What Would Holley Wear: Florals, Ruffles and Pleats Oh, My!

Oh, my!  The spring and summer trends have been in all the fashion magazines since January! So here’s the deal with fashion trends….they come and go, and it’s up to you to pick the one that suits you the most.  Have you ever read an article in a fashion magazine informing readers on what trends are out and secretly thought to yourself you never knew they were in?  

 Two things you need to know about me:

  1. I do love the beginning of a new fashion season and all the new trends…
  2. …but I only choose a few to see what trends suit my taste and style.

Let’s talk about florals first.  Of course florals have been around forever, but last year they made a huge comeback.  Remember when you only wore florals in spring and summer?  They are now considered a fall and winter fashion staple and were seen in magazines and on the runways with leather jackets, sweaters, and boots.   I purchased a floral midi skirt at the end of summer and love the fact that I can wear it year-round.  In the fall I wore it with black tights, a sweater, bomber jacket, and booties.  In the spring and summer, I will tie it at the hem on one side, wear it with a white t-shirt and a pair of flats or sandals.  It’s about time floral became a year-round pattern…right?

Another trendy floral look is pant suits and yes, the jacket and pants match.  Though, I don’t see myself wearing this trend, it looked super cute on young style stars at New York Fashion Week.  Some women wear their floral pantsuits with platform heels, and others wear the suit with platform sneakers.  Sound too trendy for a Texas gal?  Then think about wearing them as separates.   Floral pants are a great spring transition piece worn with a button-down blouse, and topped with a denim jacket.  A floral trend I invested in this spring is a flowy blouse.  I can wear it with a pair of jeans, front-tucked or half-tucked. Since I am more prone to wear black and neutrals, a few floral pieces will go a long way with me.  That being said….here’s to flower power!!!

Like florals, ruffles have been around forever, but this year they are back with a vengeance!  In past years ruffles were mostly seen on shirts, but now you will find them everywhere from sweaters, skirts, and even pants. One of my favorites on our Pinterest board is a beautiful white ruffled blouse from the Zaza Bellagio blog spot.  They paired it with a black linen blazer, gray jeans, a statement necklace, and an incredible studded belt. Though the trendy look I covet the most are the ruffled skirts seen in all the fashion magazines and on Pinterest.  A look I can see myself wearing is a ruffled grey textured skirt with a white blouse tucked in, worn with 3-tone color blocked shoes. InStyle Magazine suggests a ruffled skirt be paired with pointy-toe sling backs and a simple knit top to give it an Audrey Hepburn level of sophistication.  Am I starting to “ruffle” some feathers?  

25 Ways to Wear a Pleated Skirt

InStyle calls pleated skirts “fashion’s it-skirt of the moment,” and I could not agree more!  I purchased a gray shimmer pleated skirt on sale at H&M in December.   I have transitioned it into my spring wardrobe by pairing it with a pink flowy blouse, black strappy kitten heels, and fun tassel earrings.  My go-to wedding guest look this spring will be a mauve pleated skirt, a black off the shoulder top with bell sleeves, black heels, and a black Lucite evening bag.  The best thing about both skirts is they will transition through spring, and I will bring them back in the fall.  Click here to see 25 Ways to Wear a Pleated Skirt on our Pinterest board.

Just like the “lions, and tigers, and bears” from the Wizard of Oz…” florals, and ruffles, and pleats” …or any trend for that matter can seem a little scary at first.  But as you travel down the fashion road, be brave, have heart, and mostly use your brain when choosing a new trend.  Oh, my!!!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: The Neutral Camel

Camel is my favorite neutral color because it goes with everything from colors to stripes and even animal prints.  

 A little fashion story from my past:

 About 15 years ago I fell in love with camel after seeing a Marc Jacobs camel pleated skirt paired with a grey sweater on the cover of Vogue Magazine.  I copied the look with a camel pleated skirt from Club Monaco.  But this is the thing….up until that point, I thought camel was a boring color and too “plain jane.”  But not anymore….now I see it as a very classic color!

So let’s talk about some of the many style options to pair with camel. Since we are in the middle of springtime, one of my favorite looks is camel and white.  I love the picture of the beautiful camel cape, white slacks, and stacks of gold bracelets on our Pinterest board.  Another fabulous combo is suede camel culottes, and a beautiful Victorian white blouse worn with snakeskin pumps.   A look to keep you warm on those cool spring evenings is a Catherine Robinson cashmere wrap in camel…of course.  Shoes in a nude or animal print are the perfect combo for a camel and white ensemble.  For drama, add a bold statement necklace or stacks of bracelets.  Does that sound classy or what?

Since we never know what the weather will be like from one day to the next, we still need to think about light-weight spring coats and sweaters. Again, this is when camel becomes the perfect spring transition piece. What is more classic than a trench coat?  If you said, “nothing,” then you are right!  Whether worn with slacks, leather pants, or jeans, a classic trench coach gives any outfit a sophisticated look. Even think about adding a matching scarf to give your outfit a monochromatic look.  If your wardrobe is more on the causal side, this is when you will want to wear your jeans and camel coat or jacket with a pair of sneakers. Such a great way to transform a classic piece of clothing into a trendy look.  

