What Would Holley Wear: Orange Crush

Remember back in the day when women would swoon over Frank Sinatra singing, “I’ve got a Crush on you Sweetie Pie”?  That’s exactly how we feel about orange outfits and accessories…swoon-worthy!  

Here’s the deal…not only is it a great color for summer but also for fall.  Don’t you think a pair of orange loafers is a fun way to step into fall?  No wonder we’re loving a pair of Tod’s driving shoes.  Wicker totes are ideal for both seasons, and a Lowe’s wicker tote with orange trim is great for seasonal transitioning.

When was the last time you drank an ice-cold Orange Crush?  Just like this delicious beverage, an orange dress looks so refreshing on a hot September day. Planning a trip to the farmer’s market?  Spell & Gypsy’s printed midi dress will give you that effortless farm girl look….just add Birkenstocks or Teva’s!  

Are you looking for a cool new alfresco dining location?  Tinie’s rooftop terrace at 113 S Main Street in Near Southside gives our hometown a LA vibe!  Anthropologie’s tiered maxi dress is a great choice for rooftop dining.  Wear it on or off your shoulders…your choice!  And we think Shop Bop’s polka dot belted midi skirt makes a charming statement.  Wear it with white sneakers and a tee or with sandals and a blouse tied at the waist.  Make that a “Casita Margarita”…please!

Don’t you just love how a kimono dresses up jeans and shorts outfits?  I’m especially loving a printed maxi kimono I recently purchased from Cotton Rose.  It looks adorable with jeans and sandals, and later this fall, I’ll wear it with boots.  Whether you are relaxing on the patio or by the pool, Anthropologie’s orange printed caftan is perfect for a lazy end of summer day.

 Show me an orange accessory, and I’ll show you a chic way to complement your outfit!  Hazen & Co.’s stunning Catalina bracelet pairs perfectly with a Johanna Ortiz pareo or wrap skirt…the ultimate in chicness!  Another way to make a posh statement is with one of Lowe’s two-toned handbags, or a Boho Couture copy….scene stealers, indeed!

So, I have to ask….are you swooning?  And one more question….“orange” you glad it’s almost fall? 

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: Change of Scenery In Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Are you desperately in need of a change of scenery?  Well, here’s my solution…go to Broken Bow, Oklahoma and pack some cute outfits!  I’m serious! 

That being said, we recently took a four day trip to Broken Bow, which we now refer to as “our new Colorado”.  Broken Bow is an awesome travel destination with beautiful vacation homes to rent, hiking trails, lake activities…and hot tubs!!!  I would describe our beautiful Airbnb rental as rustic-modern….be sure to take a look at our Pinterest photos of the house and views from hiking trails.  

So “what would Holley wear” for a casual weekend getaway?  All summer, I’ve been crushing on khaki and white combos….perfect for now and early fall.  With a pair of white jeans or crops, all you need to add is a khaki shirt and sandals….and don’t forget to take a wicker tote or handbag.

 

Just so you know….wicker bags and totes are not only for summer, so don’t put yours away quite yet.  For a luxe vibe, a Lowe’s wicker tote will compliment anything from jeans and shorts to dresses.  And don’t you think a tote paired with a floral maxi looks “so French”…even in Oklahoma?  For a less expensive version, my personal pick is a Mango wicker tote.

With so many amazing trails…hiking opportunities are endless in Broken Bow.  So of course, you will want to pack a few hiking outfits.  My go-to for hiking shorts is LL Bean.  To give them a stylish vibe…add a printed t-shirt from Chicmony paired with Teva sandals.  If you are fortunate enough to hike in a cooler climate, our Pinterest board features a 2020 list of the best hiking pants.  

After a few hours of hiking, we were ready to take a dip in the hot tub.  Just like an episode from The Bachelor, hot tubs are a big deal in Broken Bow…but without all the drama.  Anthropologie has a great selection of cover-ups, and one of their classic shirtdresses is perfect for hot tub hanging!  BTW….who remembers Eddie Murphy’s hot tub episode on SNL?  “Good Gawd…it’s hot!”  

