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Q. What do you recommend wearing to a Spring/Summer wedding that isn’t a destination wedding, isn’t a Yacht Club wedding, is really just an afternoon church wedding (4:30), followed by a reception at a local golf course country club? I know that It isn’t too formal, nothing evening like.

I guess my real confusion is that with all of the bright florals, geometric prints, black, white, red and animal prints this year, is that really appropriate for an afternoon wedding? Is that too bold? Any help you could offer on dress, shoes and accessories would be great. I’m about 5’9”, hourglass figure, blond hair, brown eyes - and will have a good tan after a week on vacation. I was thinking a nude shoe - but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I always love being fashion forward (the bride is a fellow fashionista), but also want to be appropriate for the crowd/event.

A. Great question: can you wear bold prints to a semi-formal or non-formal wedding? Yes, absolutely! An afternoon wedding followed by a country club reception is the perfect opportunity to wear a pretty dress in a fabulous print or bright color. Actually, the dress code is quite similar to the options we suggested for the yacht club wedding. Your choice to wear nude colored shoes is perfectly appropriate and on-trend as well.

Q. I am in the process of applying and interviewing for jobs in the graphic design field. What are your suggestions for appropriate interview attire? I want to look professional and respectful, but also show style and personality. I think in the creative industry employeers will want to see individuality and style, but I’m not sure how to balance that with professional business attire.

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A. Although you’ll likely be able to dress casually if you land a job in the graphic design field, you should dress professionally for the interview. You can avoid anything that looks too “buttoned up” or corporate, but you don’t want to wear anything too fun or funky that might be distracting. In other words, dress stylishly, but not too trendy; professional, but with a bit of personality. It goes without saying that you should avoid anything that shows too much cleavage and skirts that are too short (make sure you sit in your skirt to see how much leg shows).

A dress is always our favorite interview option, it is an effortless way to look pulled together without having to worry about matching a top to a bottom. Here are a few options for inspiration:


Black and white is a forever chic combination. The graphic print dress (above left) is a great alternative to a classic monochromatic sheath dress. Swap out the belt for something a little more stylish and layer on a black blazer for a look that is just right for an interview for a graphic design position. Black pumps and a chic tote with subtle stud details adds just a touch of trendiness.

For the look on the right (above), a solid colored shirtdress is the perfect background for stylish accessories. An elegant, yet not over-the-top, statement necklace and cuff bracelet show your creative personality. A neutral tote with interesting texture detail and gorgeous peep-toe pumps help create a head-to-toe chic look.

Q. I’m going to Montego Bay for a vacation/wedding, not mine. I’m trying to figure out what to pack. I’m thinking shorts, tanks and bikinis but what about the wedding? I’m not sure what to wear that would be appropriate but comfortable in the heat. It’s semi-formal. Could you give me some hints? Thanks.

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A. How fun! Without doubt, you want to wear a pretty, fun, lightweight dress that has a hint of island attitude for a destination wedding in Jamaica. Look for fabrics like chiffon and jersey that won’t wrinkle in your suitcase. You didn’t mention whether the wedding is inside or outside, so be sure to pack a pair of glam flat sandals in case the ceremony takes place on the beach or grass.

Q. I am attending a girlfriend’s wedding at the end of March in San Diego. Her ceremony and reception will be held at a Yacht Club, I was wondering what would be most appropriate.

A. Assuming there wasn’t a recommended attire on the invitation and that the wedding is in the evening, women should wear a pretty cocktail dress in a classic silhouette and men should wear a nice suit. Since we are headed into spring, we recommend wearing something with color or one of this season’s pretty pastel dresses. Don’t forget a wrap or cover-up in case some of the affair takes place outdoors. Here are a few options:

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Q. HELP!! My Fiance’s mother is throwing us an engagement party luncheon at a country club at the end of March in Boston and I have no idea what to wear. I went looking for dresses last weekend and found a few that I liked but I think they are all a bit to fancy for a luncheon. From people I’ve talked to, they all say something along the lines of “Sunday Best” but I can’t seem to find something that looks good and doesn’t look either matronly or like a child. I have a few weeks but I’m starting to panic that I won’t have anything and will have to wear my standby LBD and I don’t want to wear black, it’s my engagement and I think I should be in color or white or something that makes me stand out a bit…but clearly I’ve never done this before so I don’t know. I know the LBD is always classic and I can add color with shoes, purse and jewelry, but I’m a very classic girl, at least where jewelry is concerned, so I was hoping to be able to wear my grandmother’s pearls or her diamond necklace. Any tips would be really helpful!

A. Deep breath. Your engagement party is going to be wonderful, no matter what you wear, but of course you want to look great since you’ll be the center of attention. Though it is a luncheon, feel free to dress a bit nicer than the guests, it’s your party! A dress or pretty top and skirt is your best option. Though we are huge fans of a classic little black dress, you are correct that this occasion calls for something a bit more colorful or bridal. You’re in luck - pretty spring dresses are everywhere now, you just need to find your perfect one.

Since we love the idea of you wearing your grandmother’s pearls or diamond necklace, we have selected some pretty dresses with necklines to accommodate them. Here are some pretty, yet classic, ideas for you that will look great in photos 20 years from now:

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