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Q. I’ve been invited to a wedding that will take place in early May and will be held on a golf course at 7 PM. My first thought was a really nice black cocktail dress that I already own but haven’t worn yet but that feels so boring. What can you suggest for an evening wedding at this type of venue?

A. The attire for a golf course wedding is similar to a country club wedding which, unless specifically stated otherwise on the invitation, typically means cocktail attire or semi-formal wear with a preppy twist. Opt for pretty and flirty rather than sultry and sexy. Think pretty pastels (a current trend), lace or eyelet details, and shoes that won’t poke holes in the gorgeous golf course (think wedges or chunky heels). Of course, your black cocktail dress will work too, but consider softening it up with a light colored wrap or bow belt.

Here are some suggestions to wear to your golf course wedding:

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Q. I’m interviewing at a fashionable PR firm and am having trouble choosing the perfect interview outfit. Can you help?

A. The great thing about interviewing for a fashionable workplace is that you have some flexibility about your wardrobe choices. Feel free to express your personal style and add fashion-forward touches like a hint of animal print or a statement necklace. The goal is to look professional yet creative, stylish but not too trendy. Be sure to stick with the usual rules applying to interview clothing which includes the always-important: don’t show too much skin, cleavage or leg.

For your interview, I would suggest starting with a classic sheath dress that has interesting details like colorblocking or prints. Add a sleek leather jacket or blazer, black tights, chic pumps and one piece of statement jewelry for an impressive outfit that will give you the confidence you need to help land the job you want.

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Q. I’m meeting several friends that I haven’t seen for a while to celebrate the holidays and a birthday at a restaurant in New York City. I want to dress up without looking like I’m trying too hard. Any ideas on what I should wear?

A. AnnaLynne McCord and Brittany Snow wore versions of the perfect “night out with friends” combination at the Four Stories premiere this week. Combine these 5 elements for an outfit that’s simple, chic and put-together: a printed top or pretty sweater + slim black pants + heels + clutch + bright lip. If it’s too cool for you to wear pumps with your pants, opt for an ankle boot instead.


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Q. My office holiday party will be held at a nice restaurant/lounge later this month and I’m not sure what to wear. Please help!

A. Dressing for an office party can be tricky: you want to have fun and get dressed up, but you’ll still be partying with your boss and coworkers. Your best bet is to stick with your usual office dress code, but with a bit more sparkle. If you typically wear a suit to work, try replacing your underpinning with a sequin top, or replace your jacket with a chic tuxedo jacket, or substitute your pants for a slim tuxedo pant. If you usually wear a dress, perhaps add a sequin belt, statement necklace, or glittery heels to fancy it up a little. Add a little extra eye makeup or a bright lip and you’ll be ready to go.

One important thing to remember: don’t wear anything low-cut, short, or too sexy. It may be a party, but this isn’t the place to show too much skin.

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Q. I will soon be hosting a holiday party at my house and need some help with an outfit/accessories. It’s a casual get-together, but I still want to look put together. I’m going to wear dark jeans and possibly the JCrew scattered sequin sweater in red, or Ann Taylor’s cashmere wrap cardigan in red or blue. I’m not quite sure how to accessorize these looks with jewelry or shoes. I’m also open to other top options!

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A. The key to putting together a successful hostess look is to find the right combination of holiday chic and comfort. I tend to get pretty hot when hosting a holiday party with all the time spent in the kitchen and tending to guests, so I avoid anything too warm. And since I spend most of the party on my feet, comfortable shoes are a must. For even a casual holiday get-together, I think it’s nice for the hostess to wear something a little special and festive — whether this translates to a sparkly top, a pretty dress, velvet pants, or something red depends on your personal style.

The two tops you are considering are perfect for hostessing. Either would look great with a pair of dark jeans or even one of these fancier denim options. For the sequin sweater, a pair of glam earrings is all the jewelry you need, while the wrap sweater would look stunning with a sparkly statement necklace. Avoid any jewelry that might get in the way like long pendant necklaces or stacks of chunky bracelets. For shoes, a pretty smoking slipper or special flat would be a comfortable choice, or wear one of your more comfortable heels or boots if you own any.

I also like to wear a dress and opaque tights when I host a holiday party — it not only makes me feel put together and a bit more dressed up, but offers more freedom of movement than jeans or skinny pants.

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