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]

What Would Holley Wear: To a Zoom Meeting

A new technology tool we’ve discovered during the COVID-19 pandemic is Zoom.  My Zooming has been with family, friends, and my book club.  But I know many of our readers Zoom for business meetings.  Which leads into….WWHW to a Zoom meeting!

Here’s the deal….you are only seen from the waist up…right?  So let’s start with tops that pop.  If you want to be seen at your video conferencing call, wear a bright color.  Ann Taylor’s green top with puffy sleeves definitely makes a statement. I’m also recommending print tops…anything with vibrant colors or animal prints!  Did I hear someone say….bonus?

It’s a balance…you want to be comfortable at home but also want to look presentable at your meeting.  There are so many great casual summer blazers that can be paired with jeans but are also conducive to Zooming.  A colorful striped blazer from Steinmart looks business-like when worn with white slacks or can go casual with distressed jeans…you choose!

If there’s one thing Dr. Deborah Birx taught us during the pandemic…you can’t own too many scarves!  Maybe you’re having one of those days…where you just want to be comfy and wear a t-shirt and jeans around the house.  Here’s a sneaky little tip:  Wear a scarf over your t-shirt with a pair of shorts or distressed jeans.  And don’t worry…I’ll keep your secret!  From Amazon Fashion to Johnny Was, there are so many beautiful scarves to choose from.  Dr. Birx…eat your heart out!

If you like to wear neutrals, then add a little pizazz with a pair of statement earrings or a dramatic necklace.  Be sure to browse the Stella & Dot selection on our Pinterest board.  A pair of colorful reading glasses is another fun accessory to add to your Zoom style.  My favorite peepers are a bright orange pair from Target. Amazon’s reader sets offer colorful glasses to match every outfit!  

Something else that will set you apart from others “Zoomers” is your background.  What’s behind you is just as important as what you are wearing.  Whether it’s a decorative bookshelf, art, flowers, upholstery, or wallpaper….all of these are virtually attractive.  So consider complementing your outfit with your background interior! 

Don’t you just love how fashion continues to evolve…even with new technology?  I hope to see all of you soon…..at a Zoom meeting…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: Stylish Spirit Lifters

So something I’ve been wondering….are you in good spirits?  If not so much, I totally understand.  The good news is….WWHW is sharing stylish spirit lifters…guaranteed to put a smile on your face!  

First, start your day off by getting dressed and wear something with color!  I’m loving all the green and pink combos I’m seeing on Pinterest.  A frugal find I discovered is a pink short-sleeve shirt from H&M…so trendy with puffy sleeves!  It goes great with jeans, and for a little spring flair, I’m wearing it with a green floral midi skirt, also from H&M….just add a pair of white flip flops.  

Accessorizing is a great way to lift your spirits.  And what says “happy” more than colorful layered beads?  Anthropologie’s triple pearl necklace in pink, turquoise, and yellow gives an extra dose of joy.  If you are looking for a fun and creative summer activity, be sure to check out the DIY bead necklace tutorial on our Pinterest board! 

I’m pretty sure that’s one thing we can all use…an extra dose of joy!  Don’t you agree?  Are you familiar with the American lifestyle brand, Frances Valentine?  Founded by Kate and Andy Spade, the brand combines eclectic prints and bold colors.  From their Veracruz print canvas bags to their peacock embroidered caftan dresses, this brand’s fun spirit is positively contagious! 

A popular accessory trend that’ll have your head up in the clouds is headbands.  Without a doubt, they are just plain cute and will add a beach vibe to your summer staycation style.  From sequins and embroidery to polka-dot tulle…. Anthropologie’s selection is second to none.  

A tisket, a tasket….a cute beach basket!  Even if you have to cancel your beach vacation, that’s no reason to cancel your cute beach style.  Did you know a beach bag can double as a home accessory?  So here’s a fun idea….set a beach bag on a patio chair and add your favorite summer book and sunshades.  To complete the ambiance….be sure to wear a cute embroidered or floral dress, and make yourself a delicious “spirit lifter”….frequently called a margarita!  