So who knew?  It sounds like a change of scenery and cute outfits is exactly what we all need.  And hot tubs…of course!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: 65th Birthday Style!

This month I’m celebrating “the big one”….my 65th birthday!   From Medicare to cute outfits….I’m ready!  To quote one of my birthday cards: 

#1. Get plenty of exercise #2. Eat a balanced diet and #3. Lie about your age!  That being said, I decided to scrap those crazy thoughts and share my own advice on aging and what to wear…of course!  

#1. I’m pretty sure lounging counts as “plenty of exercise”.  Don’t you agree?  A beautiful kimono or caftan would be fetching for this scenario. This birthday girl thinks Anthropologie’s bird kimono is the ultimate in loungewear.  The same goes for Farm Rio’s stunning collection of maxis and caftans…ideal for “exercising!”  

Speaking of relaxing, there’s nothing like a new pair of comfy pajamas.  J Crew’s white sleep shirt with navy piping will definitely help you get a good night’s rest.  Which, by the way, is just as important as a workout.  If you need to catch some zs….consider wearing one of their adorable striped sleep masks.  And did you know Old Navy’s sleep pants come in a variety of prints?  Perfect for counting sheep! 

#2…Eat a balanced diet…at your favorite Mexican restaurant….mine just happens to be Mi Cocina!  To balance out aging anxiety, anything in animal print will make you feel young and vibrant.  So how fun are all the cute animal print outfits on our Pinterest board?  And yes, I’m partial to a green zebra print midi!  With a tiger print backpack, you will definitely add a little “grrrr” to your birthday style!  

#3…Don’t ever lie about your age….because “to everyone else, you look somewhere in the vicinity of your age and lying about it doesn’t fool anyone”.  Though, speaking of “little white lies”…cute overalls and jumpsuits paired with sandals will definitely make you look and feel at least 10 years younger.  And even better….match a pair of blue Birkenstocks to a blue tiered midi skirt.  For more stylish ideas…be sure to browse my “Age Fabulously” Pinterest board!

 

 

I think we can all agree this is the best quote on aging:  “Do not regret growing older.  It’s a privilege denied to many.”  That being said….let’s celebrate life to its fullest….in really cute age-defying outfits…of course!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: Live Like a Local

You’ve seen the signs when visiting a picturesque resort town…. “Live like a Local!”  But did you ever think you would be longing to experience that in your own home town?  For me…that’s Fort Worth, Texas.

Famous on the Northside is Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican restaurant.  Three things you need to know…they only take cash, people go there for the margaritas, and their beautiful patio is where the action is!  Ft. Worth designer, Sheridan French, is the queen of colorful and spirited prints.  Her stunning dresses, skirts, and tunics are perfect for this famous hometown patio….keeping it local y’all!     

The Kimbell, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and  The Modern Museum of Art are world-class art museums…an incredible gift to our community.  From the classics to contemporary, Fort Worth offers art that speaks to everyone.   So what would Holley suggest you wear to a world-class art museum?  She’s loving a voluminous Mara Hoffman dress paired with plenty of personality.  Also ideal for museum browsing is an Anthropologie abstract tunic….and Picasso approved!  

 

If you’re looking to spot local celebs.…the Kimbell Café is the place to be.  Dramatic pants are ideal for this ultra-chic café environment.  For a luxe look, Etro’s mix-print trousers complemented with Cult Gaia clear slip-ons will definitely elevate your café style.  Also think about treating yourself to artesian-made jewelry from the museum’s gift shop!

 

From Bass Performance Hall and the Fort Worth Symphony to Cliburn Concerts….Fort Worth’s performing arts rival any big city’s.  To give your concert style a virtuoso vibe…a black and white ensemble is the way to go!  If you’re looking for a little “treble”….Chico’s black and white geometric striped pants are ideal for a symphony matinee.  For an evening Cliburn concert at the Renzo Piano Pavilion…a polka-dot bubble skirt will definitely put your style center stage!

Did you ever think you could find so much joy rediscovering your hometown?  And don’t you just love “living like a local”.….with style, of course?

