I'm having a ridiculous argument with my husband, who insists that my new job means more to me than our marriage. This is the story: When I married five years ago, I wore only minis. I have great legs, and I admit that I used them to the best advantage.
Then I got a promotion, and because I wanted to look professional, I started wearing pantsuits. Now my husband is complaining. He says he fell in love with my legs, but now all he sees are pants. He wants me to get out my old dresses and wear them. I've tried, but they look plain dreadful.
We are going to a cocktail party for his advertising agency, and I want to buy something special. What do you suggest?
I think you are right to choose a mini for your new outfit. Minis are just as fashionable as ever and look extremely sexy for evening.
For practicality, consider a mini that could act as tunic. It is versatile because you can wear it alone, with pants or with a skirt. Furthermore, you can change the look very quickly with accessories.
New York designer Michael Kors, who updated the proportions of his chemises by giving them long sleeves, has this to say about accessories: "The dress looks best with seductive high-heeled shoes, nude hose and one of the new tailored clutch bags."
And he adds: "For a dressed-down look, pair your new tunic dress with flat sandals and Capri-length leggings."
My older, divorced sister will be the matron of honor at my wedding. It will be a simple ceremony in the garden of our parents' home with 50 guests.
While I love my sister dearly, she has always been in competition with me for everything -- men, grades, clothes, you name it.
Right now she is causing a commotion because she wants to wear a wide-brimmed hat to the wedding. She thinks I'm overreacting, but I'm afraid that if she wears such a hat, the attention will be on her, not on me. Am I out of line?
I'm totally on your side. This is your day, not hers. She should accede to your wishes.
My grandson is planning to marry at the end of the summer. His fiancee has chosen to have a black-and-white wedding. What does this mean? Must all of us who will be in the wedding pictures also wear black and white?
Black-and-white weddings became trendy in the late '80s. Betty Lou Aluisio of New York's Kleinfeld bridal store explains it this way: "Couples who want a chic, sophisticated wedding with a uniform look often make this choice. All it means is that the bridal party and attendants are dressed in variations of black and white. Guests are not usually required to conform. As a family member, you will be expected to wear black and white. But you have many choices: a white jacket over a black skirt or dress; a black dress with a white hat, white gloves and perhaps black-and-white shoes; or splurge on a new black velvet suit, and wear it with a pretty white top."
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Pub Date: 7/17/97