Hmmm….I don’t know about you, but these “stylish spirit lifters” are just what I needed!  And a margarita!!!

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: The Perfect Date – April 25

So who remembers watching the movie, Miss Congeniality?  When Miss Rhode Island was asked to describe her perfect date, she answered…April 25th.  She went on to explain…“because it’s not too hot, not too cold…all you need is a light jacket!”  And with that answer….she won Miss United States!!!

Hilarious…right?  That being said, I can’t think of better inspiration for a fashion article!  So let’s start with utility jackets.  These are considered a wardrobe essential during our spring months…ideal for the perfect date.  And just so you know…utility includes cargo, yoga, denim, moto, and rain jackets.  In other words…your basic everyday jacket.  

You will definitely want to browse Cabi’s spring collection on our board and contact Cabi stylist, Stacy Stoltz.  Their belted denim jacket is one of our favorites.  Style it with white jeans, and for a little drama, wear it with their floral wrap midi skirt. Cabi’s white utility jacket can easily be paired with blue jeans and makes the perfect pantsuit when paired with their white jeans. Talbot’s everyday yoga jacket comes in five colors….so no more excuses for not looking cute at your home workout session or walk around the block.  

 Whatever the weather and whatever the occasion, a blazer is a wardrobe staple that will take you from chilly to chill.  Think about adding a spring twist to your blazer style with florals.  I’m loving a floral blazer with a tropical flair from Cuteshopp.  Pair it with Cabi’s white jeans, gold raffia sandals, and a Lilly Pulitzer cane tote.  Ready or not, here we come Boca Raton!  In our dreams…right? 

Looking for a day to date night jacket?  Then just know that tweed jacket you have tucked away in your closet will dress-up your blue jean style.  From Zara’s green and blue tweed blazers to Anthropologie’s tweed moto jacket….you can easily transition from day to date night!  My Pinterest board favorite is a creamy tweed blazer from WearNoya, so sophisticated when belted and worn with slacks.

So who knew April 25th was the perfect date?  Obviously, we have a very wise beauty queen to thank for that!  

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: Cardigans and Cropped Pants

With so many new fashion trends, sometimes it’s too much information to decipher and can be overwhelming.  Occasionally, I will be writing articles about just “two things” to consider adding or repurposing into your wardrobe.  In other words….two things to shop in your closet!

Since we are in the middle of spring, a cardigan is a stylish way to cover up.  On those cool-ish spring days, wear a cardigan with your sweats and t-shirt. Such a fun way to repurpose a cardigan and update your spring athleisure style.  Did you know cropped sweat pants were a thing? To save money, just push up a pair of sweats you already own….easy peazy!  

Looking for a way to give your “working-from-home” style a spring update?  We are loving a beautiful sage cardigan from Bohme, paired with cropped pants….the perfect look when you’re conferencing from home.  If you are on Zoom, you are only seen from the waist up…right? So think about draping a cardigan over your blazer. How professional does that sound?

Don’t store your chunky cardigans just yet….because there will be those cool-ish spring days and nights you will be so happy to be wearing one.  Chic Wish calls their chunky pink cardigan “cuteness on a sleeve,” and I couldn’t agree more. A great way to show off your wild side is with an animal print cardigan.  Be brave and mix your prints…this is the perfect time to explore your “inner stylist”!  

Denim crop pants are my favorite crop-trend and come in many styles.  Shopbop, offers an array of cropped jeans. We are loving how they style a long cashmere cardigan robe over a pair of rolled-up jeans….which BTW, is a great way to give your jeans a springtime vibe.  And a pair of white denim culottes will take you from a home staycation to a beach vacation. 

So there you have it.  “Two Things”….cardigans and crops!  And even better…I bet you already have these in your closet!  

