  Loeffler Randall’s rainbow straw tote and rick-rack slides perfectly complement a green ruffle skirt. To complete the outfit, add a pair of green raffia hoop earrings by Oscar de la Renta….both chic and canine friendly!   

Since we will be there on a Sunday, we plan to attend service at Church of the Wayfarer (United Methodist Church).  A maxi dress or skirt is a great look for a seaside church service. How lovely is Sarah Vickers’s, (Classy Girls Wear Pearls blogger), blue print maxi dress matched with a scarf-lined wicker bucket bag?  Pretty lovely…right? Another stunning blue on our Pinterest board is a striped maxi skirt worn with a white short-sleeve ruffle top and a Cult Gia wooden ark bag. I’m thinking a pair of Bermuda blue tassel earrings would complement both dresses.  Can I get an Amen?

Who doesn’t love happy hour….especially at Clint Eastwood’s restaurant, Hog’s Breath?  Sitting outside and watching the sheep graze with the ocean view in the background is the ultimate.  A few happy hour looks on our Pinterest board feature blue ruffle skirts. And think about wearing a hat for al fresco dining!  Another happy hour look I love is a pair of white wide-leg pants complemented by a yellow off-the-shoulder top and blue espadrilles….and of course, Clint approved!

Seaside stripes are the perfect look for the 17 mile drive and lunch at The Lodge at Pebble Beach.  A colorful striped off-the-shoulder dress is definitely “on par” for sipping a cocktail at the bar. And a blue striped maxi dress and straw hat are beach vacation perfection!   Want to look coastal chic? A striped cross-back maxi is the ultimate…don’t you agree?

Did you know there are more than 80 prestigious art galleries within one quaint square mile in Carmel by the Sea?   Part of the fun is stopping by wine tasting rooms in between gallery hopping. For a fun day of art browsing, I’m loving yellow slacks worn with a flowy white blouse, complemented with a colorful striped clutch. A chic wine tasting style on our Pinterest board shows blue checked crops paired with a white shirt tied at the waist and a white Staud bucket bag.  Hmmm….I’m guessing its 5 o’clock somewhere!

When dining out in Carmel your style will look casually-chic with a lace or crochet outfit.  One of my all-time favorite Pinterest looks is a black lace top paired with white wide-leg jeans, Gucci sandals, a striped wicker tote, and Salvatore Ferragamo sunglasses…a perfect look for dining out in Carmel.  A white crocheted skirt paired with a black flowy blouse tied at the waist and strappy heels is unquestionably “Carmel classy”!

Photo: Mike Barton

But let’s be honest….the main reason you go to Carmel by the Sea is for the beach….right?  So what do I suggest you wear to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean? Absolutely anything you want to.  Though, I do have a few suggestions! Take a large beach bag for your sparkling rose’ and champagne flutes, and be sure to bring a few beach chairs.  

“Dear Beach, let’s plan to meet again…same time, same place next year.”

 

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: Southern Girl Style

Southern girls are classy and have great taste….right y’all?  The truth is they always seem to look put-together no matter what the occasion, and “I reckon” it’s because of their Southern upbringing!  

Have you heard the saying “she’s pretty as a peach”?  Well of course you have! Because you were either born and raised in the South or got here as fast as you could!  In fact, I chose this sweet Southern color for my flower girl and bridesmaid dresses….August 14, 1976.

From romantic silhouettes to pretty floral prints, we are major crushing on the peach dresses and skirts on our Pinterest board.  The floral dress shown with a pair of silver and peach pom-pom wrap sandals and matched with a peach Chloe’ handbag is beyond stunning. Another favorite is a ruffle-wrapped skirt worn with a white top tied at the waist…such a fun way to add a little boho to your Southern charm.  “Oh my goodness gracious,” I can feel my heart fluttering!

If you are truly Southern, then I know you just love a scalloped trim.  Kate Spade offers a blue scalloped clutch…lovely for any summer soiree’.  Do you have an event to attend this summer you need to get all “gussied-up” for? Then think about wearing a white lace dress with scalloped bell sleeves, and add a pink YSL bag. We are also crushing on the blue eyelet scalloped dress modeled by blogger, Sarah Vickers (Classy Girls Wear Pearls).  The half-moon wicker clutch and scarf tied around her wrist give her ensemble an extra touch of Southern sweetness.

