Gretta Monahan

Our style savvy source Gretta Monahan answers your fashion inquiries!

on Nov 13, 20080

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

4 comments
Geo Vazquez
Geo Vazquez

Hi Gretta,

I would love to know more about the thirds and proportions. I feel that watching the show some times Tim says it so fast is hard to catch. In addition to it I live in Mexico, so I watch a translated version of the show, and since its translated to all Latin America, sometimes the terms they use are unfamiliar. Where can I read a little bit more about Tim's advice.

Thanks

Christy
Christy

Hi Gretta,

I live in very hot humid weather, in a city next to the beach, I love everything you propose in the show, Ive try the combinations you recommend and they make a huge change in ones body, the thing is from march to september I cant wear a jean or a dress pants, I just burn with the heat. Ive notice you dont recomend capris, and I understand why... but can I wear shorts for everyday use? (Im 27, married) whats the right lenght of it? and what tops should I wear to make it look great? Ive tried with dresses that are more fresh than pants, but I run all day from one thing to another and shorts are really practical. Thank you!

Johanna
Johanna

Hi Gretta, I have a big question about the petite Clothing and sizes, i am a 25 years old grapich designer from El Salvador and for me it's very dificult find cloths that really make me feel good or fit well.. some times the "petite sizes" dosent fit me or they look so not my style wich is more casual, for some people i look like a 15 years old girl, but i'm 25 and i wanna look great and look like my ege, can you please tell me some advices about how to shop my cloth? i'm 5ft tall .

Thanks

genesse
genesse

Hi Gretta,

I have a question about trenches...If your outfit includes a structured jacket, but it's winter and the jacket is not enough, do you buy a trench to fit over the jacket, or should you carry the jacket and fit the trench without the jacket underneath? I suppose this seems like an obvious question to some, but I've never known how to handle this situation! Thanks for the help.

-genesse