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: Vacation Outfits That Require Zero Travel

Hey there….is that a little umbrella I see in your drink?  Good for you!  Because that tells me you are in vacation-mode!  Though most of our trips have been canceled, that doesn’t mean our vacation style has to be.  Right?

The first trip we had to cancel was our annual summer trip to Aspen.  We were so looking forward to mountain views and a cooler climate.  Since it tends to be very cool in early June in Aspen, for me, that means wearing jeans day and night.  I like to wear mine with a blazer and my orange Robert Zur loafers.  Veja sneakers paired with jeans and a J Crew linen blazer are ideal for a mountain town stroll.

Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to our NYC summer trip.  Though, I do have a New Yorker insider tip to share:  To “live like the locals”.…a weekend brunch is a must!  Oh me, oh my….we are loving all the beautiful printed midi and maxis from Farm Rio.  From florals to prints….think about giving your NYC inspired brunch style an exotic twist!  And be sure to browse our Pinterest board!

Another trip we were sad to cancel was to Santa Fe in mid-July.  From restaurants and shops to dozens of art galleries, Santa Fe exudes an artistic ambiance.  Just as sophisticated as a Santa Fe art gallery, the William Campbell Contemporary Art gallery in Ft. Worth is second to none.  Did you know nothing complements art more than an all-white ensemble?  From white peasant dresses to sophisticated pantsuits, we’ve got the perfect gallery browsing look for you!

Our son, Chris, had planned to treat me to a birthday trip to upstate New York in August.  According to him, a lot of small towns in the Catskills have a hippie vibe.  So let’s talk about how to rock hippie staycation style!  I’m currently loving a relaxing jean outfit….striped t-shirt and a long sweater complemented with Birkenstocks.  A way to dress up your Birkenstocks is by replacing your jeans with a flowy midi or maxi skirt.  Can someone say….Hello Woodstock?

Hmmm…now I’m starting to wonder.  Do you think it’s the outfit that make us feel like we’re on vacation or the cute little umbrella in our drink?  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  

What Would Holley Wear: Beach Bags and Cover Ups

Even if your beach vacation was canceled, that’s no reason to ditch your cute beach style.  Don’t you agree?  And here’s some good news…the bags and cover-ups we’re featuring are perfect for staycations and running errands!

I’m all about a pool party-look that doesn’t require a bathing suit!  You too?  We are featuring an amazing selection of tunic tops on our Pinterest board.  Roller Rabbit’s white floral tunic exudes romantic boho charm and pairs perfectly with white cropped pants.  Know what you call a mini tunic worn over a swimsuit or by itself?  A “beach dress.”  That being said, we think Anthropologie’s bold floral mini is the ideal pool party/beach dress.

Like tunic tops, a maxi dress will take you from a backyard pool party to running errands around town.  Don’t you think a white maxi complemented with a straw hat gives a cool vibe?  How cute does the “Fashion Bug” blogger look strolling with her kiddos, wearing a white maxi trimmed in red embroidery?  Plus, we think her Chanel tote definitely gives her mommy-style a luxe vibe?  

When you hear someone shout, “cannonball”…does that bring back fond memories?  So, I have to ask…what’s your “cannonball” style?  You know what I’m talking about…a cute pool outfit that’s splash-friendly!  You can’t go wrong with a sarong!  Your “cannonball” look is guaranteed to pop with a Farm Rio sarong in a bold print mix with plenty of tassels.  Without question, a sarong takes splash-proof to the next level!  

The second thing to add to our “two things” list is a wicker tote or beach bag.  Wicker totes are perfect for the beach or poolside, but did you know they also look great with a summer outfit?  We are smitten with embellished beach bags.  From Matches Fashion to Shop Bop…pom-pom and tassel beach bags never looked so enticing!  Plus, they do double duty when paired with an everyday summer outfit.  Be sure to browse our Pinterest board to see a variety of wicker bags and totes.  

Oh my goodness…it makes me so happy to know you didn’t ditch your cute beach style! 

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: Summer Porch Style

Who doesn’t love to gossip with friends on their front porch on a lazy summer day?  Add a tray of pimento cheese sandwiches and a pitcher of iced tea….and I’m all in!

