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]

 

What Would Holley Wear: Red, White and Blue

Where do you like to spend the 4th of July?  Growing up, my family went to our lake get-away near Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas.  We spent the day picnicking, and water skiing.  In the evening, everyone would take their boats out to watch the firework show over the lake.  Such great memories!  And because the lake is surrounded by 1,000 miles of shoreline in the middle of a national forest, the lake water is crystal-clear.

So my question for you is this:  Where are you planning to spend the 4th of July and do you have a “crystal-clear” idea about what to wear?  Could it possibly be at Possum Kingdom Lake or another lake-side resort?  Then of course you will want to wear a fashionable red, white, and blue ensemble when you watch the fireworks display.  Right?  Let’s be honest and admit it is hot in Texas and Arkansas in the summer.  So, I’m thinking shorts, cropped pants, and skirts.  And though you don’t have to wear a patriotic ensemble, I know you would look absolutely adorable in one.  

Back in the day, my “lake look” was overalls, short-shorts, cutoffs, and a really cute bikini. My look today is more modest and age appropriate, though you will still see the young gals sporting some of the same styles from years past.  If you have a daughter in her teens or twenties, be sure to show her some of the fun “lake looks” on our Pinterest board.  One way to give yourself patriotic style is with accessories and shoes.  What about sporting a pair of blue gingham converse sneakers with red shoe strings? Or think about wearing an American flag or Texas Ranger ball cap to complement one of your cute patriotic outfit.

And of course you will need a fun swimsuit and cover-up to wear on the party barge.  A red checked retro swimsuit with a big red sunhat, and sun glasses is a great look for laying out on the beach.  I have a feeling you will want to bring a large red and white striped Michael Kors tote to toss in your cover-up, sunscreen, beach towel, and a juicy summer novel. Another great substitute for a cover-up would be a bohemian style summer dress.   Wow…sounds like a holiday look that will transition from a day on the lake to an enjoyable evening watching a firework show!  

This year, we will be celebrating the 4th in Las Vegas! For a day time look, I’m crushing on the striped red, white, and blue striped maxi skirt on our Pinterest board.  And, a style that will transition from the plane to a day of shopping in Vegas is a white blazer, light blue jeans, t-shirt, and I plan to add a pop of color with my red Louis Vuitton twist handbag.  A bold red necklace can take you from the airport to a night out on the town. And a pair of red fringe heels say, “Hello Vegas…the party people have arrived!”  

One of our nights out on the town will include happy hour at the Sky Fall Lounge at The Delano (a non-gaming hotel).  There is outdoor seating at this fabulous 42nd story bar and since the interior is all-black, an all-white ensemble will be perfect contrast for this scene!  After happy hour, our next stop will be the Michael Jackson show by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay.  “Billie Jean” eat your heart out!  

Are you “too sexy for your shirt?” Really?  I figured that much….so I’m pretty sure you will want to check out The Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino…as featured in the June issue of Bazaar Magazine.

So what would Holley suggest you wear to such a posh bar during the 4th of July holiday? Something bold and red….like a red off the shoulder dress, or top, or possibly a daring red jumpsuit! Oh my goodness….I’m starting to think you really are “too sexy for your shirt!”

With your great taste and style, just be ready to “do a little turn on the catwalk” when you make your entrance into the Vegas lifestyle!    Because one thing I know for sure…..there will definitely be fireworks!!!

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: Tournament Style

Are you planning to attend the Dean & DeLuca Invitational Golf Tournament…May 25 through May 28?  The tournament is part of Fort Worth history, and of course fashion has always been a big part of that. Remember back in the day when women were scantily dressed and even judged by men holding signs rating them from a 1 to a 10?  Thank goodness today’s tournament fashionistas dress with class and good taste….well, most of them!  And thank goodness today’s tournament man/fan is a gentleman…well, most of them!  I recently read that when going to a golf tournament the main fashion rule to remember is this — “You are at the country club as a spectator…not to be a spectacle.”

 So, two things you need to know about me:

  1. I was on the Colonial tournament committee for eight years…
  2. …and even though it wasn’t our official title, we called ourselves the “Fashion Police!”

When I think about appropriate tournament style, my mind goes straight to a “preppy” look.   The years I was on the committee, our uniform was a pair of shorts and a tournament polo shirt. How preppy does that sound? Since it is usually hot at golf tournaments, shorts are a great option.   A preppy look I love is a pair of white shorts worn with a yellow Tory Burch tunic complemented with a pair of white sneakers.  And anything J McLaughlin is absolutely perfect for the tournament.  Be sure to see all the great options they have to offer on our Pinterest board.  You may want to consider wearing a cute pair of Jack Roger’s sandals with your tournament attire!  

Another preppy style I adore is anything checked.  From off-the-shoulder tops to skirts, checks are a great tournament look.  A checked button-down shirt tied at the waist worn with a pair of shorts or midiskirt is a perfect tournament look.   Be sure to roll your sleeves up.  An off-the-shoulder top or dress is another great style for the tournament.  You will want to be sure to wear a lot of sunscreen and a big floppy hat.  With such a cute look, I’m pretty sure the guys will be “checking” you out.  Oh look…is that a “10” I see?

What says Texas gal more than something monogrammed? When I go to New York and even Kansas, you just don’t see monogrammed accessories and clothes like you do in Texas.  So sad for them…right? Monogrammed necklaces are a fashion must in Texas, so I’m planning to wear my “H” necklace from Anthropology to the tournament.  Texas trendy! My personal favorite monogram accessory is a white ball cap with my initials.  I wear it most days when I walk outside, and it will be perfect for the tournament.  

Girlfriend tip:  One of my girls said her go-to monogramming business in Ft. Worth is “Donnagrams” owned by sisters Donna Davis and Alicia McMillan. They also make flower arrangements and are party and wedding coordinators.  Be sure to check out some of their fabulous monogrammed items, jewelry, and party pics on our Pinterest board or [email protected]  

A sophisticated and cool look for the tournament would be an all-white or neutral monochromatic ensemble. The key here is to wear proper undergarments.  Trust me, when you are outside on a sunny day, you will want to make sure what you’re wearing is not see-through.  A look I’m crushing on is white boyfriend jeans (with the hem rolled up), a gray tee, and espadrilles from J. Crew.  If we are hanging out in the club house, I will wear sandals, and if we are actually outside watching the tournament, I will wear sneakers. Besides being stylish, comfort and common sense should always come first when attending an outdoors sporting event.  Right?

To compliment your cute outfits, you will want to have all the right accessories.  If you need a handbag, think about a small cross-body bag, and make sure it’s tournament approved.  Texas gals always need a little bling….right?  

Since it is so hot outside, instead of layering several pieces of jewelry, think about wearing one simple bracelet or necklace.  A look you can’t go wrong with is jewelry from Kendra Scott or Julie Voss.  If you forget to bring a pair of sunshades, no problem, just make a quick stop at J McLaughlin or Francesca’s at University Shopping Center before you head to valet parking! Wow…I think that sounds about par for the course!  Don’t 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: 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]