Fashionable People: Holley and Audrey's Real Life Style

Fashionable People: Holley and Audrey's Real Life Style

Janel Laban
Sep 23, 2014
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Here's a fascinating peek into the closets of two stylish roommates living and working in Washington, DC. You may remember Holley and Audrey from their recent absolutely adorable House Tour (if you missed it, check it out right here). We loved their decor style so much that we asked them to fill us in on the other half of their personal style - their wardrobes - and they kindly agreed. Read on for the fashion scoop...

First up, Holley...

Your very favorite outfit

My favorite outfit is, unfortunately, one that I don’t get to wear very often: It’s a floor-length ball gown covered in lavender, water color-like roses from the ‘50s. It looks more like a wearable piece of art to me than a dress. I bought it at a vintage shop that’s now closed, which is actually a good thing because I spent way too much money there!

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The #1 item from your fashion wish list

A Schott Perfecto leather moto jacket. It’s the same jacket Marlon Brando wore in “The Wild Ones,” and Blondie, Joan Jett and James Dean were all loyal fans. It adds a, “Yah? So what?” element to whatever you’re wearing. I can actually even see it with the aforementioned ball gown.

The tv or movie characters wardrobe(s) you'd steal in a minute

I’ve been watching so much of “The Sopranos” recently that the only character that comes to mind is Carmela Soprano. I love that woman, but I can’t say the same about her wardrobe. Digging deeper, I’d have to say the inimitable Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.

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Your best bargain find ever

While shopping at Loehmann’s, I once found a flawless, 100-percent cashmere wrap dress by Diane Von Furstenberg in plum for $40.

3 things from your closet you couldn't live without

1. A pair of black, high-waist pants from American Apparel

2. A denim vest I bought at a thrift store

3. My black “Lucinda Scrunch, Short” ankle boots from Frye

The item you no longer have but wish you did

Anything of my grandmother’s that she’s gotten rid of. I’ll look through old pictures where she’s wearing these stunningly crafted dresses from the ‘50s and ask whatever happened to them. Most of the time the answer is “Oh, I got rid of that a long time ago.” It kills me! Especially since we have a practically identical body shape.

Most fashionable friend and why

My and Audrey’s honorary roommate, Mallory Hemerlein. Every time she shows up at our place she’s got something new and fabulous on, often with a fabulous story to match. Sometimes it’s a vintage silk nighty she fashioned into a dress, or it might be a Little Red Riding Hood-like wool cape she got for cheap at a thrift shop. And frequently it’s something of mine. (We have a very liberal borrowing policy.)

Your typical work "uniform"

I spend about 50 percent of my time outside of the office trying new restaurants or meeting with local food entrepreneurs, so a comfortable pair of shoes is a must. We have a very lax office environment, though I’d rather wear a casual, flowy dress than jeans.

Best fashion advice

It’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. If you’re unsure what the dress code may be, always err on the side of classy.


irl shop: Zara, though I really wish it could get its sh*t together regarding fair-labor practices and questionable design choices.

online shop: Need Supply Co.

makeup brand: Aerin

haircare brand: Organix

best jeans: J Brand

coolest sneakers: Classic Chuck Taylors

signature scent: “Field Notes from Paris” by Ineke. It smells like coffee and tobacco.

go to source for style inspiration: the First Ladies collection at the National Museum of American History

Holley Simmons is the dining editor of The Washington Post Express. When she’s not reporting on local restaurants and tastemakers, you can find her sewing a dress from a 1950s pattern or planting a windowsill herb garden. A New Jersey native, she likes porkroll, egg and cheese and says the word “drawer” funny. Get in touch at

And then, Audrey...

Your very favorite outfit

Vintage hat from the Brooklyn Flea, My roommate Holley's high waisted jeans from American Apparel, amazingly soft flannel, my Steve Alan green boots.

The #1 item from your fashion wish list

I’ve always wanted a pair of classy leather pants. Rebecca Minkoff has a great pair right now.

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The tv or movie characters wardrobe(s) you'd steal in a minute

Jessa from girls. Onscreen and off that woman knows how to wear a romper.

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Your best bargain find ever

I found an Oscar de la Renta yellow ombre dress at Buffalo Exchange for $20. It needed to be dry cleaned and voila. Perfect.

3 things from your closet you couldn't live without

1. Chambray

2. Red dress I wore to the Kentucky Derby once but have since managed to integrate into an everyday outfit for better or worse.

3. A good pair of jeans.

The item (clothing, jewelry, shoes, bag, etc.) you no longer have but wish you did

I lost this spectacular canary yellow ring of my grandmothers about a year ago and I constantly think about it. It was probably QZ but it was perfect.

Most fashionable friend and why

My sister. We’re basically the same person except she takes impeccable care of her clothes and only buys really amazing pieces that will last forever.

Your typical work "uniform"

I've got this incredibly vintage green wrap skirt from France I wear constantly, something in polka dot, flats.

Best fashion advice

I learned once that every woman should be able to get dressed in 10 minutes. I don’t always agree, but it certainly helps in the morning.


irl shop: Well-curated thrift stores

online shop: ASOS

makeup brand: Estee Lauder

haircare brand: Bumble and Bumble

best jeans: Rag and Bone

coolest sneakers: Anything cheetah print and slip on

signature scent: After a recent trip to Seattle, I'm super into essential oils. They last forever and the sent changes every so slightly throughout the day

go to source for style inspiration: Who What Wear or #ootd on instagram

Audrey Matthias is a Senior Creative Strategist at iStrategyLabs, a creative agency based in Washington DC. She accredits most of her daily mannerisms and occasional slip of an accent to being raised in the south . When not at the office she can usually be found planning epic parties/dinners/ outfits/craft projects or riding her single speed blue bike. She has an admittedly deep love of social analytics and witty hashtags that define socially awkward interactions. #justsayin


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