Q. I’m attending a formal evening wedding this September in Southern California. I’ve found this black strapless dress (with tiny gold polka-dots on it, a black sash that ties on the side of the waist, and it falls just below my knees). What do you think about a 3-strand necklace of chunky gold (not shiny) beads — it falls almost to the top of the dress. They make quite the statement, because of their size, but my friends seem to think they look fabulous! Still, I’d like your input, especially with pairing the gold necklace with gold heels. Speaking of which, what do you think about some great gold heels? I am afraid of being too matchy-matchy with the gold, but I can’t imagine wearing black heels. Won’t that look like potential funeral attire?
A. I do say go for the gold regarding your heels, but be sure the gold multi strand necklace doesn’t make the outfit look too ’80s. Put the complete outfit on and get a second opinion, since it is a formal affair you want to also make sure you look classy and sophisticated. Confidence in your clothes makes up for at least 50% of your wardrobe successes, so if you love it then wear it!