What Would Holley Wear: Classy Girls Wear Pearls

When I think of girls and their pearls, my mind goes straight to Southern girls.  From the time they are born to their wedding day, there’s a good chance someone has gifted them a beautiful strand of pearls.  And though today’s fashion pearls are not as precious, they still bring joy to us Southern girls.

 So two things about today’s pearl trend:

 …They are on everything from jewelry, shoes, jeans, jackets to handbags.

 …And, you can go all out or just add a simple strand to your style!

 So, let’s work our way from the bottom up and talk about the great pearl comeback.  This fall, think about adding a pair of pearl-heeled loafers to your wardrobe.  I’m pretty sure Gucci was the first to start this trend.  And if it’s good enough for Gucci, then it must be good enough for the rest of us…right?  

A stylish look on our board is a pair of cuffed jeans, long white shirt, and an army green bomber jacket from JC Penney.  To give it a luxe look, they added a Celine box bag and Gucci pearl-heeled loafers.  I’m loving this “high/low” look!

Another fabulous look is a fall floral dress worn with a pair of pearl-heeled loafers.  And the good news is there are fabulous copies everywhere.  One cute pair I am crushing on is from Zara (zara.com) for $40 and the other is from Shein (shein.com) for $34. Frugal and stylish…can’t beat that!

 

A huge trend that transitioned from spring to fall is pearl embellished jeans. Again, you can purchase an expensive designer pair or look online at ASOS for a less expensive version. And be sure to check out the DIY pearl embellished jeans on our Pinterest board.  

A classic look on our board is a pair of pearl jeans, black blazer, YSL handbag, and heels. For a more casual look, pearl boyfriend jeans fit the bill.  Wear them with an oversized sweater over a long button-down and add a pair of booties or sneakers.  Trendy and classic!

 Maybe you are more interested in wearing pearls on your jacket.  You can always go for a classic Chanel style with a tweed jacket trimmed in pearls…a look that can go casual with jeans or be dressed up for the office or a party.  The tweed jacket from Zara with pearl buttons is my absolute favorite!

 A pearl embellished denim jacket is a great seasonal transition piece.  For fall and winter, think about wearing it over a plaid flannel shirt with a pair of army green jeans or even with camouflage jeans.  

I’ve saved the best for last….handbags and jewelry!  A lot of high-end designers are all about this trend.  But again, there are so many cute and less expensive versions to choose from, including Steve Madden’s mini pearl studded bucket bag for $78 at Macy’s and Zara’s adorable box bag for $40.

Anything Chanel-inspired from pearl embellished sunshades to a pearl brooch, has classy written all over it.  And BTW….I think a pair of pearl bumble bee earrings from Anthropology would look adorable on Mrs. Twist! Don’t you?  

 

I hope this classic trend will inspire you to add one new pearl piece to your fall wardrobe.  And if nothing else, take your real pearls out of your jewelry box and start wearing them.  That’s what I plan to do!  

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: Something Fierce

Are you fierce…in a fashionable way?  Here’s the Urban Dictionary’s definition of fierce:  “A person who can turn the heads of everyone around them.”  

Example:  Tyra Banks said to strike a pose and make it fierce!

So, two things:

…Fierce does not have an age limit (Thank God),

…and you do not have to be a super model to be fierce (Thank God…again)!

Alrighty then…let’s get down to business and talk about how to give yourself an updated and fierce new look!

Another word for fierce is “powerful”.  Who remembers the power suit from the 80’s?  The good news is they are back in style but with a twist…of course!  Instead of a jacket, think about wearing a long vest over your blouse and slacks.  Just roll your sleeves up, and you will be ready to get down to business.  

Another trendy look is to replace your slacks with culottes.  Don’t you just love it when you discover your professional wardrobe can be just as stylish and hip as your casual wardrobe?  

Besides being powerful, fierce style is also “gutsy”!  If you are gutsy, you show courage and spirit, and a fashionable way to do that is with an off the shoulder top.  This look continues to be popular, and what’s gutsier than giving the cold shoulder to your winter style?    

A party look I love on our Pinterest board shows an off the shoulder top worn two ways…with wide leg pants or with leather skinny pants.  And a one shoulder sculpted blouse paired with a metallic skirt and outlandish butterfly heels is beyond fierce!   

