Gretta Monahan

Our style savvy source Gretta Monahan answers your fashion inquiries!

on Oct 20, 20080

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!


Heather Ozbun
Heather Ozbun

Hello Gretta, I am getting married on the beach next year. Two of my bridesmaids are larger, no waist line, D to DD breast, but not overly over weight. I have been driving myself nuts trying to find a bridesmaid dress that will complement them and not make them feel uncomfortable in front of everyone, which has been expressed to me. Could you send me in a direction of dresses, ones that I should be looking at that would look great on the beach but most of all to help them feel good. Thanks for you time & have a great day.

Heather in Dallas TX


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jean marie
jean marie

Hi Gretta. I have a fashion question. I am going to a wedding this weekend and need to know what color shoes go best with the dress I just bought. The dress is from Express(it's online to view) and it is a strapless crossover pleated chiffon in midnight plum. I was told a beigh or nude but the problem is that I cannot find one anywhere or to fit my aging feet! After two kids and turning 41 my feet are just not the same as they used to be. I would love just a ivory/beigh suede round toe platform pump but where to find one?? Any suggestions on what color is best and where to find it would be great, Thanks!!