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blog by Molly Hoeltke  • 

Shopping for women I know well is so much fun for me. When I decided to make a spring shopping trip to Anna Grace (799 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo) I knew I had to invite along a couple of close friends of mine—Nicole and Nia. I love these girls because they are full of personality, creativity, goals and fun! They are the type of women who approach their lives with fire and grace.

I like to take a holistic approach when serving as a personal stylist. I want to create looks by getting to know a bit about my client’s personality, lifestyle and goals. I think that this is an important part of the approach to fashion—the end goal of the new look is for her to enhance both her personality and whom she aspires to be.

Molly Hoeltke searches the racks at Anna Grace.


We started with my favorite part of dressing for spring—maxi dresses. Not only do maxi dresses instantly make you feel like a goddess, they are super-easy to style and are such a great spring transition piece. Buffalo can still be chilly in April so you’re covered, but when the temperature rises, you’ll stay cool as long as you’re in a lovely cotton option maxi like we the ones we found at Anna Grace.

I was very excited to see two trends in these maxis that I am totally obsessing over right now: chevron prints and neon accents.  Style with an edgy ankle boot or a feminine espadrille, add fun bright jewelry, and you’re set for a modern bohemian look.

Nia: grey and white chevron print Alternative Apparel maxi dress ($78), Bits Razzle neckalce


Nia - Grey and White Chevron Print


Nicole: cream and pink asymmetrical hem Woodleigh maxi dress ($154), Bits Everly necklace ($48), Bits Luna necklace ($28), Bits Bloomy bracelet ($32)


Nicole: cream and pink asymmetrical hem


Next up: playing with print. I fell in love with these two painterly floral pieces immediately. Floral prints can be difficult, so choose wisely and style with modern and youthful accents. I decided to play into the girls’ personalities and styled Nicole in a bohemian floral and Nia in a more modern floral. The soft watercolor floral of Nia’s blouse and the bold Asian inspired floral of Nicole’s tunic really speaks to these very different approaches to styling floral.

I added some colorful leather handbags to accent the color palette found in each floral. Again, the bags really speak to the styles of the individuals. I choose a fringe cross-body bag to play up the funky vibe on Nicole and a soft, grey-blue, structured handbag for Nia’s modern chic. Another note—I styled Nia’s blouse with the must-have pant for this spring, the distressed boyfriend jeans. Swoon…

Nia: watercolor floral Covet blouse ($54), Blank NYC distressed boyfriend jeans, Leo necklace ($68), Erica Weiner necklace ($65), structured sky blue leather Matt and Nat handbag ($130)


Nia watercolor floral


Nicole: Darling floral tunic, yellow fringe Cut and Paste cross-body bag ($94)


Nicole: Darling floral tunic


Spring is prime time for showers, weddings and parties where ladylike fashion is not only appropriate but quite fun. We found the cutest little sundresses that could be worn for a number of lovely daytime activities. The trick to buying day dresses that are appropriate for events is the material. While cotton is great for day-to-day, stick to chiffons and silk-inspired fabrics for a dressier vibe. Add a little structure and style with dainty leather belts and add nude shoes that will give you legs for days.

As far as accessories, you can literally do anything you want with these looks (depending on the event). I kept it fairly simple here because I didn’t want to take away from the dresses, but it can be really fun to go over the top with costume jewelry or even a fabulous hat.

Nia: Darling floral sundress ($98), By Boe heart necklace ($52)

Nicole: Covet geometric print sundress ($82), Ada tan leather wrap belt ($76), wooden bracelets Andean Collection ($25)

Nia and Nicole: sundresses


TAGGED: anna grace, elmwood shopping, elmwood village, molly hoeltke, shopping with a stylist, spring fever, spring style

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