Q. Your style advice is great, and I hope you can help me! I have a strapless dress in a solid berry/dark pink color. I have two weddings coming up that I'd like to wear it for but I'm not sure how to accessorize. Both weddings are traditional so I feel like I'd need a cover-up for the ceremony. One is in the evening in August and the reception will be nice, but not super-fancy. The next is in the afternoon in September and the reception is at one of the nicest and fanciest hotels in Dallas. I've thought about chocolate brown but is that too “fall” for August for a cover up and shoes? Do I choose a muted metallic? I'm 30 and want to look stylish but not too flashy!
A. Don’t knock yourself, you’ve come up with some great ideas. My first choice would be chocolate for a wrap and even chocolaty bronze for heels. There’s also muted golds or silvery grays that would work. Just don’t wear black—it’s too boring and too much of a contrast unless it's in a satin fabric with some kind of detail like crystals. Some options for coverups:
left to right, all from nordstrom.com: Nordstrom Tissue-Weight Cashmere Wrap (available in virtually any color), $99; Elie Tahari 'Sirena' Jacket, $448; Robert Rodriguez Crop Jacket, $429; ECI Cropped Jacket, $78