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Breakfast at TiffanysQ. For my 40th birthday, I plan to do the Holly Golightly, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” look. I have the perfect black dress, the tiara and gloves, but am struggling to find something similar to the triple strand pearls with the brooch in the middle that she had. I’m wondering what ideas you might have to recreate her stylish look. I would prefer the jewelry to be fake so it doesn’t cost a fortune.
-Look-a-like

A. An homage to Audrey, much fun. I searched the net for affordable options to imitate the necklace and, while they are not an exact match, they should do the trick. They range in price from $49-169. Just add your own brooch for full effect.

100 inch Freshwater Cultured Pearl NecklaceCrystal Vine and White Simulated Pearl Multi Row Bib Necklace 	
Pearl Multi Row Crystal Deco Clasp NecklaceThree Row White Pearl Collar Necklace

1. 100 inch Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace, $95 at ice.com
2. Crystal Vine and White Simulated Pearl Multi Row Bib Necklace, $150 at carolee.com
3. Pearl Multi Row Crystal Deco Clasp Necklace, $125 at carolee.com
4. Three Row White Pearl Collar Necklace, $45 at carolee.com

Q. I just bought a lovely skirt suit. What camisole colors can I wear with a brownish purple suit? Need help fast.
-Color Clarity

A. When you say “a camisole under a suit,” do you mean the basic simple tank style or a style more like lingerie? Depending on how strong the brownish purple color is, you can easily go with chocolate or purple. But I’d say choose something with more zing of color.

Hanky Panky Gilded Rose CamisoleLace-trim camisole
 Nanette Lepore 'Kiss Me' Top Classiques Entier® Twist Front TopDesign History Sleeveless Ruffle TopSilk Illusion Blouse

1. Hanky Panky Gilded Rose Camisole, $47.99 at barenecessities.com
2. Lace-trim camisole, $28 at bananarepublic.com
3. Nanette Lepore ‘Kiss Me’ Top, $255 at nordstrom.com
4. Classiques Entier® Twist Front Top, $98 at nordstrom.com
5. Design History Sleeveless Ruffle Top, $75 at saks.com
6. Silk Illusion Blouse, $58 at ardenb.com

Q. My question is based on something I keep seeing on celebrities - leather jackets. I love the black leather jackets I’ve been seeing on young starlets, they look great with both jeans and dresses. I’d like to find a jacket that is flattering (some I’ve tried on make me look wide) and has the rock and roll feel of the ones I’ve seen in magazines, but hopefully won’t go out of style in the next few years. Could you help me?
-Rockin’ It

Hayden-Harnett Rizzo Motorcycle Jacket,A. A good leather jacket is not cheap, so I warn you now that it may be an investment piece. One that has some attitude and fewer over-the-top embellishments will last longer than others. Keep it sleek and look for ones that help define your waist. Add some of your own ‘tude and you’ll covet the jacket for years. Wear it with a tank top and dark jeans, pair it with a black cashmere turtleneck and tuxedo pants then throw it over a knit or lightweight wool dress on Saturday night.

I own this jacket in black and love it (Hayden-Harnett Rizzo Motorcycle Jacket, $650) >



Some more options for you:

Vince Leather Motorcycle JacketS.W.O.R.D Genova Pocket JacketJill Stuart Lara Jacket in MascaraS.W.O.R.D Volterra Leather Jacket in Chocolate

1. Vince Leather Motorcycle Jacket, $774 at bloomingdales.com
2. S.W.O.R.D Genova Pocket Jacket, $825 at shopbop.com
3. Jill Stuart Lara Jacket in Mascara, $675 at revolveclothing.com
4. S.W.O.R.D Volterra Leather Jacket, $748 at revolveclothing.com

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Q. I need your assistance shopping for a formal dress. I fell in love with a designer who is really pricey, but the dress looks damn good! It’s Butter by Nadia brand and it’s part of her Signature Satin line. I love it in Cobalt (bright blue). This dress is amazing and can be wrapped in multiple ways to create different looks. I need the dress for a special occasion. Here’s my dilemma: Butter by Nadia advertises this dress online and online boutiques sell it for the same price in stores. I cannot afford this price. This online boutique sells it in my favorite color. Victoria’s Secret’s “7 in 1” is a look-a-like in jersey material but it doesn’t come in Cobalt. The black is okay, but don’t know if the Teal and Red are formal enough. It is $200 dollars cheaper. I’m not finding any more look-a-likes, but I have heard of a Mai Tai by Soprano that is exactly like the Butter by Nadia and it’s $50. The stores that I go to are not selling it in my color and it is a mystery to me if it is sold online. Do you know any dresses in this color and style and price? If you can help me make this happen please I would be so grateful! I’m not so good at looking online. Can’t wait to hear from you.
-Wrap it

A. I own the darker blue Butter by Nadia dress. I bought it for a Holiday party with my boyfriend and I adore it. Can’t wait to wear it again and again so I can complete the list of the “20” ways to wear it. I like the silky feel of it, the drape and the color with shine. That said, I think the dress is a good investment if you think you’ll get several more chances to wear it. However, I’m not going to recommend you eat Ramen noodles for the next two months to pay your credit card bill. Why not order the V.S. dress, try it on and play with the variations they claim? If the dress falls well on your body and doesn’t seem like it will come apart at the seams, then you may have the ideal imitation. For the V.S. color choices, I’d recommend black, but I do love the colors from Butter. You’ll surely be a stand out in the crowd in color. I did look for Mai Tai by Soprano and only found clubbing clothes on the sites where the name brought me.

Q. I’m getting married this summer and I want a ’60s inspired knee-length lace dress with sleeves that won’t break the bank.
-Lace in Place

 ABS by Allen Schwartz Lace MinidressA. Oooh, this is a little tough. I scoured online retailers and found this lacy dress, but you may find your best options by working directly with a wedding dress designer or getting help from a fabulous vintage store like The Way We Wore in Los Angeles. You can contact the owner Doris Raymond (323-937-0878) and fill her in on what you’re shopping for. She’s an incredible curator of vintage fashions.

ABS by Allen Schwartz Lace Minidress, $330 at nordstrom.com

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