So the way I see it…one of the good things that have come from the pandemic is visiting with neighbors from our front porches.  Which makes me wonder….what’s your porch style?  We think a ruffled gingham midi or maxi skirt is ideal for hanging out on the porch!  And could there be anything cuter than coordinating mommy/daughter dresses?  We don’t think so.…and perfect for sipping lemonade!  Be sure to “check out” our Pinterest board!

 

Don’t you think a porch is the idyllic setting for entertaining…especially a screened-in porch?  The Trellis House B&B in Ogunquit, Maine serves breakfast and happy hour on their inviting screened-in porch….and you can count on Bentley, the house dog, to join you!  For a beach town vibe, a striped sundress pairs perfectly with B&B porch style.  We’re loving how a Charleston blogger shares her joyful porch style posing in a rainbow-striped dress and then in a skirt.  Porch party for one….your table is ready!

Have you ever been invited to a porch party?  I bet you would be a great hostess…and so stylish!  Don’t you think a festive CeliaB midi dress embellished with rick rack would be absolutely adorable?  For the best bag match….add a handmade Columbian bucket bag inspired by the colors of the rainbow.  And can’t you just imagine your man sporting a blue seersucker blazer with a bow tie and pocket square to complement your dress?

Since we’ve all saved a fortune on canceled summer vacations, I’m thinking we should splurge on a wicker picnic basket.  Lucky for us, Mark & Graham has a great selection….the ultimate in preppy picnic style!  Speaking of preppy, Kiel James Patrick have put polo shirts back on the style map!   As you might expect, they look fetching with shorts but also consider wearing one with a midi skirt.  Looks like someone’s “too preppy for their shirt…so preppy”!

From porch parties to porch style….I hope you’re enjoying these lazy summer days and getting reacquainted with your neighbors!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: #CoronaCoaster

Whether you’ve heard of it or not….I have a feeling you’ve definitely felt it.  So, I have to ask….have you been experiencing ups and downs in your mood during the Corona pandemic?  I figured that much….#CoronaCoaster!

 

Let’s get started and talk about some summer styles that will lighten your mood during the pandemic.  Here’s a lofty idea…hair accessories.  Maybe your hair is a mess, but a cute headband or barrettes will absolutely give you “all the feels”!  FYI….when lounging in your backyard, a turban will add a resort vibe to your staycation style.  A straw hat is another way to look and stay cool in the summer heat.  And to boost your mood…go big and bold with your accessories! 

 

“Ain’t no mountain high enough…ain’t know valley low enough” to keep me from lovin’ polka-dots.  From black and white to rainbow polka-dots….something about them just shouts happy.  We are loving two adorable black and white maxis from H&M and Mango.  And don’t you think a yellow polka-dotted dress has joy written all over it?  Shop Bop shares a burst of joy with a colorful selection of polka-dot dresses and skirts.  I think we should call them “happy dots”!

But here’s the deal…maybe you’ve crashed.  You not only don’t care about fashion but you don’t even want to get out of bed.  But wait just a minute, I might have a temporary style fix…rattan slippers.  Here’s my little tip: leave them by your bed, and first thing when you get up in the morning, slip on some beachy rattan flip-flops or slippers.  I’m loving a pair by Carrie Forbes from Shop Bop, and for a bargain, check out the amazing selection from Etsy on our Pinterest board.  

Any time you feel like you’re on a downward spiral, think about wearing a beautiful embroidered summer dress or top.  I’m not kidding….a Mexican dress or top says one thing to me….fiesta!  And you know I’m right!  From Anthropologie to Etsy, and so many more…we’re sharing an array of beautiful embroidered dresses on our Pinterest board.  Another remedy for this roller coaster ride is an embroidered top paired with jeans or shorts…and a margarita never hurts!  

 One thing is certain, from the ups and downs to the pit in our stomach…this “CoronaCoaster” is definitely taking us on a bumpy ride.  My advice….just don’t let it take your joy away.  #JoyRide! 

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: #DontStoptheFashion

If I could give the fashion world a theme for 2020, I’m pretty sure it would be #DontStopTheFashion.  Even in the middle of a pandemic, fashion continues to be available.  From magazines and Pinterest to Netflix’s hit series, Next In Fashion…there are so many ways to stay stylishly informed.  