A beautiful pink cold-shoulder blouse trimmed in pearls would be perfect for a holiday party.  All you need to add is a pink bracelet from Kendra Scott, and a pair of blush earrings from Anthropology.  BTW…if you are really feeling gutsy, add a pearl clutch!

There’s nothing like bringing fierce intensity” to the game with animal print.  Every fall, I like to add one new animal print piece to my wardrobe. And this season my purchase was a maxi skirt.  It looks adorable worn with a sweater, jean jacket, and booties, or I can keep it simple with a pull-over sweater.  

But maybe you are considering taking the intensity up a notch! Then think about adding an animal print coat.  You can go casual by wearing it with jeans, or dress it up with slacks and a blouse.  I’m loving style star, Jenna Lyon’s, street style ensemble with green culottes, metallic heels, and her fabulous leopard print coat.  Sounds like extreme fierceness…right!  

For me being fierce means “go bold or go home”, and the metallic trend is definitely over the top bold!  My contribution to this trend will be a pair of cuffed jeans worn with silver metallic pumps and my metallic Coach handbag.

So, here’s a “bold” question.  Would you dare wear a pair of gold or silver metallic pants or how about a metallic maxi skirt? Both of these would be perfect for a holiday party.  And speaking of bold, I’m waiting for the gold metallic puffer jacket from American Eagle to go on sale…can’t wait!  Be sure to take a look at all of the bold looks on our Pinterest board.

A look I love on our board is a pair of boyfriend jeans, oversized sweater, and silver pumps.  And for extra boldness, think about incorporating a pair of metallic boots into your wardrobe.  Bold and fierce!

With your “powerful, gutsy, intense, and bold” new style, I’m pretty sure you will need to heed Tyra’s advice.  “Strike a pose, and make it fierce”.  Because you will definitely be turning the heads of everyone around you!

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: She Wore It This Way

Don’t you love it when fashion magazines show how a movie star or model wore an outfit compared to how a “real” person wears it?

 So, two things about my style:

… A lot of the pictures I post on my Pinterest board are actually clothes and accessories I do wear,

… and even better, they give me inspiration and are looks I love to copy.

So, let’s get started!  I love pleated midi skirts, and my two favorites are from H&M.  One is mauve and one is black.  The mauve skirt was my go-to outfit for a summer wedding and the Cliburn Competition in June.  This fall, I will copy a Pinterest look and wear it with a black blouse, black leather jacket, black heels, and a vintage handbag.  

With the black pleated skirt, I copied a few outfits on our Pinterest board. One shows a pleated skirt worn with a white t-shirt, silver metallic flats or heels, and a denim jacket.  And for a really dressy look, you can always go all black….skirt, blouse or sweater, tights, and booties.  Don’t you love it when you see an ensemble in a magazine or on Pinterest and realize…“Wow, I can create that exact look with the clothes in my closet”?

I love Jennifer Aniston’s effortless style.  Be sure to check out her looks on our Pinterest board.  There are a few of her looks I will definitely be copying this fall.  In both photos she is wearing a pair of army green pants.  One is worn with a long grey sweater, and the other is complemented with a black blazer.  The good news is I have a pair of army green pants, a long grey sweater, and a black blazer in my closet.  Woo hoo!   

The changes I will make are with the shoes and handbag.  For my shoe options, I will either wear a pair of Italian-made Brunate loafers or a pair of suede block heels by Sam Edelman.  I will carry a vintage bag I purchased in Carmel a few summers back…a HCL black and brown bucket bag. The only way you can purchase one now is by searching the internet. Doesn’t that make you want to shop vintage?

My black and brown Goyard tote has proven to be perfect for all seasons and so versatile.  This fall, one of the looks I am copying from Pinterest is a pair of white jeans, long sleeved sweater, puffer vest, and Goyard tote.

One of my favorite Pinterest picks is a pair of black workout pants, sneakers, t-shirt, army green jacket, and gray scarf complemented with a Goyard tote.  Such a cute outfit for running errands!  BTW…who can meet me for coffee at the new Starbucks at Clearfork?  

