When I’m making a purchase for myself or a client, my main goal is to think of three ways to style it.  So this week, I’m sharing three of my current favorites: dressy kitten heels, khaki pants, and a brown denim skirt…plus three ways to style them.

Recently, I was gifted a pair of Prada heels from my dear friend and neighbor, Elsie Blum.  She even wore them to her granddaughter’s wedding in New York in 2009! The first place I wore them was to the Open Door gala benefiting the Samaritan House at TX Whiskey Ranch.   I copied my look from Pinterest…wearing them with an embellished skirt and a black blouse. How “TX Chic” does that sound?

For a party vibe, dressy kitten heels go great with black skinnies…just add a dressy top.  And did you know wearing fancy shoes with jeans is a thing? My husband and I love sitting at the bar at Eddie V’s, listening to jazz and sipping a glass of wine…the perfect setting for a pair of jeans and my fancy shoes.  Don’t you agree?

My favorite substitute for jeans this fall has been a pair of khaki paper-bag pants from Zara.  Though I realize the paper-bag look isn’t for everyone, please know any pair of khaki slacks or crops will do the trick.  For an everyday look, wear your pants with a button-down blouse, and when needed, add a denim jacket. Fall-bulous!!!  

The highs were in the 60s when we vacationed in Carmel by the Sea in mid-September.  All I needed to add to my paper-bag look was a checked blazer and a clear tote. A great way to style your khaki pants this winter is by adding an oversized sweater and a pair of booties.  A Pinterest look from NYFW (New York Fashion Week), features a zebra sweater with paper-bag khakis.   

Have you ever ordered from ASOS?  They are known for having trendy looks at reasonable prices.  Their brown denim midi skirt with a side buckle definitely got my attention and has been my go-to this fall.  I think I’ve mentioned I’m a style copy-cat…copying looks at a fraction of the cost. Like the look I copied, I’ve wore my skirt with a white button-down blouse tucked in and paired with animal print block heels.  

Now that it’s finally turned a bit cooler, I’m adding a denim jacket and snake print booties.  Other ideas are a bomber jacket or vest…the options are endless! This winter, I will be styling my denim skirt with black knee-high boots, and one of last year’s sweaters.  And please know, brown leather and corduroy skirts are great substitutes for denim.

There you have it….3 items styled 3 ways!  So the next time you go shopping…challenge yourself to think of 3 ways you can wear it before you make the purchase!  

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