Hopefully, WWHW is a helpful tool for you as well.  But if you’ve been missing out and are wondering what the new trends are, I’m glad to share some with you.  At the “top” of my list are puffy short-sleeved tops and dresses.  Shop Bop and Saks Fifth Avenue have a wonderful selection from casual to dramatic.  Sheridan French shares her festive style with a pink and blue “bubblegum” top…pair it with white jeans and sandals.  Don’t you just love trends?

So guess what’s the perfect complement to a puffy-sleeved top?  That would be wide-leg pants.  The theme here is large bold prints!  From your patio to a five-star resort, flowy pants are ideal for your summer style.  We are loving Anthropologie’s selection and a brand called Mr. Zimi…vibrant prints and reasonably priced.  Here’s a fashion riddle:  Do you know what you get when you pair a top with matching pants…a jumpsuit!  #DontStopTheFashion!

Speaking of dramatic….bangles and cuffs are a fun accessory trend to add to your summer style.  Dinosaur Design’s ultra-large cuffs are the ultimate in contemporary jewelry.  To make a super statement…be bold and stack them.  Amazon Fashion takes it over the rainbow with their colorful stretchy bracelets.  And if you’re looking for a bangle that goes with everything, a wicker bangle will complete your summer style!

Did you know square-toed shoes are a thing?  If you are wanting to add just one trendy pop to your summer style….make it a pair of square-toed sandals, slides, or flip-flops.  A great bang for your buck is a pair of slides with the cutest round heels from Amazon.…and tested by WWHW.   Other Stories’ straw square-toed sandals will add a global vibe to your summer style.  Hmmm….seems like “it’s hip to be square”!

I don’t know about you, but it makes me so happy to know the fashion world did not throw in the towel!  #DontStopTheFashion!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: You Dictate the Dress Code

So I have to ask….where did our style standards go?  I know you know what I’m talking about.  You put on a cute outfit for a night out on the town….only to be accompanied by someone who lost their sense of style.  

Hopefully, your partner isn’t one of those people.  But if they are, please recommend this style tip:  A man should dress to complement his date.  For example…if you are wearing a cute summer sundress, your guy could match you by wearing khaki pants or shorts with a long-sleeved shirt (tucked or untucked) and sleeves rolled up.  How easy is that?

If you are going to a dinner party or an upscale restaurant…no shorts allowed, gentlemen.  So let’s pretend you are wearing an off-the-shoulder Tiffany blue maxi dress.  And of course, you wouldn’t be caught dead without an adorable woven clutch from Bergdorf Goodman!  This is when your man should tuck-in his shirt with slacks or jeans….no socks.  And it wouldn’t kill him to wear a flashy blazer…just saying.

So here’s the deal….it doesn’t take that much effort to have a polished look….right?  And besides that….someone needs to start setting a standard.  So, I’m nominating you!  One way to do that is by hosting a party (with 10 people or less)…that way, you can dictate the dress code.  And don’t say, “come casual” because there are way too many opinions on what casual is.  Maybe say something like:  dress attire is “casual chic” or “summer preppy!”  

My idea of “casual chic” attire is pretty much a cute Tuckernuck summer dress.  Hopefully, you will be partying on a patio somewhere this summer (keeping my fingers crossed it’s at Joe T’s)!  A maxi dress is perfect for this scenario, and we’re smitten with Tuckernuck’s pink iris dress…so fun and flowy!  For a complementary look… we suggest your man wear shorts with a J McLaughlin linen polo or long-sleeved linen shirt.

 

For a “summer preppy” look, anything from J Crew is the ideal for both of you.  J Crew’s tassel dress in a confetti floral paired with a Mark and Graham monogrammed tote has “preppy style” written all over it.  To channel your Nantucket spirit, wear a green and white striped linen dress with white strappy sandals, and add a wicker bag….of course!  To dress your guy up a tad, ask him to drape a sweater over his shoulders….and good luck with that one!

Oh my goodness….look at you and your date “setting the standard”!  Well, bless your hearts!