Stylist Tip: Most of my clothes and accessories are not designer and come from stores like Express, H&M, Zara, and consignment stores.  So when I say a designer name, sometimes it may be a copy, consignment, or vintage… “wink-wink”!!!

 

Two of my favorite mini bags are Sophie Hulme copies from Forever 21 (see them here). They look exactly like the designer bag, except mine cost $25, and an actual Sophie Hulme bag is around $800. 

A look on our Pinterest board that I am copying this fall is a pair of light blue jeans, gold button-down shirt from H&M, light brown belt, a white blazer from Zara, and a pair of suede block sandals.  And I’m loving two white blouses from Express I saw on Pinterest and purchased at 40% off.  Ya gotta love a sale!

My go-to dressy style tends to be either a pair of slacks or a skirt.  It is rare for me to wear a dress because I love the thrill of creating outfits with separates!  An example is a pair of black vegan leather pants paired with a white blouse from Zara with large cuffs and black buttons, black heels, and a pink coat.  And an all-black ensemble has “New York here I come” written all over it!  Two great looks for a night out on the town!  

So…there you have it!  I find style inspiration everywhere…in magazines, on Pinterest and Instagram.  And the fun part for me is shopping my closet and copying a look I love at a fraction of the cost!

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 Power of Purple

So, how do you get a man to wear purple (this is not a joke)?  The answer: Turn him into a TCU fan!  Everyone from Fort Worth knows the power of purple, and it has been said many of them even bleed purple.  Since purple is the University’s color, I thought it would be fun to talk about ways to incorporate purple into your fall wardrobe….even if you are not a Horned Frog fan.

So, two things you need to know about the color purple:

…It is symbolic of luxury and nobility,

…and the hue adds instant drama or a pop of flair right where you need it!

Let’s talk about what to wear to a tailgate party and football game since it’s that time of the year. You can never go wrong with a purple and white TCU jersey and pair of jeans or shorts.  You may want to consider adding a little extra style with accessories, and a purple Goyard tote will even impress the college girls.  If you want to stand out in the crowd, think about wearing a denim midi skirt with your purple and white jersey tied at the waist….just add a pair of TCU cowboy boots.  Really…who wants to be a Plain Jane sitting on the sidelines?  Not me!

 

Are you an invited guest to one of the private suites at the Amon G. Carter Stadium this season?  Really?!?! That’s definitely a game changer, and you may want to think about taking your style to the next level.  A pair of black leather pants and a crisp white blouse layered with a purple trench coat would be perfect for a fall game.  

Or, maybe you just want to add a purple accessory. Then think about a purple handbag paired with black slacks, white blouse, camel coat, and nude pumps. Both of these ensembles can be dressed up or down…just be sure to ask your suite host what the dress attire will be.  

Besides TCU cowboy boots, there are so many fun purple boots and shoes to choose from this fall.  An awesome preppy look is a pair of purple Hunter boots…waterproof, practical for a rainy days on campus, and really cute.   I’m currently crushing on a pair studded purple Valentino heels. Not exactly realistic for my lifestyle, but a girl can dream…right?  A more practical look for me and my everyday style would be a pair of purple loafers or driving shoes.  I’m loving a pair of purple suede driving shoes by Tods.  They would look great this fall with a pair of black or dark denim jeans.  And for the gym and running around town, a cute pair of Nikes with purple trim will definitely put points on the style score board!  

Speaking of a “running around town” and a casual look, purple skinny jeans would be a great addition to a fall wardrobe.  Think about adding a creamy white blouse tucked in and, for a pop of fun, add a pair of animal print sneakers or booties.  We are loving Taylor Swift’s purple skinnies, worn with a camel jacket, green plaid scarf and shirt.  And if you are in to high-end designer style, you may want to copy Sofia Vergara’s look on our Pinterest board…Rag and Bone jeans, purple blouse, Yves Saint Laurent shoes, and a Prada bag.  Sounds royal!

Have you ever considered bringing some purple to the party?  Well, we think you should.  For a casual party look, a purple maxi worn with a denim jacket would be adorable.  And if you really want to make an entrance, a purple jumpsuit will absolutely score points!  An elegant party look is a purple printed kimono worn over slacks…a classy way to add nobility to your style.  The kimono trend just happens to be one of my favorite fall looks because it can also be worn as an everyday look over a pair of jeans.   This look will definitely take you into overtime!

