Cast Blog: #GUIDETOSTYLE

Ask Gretta: Smart Shopping

Ask Gretta: Sweater Pulls and Nail Polish

Ask Gretta: Trenches and Wrap Dresses

Ariana's Makeover

Ask Gretta: Jeans and Little Black Dresses

Eliza's Makeover

Caroline's Makeover

Ask Gretta: Black Tie Weddings and Self-Help Books

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Ask Gretta: Fashion Industry

Ali's Makeover

Ask Gretta: Alternatives to Heels

Angela's Makeover

Help For The Fashion Disabled

Closet Clean Out

Buy With A Practical Eye

Meredith's Makeover

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: Smart Shopping

Our style savvy source Gretta Monahan answers your fashion inquiries!

I've been reading a few articles that talk about your love for Hermes scarves, but I haven't seen how you style them. How do you wear them while avoiding that stuffy librarian look?! -Ali

 

Hi Ali,
Love my Hermes scarf, and the key is not to take it toooo seriously! Style is a matter of self-expression - being comfortable and confident in whatever desired look you may choose. Have fun mixing styles, colors and shapes in many interesting ways. Tying a printed scarf around your neck is the perfect way to introduce some color (and style) to a classic trench or neutral cashmere sweater.
-Gretta

The show utilizes so many fabulous designers & high-end stores. I don't live near a major city and because of that I feel like I have limited access to great fashion. I know I can always turn to the Internet, but I never seem to get a good fit from clothes that I can't try on. Any tips for finding stores outside of New York? P.S. You & Tim make the perfect team! -Emily

Hi Emily,
Thank you so much - Tim is so amazing to work with!! I do agree - shopping online can be a challenge. However, you can use Internet and local publications as a resource to finding fashion in your area. Perhaps there is a great consignment store in a neighboring town that you aren't currently aware of?! The racks have the potential to be stocked with gently worn designer items, which you ARE able to try on. In addition, it may give you a better idea of what items you are missing in your wardrobe, and make your web shopping a more pleasant experience.
-Gretta

Dear Gretta, Can you suggest chic walking shoes to wear to and from work that won't let my trousers, which are hemmed for pumps, drag on the ground? Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks so much, Susan

Hi Susan,
You are not alone; I am often faced with that very same challenge. The desire to have most of my favorite trousers altered to be worn with my 100-millimeter pumps, and not succumb to a traditional, orthopedic looking walking shoe when in transit! Shoe designer Taryn Rose (a former orthopedic surgeon) makes a great looking wedge that is both fashionable and functional. -Gretta

My question is about pantyhose. Tim says skirts should fall just below the knee. I have very pale freckled skin and I don't like to go bare legged in the winter (I'm 45). What are the guidelines for wearing hose, specifically color? Thanks! -Sherri

Hi Sherri,
It's best to keep the legs covered in the cooler months regardless of skin tone or age. I'm sure you have seen many versions of printed and colorful "hose" in the fashion magazines since they are all the rage this season!! Interesting textured and colorful tights really stand out best with a classic pump or boot. Try matching a neutral or black shoe to your skirt or dress hemline, and pick an accent color for your leg wear that with coordinate with your top or jacket!
-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