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: Easter Parade

Growing up in a small town in Arkansas…I have fond memories of the annual family Easter parade at my grandparent’s house.  With my sister, Becky, and three first cousins, Marsha, Shelley, and Trisha, we would sashay around my grandparent’s living room, each showing off the beautiful Easter dresses our mothers made.  

So to say I’m a little disappointed that I can’t wear my Easter dress to church this year is an understatement.  In fact, I bought my dress at an adorable boutique called Me & Maude in downtown Smackover.…my hometown! Be sure to follow them on Instagram @shopmeandmaude.  Even though we will be watching our church service live-streamed from home this Easter Sunday, I will definitely be wearing my new black and white polka-dot maxi from Me & Maude!

Wanting to look “eggstra” cute?  Then a floral bohemian-inspired maxi or midi dress is the look for you!  For a casual Easter brunch on the patio, we’re smitten with a yellow floral dress by Free People.  Add a straw hat and a pair of beautiful raffia circle heel sandals to complete your outfit. For an elegant look, Chic Wish offers beautiful dresses at great prices.  We think their floral button-down maxi is absolutely dreamy!  

Looks like “some bunny” loves pastels.  Dillard’s has a wonderful selection of pastel dresses.  Style influencer, Julia Engle, has made it big time introducing her own line at Dillard’s…Gal Meets Glam.  Don’t you think her pink one shoulder midi dress is pastel-perfect? We are also loving a pastel pink pantsuit from Cabi’s spring collection.  Hmm…looks like “pretty in pink” could be your Easter parade style!

“Show me the bunny” and a tailored suit, and I’ll show you a look that will take you to church!  Designer, John Meyer, gives us four fabulous color options with a 2-piece dress suit. If you are looking for a classic Easter outfit, an all-white ensemble is the way to go.  Tahari’s white pantsuit offers the ultimate in sophisticated styling. Shop these looks at Dillard’s online.

  Oh, and one more thing…all of these outfits are Easter egg hunt approved!  Hippity-hoppity…it seems like the Easter parade won’t be canceled after all!!  

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: Fashion Quarantine

I bet you are wondering why talk about fashion at a time like this.  And believe me, I totally understand. In fact, I thought about putting myself in fashion quarantine for a few months.  That being said, I think it’s important to stay upbeat and continue sharing the latest styles, and hopefully, a few smiles!  

For me, a cute outfit is the perfect quarantine remedy.  So let’s talk about what to wear when you are confined to home.  My first piece of advice…do not get stuck in a quarantine-rut. If you are wearing leggings every day, then at least add a little style.  Wear them with a cardigan, match a few bracelets with your fitness watch, and kick up your sneaker style with a pair of colorful Nike’s or Veja sneakers. 

Got some extra time on your hands?  Then start following me on Pinterest.  With over 70 boards dedicated to fashion, you are going to love browsing.  One of my most popular boards is called “Age Fabulously”…all about style inspiration for women who are evolving.  So, I’m thinking it’s time to bring out your inner hippie chick with a tie-dyed maxi dress. Another at-home comfy look is a long flowy kaftan…just add rattan slides from Etsy.  Starting to feel fabulous?

One of my quarantine tips….make the most of your time at home, and shop your closet.   Recently, I restyled a green floral kimono and wore it with jeans, a white t-shirt, and animal-print boots.  Typically, I wear it as a robe with lounging pants. After you’ve created new outfits be sure to take photos so you won’t forget.   And BTW…closet shopping is my specialty, so message me if you need help!

Another quarantine tip…make the most of your stay-at-home time and start purging.  If you haven’t worn something all season, take it to a resale shop (my favorite is Elegante Diva on South Hulen Street…across from the mall).  Be sure to take clothes on hangers and in-season. Once they open back up, it’s recommended you make an appointment with the store owners, Danielle or Suzi, (817-346-3337).  

I don’t know about you, but I’m actually enjoying my fashion quarantine and all my new-ish outfits!  

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]ail.com.