Wow!  Who knew there were so many ways to add luxury and nobility to your style with just one color?  Seems like there really is power in the color purple…right?   

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: Fall Transition

For everything there is a season. This applies to fashion just as much as anything else in life.  Because fashion is divided into seasons, sometimes it can be challenging to keep up with. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the four seasons are determined by shifts in sunlight, which is determined by how our planet orbits the sun and the tilt of the axis.  

 So, two things:

…If you want to know what tilts my axis, it’s a new fashion season…

…and when you throw in a transitional season, then that makes me “fall” in love with the fashion seasons even more!

The beginning of fall was September 22 this year.  Sounds great, unless you live in Texas where it’s still in the 80’s and 90’s.  But please know….if there is a will, there is a way.  So, let’s talk about a few ways to transition into fall even when it’s still hot and humid outside.

The best way to transition to a new fashion season is with color.  The whole idea is to stay cool and comfortable.  One way to do that is by adding fall colors to your wardrobe.  Army green is a great autumn color. I love to stick with basics like a pair of army green pants worn with a white button-down shirt.  For some flair, drape a camouflage jacket over your shoulders (because we know it’s still too hot to actually wear it), and either brown sandals or animal print heels.  A cute pair of animal print block heels is the perfect complement to anything army green.  Even consider adding an army green statement necklace to your transitional wardrobe.

And of course when we think about fall, we think about the color orange…right?  You can continue wearing your bright orange pieces, but also consider adding a few rusty orange pieces to your fall style. There are two looks on our Pinterest board that I especially adore.  One is a bright orange Lavin one-shoulder top, taupe trousers from Zara, and purple Fendi sandals.  The other is a rust colored dress with a detailed black bag and purple platform shoes.  Did you know purple is another great fall transition color and pairs well with orange and army green?

Remember the “you can’t wear white after Labor Day” rule?  Thank goodness that rule is definitely out of style.  What’s your favorite fall color to pair with white?  One of my favorites is camel.  A polished fall transitional ensemble on our board is a camel coat worn over white pants with a long white top and nude heels.  A camel suede midi skirt with a white blouse is a perfect transition look for the fall.  Be sure to roll your sleeves up and drape your coat over your shoulders when it turns cool-ish outside.  And the icing on the cake is a camel JW Anderson pierced bag…one of fall’s new “it” bags.

A lot of times we think of blue as a spring and summer hue, but not anymore.  It’s a great time to start wearing denim again.  From jeans to jackets, this look is timeless.  A recent fall purchase I made was a car coat length denim jacket.  It looks so on-trend over a pair of white jeans worn with a pair of taupe block heels.  A crisp fall look to check out on our Pinterest board is a navy blue pin-striped pant suit worn by style star Miroslava Duma. Don’t you love how she matches her bag and shoes with a neutral beige? We are also crushing on a navy pleated midi skirt with a white tie shirt, and for a hint of fall, they added a Louis Vuitton brown clutch with a fur pom-pom. Beyond “fall-bulous!!!

A style trend from the spring and summer season was pleated metallic skirts.  Please don’t retire them to the back of your closet just yet because there are so many fun and stylish ways to re-purpose them for fall and winter.  A look that works in and out of the office is a silver metallic skirt, white blouse, black flats, and think about draping a cardigan sweater over your shoulders.  For a youthful vibe, re-purpose your metallic skirt by wearing it with a white t-shirt, denim jacket, and a pair of fashion sneakers.  Cute and comfortable!  Can’t beat that…right?  

Autumn in Texas is definitely not like the picturesque scenes of a New England countryside in the fall.  Though here’s the good news…you can easily add all the beautiful fall colors, textures, and layers to your wardrobe!  Don’t you just love a smooth transition?  

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: Home Town Style

With the new school year, it brings back fun memories of my school days. Would you be surprised if I told you some of my favorite school memories have to do with fashion?  That’s right…even in a small town in south Arkansas, I found fashion inspiration!

