Gretta Monahan

Our style savvy source Gretta Monahan answers your fashion inquiries!

on Oct 20, 2008

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!