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Ask Gretta: Black Tie Weddings and Self-Help Books

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Ask Gretta: Trenches and Wrap Dresses

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Help For The Fashion Disabled

Closet Clean Out

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Tim Gunn Says: Red Trench

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A Question Of Taste

A Tim Gunn Makeover

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Buy Vintage

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Casual Wear Has Its Limits

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Don't Fall In The Costume Trap

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Don't Let Your Clothes Laugh At You

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It's All In The Presentation

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Get Engaged

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Broaden Your Horizons

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How To Dress For An Office Party

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The Key To Special Occasion Wear

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Age Doesn't Dictate Fragrance

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Dictate Your Own Accessorizing

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Why Are You Shopping Today?

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Be Prepared ... With Underwear

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Work A Pair Of Boots

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The Closet Exception

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Clothes Should Make You Feel Good

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Who Are You?

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Walk Tall

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Learn How To Pack

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Attention, Shopaholics!

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Get Rid Of Closet Clutter

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Black Is The New Black

Ask Gretta: Black Tie Weddings and Self-Help Books

Our style savvy source Gretta Monahan answers your fashion inquiries!

I have to go to a black tie wedding with some very high-society people in November. I'm 20 years old and I don't know what to wear. I don't want to look old and I don't want to look like I'm going to prom either. What do I do?! -Kyndra

Hi Kyndra, The good news is: black tie means it's impossible to be overdressed! Since you're young, that leaves a lot of options at your disposal. I agree — steer clear of anything prom-like, so no full length gowns or crinoline petticoats! An above the knee dress is a good way to go, it's youthful but can also be quite sophisticated depending on the cut and color you decide to go with, not to mention your choice of accessories! If you're not trying to make a statement, the darker the color, the more conservative and traditional your look will be. It's always a safe bet to use jewelry and a great shoe to jazz up a little black dress; you'll feel out of place among the stylish, high society set.

Happy Shopping! XOXO-Gretta

After 28 years as a staff hospital registered nurse, now retired, with time to wear nice things, I find I have 2 large walk-in closets packed with clothes that I can't mix and match together. Any self-help books coming out soon to help women like me who needs the extra push to dress nicely? -Pat

Hi Pat, Now that you have the time to go through and re-analyze your wardrobe, I think you'll find what you already own can be more versatile that you initially thought. Sometimes all that it requires is a new pair of eyes, so invite a friend over and go through your clothes over a bottle of wine. Eliminating what absolutely will never work will help to unearth old treasures that have gotten lost in your closet's clutter. In terms of self-help books, though, I would recommend reading both Tim's book, A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, as well as InStyle magazine's Instant Style. I think both books give a good overview of what you need to be doing and how to get the look you want.Have fun!

XOXO-Gretta

As a plus-sized woman, it's incredibly difficult for me to navigate the fashion world. I'm 25, but it seems like my choices are either to dress like a teenager or like an old woman! So, I have two questions - are there any good shops for a young woman with curves, and what sort of silhouettes should I be looking for? -Nikki

Hi Nikki, My favorite stop for a girl with curves is this fun website, www.kiyonna.com. They put together some great looks and even if you don't end up ordering, I think it's a perfect place to get ideas as to what sorts of things to look for at department and specialty stores. Without knowing your body type, the trick to a stylish look is always quite simple: highlight your best features and conceal your worst. If you're bottom heavy, try to steer clear of pants and find a-line skirts and dresses that will highlight your waist and de-emphasize your hips and thighs. If you're top heavy, look for tops that have asymmetric lines (like wrap tops) which help to minimize your bust. I don't think size means you have to sacrifice style; there are plenty of looks that look terrible on a size 4, just as there are plenty of looks that look terrible on a size 14. It's about finding that balance and knowing what will work on your body! Get some ideas and hit the fitting rooms!

XOX-Gretta

Hi Gretta, I am a huge fan of the show, and just love you and Tim. I have a fashion question. I'm 37 years old and a recent breast cancer survivor. Because of my surgeries and treatment, I have many scars (some of which are visible when wearing certain shirts). I feel like I'm relegated to wearing turtlenecks and round collar shirts only. When I have any other type of neckline on, I feel as if I get the "I'm so sorry for you" stares. Any suggestions on tops or necklines that would allow me to feel youthful and fashionable while still concealing my scars? -Stacey

Stacey, While you're still recovering and healing, I think that concealing your scars will help you to have confidence in your body and feel less conspicuous among those who know what you've been through. That said, I think there are a variety of tops out there that will help get you past feeling trapped in a turtleneck for the time being. Feminine blouses are a good alternative for you — in fabrics like silk and chiffon, and with details like pin tucking and bows, there are some really beautiful ways to wear a button-up shirt. I would also look for modest scoop necklines — they're not quite a "crew," high at your neck, and not a "v," but a nice in-between that will highlight the femininity of your collar bone. Loose turtlenecks that are modest "cowl necks" (not dropping too low) are another variation to look for. My best tip is the scarf! Scarves are huge right now — both summer and winter weights, and that's a look you can use to conceal your scars if you did want to rock a v-neck.

Congratulations and best of luck!

XOXO-Gretta

Ask Gretta: Trenches and Wrap Dresses

Our style savvy source Gretta Monahan answers your fashion inquiries!

I just received a Burberry trench and it makes me look like Inspector Gadget. Do you advise having it altered? And to what length? Thank you for your time. Shazia

Hi Shazia,
I think a trench should be right to the knee. The look of a trench coat is classic, and Burberry is certainly the most classic trench you could own. Perhaps you are not a classic dresser by nature and feel a bit stuffy in a trench? I'm sure with a little tweaking of the proportions, you'll grow to love it and there are certainly ways to personalize the look. You could belt it with a different belt or use fun accessories like a great bag or killer boots to make this classic piece a part of your personal style. Good Luck!
XO, Gretta

Please speak about patterns vs. solids on a dress. I love the DVF wrap dress. What does a pattern convey vs. a solid? Do you have any guidelines for pattern size? Thank you! Hope to hear back. NP

Hi NP!
The wrap dress is an iconic piece of fashion because it's so versatile and can flatter just about any body type. I actually think a patterned DVF is more useful than a solid. I think patterns add more interest to the style and can conceal "problem areas" better than a solid, as often the jersey fabric the dresses are made of can cling — much more noticeable in a solid than a print. In terms of pattern size, a print that's not huge but not really small is ideal. I'd say that the majority of Diane Von Furstenberg prints are created with this in mind; the DVF wrap dress has been a wardrobe go-to for well over twenty years so, really, you could say the art has been perfected. Let your own eye be your guide; you're making the investment so try on what's available and see what looks best! I'm willing to bet one print will be a home run, so hit those fitting rooms!
XO, Gretta

I'm in the market for a mid-size 'investment' watch - I look better in gold but have platinum/diamond wedding bands. Are two-tone watches as classic as all stainless? I don't want to do all gold. Alexa

Hi Alexa!
I think that a two-tone style is actually more classic than all stainless. Even though your wedding bands are platinum, you also wear gold, so having both colors of metal would be more versatile for the different looks you'll want to wear the watch with. To me, it seems useless to invest in something that you won't wear all the time, particularly if it's a splurge that you're treating yourself to, so I think it makes sense to think both in terms of your everyday jewelry (wedding rings) as well as whatever trendier pieces you'll vary from look to look. Plus, mid-range stainless watches are a dime a dozen, so, if you're investing in a high end piece, I think that gold accents will also give the watch a more luxurious look.
XO, Gretta