 So, two things you need to know about girls from my home town:

…The most beautiful girls I ever knew were from my home town…

…and to this day, I still remember their style and how they inspired me!

I can actually go back as far as 1st grade and remember what girls were wearing.  My favorite fashion memory from my early elementary days was petticoats, and the way I remember it, Tamra Parker was the petticoat queen.  Today’s petticoat equal would be a tulle skirt. Don’t you just love it when designers teach an old fabric new tricks?  The good news is they are appropriate for all ages and come in all lengths and colors.  I love to wear a taupe tulle maxi skirt I purchased a few years ago with a denim shirt, add a wide brown belt, and top it with a jean jacket and flat brown boots.  And by the way, I’m definitely giving Tamara my “petticoat inspiration” award!

Growing up, my mom was a wonderful seamstress and made my clothes. My favorite back to school look was a plaid skirt or dress, complemented by a new book satchel.  I never tired of this look and even remember wearing a plaid mini skirt in high school.  I rolled the skirt up (after I left the house) and paired it with a blouse, sweater vest, knee socks and loafers.  Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Britney Spears….eat your heart out!?!   My favorite plaid look today is still a skirt but midi length instead of mini length. I love all the new ruffled plaid skirts, which make for a great transition into fall and a new school year!

There were so many beauties at my high school.   My best friend from third grade, Janet Crumpler, was crowned Miss Derrick our junior year of high school (and BTW…Tamra Parker was Miss Derrick 1971!)  What I remember about Janet’s style was her beautiful wardrobe, and that she was even voted “best dressed” our senior year.  Most of us wore homemade clothes, but Janet’s were store-bought.  I have a feeling they came from Sample’s or the El Dorado House….the two best department stores in south Arkansas in the 60’s and 70’s. Years later, I discovered Donna Axum, Miss America 1964, purchased her pageant clothes at the El Dorado House.  Be sure to check out this week’s styles on our Pinterest board.

Remember the television show, The Mod Squad?  There were 3 girls from my class who nailed the mod look…Verlyn Carr, Belinda Counter, and JoLynn Dennis.  These three were the “it girls” from the Class of ’73.  From their afros to their minis….they brought “groovy” to a whole new level at Smackover High!  I think we need to talk about bringing groovy back!  Don’t you?

 One of my favorite groovy trends this season is a pair of wide leg jeans or pants.  And to get your “groove on,” pair them with a sweatshirt, sweater, or oversized blouse, and add a pair of boots or sneakers.  Another fun back to school trend is track pants. These can be worn so many ways…for example, with a blazer or a button-down tucked or untucked and even with heels. And just so you know, these pants are definitely not for running track.  

Another school-day fashion memory was from the first day of gym class my sophomore year.  I remember sitting in the bleachers before class and admiring everyone’s new school shoes, especially Cheryl Gandy’s.  Truly, this was a fashion eye-opening experience!  Who knew how popular a pair of shoes could be? And by the way, Cheryl was the varsity cheerleader captain and very popular.  This fall, blocked heels and fashion sneakers are on my “most popular” list.  And a new pair of fall booties will definitely win you class favorite votes!  

 

Hopefully, this article will motivate you to incorporate some of the new fall trends into your own “back-to-school” style.  And if nothing else, maybe it will inspire you to dig out your high school yearbooks and reminisce about your “glory days!”

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: Aunt Pat Style

Growing up, one of my heroes was my Aunt Pat.  She was the Mother of three daughters, had a PhD in Literature, and was a professor at the University of Missouri.  She was an inspiration to me and left this world way too soon.  

One fond memory of Aunt Pat was her perspective on aging. Instead of saying someone was in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, etc., she would say they were in their “5th row, 6th row, or 7th row,” etc. The more I have thought about her view point over the years, and the older I become, I have to say her insight was genius.  

 So, two things you should know about me:

…I am in my 6th row of life…

…and I love fashion just as much now as I did in all of my former rows!

But, like a lot of things with aging, I’ve had to adjust my style…a little.  So with Aunt Pat as my inspiration, this article is about how ladies (at any age) can wear the latest looks and trends.  My hope is that it will inspire women to stay stylish, current, and row appropriate!  Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration.

