Even though I do not have a good history keeping a New Year’s resolution, I’ve decided to give it one more try!  But this time I’m calling it a “Style Resolution.” So…here’s to a stylish 2019!!!

This year my plan is to move toward a more classic direction with my style. One of these classic looks I’m loving is loafers. Besides being comfy and easy to walk in, they complete any classic look.  In the fall, I purchased a pair of faux snakeskin Sam Edelman loafers and ever since then, I’ve been hooked. They were perfect for our fall weather, and I will be bringing them back in the spring.  How classic does that sound?

In my opinion, Tod’s offers the ultimate when it comes to a classic loafer. If these lovelies were in my budget, I’m pretty sure I would own a pair of their orange driving moccasins.  But back to reality….between J Crew and Banana Republic, there are so many beautiful and affordable loafers to choose from.  My favorite is J Crew’s Ryan loafer which comes in six classic colors. Hmmm…should I purchase a yellow pair or a red pair? You will definitely want to browse our Pinterest board to see all the loafer options!

My go-to boot style is a pair of black knee-high Aquatalia boots….flat heels, water resistant, and ideal for city walking.  And the best part is they never go out of style. Last year, I purchased a pair of faux snakeskin booties with block heels from Zara.  Not only is snake print super on-trend this season, it’s also considered a classic.

 To give my everyday jeans a polished look, I pair a checked blazer, jeans, and a creamy ruffled blouse with my snakeskin booties.  A Pinterest board look I copied shows cropped/fringed jeans with snake print boots topped with a brown suede coat. How cool and classic does that sound?  And please know….I’m predicting you will see this classic print in the spring and summer as well!

 For me, the ultimate classic accessory is a handbag.  My style tip: If you can only make one major fashion investment a year….it should be a leather handbag.  The reason I say “leather” is because it will stand the test of time. When it comes to classic style, Ann Taylor has the market cornered.  We are loving a few of her leather satchels…ideal for a career woman. Another beauty is J Crew’s Harper satchel in dark evergreen….great for work or running errands.  

If you are in need of a little “New Year’s” retail therapy, you may want to consider a designer bag. Tory Burch offers so many fabulous styles. Her Kira eel double strap shoulder bag is the ultimate! Plus, we are loving how her Miller cross-body bag is styled as a belt bag over a trench coat.  And the good news…one of her totes will definitely bring the “it” factor to a classic ensemble.

 As I write throughout the year, my plan will be to talk about classic looks and include ways to add a trendy pop!  Because the beauty of a classic style is, it’s just like a fine wine….pairs well when blended! So again….here’s to a stylish 2019!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.