Though if I had “my druthers,” casual outfits are more my style. The large yellow checked scalloped sweater from Anthropology is super cute and reminds me of a bright summer day.  If you have the legs for a mini skirt, we think a white scalloped mini skirt from Nordstrom’s paired with a blue checked shirt and Kate Spade bow handbag will look “just darling” on you.

If you see a Southern lady wearing an off-the-shoulder top, you will know one thing for sure…“she’s got gumption”!  And what says sassy more than a gingham off-the-shoulder top? A pink gingham top worn with pearls has “Southern girl” written all over it.  Print mixing has every Southern girl’s stamp of approval…point proven with a white floral off-the-shoulder top mixed with a blue floral skirt.   All of the one-shoulder tops on our board definitely show Southern sass. My top pick is a blue checked one-shoulder top paired with an asymmetrical floral skirt…so Southern and so sassy.

I’m pretty sure monograms are considered a Southern fashion staple.  From jewelry to handbags, we Southern gals are all about monograms. A recent gift from my Houston bestie, Linda Brewer (the original Steel Magnolia), was a gold trimmed canvas monogramed tote which I designated as my summer carry-on travel bag.  Just perfect for trips to the beach!

The French design brand, Goyard, offers the ultimate tote.  “I do declare”….I’m starting to wonder if they have a Southern girl on their design team.  Did you know they give you the option of having your designer French bag personalized to fit your Southern style?   To all that, I say…“bless their sweet French hearts”!

“Well, I s’wanne”, (a saying I often heard my Mississippi grandmother use)…All this talk about Southern fashion makes me want to make a pitcher of margaritas and go sit out on the porch.  Oops…I meant to say a pitcher of lemonade. Well for goodness sake….y’all know what I mean!

 

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: Posh in the City

“Start spreading the news…I’m leaving today…I want to be a part of it…New York, New York”

So I just returned from a four day trip to New York.  From dinner hosted on a penthouse terrace to drinks at a jazzy speakeasy….it was definitely a posh weekend!  

One of the highlights of my trip was dining on the 10th floor outdoor terrace at a dear friend’s penthouse in midtown.  So, what do you wear to a penthouse dinner party in mid-July? Something penthouse posh….of course! For this special evening, I wore a floral tiered maxi skirt with a white off-the-shoulder top tied at the waist and brown sandals.  Be sure to take a look at the penthouse terrace views on our Pinterest board!

 

 Whether you are going to a museum or taking a leisurely walk on the High-Line, one of the best ways to look posh in New York is with neutrals.  A pair of wide leg khaki pants paired with an oversized white shirt and white bucket bag will give you an updated contemporary look. To add a fresh summer vibe to your city style, think about carrying a white handbag or tote.  Two of my favorite totes for city shopping are a large white Goyard and a Tory Burch canvas tote….both perfectly posh!

Please know, sneakers are not only perfect for city strolling but also super trendy. A pair of sneakers is exactly what you will want to pair with a dress when strolling street markets.  We think the black and white polka-dot dress paired with black sneakers and a wicker handbag on our Pinterest board is super city-sleek! Another way to accomplish a casual city look is to wear a dress with animal print sneakers.  Because you know what they say about the city….“It’s a jungle out there”!

My second night in New York, Chris took me to a fabulous speakeasy. Tomi’s is a jazz bar where you enter below street level, walk down a dingy hallway, and ring a door bell to enter….a very hip New York experience!  To add a little “sex and the city” style to your New York nightlife, we suggest a floral V-neck wrap dress. If you want to get out of the sweltering heat, just grab an Uber, and that way you can stay cool, look fresh, and wear your strappy heels.  How posh does that sound?

For a Sunday church service, brunch, and a Broadway matinee a white and brown ensemble is so sophisticated.  To up your cosmopolitan style, think about wearing a white linen dress with ruffled shoulder straps complemented with a brown belt and macramé Staud bag.  We are loving a pair of flowy brown pants, oversized white blouse and a wicker bag with a scarf. And you can’t miss with khaki crops or culottes….yet another way to keep your New York style current and on-trend.  

FYI….a white ensemble will always give you posh points!  My favorite “up-town girl” pick shows a lady wearing a strapless white jumpsuit with a light camel jacket draped over her shoulders.  We’re obsessed with a head-to-toe white pants outfit featuring a bright green handbag….the perfect pop of color. There are so many great looks on our Pinterest board that will take you from an artsy lunch at The Whitney to the fabulous bar at the Four Seasons.  Don’t you just love posh points?

Whether your city travel style is casual or posh….be sure to check out all the options on our Pinterest board!  And “start spreading the news”!!!

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: 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.