So, let’s start with a maxi or midi skirt or dress.  Here’s the deal…these skirts and dresses are age defying! I’m not kidding.  Every year women spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on products and procedures trying to look younger, when all they really need to do is wear a maxi or midi. Why?  Because they hide so many signs of aging and give you a youthful vibe.  Plus, both looks will elongate you, and who doesn’t want to look a little younger and a little taller?

 

Another row-defying and trendy style is wide-leg pants.  I recently purchased a pair of wide-leg floral pants at Zara and wore them to a wedding shower with a green button-down blouse tied at the waist.   This fall, I plan to do a little print mixing and pair them with a red and white striped shirt from H&M and top it off with a denim jacket.  A pair of culottes is another way to stay in-style and not look frumpy.  I love a pair of vertical stripped culottes I purchase this summer at Dillard’s.  For a casual look, I like to wear them with a white button down and jean jacket, and for a dressier look, I pair them with a flowy blouse with an attached sash, and add pop of color with orange suede block heels….so “row appropriate”!

Another way to add an age defying edge to my style is with a blazer.  A great place to find a current and updated blazer is at Zara (and there’s a Zara at Northpark Mall in Dallas).  My uniform is a black blazer, and white shirt worn with jeans.  The key is to wear your shirt half or front tucked, with or without a belt.  Skinny jeans are another “row defying” look.  My favorite pair of skinnies are from H&M. They are long, which works great for me, and there is a lot of give, but they do not stretch out. Unlike capris that cut you off, full length jeans will make you look taller, and slimmer.  So, on the count of three….everyone say bye-bye capris!  

The absolute best way to give yourself an updated look is with accessories. The way I see it, sunshades can either say, “I’m frumpy,” or “Grandma’s hip”!  If you want to throw caution to the wind….go for a pair of Dior shades.  Or if you are like me and tend to lose or break shades, then check out the selections at Urban Outfitters and Free People…trendy and inexpensive.  Your handbag can also erase years/rows.  Think about investing in a designer bag like Chloe or Gucci, but if you are frugal, just know Target and Dillard’s have great options.  

Updating your jewelry is always age-defying, and you do not have to spend a lot of money.  Here’s a little secret…a few of my favorite places to purchase fashion jewelry are TJ Maxx and Old Navy.  And both J Crew and Anthropology have a wonderful selection of large statement pieces.

For more age-defying looks, be sure to check out my Pinterest board, Ageless Style!    

Isn’t it exciting to know that no matter what “row” of life you are in, there are so many style options to choose from?  The way I see it, Aunt Pat really was ahead of her time and row appropriate…of course!

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: Off the Grid

Recently, one of my young Facebook friends posted this: “Off the grid…bye.”  Don’t be alarmed…he was just flying to Oregon for the weekend!  

The Urban Dictionary definition for “off the grid” is:  The term for a person who is not on a social networking site, i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.  Example:  “Amish people live off the grid.”  No need to worry…this article is not about how to dress Amish.  But it is about taking time to relax and what to wear when you are casually enjoying life!

So let’s get started and talk about what to wear when you are actually off the grid and enjoying life.  Maybe it’s Sunday morning. With contemporary worship services casual style makes it so much less stressful.  That being said, there is no reason you can’t look somewhat put together…right?  So, here are a few of my ideas for attending church off the grid!  Make it as simple as possible…tops and bottoms.  A pair of camel slacks worn with a white button-down blouse, flats, and a pair of pearl earrings. Though, my favorite easy Sunday morning look is a midi skirt with a tucked in blouse.  Really, just take it easy…“Easy like a Sunday morning!”

But what happens after Sunday? Monday…yuck, back to the grind.  Oh, I almost forgot…you are off the grid. Taking a staycation today?  Good for you! My suggestion is to stay in bed all day, eat a bag of Cheetos, and watch Netflix. But, even if you are staying home all day, think about wearing a cute pair of sweat pants.  The pair of grey sweats from Target worn with an Old Navy cardigan, t-shirt from Forever 21, and flip-flops on our Pinterest board has “off the grid” written all over it!

