Q. I'm invited to a formal Saturday night affair at the end of March in New York. I'm stumped regarding what season to dress for. It will probably be too cold for summer fabrics and styles, but too late in the season (after Easter) for wintry velvets and taffetas. Please offer some help both for my 7-year-old daughter and myself!
A. While March is considered the beginning of Spring, in reality there could be a fluke snow storm. But when it comes to a formal affair, many of the rules of seasonal dressing don't apply since many dressy looks don't cover us from head to toe. Best scenario is to choose a dress that is cocktail length and wear with tights or sheer hosiery and a high heel that is closed toe, d'Orsay or peep toe. If you wear a full-length dress feel free to skip the hosiery and wear a heel of your choice. Think silk, jersey, and even taffeta still.
1. Silk taffeta Felice dress, $235 at jcrew.com
2. Maggy London Ruched Crinkle Chiffon Dress, $158 at nordstrom.com
3. Kay Unger Ruched Gown, $388 at nordstrom.com
4. Sophia long silk dress, $225 at jcrew.com
And for the little one: