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!  

What Would Holley Wear: 2020 Blues Edition

Okay…I’m putting it out there:  WWHW 2020 Blues Edition!  With our positive fashion attitudes and a little humor….I’m thinking we can beat this.

Crying doesn’t help at all…right?  But a cute pair of blue jeans will absolutely lift your spirits.  Zara has an amazing selection of blue jeans that won’t break the bank.  For a classic look, steal Princess Diana’s style and wear light blue denim with a white blouse.  Another classic way to style your light blue jeans is with a black blazer, white t-shirt, and strappy sandals.  And BTW…styling mom jeans never looked so cool!  So, take that Covid-19!

Did you know tie-dyed has made a popular comeback?  I hope you’re lucky enough to take a beach stroll this summer.  Even if you have to cancel your trip, an adorable pair of blue tie-dyed flip flops by Dolce Vita will definitely give you that beach Zen vibe.  We are loving all the good vibrations from a tie-dyed maxi tunic from Matches Fashion. Wear it with a pair of Tory Burch flip flops, and you’ll have the cutest staycation outfit ever!

So who remembers Crystal Gayle’s hit song, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”?  I’m thinking that should be our theme song…don’t you agree?  But here’s the good news, we’ve got the perfect remedy for the blues….a blue handbag!  Be sure to check out Loeffler Randal’s gingham bag from Bloomingdale’s.  For a southern-girl inspired look, we suggest Staud’s blue toile tote…wear it with jeans or a dress.  So southern and so charming!

I’m stealing another Princess Di look…a beautiful blue and white tunic.  We are loving Tuckernuck’s selection of tunic tops….wear with white denim and Sam Edelman’s espadrille sneakers.  From tops to dresses, Tory Burch is the queen of tunics, and we’ve been admiring her gorgeous embroidered selection.  A light blue blazer from Other Stories is a great spring/summer go-to….as is H&M’s blue toile blazer.  BTW….I’m calling these looks “Corona lights”!    

I have a feeling Crystal Gayle knew that singing the blues is the best remedy for when you’re feeling down.  And I’m pretty sure a cute blue outfit is the next best thing!!! 

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: Staycation NYC Inspired

As much as I hate to admit it, it looks like staycations are looming in all of our galaxies.  Please don’t hate the messenger….because she has some really cute staycation outfits to share with you.  

Just so you know, the original plan for this article was going to be about what to wear Memorial Day weekend in NYC.  We were so looking forward to spending the weekend with our son, taking in the city, and strolling through Central Park!  

But back to reality….we actually spent this Memorial Day weekend at home.  That being said, I decided to make the most of it and wore some of the outfits I had planned to wear in the city.  Like Central Park, I have a feeling your backyard or courtyard is also a peaceful oasis….the perfect setting for a summer midi skirt and sandals.  FYI…you will definitely want to take a look at all the cute “city” skirts on our Pinterest board.  

We were looking forward to dining on a friend’s penthouse terrace in mid-town Manhattan.  But in real life….we picked up at What-A-Burger and had dinner on our balcony.  In keeping with a New York state of mind, I dressed up a bit and wore a yellow floral print skirt paired with a white blouse tied at the waist with J McLaughlin rattan slides.  An Alice & Olivia tiered floral maxi also makes for a stunning terrace/balcony party look.  WWHW, party of two….your table is ready!

 “Start spreading the news”….it’s wine time!  So Chris had planned to take us to the Yale Club for drinks on the terrace.  That didn’t happen….so we went with “Plan B”.  This basically meant we had a delicious glass of wine (or two) in our “wine room.”  So let’s discuss a few options that are ideal for an upscale city bar or an at-home “wine room”.  

I’m loving a black bubble skirt from Zara….just add a white puffy-sleeved top paired with Sam Edelman’s black strappy sandals.   Another classy look that’s great for travel and wine tasting is flowy pants.  I repurposed a pair I purchased several years ago and paired them with a white tee and a blazer…ideal for a mimosa in the wine room!   Cheers to a healthy NYC!