What’s your favorite day of the week to go off the grid?  Mine is definitely Saturday.  Coffee in bed, stacks of fashion magazines and a good book puts me in a lounging mood for sure.  So here’s the deal, my husband and dog are the only ones who will see me.  So the way I see it, I have 2 options: Sometimes I wear my polka dot PJs with a gray t-shirt that says “Hola,” and no makeup and sometimes I like to wear a pair of matching pajamas…and a little lipstick.  Both ways, I’m off the grid, which makes me so happy!  

Here’s a “Holley Tip”:   For a lounge look, think about re-purposing the kimono you wear with jeans and start wearing it over your sweatpants or PJs around the house.  Sounds elegant to me and who doesn’t love to lounge?  

Where do you go when you want to chill and go off the grid?  This probably won’t surprise you, but I like to go shopping…by myself.  My usual shopping uniform is a pair of skinny jeans, a blouse, and sneakers. But when I visit my favorite mall, Northpark Center in Dallas, I turn up the style a bit.  On a recent trip, I wore a plaid Ralph Lauren maxi skirt (purchased at Dillard’s Outlet store at Ridgmar Mall), a white blouse tied at the waist, a gold wristlet from H&M, and gold metallic sandals from Sam Edelman….easy breezy!   And, I even received a few compliments from some stylish Dallas gals!

With the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale going on, there was a large crowd and great style watching while I sat in the food court eating my “Snappy Salad!”  So here are a few tips for Northpark shopping.  For a young trendy look, be sure to check out Top Shop at Nordstrom’s.  Also, H&M and Zara have the newest styles at more affordable prices.

For a classic style, I like to browse at Carolina Herrera’s for inspiration, and for fun and whimsy, you can’t beat Kate Spade! And if you are looking for a gift for a friend, be sure to stop by Papyrus for a great selection of notebooks and cards.

Don’t you just love the idea of “going off the grid?”  But please remember…even if you plan to go ultra-casual or just staying home, you can still look stylish and put together!  

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: Brooklyn Style

Haute Holley inspires us each week by taking us to places we’ve heard of, affording us the chance for a front row seat to see the world of fashion, and pushes us to be inspired on what to wear when we get there!  Enjoy!

Did you know Brooklyn, New York has been named the hippest place to live in the world?  Our youngest son lived in Brooklyn for 2 years.  After visiting him during that time and walking the streets of Brooklyn, I have to say this New York borough definitely deserves the hip award!

So, two things you need to know about me:

…I love to travel, and I love to style watch…

…and Brooklyn, New York never disappoints…Never!

My guess is because of the diversity and artists who live there that give it the “hip” award!  Not only the people but the places are hip…the shops, the restaurants, and the art venues.  The Pratt Institute (School of Art) was a few blocks from where our son lived, and walking the campus is inspiring and of course…very hip!  So, since I love to communicate with fashion, this article is dedicated to the cool looks inspired by hipsters from Brooklyn, New York.  

I bet you are wondering why I’m introducing this artsy style to mostly conservative dressers and readers (including myself). Because here’s the deal….there is a whole big world out there with people who are different from you and me…people who don’t wear matching socks or shoes…people who might wear a shirt for a skirt…people who have piercings and tattoos. The main word here is “people”, and I think one of the best ways we can understand each other is to communicate with each other. And what communicates more than fashion?  

So let’s start with color!  When most people travel to New York, they typically go to mid-town Manhattan and seldom visit the other four boroughs. The colors you see in mid-town are in the bright lights, but the people who live and work there are usually wearing black and gray.  The only exception is during fashion week, and that’s when you will see a lot of color in midtown.  But in Brooklyn, the colors you see are in the clothes the residents wear.  Be sure to take a look at Brooklyn style on our Pinterest board!

Okay, is this where I need to say….”take a deep breath…breathe slowly…you can do this”?  Remember we are talking about people.  So let’s talk about the Urban-African style influence in Brooklyn. The emphasis with this look is the fabrics, bright colors, and textures.  Print mixing is the main style principal here.  So, how would Holley incorporate a Brooklyn/Urban-African style into her Ft. Worth, Texas wardrobe?  I love two African inspired print skirts I bought last summer at H&M.  I wear them with a denim button down shirt, add a global inspired necklace, and a pair of brown Sam Edelman sandals…a look that’s definitely “too hip to be square”!

