Lightweight but not sheer Avoid eyelet and lace (peekaboo is never age appropriate). What to embrace? A combination of shades, ranging from off-white to ecru, as in the top with taupe pants.
Let the accessories shine Gold looks rich, and rich looks sophisticated. You do the math. When clothes are sleek (like the dress, 4), go for extra texture and detail in add-ons such as the tote, clutch, bangles and necklace.
Colorless by choice Resist the temptation to include something bright (even lip and nail color should be neutral). This look achieves its quiet flair by staying monochromatic, like the look at left from Diane von Furstenberg.