All that being said….this one’s on the house!  

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: Quarantini Style

When is it considered too early to start drinking?  Asking for a friend!  That being said, this article is all about matching your outfit with your favorite adult beverage.  And I highly suggest you buzz on over to Mrs. Twist’s “quarantini” bar for delicious mixology recipes!   

So let me start by quoting Garth Brooks:  “I’ve got friends in low places, where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases my blues away.”  It doesn’t get any better than a whiskey margarita…right?  So I’m thinking a fun flowy midi skirt is ideal for this drinking scenario.  Free People offers the ultimate in bohemian style with their embroidered midi dress….available in 10 colors!  But back to the margaritas….I’ll take mine on the rocks with salt!

“Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in boots, and ruined your black-tie affair.”  So here’s the good news…in Texas, you can show up at any event, even a black-tie affair wearing boots.  Plus, I’m pretty sure beer and boots are a match made in heaven!  Did you know Dillard’s has a great selection of cowboy boots, and they look absolutely darling with floral dresses and skirts? To find the coolest in cowgirl/boho fashion, take a look at the fabulous options from Spell and the Gypsy.  

“Beer on whiskey, mighty risky.  Whiskey on wine…mighty fine!”  So what pairs well with wine?  Everything….but I do have a few delicious ideas.  I did a little closet digging and discovered a pair of wide-legged pants from a few years back….perfect for wine tasting.  When I think of Napa and Sonoma, anything flowy gives that cool wine country vibe.  And FYI…a flowy maxi dress pairs well with a Paso Roble Pinot Noir! 

To quote my 90-year-old dad, “I do my best thinkin’ when I’ve been drinkin’, and lately, I’ve been thinkin’ bout you.”  True story…you can’t make this stuff up!  So let’s start “thinkin’” about what to wear poolside.  We think J Crew’s neon pink tunic would be the perfect complement to any umbrella embellished drink.  Don’t you agree?  And Anthropologie’s Cali lounge pants are ideal for hanging out at the pool bar….while sipping a vodka tonic!

By the way, I’m blaming this article “all on my roots”….just saying!

What Would Holley Wear: Pajama Style

In all honesty, this article was supposed to be about what to wear to spring parties, showers, and graduations.  As you know, all of these events were canceled….including our grandson, Evan’s, graduation from pre-school.  #SadLolley.

So, when is it considered too late in the day to stay in your pajamas?  Asking for a friend!  On that happy note….show me a cute pajama set, and I’ll show you a reason to stay in them all day long.  I love/love/love Shop Bop’s selection of sleepwear.  And yes, they are on the pricey side, but if you’re staying in them all day or all week long, I’m pretty sure you’ll be getting your money’s worth.  

Like a weighted blanket, a robe is a cozy way to feel safe.  And feeling safe is essential these days.  Don’t you agree?  BedHead Pajamas offers the perfect spring/summer robe in a blue or pink stripe.  We think matching robe and pajama sets are the ultimate in sleepwear.  From Draper James’ blue gingham pajama/robe set to Saks Fifth Avenue’s cami/PJ/robe set….coziness never looked so fashionable!

Whoever invented sleep pants is my hero!  Besides being ultra-comfy, all you need to add is a tee or sweatshirt.  So here’s a little tip:  If you already have pajama sets, think about pairing the pants with a tee, repurposing at its best!  We are smitten with Anthropologie’s selection of sleep pants, and especially their harem pants are so adorable!  And if you love luxury, then you’re going to love their tiger blossom pants. 

Remember back in the day, (like in January 2020), when we thought loungewear was something the affluent wore?  Not anymore.  Since we’re quarantined at home, we too can take time to lounge!  Bahia’s kimono wrap with fringe is ideal for indoor and outdoor lounging.  Have you heard of the brand, Young Fabulous & Broke?  Their flowy tie-dyed caftan dress says one thing to me – lifestyles of the rich and famous!  

So the answer to my question is this, you can stay in your PJs as long as you like.  Just be sure to add a little glam, kinda like the rich and famous! 

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]