Here’s a Holley tip:  Tie a maxi skirt in a knot at the hem on one side. Just add a pair of fringe boots or tassel sandals, and you will have created your own Brooklyn-like ensemble!  

When it comes to creative style, I have to give Brooklyn men the award!  These guys are beyond cool and edgy….like the dude sporting the floral blazer….so original and so self-confident!  And I’m totally digging the photo of Pharrell Williams sporting a patch-work overcoat…“Up-town Funky” style!  

A look Brooklyn men will be wearing this fall is floral bomber jackets. Why?  Because they can, and no one has a conniption.  The citizens of this borough don’t have style hang ups and are open to fashion communication.  How fascinating and mind blowing is that?

So the next time you go to New York, think about taking a day trip to Brooklyn.  The first stop off the L Train is Williamsburg…wonderful restaurants, boutiques, and galleries.  Some great people-watching parks are Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass).  Dumbo has incredible views of Manhattan, especially the financial district.  My favorite Brooklyn park is the Ft. Green Park in the Clinton Hill area.  On the weekends they have a farmer’s market and a great pop-up flea market.  And by the way….the people and style watching are free!  

Hopefully, this article and our Pinterest board will inspire you to think of fashion as a way to communicate with others.  And, I’m pretty sure if you do….it will open your mind and heart to a whole new world.  How hip is that?  

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: Check Please!

“Check It Out” is a phrase that was popular in the 60s and 70s….meaning “this is so cool, you have to look at it!” That’s exactly how I feel about this week’s article and Pinterest board.  

 So, two things I love about checks:

…Checks look great on everyone, even guys,

…and they give a fresh vibe to a summer wardrobe.

Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up.  What says fun more than a pair of checked shoes?  Whether you are wearing sneakers or high heels, this print will bring a whole lot of personality to your ensemble.  A pair of blue gingham bow slides by Jeffrey Campbell will add extra cuteness to any casual outfit. Think about wearing them with a pair of light blue jeans, white blouse, and a bandana tied around your neck. Another great look from J. Crew is a jacket worn with jeans and checked flats. Sounds like the perfect match to me!

With a pair of checked culottes or slacks add a white sleeveless pull-over top or a button down blouse tied at the waist.  All you need to complete the look are sandals or summer wedges, the perfect complement for your outfit.  My favorite summer go-to piece is a skirt, and there are so many cute checked ones to choose from.  A look I love on our Pinterest Board is a blue and white checked midi skirt worn with a blue blouse tucked in and a pair of red heels.  To give it a more casual look, I would tie the shirt at the waist and wear it with a pair of red sandals.  Banana Republic has really stepped it up a fashion notch as of late!  Their black and white checked midi pencil skirt is on my must-have list!

Okay, here a personal question: Do you have a checkered past?  I hope so, because that probably means you have some awesome checked pieces in your closet. There is nothing I love more than restyling a client’s wardrobe because there are so many ways to repurpose outfits.  A creative way to do that these days is with print mixing.  Checked pieces are a great way to try this trend.  I love mixing checks with polka-dots, stripes, and even florals. The main idea is to stay in the same color family.  

 

Are you looking for a way to liven up your office look?  Then, why not do it with a checked pattern. From dresses, skirts, and jackets, there are so many fun options out there.  A look that can take you from the office to a party is a black and white checked midi skirt worn with a white short sleeved blouse.  And remember, a

bright hued handbag always complements a black and white look. Another great office look is a gingham checked pencil skirt worn with a blue chambray blouse. Just drape a blazer or jacket over your shoulders.  And to all of that I say…check mate!

So now for the fun stuff…sundresses and off-the-shoulder tops!  These looks are great for summer patio parties or a vacation in a quaint beach town. I’m thinking Carmel by the Sea!

 

Though no matter where your destination is, all you need to add to your beach style is a cute pair of white sneakers, or a pair of pom-pom sandals. For some extra cuteness add a floppy hat and shades.  Doesn’t that make you want to book a beach vacay!  

But before you book your hotel and flight, be sure to “check out” our Pinterest board….you just have to look at it!!!

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