Another great look to pair with camel is animal print.  Animal print will take your classic camel outfit for a walk on the wild side.  Okay…maybe not too wild, but it will add a little spunk to your outfit!  Think about incorporating animal print into your camel ensemble with a handbag or scarf.  Both accessories will go with your jackets and white pieces.  Also, consider adding animal print with your shoes.  There are so many choices; heels, flats, and sneakers.  If you are really daring, wear a pair of animal print pants with your camel trench coat or jacket.  And to that, I say…you go girl!  

A look I love is camel with stripes. That kind of sounds French… doesn’t it?  Ines de la Fressange, French model, style icon and former muse to Karl Lagerfeld has that chic French look that I adore. Be sure to check out my Pinterest board, “Ines,” to study her effortless style.  She is also the author of Parisian Chic, which includes all of her favorite haunts in Paris. I’m pretty sure you will want to add her book to your reading list.  The best thing about a chic French look is that it never goes out of style because…just like camel…it’s a classic.

If you love color, just know you can pair every color with camel. My favorite combo is paired with red.  You can add red with a pair of pants or a dress topped off with a camel blazer or sweater.  A subdued option would be to add a hint of red with a handbag or shoes.  The good news is this….whatever color you choose to pair with your camel ensemble will be the perfect pop of color for you.

 

Ines de la Fressange defines her book in three words: “eclectic, honest, and happy.”  That’s how I see the color camel…eclectic, honest, and it makes me so happy!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: Puttin’ on the Pink Edition

In honor of next week’s Puttin’ on the Pink luncheon and fashion show, I am dedicating this article to the color pink! The event is hosted by The Kupferle Health Board, and the fashion show is sponsored by Highland Park Village.  

So, two things you need to know about this event:

  1. It is an amazing fundraiser with proceeds benefiting mobile health outreach to underserved women.
  2. …and the fashion show is over-the-top spectacular!!!  

 

If you are attending, I hope you are planning to arrive via a vintage pink Volkswagen van. You will definitely want to arrive in time for a complimentary pre-luncheon pink cocktail and fabulous boutique shopping!   

So, what would Holley suggest one wear to such a posh event? Something pink…of course! One of my favorite looks is a light pink Zara pant suit, black and white striped blouse, and grey pumps.  For a little pizzazz, think about adding some bling and a cute hat.  Maybe you would like a way to repurpose your silver metallic pleated skirt from the fall.  May I suggest wearing it with a white button- down blouse, a light pink coat and a grey pump.  A great look to copy is the tweed pink skirt set worn by Amal Clooney as seen on our Pinterest board.  I’m pretty sure George would even approve!

Maybe your favorite shade is bright pink or actually hot pink!  Again, I love that pant suits are back on trend, and I’m crushing on the fuchsia one Blake Lively wore with strappy black sandals.  One of my favorite hot pink dresses is an Alexander McQueen crepe wool dress with tulip sleeves.  It’s a dress that can go from the office to a charity luncheon and to a cocktail party in the evening.  The Kate Spade floral flounce dress is also a winner and perfect for church, luncheons, and showers. Sounds like a party to me!

 

 

Do you own a pink accessory?  If not, I’m pretty sure you will want to purchase something pink after you see our Pinterest board.  To make a major statement, consider a bold necklace.  Two of our featured necklaces include a bright fuchsia link necklace from J Crew and the Sienna layered choker necklace from Anthropology.

Both options could possibly complement one of your pink ensembles, and they would look stunning worn with an all-white outfit.  A fashion rule to remember is when you wear a large statement necklace, keep your earrings simple.  Think about a wearing pink stud earring that matches a statement necklace.  And vice versa, if you wear large earrings, you won’t need a necklace at all.  A pair of earrings that would be a great pop for a pink ensemble are opal Galactic earrings from Bauble Bar.  And if you are planning to host an “arm party,” wear a stack of pink bangles, an odd number…of course.  

 Another way to add a pop of pink to your spring wardrobe is with a purse.  Kate Spade has a beautiful scalloped satchel that looks great with black, white and grey, or consider wearing it with a pink monochromatic ensemble.  But again, if you like your colors a little on the hot side, then know you can’t go wrong with a quilted Chanel or Louis Vuitton handbag, both in hot pink.  Be sure to be on the “watch out” for a trendy time piece. If you are the girly-girl type, then I’m pretty sure you will love the pale pink Ted Baker watch on our Pinterest board.  

The way I’m adding a pop of pink to my wardrobe this spring is with a pink coat.  My favorite way to wear it is with a pair of jeans and sneakers, or I can style it up with black slacks, a white blouse, and black heels.  It also complements my grey and white jeans. Wow…I love it when I have so many style options! Even though pink seems fancy, flirty, and feminine….it can also be casual and fun!  A pair of glittery flats that wink back at you will look adorable with a pair of white jeans and a black and white striped t-shirt.  And be sure to add a pair of pink shades and a Panama hat!  

 

Do you like to pamper yourself? Well then….what sounds more luxurious than soaking in a pink bubble bath while sipping a pink mimosa?  I’m pretty sure nothing!   All you need now is a really cute pair of pink pajamas. Between florals, stripes, and satins seen on our Pinterest board, you have an array of options to choose from.  And of course you will want to consider adding a pair of slippers and an eye mask.  

Oh my goodness….is this starting to sound like a chapter from the Pinkalicious book series?   I hope so!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected]